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Android-powered HTC Desire Z now available at Bell, $499.95 no-contract

The day has arrived and another Android-powered device has landed in Canada. Bell has officially launched the HTC Desire Z and this can be yours for the following prices: $499.95 no-contract; $474.95 on a 1-year; $449.95 on a 2-year and the 3-year comes in at $129.95. The difference between the no-contract and 3-year price is not much so you might want to consider finding the difference of $370 than be locked in for 3 long years.

Specs of this Android 2.2 device have it reaching possible download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, a 3.7-inch touchscreen (resolution of 480 x 800), a full QWERTY keyboard, 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, 5 megapixel camera with flash and records 720p HD videos, WiFi and also features the new HTC Sense 2.0 UI.

Check it out here at Bell


LG to take on the iPad & Galaxy Tab by releasing the LG Pad Q1 2011

LG is officially jumping in the tablet ring to join the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab by announcing they’ll be releasing the LG Pad. This has an 8.9-inch display, a Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor and will run off the Android OS Honeycomb. Target release date is for Q1 of 2011.

An LG spokesperson stated that “LG Electronics decided to launch a new tablet PC, so-called LG Pad, both in the domestic and overseas markets in the first quarter of the next year when Google unveils Honeycomb, tablet PC-version Android OS… While the existing tablet PCs focus on e-book, movie, music and the Internet functions, LG’s new tablet PC is jumping into the market with more diverse contents based on powerful functions”.

LG is in every technology market possible… so what are these more powerful functions? 3D technology coming to the LG Pad? TV? Vacuum? LG Also stated that the 8.9-inch display is what will make the Pad a success or failure as it comes right in between the 9.7-inch iPad display and the Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch display.

Source: MK News
Via: Engadget


WIND Mobile to announce “WINDtab” payment option

WIND Mobile will be releasing a new payment structure called “WINDtab”. You can see the official filing for the trademark here at CIPO but this is similar to what Koodo Mobile and Virgin Mobile currently have in place. Rumours of this Tab system stem all the way back to December of last year… but it’s now being implemented and the details are as follows:

The WINDtab service is only available to new Pay After customers who sign a WINDtab agreement (1 phone/data stick can be used per WINDtab account). The WINDtab gets you a maximum $150 off the a Wind phone/stick… so basically it could bring the cost to $0.00. Each month 10% off your total bill goes towards paying off WINDtab and if you want to pay more off you can. You’ll be able to upgrade/downgrade your phone at any time and can also leave the tab system but will need pay off your balance.

This new WINDtab should be announced very soon.


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


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!)


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.


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


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…)


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!)


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!)