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MTS to release the Motorola Milestone A854

MTS is getting ready to release their second Android powered device soon – the Motorola Milestone A854. There will be a great deal of announcements coming up with MTS as they will be launching their anticipated HSPA+ network soon. The Milestone A854 comes a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with flash, access to the Android Market, Google Maps, Google Talk.

Rick Gadd, VP and GM at Motorola said “The launch of the Motorola Milestone A854 with MTS demonstrates Motorola’s commitment to continue bringing innovative Android handsets to Canadians”. In addition, it’ll ship with Android OS 2.1 but has no plans for future upgrades. No price plans have been released yet.

Source: CNW


Chatr to release the Nokia C3 for $100, Bluetooth headset included

Last week the Nokia C3 popped up on the Nokia website with Chatr written all over it. More news today as our friends over at Future Shop have confirmed that the device will be launching and also have revealed it’ll be for $100. In addition, Chatr is throwing in a Bluetooth headset and a credit of $60 when you choose “Auto Pay” (have them bill your credit card each month). It’s a pretty good deal for this QWERTY device (and WiFi). You can expect the Chatr Nokia C3 to be available sometime in November.

On another note… it looks like Chatr is still using the “fewer dropped calls than new wireless networks” in their advertising. Other new entrants filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau that this statement provided “no solid or objective technical basis for Chatr’s claim”. No word on where this issue stands.


Samsung says the Nexus Two is “simply not true”

Last week the rumours started to fly about a device that Samsung and Google are working on that is apparently the “Nexus Two”. Specs of this device have it looking a Galaxy S and comes with a front facing camera, 4-inch AMOLED display and the new Android “Gingerbread” OS. Gizmodo says the phone is real, PCMag states that “Samsung is working on an unlocked Android device… But it may not be called “Nexus Two”.

Now a Samsung official claims that the much talked about Nexus Two is “simply not true”. Of course denying this device would be in order… and I’m sure there will be more quotes denying the existence of this next generation of the Nexus device coming until some actual pics surface. Time will tell if this rumour is true.

Via: BGR


Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro coming to Fido

Looks like you’ll have a bit of choice of where to pick up the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro. This messaging device was released on Rogers and it’s also coming to Fido (should be available this week). The price points on Rogers ranges from a 3-year $49.99 to the no-contract price of $274.99. As for Fido this will come in at $75 on a 2-year contract and $275 outright.

We’ll have a review up shortly but probably the best feature of the Vivaz pro is that it has a 5.1 megapixel camera that can capture 720p HD videos. In addition, this 3.2 inch touchscreen has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard,WiFi and holds up to 32GB with a microSD card.


Review: Getting to Know the Rogers Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7

The Samsung Focus is the first smartphone from Samsung powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 to be launched in Canada. It will be going on sale shortly at Rogers Wireless outlets across the country. There’s no word on the pricing or exact date of availability, although many are expecting it to be available starting on November 8th.

When it comes to the hardware, the Focus doesn’t disappoint. Let’s run down what you can expect with the Samsung Focus. First, it’s powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. However, that 8GB is expandable to 40GB by adding a 32GB MicroSD card. Next up is the brilliant 4 inch Super AMOLED screen. This is the same screen you’ve seen on many other Samsung devices as of late. There’s also a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash with the ability to record 720p HD video’s, a 1500mAh battery, Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS. It measures in at 24.7mm x 64.3mm x 9.9mm and weighs just 119.4 grams.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Samsung Focus is just how light the phone really is. In fact, it’s so light that my initial thought was that I was holding a dummy phone that you would see in the store. The next thought I had was about the build quality. If the phone is that light, there’s going to be a lot of plastic, which could result in a phone that has a lot of give in it, but that’s not the case with the Focus. Sure, it’s all plastic, but there’s no creaking or popping like you would expect on cheaper quality phones. When you slip the Focus into your pocket, you can easily forget it’s there. (more…)


UPDATE: TELUS HTC Desire upgrade to OS 2.2 now available!

