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Samsung Galaxy S5 teardown proves it’s a lot more than just a bigger S4

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You would be forgiven for mistaking the Galaxy S5 for a minor upgrade over last year’s S4. It’s only slightly bigger, nominally faster (on paper, at least) and similarly styled.

But underneath, Samsung has revitalized the device’s internals, drastically improving the quality of the display, the antenna and baseband architecture, and the camera, while offering new integrated components like a fingerprint sensor and heart rate scanner.



Bell Sony Xperia Z2 contest shows retail value is $700


Take this for what it’s worth. Bell announced today that they will be the exclusive carrier of the Sony Xperia Z2 and to celebrate this news they are offering up a chance to win one of these beauties.

First, Bell stated that the 5.2-inch Android will be available in May and the terms and conditions shows the end date of May 7th at 11:59pm, so we could see it potentially released that date or the 8th. Next, there are 5 devices up for grabs and Bell says that they each have an “Approx retail
value $700.00 Cdn each.”

Whether this will be the no-term price is unknown, but we’ll bring you more details closer to the official launch.

Source: Bell (PDF)


Videotron releases the Moto G


Another devices has found a home over on the shelves of Quebec-based Videotron. Last week it was Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c, but this week it’s the entry-level Moto G.

The Moto G comes with Android OS 4.4 KitKat, 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.5-inch display (1280 x 720 resolution), 5MP camera with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 2070 mAh battery and the carrier has stocked the 8GB version. As for pricing, Videotron has set the ‘Reduced price’ 24-month term at $29.99 and rises upward to $229.95 no-term.

Check out our hands-on of the Moto G here.

Update: It seems that Videotron has followed WIND Mobile and made the 16GB version available. The info on their site is incorrect.

Source: Videotron


Samsung rumoured to launch the ATIV SE Windows Phone this month


Samsung, like many leading manufacturers, hasn’t produced a flagship Windows Phone for many months. There have been rumours that we’ll see another ATIV hit the market and this looks to be true. Reputable device leaker @evleaks previously outed a Samsung Windows Phone with Verizon branding — this is expected to be the ATIV SE and a new report by The Verge suggests this will launch sometime this month.

As for specs, the LTE-enabled ATIV SE is expected to have a similar design as the Galaxy S4 and sport a 5-inch display (1920×1080), 13MP camera, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and will reportedly upgrade to OS 8.1 after its launch.

Unfortunately, there is no word yet on pricing or a Canadian release. In the past, Rogers has been the front-runner in Windows Phone devices and launched several exclusive products. When Microsoft kicked off Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 the two company formed a partnership that declared Rogers to be “preferred Canadian wireless partner.”

Source: The Verge


Nokia announces the Lumia 930, 630 and 635 running Windows Phone 8.1


As expected, Nokia announced a few new Lumia devices today, as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 launch.

Up first is the 5-inch Lumia 930, a true successor to the Lumia 920 and the first flagship device from Nokia running WP8.1. Like the Verizon-exclusive Lumia Icon, the 930 sports a 1080p display, a 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20MP rear PureView camera with hardware stabilization and ZEISS optics, and a 1.2MP wide-angle front facing camera.

And, like the Lumia Icon and 1520 before it, the 930 offers four directional microphones for better noise cancellation and truer voice recording.



Nokia promises Windows Phone 8.1 for all WP8-powered Lumia devices

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Nokia today promised an update to the existing range of Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices, offering Windows Phone 8.1 to its entire price range, from the low-cost 520 to the 1520.

No word on when these updates are coming to Canadian Lumias, but you can rest assured it will be offered as soon as carriers approve it.



Lumia 930 and 630 rumoured to be Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8.1 devices


It’s been quite a while since Nokia launched a moderately-sized worldwide flagship — November 2012 to be exact. While the Lumia 1020 and 1520 have launched since then, each have had their quirks, and appeal less to the core smartphone market than a niche audience.

With the Lumia 930, Nokia will likely offer the first Windows Phone 8.1 experience alongside a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon processor and a 20MP camera, similar to what is found on the Verizon-exclusive Lumia Icon.

A render from @evleaks shows that the Lumia 930 shares many design traits with the Icon, but lacks the carrier-specific branding we’ve come to expect from the carrier.



Windows Phone 8.1 coming soon, bringing Action Center and Cortana personal assistant

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At the Build developer conference today, Microsoft has taken the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1, an update to the mobile OS coming soon to WP8-powered devices.

While the core tenets of the platform are unchanged — it still looks and feels very much like the Live Tile-centric experience we know — there are some major improvements to nearly every facet.

For starters, the lock screen is now fully customizable; Microsoft worked with Rudy Huyn, the French developer famous for 6tag, 6sec, 6snap and other high-quality Windows Phone 8 apps, on several lock screen designs. There’s a new API for developers to plug into, allowing them to practically take over the space without obfuscating notifications from other apps. (more…)


TimePlay’s Cineplex deal expands nationwide, boasts four million plays in two years

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Toronto-based TimePlay has expanded its collaboration with Canada’s largest cinema and entertainment company, Cineplex, to 725 theatres across all 10 provinces. Since 2011, the company has been piloting its interactive advertising platform in Toronto and Vancouver, increasing from just over 100 screens to, most recently, 231.

“Consumers want to participate in their entertainment,” said Jon Hussman, President and CEO of TimePlay. “Traditionally, the pre-cinema show has been pretty unengaging. We’re trying to leverage smart devices to make it more so.” The company, which is mainly known for facilitating pre-movie trivia and interactive games over WiFi, has seen enormous engagement by consumers, and tremendous interest by advertisers, who claim a significant jump in brand awareness from the venture.



Facebook rolling out new Android app design to all alpha testers


Facebook has been A/B testing a new flat Android UI for months now, but now the company has made it available to all users, with one important stipulation: you must be a member of the Android alpha testing group, which began last November.

The company’s flatter, tab-focused interface looks far more native on Android than its previous UI despite doing away with the left-side navigation menu, relegating everything but the feed, messages and notifications to an overflow menu. Facebook made a similar change when it transitioned to an iOS 7 interface last year, and it seems that it’s finally nailing down the performance aspect on Android, too: the app feels much more native, even on lower-powered devices, with smoother scrolling and far fewer hiccups than before.

To get the new version, you must be a member of the Facebook alpha testing group, and then follow the instructions to join the test and begin downloading the new version. You will need to either uninstall the existing Facebook app on your phone, or locate the App Settings menu and clear the app cache.