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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 upgrade to OS 2.1 starting to roll out Sunday… but Canada will be in November

Sony Ericsson has posted a message on their blog that has some rather good news. The long awaited upgrade to Android OS 2.1 for the Xperia X10 and X10 mini is starting on Sunday. The roll out will start in the Nordic countries but for us Canadians… we’ll have to wait until sometime in November. Sony Ericsson Canada stated earlier this week on Twitter that the “2.1 upgrade for the #X10 will be available in Canada in November”.

As for what’s coming down the pipe, you can expect to see these changes:
Xperia X10:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

Check out the post here at Sony Ericsson
Via: IntoMobile


Rumour: Samsung and Google to launch the “Nexus Two”

Rumours are going around that next week Google and Samsung will be unveiling the “Nexus Two”. Both companies are refusing to comment if the device is in production but Gizmodo says the “The Nexus Two is real”… while other reports over at PCMag states that “Samsung is working on an unlocked Android device… But it may not be called “Nexus Two”.

The proposed “Nexus Two” will look like a Galaxy S device, comes with a front facing camera that has the ability to record videos. In addition, Gizmodo states that “It’s black and shiny, built with glossy plastic. Up close, though, it’s “got this curve to it.” While the screen, which our source thinks is the same 4-inch AMOLED affair from the Galaxy series, is flat, the front is “sort of concave” with hard edges. And the back is curved. The tapering makes it feel thinner than Galaxy S, though it might be about the same thickness. “It feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot ways”. Rumoured also has this coming with the new Android “Gingerbread” OS.

Some believe that this will be announced on November 8th at a NYC Samsung Mobile event… but PCMag says that “this unlocked Samsung phone may be the next developer device… is not coming out at an event on November 8″.

Source: Gizmodo
Via: PCMag


WIND Mobile to release the Curve 3G

Well it looks like one of the new devices that WIND Mobile will be launching this holiday season is the BlackBerry Curve 9300. No word on when this will be available or for what price… we’re guessing it will be below the $300 mark as that’s what Mobilicity sells it for. This entry level QWERTY device has a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 320×240), 2.0 MP camera, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS and holds up to 32GB with a mircoSD card.

Check it out here at BlackBerry
Via: CrackBerry
(Thanks Vlad!)


IDC: Apple becomes 4th largest mobile phone vendor

Research firm IDC has released their Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report (for Q3) and reveals the top 5 mobile phone manufacturers when it comes to shipping numbers. The total number of units shipped was 340.5 million (compared to 297.1 million last year) and the worldwide mobile phone market in Q3 increased by 14.6%. Nokia still is on top as they shipped 110.4 million devices and have 32.4% market share. Samsung came in 2nd spot with 71.4 million devices and 21% market share. Their number will dramatically increase in Q4 with their Galaxy S lineup. LG shipped 28,4 million devices but dropped a massive 10.1% from last year and claims 8.3% market share.

Then there’s Apple and RIM. Last week Apple CEO Steve Jobs boldly stated “We’ve now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future”. And RIM fired back with “customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple”. Well, the numbers don’t lie and in Q3 Apple shipped 14.1 million devices and RIM 12.4 million. Apple actually increased 90.5% compared to Q3 last year and now have 4.1% market share. As for RIM, they are holding tight at the number 5 spot with a respectable increase of 45.9% over last year and have 3.6% market share.


Bell launching LG Optimus Quantum on November 8th

There was no doubt that Bell would be releasing their Windows Phone 7 device – the LG Optimus Quantum – on November 8th. A few weeks back Bell put up their “coming soon” page but it was always known because Microsoft Canada’s Greg Milligan stated “we’re launching here in Canada at the same time as the U.S. This will be a simultaneous North America launch”. This will be available for $449.95 no-contract and $99.95 on a 3-year.

As for specs: It’s a slider with a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch touchscreen (480×800), a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, LED and records 720p videos, 3.5 mm headset jack, 16GB internal storage, 1500 mAh battery, WiFi and weighs a hefty 176 grams.

We have a quick video of the LG Optimus Quantum in action, check it out here.

Via: BGR


RIM employees show the love in November with the “RIMoustache Competition”

Waterloo-based RIM is helping out the Movember movement and has put together the “RIMoustache Competition”. This is only for RIM employees and starts November 1st. At the end of the month the mo will be judged with all proceeds going to help Prostate Cancer. I personally love the rules that have been set up: must be clean shaven on November 1st, no hair grown below the lower lip and the stache can’t join sideburns in any way.

Check out Movember here
Via: Gizmodo


Nokia C3 heading towards Chatr?

Rogers recently launched their discount brand Chatr and here’s something very interesting. Chatr offers Unlimited Talk and Text plans in 6 cities across Canada and if everything is on the up and up then according to the Nokia Canada website it looks like the Nokia C3 is coming soon. The C3 shows up in their list of devices with Chatr written all over it… however when you click on the image it takes you to an error page.

It would certainly be a good addition to Chatr. A good messaging device that has a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch display, MP3 Player, 3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 8GB with a microSD card, WiFi and a 2 megapixel camera. Would be their best device by far. This currently retails on Rogers Pay as you Go for $89.00.

Check it out here at Nokia


Dell Streak dummy devices find their way to Rogers… launching soon

One of the upcoming major initiatives by Rogers will be the Dell Streak. We still don’t have pricing but this will be available within the next few weeks (in November). Thanks to one of our tipster who let us know that the dummy devices have started to arrive… so the launch is just around the corner.

As for specs, this tablet/smartphone will come with Android OS 1.6 but will be upgradable to OS 2.1 shortly after. The Streak comes with a 5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD dispaly, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8250 processor, 512 MB ROM + 512MB SDRAM, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, 5 megapixel, auto-focus with dual LED flash; plus front-facing VGA camera, 3.5 mm headphone jack, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 1530 mAh battery, weighs 220 grams.

What would you pay for this? (more…)


Rogers Bold 9780 dummy phones start arriving

Rogers announced yesterday that the BlackBerry Bold 9780 was officially going to be available in their lineup. No prices or a launch date was given but a slight movement was made today as the dummy phones started to arrive at stores. Rumoured pricing is expected to be around the $149.99 on a 3-year contract.

Specs of the 9780 have it with a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, runs the new BlackBrry 6 OS and the Webkit browser, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1.

Source: TheCellularGuru