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Wozniak: “Apple will probably wind up on top in mobile phones”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was doing interviews last week at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley where he said a few choice quotes about the state of technology, where it’s heading and specifically stating Apple will end up on top in the mobile market.

Packing 3 devices with him: Black iPhone 4, unreleased White iPhone 4 and an unnamed Android device, Wozniak said “Apple likes to sit and control the whole user experience better, and it’s a tradeoff… The Android platform might have the greater market share, but individually as a company, I’m sure Apple will probably wind up on top in mobile phones.”

Wozniak stated the technology issue today is that “All of a sudden, we’ve lost a lot of control… We can’t turn off our internet; we can’t turn off our smartphones; we can’t turn off our computers…Little things that work one day; they don’t work the next day, I think it’s much harder today than ever before to basically know that something you have … is going to work tomorrow.” The Woz jokingly continued and said “There is no solution… Everything has a computer in it nowadays; everything with a computer is going to fail. The solution is: kill the people who invented these things”.

Apple continues to plug away and capture more market share. They recently passed RIM to take 4th spot as the largest mobile manufacturer. As for Android, more manufacturers are releasing devices with the open platform. Gartner Research believes Google’s Android will become the become #2 worldwide mobile OS by the end of 2010.

Source: CNN (1 & 2)


TELUS releases the Samsung Rugby II

The Samsung Rugby II is getting around… Bell and Rogers will be releasing this little rugged beast and not TELUS joins the party. Price is the only difference. As for TELUS, they will launching this today for $229.99 no-contract; 1-year for $179.99; 2-year for $129.99 and 3-year for $99.99 – similar to Bell.

TELUS describes the Rugby II as “he phone that gets the job done” – specs have it meeting military standard 810G (Water, dust, Shock and Temperature), a 2.2-inch internal TFT display (resolution of 240 x 320) and a 1.3-inch external display, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, A-GPS, Voice Recognition, 1300 mAh battery and Media player. Overall dimensions are 102 x 52 x 22mm and weighs in at 100 grams.

This should be on the TELUS site shortly…


Apple patent shows “Radial menus” could be coming to the iPhone

One way that could possibly make the iPhone a different user experience is to change up how the UI looks. A recent Apple patent application called “Radial menus“ show the possibility of the apps being presented in a circular motion. The application states that “The invention is directed towards the presentation of the menu or toolbar options in a graphical user interface. Specifically, the invention is directed towards presenting these options in a radial form”.

Basically the user would long press on a desired application to go deeper into its features – and sounds like a “flowing” experience rather tapping the screen several times to get to where you need be. Apple continues on the patent application to say that “the use of shading or highlighting within a region associated with an item to indicate the present selectability of the item, and (iii) the use of radial gestures for opening sub-menus and the subsequent display of the sub-menu.”

No word on if this will actually be implemented.

Source: Unwired View
Via: IntoMobile


SaskTel confirms Vibrant getting OS 2.2 and “adding more android devices” next year

SaskTel is doing a great job building out their new 3G+ network. As they strive towards completing the roll-out in 2011 they continually give customer updates on their progress. In addition, they bring on devices much faster which will hopefully increase their subscriber base.

A couple notable updates. SaskTel currently offers one Android device, the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. The first update is regarding the upgrade to OS 2.2 Froyo. Samsung Canada posted a note on Facebook that “Android 2.2 will be released for Vibrant from Bell and Captivate from Rogers in mid-December, and for the Fascinate from TELUS in early 2011.” No where did it mention the upgrade path for SaskTel but you could assume it’ll be around the same time as Bell. However, SaskTel Tweeted that “Froyo is being tested right now. Not sure of an exact date but will announce when we know for sure”. So that’s good news for SaskTel Vibrant owners.

Next up is regarding devices. Nothing was specifically revealed but it’ll be the same Android devices Bell will have and on Twitter SaskTel stated that “Yes we will be adding more android devices to our lineup in the new year”.

