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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


Facebook holding a special “mobile event” November 3rd

Facebook has sent out invitations for a “mobile event” that’s happening at their headquarters on November 3rd.

A few weeks ago there were rumours that Facebook was going to release a “Facebook phone”. Company spokesman Jaime Schopflin quickly denied it by stating their current projects include “deeper integrations with some manufacturers… Our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social, so integrating deeply into existing platforms and operating systems is a good way to enable this”. Another rumour that’s circulating is that they’ll go beyond their mobile apps and create their own mobile OS. Facebook currently has 500 million members of which 150 million access the site from their phone.

What do you think will happen? New OS, a phone? new App features?
Source: Mashable


Video: TELUS HTC 7 Surround Hardware Review

The upcoming TELUS HTC 7 Surround will be one of the devices that will be powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Phone OS. We got hold of one of the Surround and in the first review we’ll take a quick look at the hardware, then follow up with a full review of the software.

The overall design is not to much of a stretch than other HTC devices over the past year – but has a few unique attributes to it and is one of the best looking WP7 devices. The Surround weighs in at 165 grams and has overall dimension of 119.7 x 61.5mm x 12.97mm. Even though it’s a bit hefty it feels like a quality device and comes packed with power as it has a 1 GHz processor. This device, like other HTC devices, has a large display at 3.8-inches with a resolution of 480×800. Above the screen you’ll see a speaker grill and sensors. On the bottom are the standard and Microsoft mandated 3 capacitive buttons: back, start and search. Taking a look at the top of the device you’ll see a 3.5 mm headset jack and the power button. The right hand side it the volume rocker and the one-touch button to the 5 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and can record 720p HD videos. Finally on the bottom you’ll see the micro-USB port and a slit to open up the back cover where there’s a 1230 mAh battery. The Surround has 16 GB internal memory.

One of the main features of the Surround is that this phone comes with a slide-out speaker. We took a quick video of this and will go more into detail in our next review with music. For now I just played some ringtones to capture what the sound quality is like. In addition, you’ll notice on the back a kickstand has been included into the design so you can play your music/watch videos and have the Surround rest on a flat surface. Pretty cool feature. The only long term issue is that you’ll have to close the kickstand yourself as I’m sure it will break over time by simply closing the device.

So the overall guts of the Surround is solid and it feels good in your hand, like you’ll be getting value for your money. Now the real test is if this new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS is as good as the design. We’ll have our full review up shortly. Check out the hardware review after the break (more…)


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