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Google: 77% of all Android devices run OS 2.1 or higher


In Canada we are seeing more Android devices get upgraded to a newer OS. Recently the HTC Desire finally received OS 2.2 (Froyo) and the Hero got OS 2.1 (Eclair)… soon we’ll see the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and X10 mini get upgraded to 2.1 also. Unfortunately there are devices that are stuck with the OS their device came with – apparently this is for “the best combined hardware and software experience”.

Google has released some more statistics of the distribution percentage of a specific Android OS. The trend is growing and shows that Android 2.1 leads with 40.8% and 2.2 comes in second with 36.2% of all Android devices. Combined that’s 77% of all Android devices run 2.1 or higher. Android OS 1.6 dropped to 15% and Android 1.5 fell to 7.9%.

Where do you stand with your Android?

Source: Android Developer
Via: Android Central

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Bell: HTC Desire Z is available tomorrow


Bell just mass e-mailed customers or potential customers to inform them the rumours are true – the HTC Desire Z is available tomorrow for $129.95 on a 3-year and $499.95 no-contract. The Desire Z comes with Android OS 2.2, a full QWERTY keyboard with a 3.7-inch touchscreen (resolution of 480 x 800), 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, 5 megapixel camera, flash and records 720p HD videos… Bell states that “this might just be the fastest smartphone ever”.

Who’s getting it?
(Thanks John!)

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Bell BlackBerry Bold 9780 is delayed

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 was supposed to be available on Bell (and Virgin) on October 21st, then it got pushed to November 2nd… and now it’s unfortunately been delayed a few more days. No reason of why the delay but our source says it could be last minute OS fixes – the same reason the Torch 9800 was delayed. It should be available next week we’re told. We’ll find out more soon…

Update: BerryReview is stating the same info that the Bell 9780 is delayed.

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MTS to release the BlackBerry Style 9670 “later this year”


MTS has just announced that they will be adding the BlackBerry Style 9670 to their lineup. No official date or pricing was given but it will be available “later this year”. The Style is the new BlackBerry flip phone device that some people are questioning if it’s really stylish. As for specs it comes with their new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi, trackpad, built-in GPS, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth.

Source: CNW

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Video: 58-inch “Table.Connect for iPhone”


Here’s something pretty cool. Table.Connect for iPhone is still in early development but it gives you full control of your iPhone 4 or 3GS on a 58″ capacitive multitouch surface. Not sure what they are going to do with it but it would be cool if this would take on the Microsoft Surface in some way. Check out the video after the break (more…)

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 upgrade to OS 2.1: “Available the week of November 8th”


The roll out of the Android 2.1 upgrade for the Rogers Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and X10 mini started on Sunday, mainly in Europe and then filtering down to other countries. Sony Ericsson Canada said that we would get our upgrade sometime in November. Well the month is upon us and one of our tipsters have confirmed that the Android upgrade to OS 2.1 for both the X10 and the X10 Mini will be “Available the week of November 8th 2010″.

In addition, according to the e-mail we received it stated the upgrade will do the following ‬
‪- HD camera (X10 only), 720p both on record and playback‬
‪- Battery improvement (20-25% more)‬
‪- Speed and navigation on the phone‬
‪- Better web browsing‬

(Thanks tipster!)

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Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 3-year price increased to $229.99


The Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 3-year contract price has been increased for some reason. Usually it goes the other way but hopefully we’ll see a price drop for the busy Q4 holiday rush. The price is now set at $229.99 on a 3-year; 2-year is $499.99; 1-year is $559.99 and the no-contract device sale only is $609.99. Anyone going to bite?

Check it out here at Rogers
(Thanks tipster!)

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Virgin to intro the “Android Super Social” plan for $40/month

Virgin is getting ready to take on Q4 – we’ve seen their holiday device lineup and now the plans are starting to come out of the woodwork. First up is the “Android Super Social” plan for $40 per month. You can see this on their site now but this will be officially available on November 5th and can be used for the HTC Legend and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 5.

Here’s what you get: 100MB data, Unlimited Text and Picture Messaging, Unlimited Evenings and weekends and 150 minutes of talk time. For $40 it’s a good deal but you’ll most likely blow through the data in no time.

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Skyfire 2.0 for the iPhone app gets approved… available Thursday for $2.99


On Thursday you will be able to watch Flash videos on your iPhone. Apple has approved the Skyfire 2.0 for the iPhone app and it will be officially available on Thursday at 9:00am… but it’ll cost you $2.99. We’ve seen a quick video demo of the mobile browser in action last week and it converts video from Adobe Flash to HTML5.

CEO of Skyfire Jeff Glueck showed up on CNNMoney yesterday to demo the app and stated they have a cult following: “the app was given a rather rigorous review from Apple, but it was approved in less than two months. Apple did not return a request for comment on why it approved Skyfire for its App Store”. Check out the video after the break and make sure to check out the app on Thursday. (more…)

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iSuppli says Samsung Galaxy Tab costs $215 to manufacture


The Samsung Tab will be released soon in Canadian via Bell and Rogers. We’re currently reviewing the newest tablet device and it’s impressive so far. The Tab is light at 380 grams and comes with Android OS 2.2, a 7-inch display (1024 x 600 resolution), 3 megapixel camera with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. Although there’s no price points yet for what Bell and Rogers will release the Tab for… it should be released within the next couple weeks.

In the meantime, research company iSuppli has taken the time to rip apart the Tab. In their latest report they state that Samsung has materials totaling $205.22 (USD) and $9.35 worth of manufacturing costs to end up at $214.57. iSuppli says that Samsung made the Tab “as a large-scale smart phone, rather than as a true competitor to Apple Inc.’s iPad”.

In the United States the Tab costs $599 outright – We can probably expect the similar pricing but it’ll most likely be available on a contract model as well. What would you pay for the Tab? (more…)

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