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Update: The “State of Android in Canada”

Back at the end of September we posted an article titled “The State of Android in Canada”. This was originally created by one of our readers and it has now been updated with all the recent Android releases in Canada. We should also note that Google recently updated their Android OS distribution and stated that “77% of all Android devices run OS 2.1 or higher”… so it’ll be interesting to see where us Canadians are at.

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the manufacturers and carriers push out the Android updates. The TELUS Desire went to 2.2, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 family upgraded to 2.1, Hero to 2.1… plus we are seeing more devices launching with 2.2 (Bell HTC Desire Z, Videotron/Mobilicity Google Nexus One/Samsung Galaxy Tab)… but majority of the devices now run OS 2.1.

Here are some statistics when it comes to Android in Canada:
- There are currently 53 Android devices across 12 carriers
- Rogers leads with the most Android devices with 13, followed by TELUS with 9, Bell with 5, Videotron 4
- 26% of Android models available in Canada are running either OS 1.5 or 1.6 (11 devices)
- 60% of Android models available in Canada are running OS 2.1 (32 devices)
- 74% of Android model available in Canada are running OS 2.1 or higher
- 7 Android models available in Canada run Android 2.2 (13%)
- 50% of Android models available from Rogers are running OS 1.5/1.6
- Videotron now makes up for 8% of the Android devices in Canada (4 devices)
- All of Wind Mobile and Virgin Android devices run OS 2.1
- 8 out of 9 TELUS Android devices run 2.1 or higher, the Motorola Backflip is stuck at 1.5

So it certainly seems the Android revolution is strong in Canada. Carriers are adopting the platform and even committing to update the OS (although not as fast as us customers would like). How are you liking your Android-powered device? Would you leave it behind to go to another platform?

You can check out the full spreadsheet here at Google Docs
(Thanks Denis!)


Tbaytel goes live with their HSPA network, offers over 25 new devices

Right on schedule… Tbaytel has gone live and has started to offer a whole slew of HSPA devices (thanks to Rogers). You can check them out here at their site but below is a complete list of their offerings (Smartphones, Cellphone and Internet sticks):

Acer Liquid, Apple iPhone 4 16GB or 32GB), Blackberry 9100 Pearl, Blackberry 9300 Curve, Blackberry 9700, Blackberry 9800 Torch, Blackberry 9780 Bold, HTC Magic +, LG Loop, Motorola Flipout, Motorola Quench, Nokia N97 Mini, Samsung Galaxy 5 Captivate, Samsung Wave S5800, Sony Ericsson X10, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini, * LG Shine Touch, LG Xenon, Motorola VA76R, Nokia 6750, Nokia 6790 Surge, Samsung Corby Pro, Samsung Corby Touch, Samsung A836 Rugby, Sony Vivaz Pro, Rocket Stick ZTE MF668 and the Novatel MiFi 2372R.

In addition, to celebrate this goodness they have thrown together a couple promotions that give you a couple months of free service (personal and share plan)

Check it all out here at TBayTel


Virgin intros $55 Student Combo Plan that’s actually decent

Virgin has introduced yet another plan… The “Limited Time Only” $55 Student Combo plan is actually pretty decent. Here are the details: You’ll get 200 anytime minutes, Unlimited evenings & weekends starting at 6pm, Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging, 1 GB Canadian Data and Unlimited Talk & Text to 10 numbers Nationwide…. this is perfect timing for the recent launch of the Galaxy S (better than the Android Super Social 40 Plan) or Bold 9800.

Check it here over at Virgin


Rogers releases the Samsung Galaxy Tab at $674.99 no-contract

Rogers is first out with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This tablet runs Android OS 2.2 and is available on the following price plans: Outright is $674.99; 1-year is $599.99; 2-year is $564.99 and the 3-year is $539.99.

The Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch TFT LCD display (with 1024 x 600 resolution) and is dubbed as the tablet that can play flash video as it comes with Adobe Flash Player 10.1, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor a 1.3 megapixel front-facing and camera and a rear 3 megapixel camera with flash. A big bonus for those who are going to go for the Tab versus the iPad is the weight: the Tab weighs in at 380 grams while the iPad it weighs 680 grams. Other important specs of the Tab are that it has WiFi, GPS, 16GB internal storage and can hold up to 32GB with a mircoSD card. Samsung specific features Samsung’s Music Hub plus Reader Hub gives you the ability to read and purchase books, magazine, newspapers.

Check out the pics after the break. (more…)


Wind BlackBerry Curve 3G now available

Wind Mobile has released the BlackBerry Curve 3G (actually launched on Friday). This smartphone has now made the rounds at all carriers and it’s available at WIND for $290. The Curve 3G comes with a QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4 inch display (resolution 320 x 240), BlackBerry OS 5.0 (upgradeable to BlackBerry 6 when it’s officially released), trackpad, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, HTML browser, 2 megapixel camera and holds up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

More here at WIND



Sony Ericsson to release Xperia X7 & X7 mini with Windows Phone 7?

Recently Bert Nordberg, President & CEO of Sony Ericsson recently stated that “it is our ambition to become the global number one handset provider on the Android platform”… but according to the latest leak online it also looks like Sony Ericsson is going to be releasing a couple Windows Phone 7 devices. Continuing on the Xperia name the Xperia X7 and X7 mini are both targeted to be released Q1 2011.

As for specs, the Xperia X7 will come with a massive 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen display (resolution of 480×800), a Qualcomm MSM8260 1.2GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera that can take 720p HD videos and apparently an HDMI output with Dolby Digital Plus surround. Dang those specs are good.

As for the Xperia X7 “mini”, this slide shows that it’ll have a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen display with a resolution of 480×800, 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor and a stellar 10.1 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording. The mini is not so “mini” and sounds like a device that I’d want now.

The images are not the most convincing so hopefully the slides are true. If so, Sony Ericsson will be having a great year next in 2011. (more…)


Virgin Samsung Galaxy 550 launching November 20th with exclusive plan

The Virgin Mobile news keeps coming… we first posted that they were going to release the Android 2.1 Samsung Galaxy 550 on November 12th, then got moved to November 15th but it now seems that the availability date is on November 20th (Saturday). Virgin states in the doc we received that this device is “Launching November 20, 2010, The Samsung Galaxy 550 is EXCLUSIVE to Virgin Mobile! In fact, it’s so exclusive it has its own NEW plan!”

We’ve got the details on the plan too (similar to the recent Android Super Social plan). Check out the image after the break, but it it states the following:

“This new plan is EXCLUSIVELY for the Samsung Galaxy 550, but it’s only available for a limited time!
The $40 “Android Social 40 – 300″ plan includes:
•Available for new and existing Members
•300 Anytime Minutes
•100MB of Data
•Unlimited local incoming
•Unlimited weekends and evenings starting at 7pm
•Choice of unlimited text & picture messaging OR Voicemail 10 & Call Display
•Included in the International Text Promo
•All this for just $40 per month!
*The Galaxy 550 is also available on the Android Social Plan for ALL Androids
*Grouping for this plan is Smartphone (more…)


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 upgrade to OS 2.1 now available

If you’ve got a Rogers Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or an X10 mini then good fortune has come your way today! The upgrade to OS 2.1 is now available. As to what has been included in the upgrade, according to the documentation it states the following:

- HD video recording, 720p MPEG-4
- Send files via Bluetooth™
- New additional applications will be available in Market
- New Backup and restore application
- Multiple Google accounts
- Quick contacts
- Live wallpapers
- Five wallpaper/standby screens
- Improved screen lock
- Timescape is updated and improved

More here at Sony Ericsson
(Thanks to everyone who sent this in & Abe for the pic!)