Again, good news for customers.
Source: SaskTel Twitter


Samsung Rugby 2 launching through Rogers for $279.99 no-contract

The Samsung Rugby 2 A847 is making its way over to Bell on the 16th (and can be sold soon if shipments arrive)… and this rugged device is also going to be available at Rogers. The only difference is the pricing. Rogers will be offing this for $129.99 on a 3-year and ranges in various pricing to the no-contract at $279.99. As for Bell, they are coming in cheaper with the 3-year at $99.95 but higher on the no-contract of $299.95.

We’ve got no word on when this will officially be available but it’ll be soon.
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Air Miles app gets updated for both iPhone and BlackBerry

AIR MILES has re-launched their mobile app for both the iPhone and BlackBerry and apparently they are the first loyalty app “off its kind” in Canada. Features of the updated app is that it has speed enhancements to its location services. Other key features allow you to find places that offer Air Miles points (by GPS), get exclusive bonus offers and sometimes in-store mobile offers. No word on if the app will be produced for Android.

Do you use Air Miles on a regular basis? Personally, I find Groupon more rewarding.
Check it out here at Air Miles


Chatr to discount plans by $10 effective December 8th

Rogers discount brand Chatr Wireless is going through their own issues with the Competition Bureau… but that’s not stopping them from offering customer discounts! Actually they are quite a festive mood and effective tomorrow (December 8th) until December 31st you’ll see their plans slashed by $10 each. So the $45 plan will be $35 and the $35 plan will be $25. If you sign on to this promo you’ll get that pricing for 6 months then it’ll be bumped back up on your bill to the normal price.

Looks like the recent price plan drops by Wind, Mobilicity and Public are having an impact on Chatr also. Competition is fierce these days in Canada!

Update: This is now live on the Chatr site

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Update: Samsung Rugby II landing at Bell December 16th

The Samung Ruby II is coming to Bell on December 9th. It actually has some bizarre pricing attached to it: 3-year for a big $99.95 and ranges to the no-contract price of $299.95. For that price you can get yourself a decent Android device like the Vibrant (same price) and an OtterBox case to protect it.

However, specs have this meeting Military Standard 810F certification, 1.3-inch external display and a 2.2-inch internal display (resolution of 240×320), GPS, Dual external speakers, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, 2 megapixel camera and has overall dimensions are 10.2 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm with a weight of 100 grams.

Update: We have just been sent the internal doc with the official details. Looks like the shipping date is the 9th and the launch date is the 16th. However, Bell states that “Although the channel launch date is December 16th, 2010, all participating retailers are encouraged to sell the Samsung Rugby II as soon as product arrives in an effort to support Bell Mobility clients who are eagerly anticipating this device during the 2010 Holiday season”.

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Rumour: Apple iPad 2 to launch in February 2011

Looks like 2011 will be the year of the tablet – every manufacturer basically releasing one. At the Rogers TabLife event last Friday, Rogers VP John Boynton stated that “we’ve seen strong tablet sales this year. Stronger than expected and we expected it to explode in the next 12 months. In fact, we expect tablets to lead our mobile internet category mix in 2011″. Currently in Canada the only tablets that the carriers offer are the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak and with the above statement it seems that tablets will be a big player next year.

Rumours are going around the web today of the next generation of the iPad. According Digitimes they believe that Apple will start shipping the “iPad 2″ by the end of February 2011. Manufacturer Foxconn is estimated to start with 400,000 and 600,000 units and gradually increase as the demand increases.

“The sources pointed out that the iPad 2 will ship as soon as the end of February in 2011. Apple originally planned to start mass production in January, but because the device’s firmware is currently still in testing, Apple has been postponing the schedule. Since Foxconn’s new plants in Chengdu are still in pilot production, iPad 2 will be mainly supplied by its Shenzhen plants, while the company’s upstream component partners have all been notified of the shipments schedule.”

Ironically, February is the same estimated time period that the BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to drop.

Source: 9to5Mac


White BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available at SaskTel

This new 3G+ network is treating SaskTel very well – they are on par with the big carriers in launching new devices – which is great to see. Today a festive BlackBerry Bold 9780 in White has made its way to SaskTel. Specs have this Bold coming with a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. As for price it’s set you back $100 on a 3-year; $400 on a 2-year; $500 on a 1-year and $570 no-contract.

Via: Jump