TELUS HTC Desire owners were loving that the upgrade to 2.2 Froyo went live last week… but then it was quickly pulled only after a few minutes online. Originally 2.2 was promised to be “coming in October” but TELUS support posted on Twitter that “We got word that Android 2.2 has been pushed back and will be out in the near future in Q4″.The good news is that the upgrade is coming… but the bad news is that we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

UPDATE: TELUS came through… the upgrade to 2.2 is now live OTA! Check your Desire: Menu, Settings, Phone Info then software updates and you’re good to go.

Via: TELUS Twitter


More details and images of the “PlayStation” phone emerge

The rumoured PlayStation phone is real and Engadget has uncovered a few more details of the device. First it seems that the codename for the Android device is called “Zeus” and this specific prototype is running OS 2.2, rumours are that this could be released with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). In addition, the phone appears to be a bit chunky at an estimated 17mm thick, comes with an 8GB microSD card and at least 512MB of internal storage. There’s still no clue on a release date or pricing… is this something you would want to get your hands on? Do you like the prototype design?

Source: Engadget


BlackBerry Curve 9300 appears in the WIND Mobile inventory

Once the Curve 3G was posted on the BlackBerry software site there was really no question that the smartphone was going to be released by WIND Mobile. Confirmation is always good as a screenshot has appeared online of the the WIND inventory that shows the 9300 ready for action – there are a couple lines so it could mean that they will offer a couple different colours. There is no word on when this will be released or for what price. The inventory system currently shows $9999.00 but this is obviously a placeholder. We think it’ll go below the $300 mark.

Source: BGR


Samsung targets to sell 10 million Galaxy S devices by the end of 2010

Samsung is the 2nd largest mobile manufacturer in the world (first is Nokia) and their Q3 2010 results came up with an increase of 19% to 71.4 million phones shipped. In a press release they stated that their “flagship smartphones, Galaxy S and Wave were the primary drivers of continued sales growth amid a global demand recovery.” To date they have sold an estimated 7 million Galaxy S devices and it’s available in 90 countries by 210 carriers worldwide. Samsung is also projecting continued sales of the Android device to hit the 10 million mark by the end of 2010.

In Canada Rogers sells the Galaxy S Captivate, Bell and SaskTel have the Vibrant and TELUS recently announced they will be launching the Fascinate soon. No word on how many devices have been sold in Canada but it’s one of the more popular devices that have been released. In addition, the Galaxy S will be upgraded to OS 2.2 Froyo at different times for each carrier: Bell is apparently sometime in November, Rogers says “early 2011″ and TELUS has committed to a “winter” time frame for the Fascinate.

Check out the full Samsung Q3 results here (PDF)
Via: Engadget


AdMob Founder and CEO departs Google

Earlier this week David Lawee, Google VP of corporate development said that buying Android was the “best deal ever”. In the same article in Venture Beat Lawee stated that “It’s obvious when the deal doesn’t work out, because the people leave. That’s the key metric: Is the technology being used? A lot of it depends on the perseverance of the team coming in.”

Almost a year ago Google purchased mobile ad platform AdMob for $750 million and it looks like AdMob founder and CEO Omar Hamoui has suddenly departed the company for “personal reasons”. In a statement Google said that “Omar has decided to leave AdMob and Google for personal reasons. He built a fantastic business in a short period of time, and we wish him all the best. Mobile advertising – across search and display – is now a billion dollar business for Google, with AdMob a key part of that. Google is fortunate to have a great team of leaders who are driving the next phase of rapid growth and innovation across all our mobile ads products.”

Who knows what the real “personal reasons” are and perhaps it’s just a cover up as part of the deal… but mobile advertising is expected to be a $24 billion dollar business by 2014 and Hamoui will most likely end up somewhere in the space.

Source: TechCruch