Today is the big day for Samsung enthusiasts – especially developers. We’re here at the Samsung “bada Developer Day in Toronto” and will update you with all the happenings. So far there seems to be about 50 people ready to take on and build apps for their new open mobile platform called Bada. We’re seeing Wave devices all over the place… apparently they are giving away free devices to all who are there. Plus a bunch a door prices too. (more…)
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New entrant Public Mobile is on a tear recently. Over the past few days they successfully launched their service in Toronto and on Friday they will follow up with going live in Montreal. In addition, last week they announced a partnership with Gateway Newstands that sees their phones in 152 Toronto locations. All sounds good… and today it’s getting 350 million times better.
During the wireless auction Public Mobile only spent $53 million and captured a reach of 19 million potential customers that stretches from Ontario to Quebec. Today Public Mobile, ZTE Corporation and the Export-Import Bank of China announced a $350M financing deal that will help them completely build out their network. The official signing of the deal will be taking place at 4:30pm today in Ottawa with Peter Van Loan, Canada’s Trade Minister.
In a press release Alek Krstajic, CEO of Public Mobile said “This is a significant deal for both Public Mobile and ZTE. We chose to work with ZTE because of their expertise in technology and commitment to financing. ZTE provides the world’s top mobile operators with high-quality and high-capacity network performance.”
There is one thing that is for sure – we’ll be seeing more ZTE devices on the shelves of Public Mobile stores.
Congrats to everyone at Public Mobile!
The new iPhone 4 is getting its share of news – granted it’s a thing of beauty. The screen is apparently made of something called Gorilla Glass and is “chemically strengthened” to be “20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic”. With any device you get you’ll eventually scratch it or worse drop it by accident. The folks over at ifixyouri have taken it upon themselves to preform a drop test on the new iPhone 4. It takes a bit but eventually the screen shatters. Perhaps it’s best to get a case for protection (Apple is calling them a “Bumper”). Check out the video here: (more…)
CRIKEY! WIND Mobile sent out a tweet that their network traffic jumped 3 times right after the earthquake that hit Ontario and Quebec today. We’re guessing their network is getting more reliable as the days go by. Still no official word on how many customers they have brought on though.
Did anyone experience any issues over the last few hours?
Toronto-based Broadplay has partnered up with The Globe and Mail to offer text message alerts of breaking G20 news. Majority of carriers are on board and it’s free to sign up but standard text messaging charges apply. You can sign up here at this site or text G20 to 123411.
In NYC today Motorola announced the Droid X (not available in Canada yet) and Google’s Andy Rubin said that Android activations are reaching a mind blowing 160,000 per day. In addition, the Android Market continues to increase as it now has over 65,000 apps (both free and paid). Those are some solid numbers for a platform that is only 2 years old. Perhaps Rogers what correct when they named Android a “revolution”.
Rogers continues the good vibes. First it was giving back $30 million do customers who overpaid in their bundle… and now they are giving you free data when you download and use their iPad Rogers LIVE 2010 FIFA World Cup app.
This app is specifically for Rogers customers with iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. The new app will allows to live stream soccer games. No worries as you can watch all you want as Rogers states that “All data generated while using the app on the Rogers network will not come out of your monthly data bucket”. It’s all free. (more…)
The Acer Liquid E was recently released by Rogers and it’s their newest Android-powered device. This runs OS 2.1 and I believe this will be included in the few devices that will get an upgrade to the new OS 2.2 when it’s released.
The overall design of the Liquid E is well put together. Sleek, all decked out in a glossy back with curved edges (dimensions are 116×54×12.75mm and weighs in at only 135 grams). The specs are solid too. The 3.5-inch touchscreen display has a resolution of 480×800 but captures a massive amount of fingerprints. Pictures and videos from the 5 megapixel camera show all show up nice – the only issue I found with the camera is the quality of sound from the video. It came out sounding really low and muffled.
Using the QWERTY keyboard on the screen didn’t present any issues over the past few days. The touchscreen is responsive and the Liquid E comes with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that’s unfortunately been reduced to 768MHz to preserve its battery life.
Even with all the other goodness that’s packed into this Acer such as WiFi, full HTML browser, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, access to the Android Market, all your e-mail, Google Maps, Google Talk, Bluetooth and that it can holds up to 32GB… I found the device somewhat had a cheap feel to it. There’s a good reason why Rogers priced this at $49.99 on a 3-year contract. This is not something I would be proud to carry with me for the next several years. In addition, we’ve already seen this hit the low no-contract price of $375. I’m sure we’ll see this hit the $0.00 mark within a couple months max. Check out the review here:
Ouch. The iPhone 4 and its “chemically strengthened” glass front is supposed to be scratch resistant. However the back of the new iPhone is clearly not. Take a look at the pic below and you’ll see a beautiful scratch on it. A few weeks ago another pic popped up showing the glass that is “20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic” shattered into pieces. I’ve a feeling that this little scratch will not deter the millions who are going to purchase it. (more…)
Here’s some good news for those located in the Montreal area! Already humming in Toronto, new entrant Public Mobile is officially set to go live in Montreal this Friday, June 25th. Combined in both cities Public currently has 66 stores and a couple monthly plans to choose from: $24 unlimited talk and a $40 unlimited talk and text.
Hopefully with Montreal launching we’ll be seeing some more device choices.