Yet another White iPhone 4 has been spotted, this time in New York City. This much delayed device has been pushed back due to it being “more challenging to manufacture”… and the actual manufacturing challenge is apparently the home button. According to a couple sources who captured pictures say that the suppliers are having trouble matching colours up. One supplier made the white home button colour and the other made the white front face plate colour… thus causing issues with the colours being off and Apple will not release the device to the public until the product is perfect looking.
According to the internal doc the upcoming Virgin Mobile LG Sway is going to launch on October 29th, 2-weeks from today. The price point of this entry level slider is $0.00 on their SuperTab… but taking a look over at Future Shop weekly flyer shows the LG Sway is ready for business (perhaps launch dates have moved around). It’s got the same price point but Future Shop is throwing in a $75 Gift Card for good measure. The Sway (when officially launched) comes with a 2-inch display, 1.3 megapixel camera and an MP3 player.
A couple pieces of Mobility news today. First off is that they have a contest called “FMyBill” where you have a chance to win 1 of 100 BlackBerry Curve smartphones and six months of service on their unlimited $65 plan. All you have to do is tell them your mobile phone bill horror story. Each prize is worth $749.99 so this bring the total contest value to a stellar $74.999. The contest starts today and ends on November 8th. Reading over the terms and conditions to be eligible for the contest you must be a legal resident of Canada residing in areas codes 416, 647, 905, 365, 289, 613, 343, 604, 778, 403 and 587 (excluding Quebec). So the other launch cities are coming up soon… You can find more about this via their Facebook page here.
Next is a new device. Not as exciting as the upcoming Nexus One, but certainly will be a good addition to their lineup. The LG Wink will be making an appearance in the November time frame. Price points are expected to be in the $100 range. As for specs of the Wink… this comes with a 2.4-inch touchscreen (240 x 320), 3.5 mm headphone jack, FM radio and holds up to 4GB with a microSD card.
More soon… but for now that contest looks good.
Rogers just posted on their Twitter account that they will be giving away 5 BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones next week. Probably starting on Monday and ending Friday. All you have to do is follow them on Twitter.
Source: RogersBuzz (Twitter)
According to analysts Google is poised to become #2 worldwide mobile OS in 2010 and on the leader by 2014. Yesterday, Google announced their Q3 results and hit revenues of $7.29 billion (up 23% year-over-year). When it specifically to mobile, Jonathan Rosenberg, Google’s SVP of product management, said “The people who are accessing our products and services through their mobile phones are adding $1 billion to our revenue streams. Clearly, this is the future of search on the Internet.”
Google CEO Eric Schmidt, spoke about their Android platform and that it’s “well past anything that I had ever hoped for… [Android] is probably the largest single platform play available in the market today… if you think of mobile as phone-plus-tablet, plus all the other things, we hope to become the leading platform in that space, and we’re doing it with an open-source approach.”
$1 billion. They have the OS in place and a lucrative mobile revenue stream already. The only thing really missing to date is a solid music platform like iTunes.
Via: Fierce Wireless
Sony Ericsson has reported their Q3 results and have proudly stated a “turnaround continues with third consecutive quarter of profits”. As for the numbers: they made a profit of €49 million (US$70 million) but unfortunately the number of devices shipped in Q3 was down 26% (10.4 million) for the year and o down by 5% from last quarter. As for market share, Sony Ericsson says “is estimated to be approximately 6%”
Bert Nordberg, President & CEO of Sony Ericsson said that “our third consecutive quarter of profitable results illustrates that Sony Ericsson’s overall performance is stabilising. Our strategy to focus on the smartphone segment is succeeding and smartphones now comprise more than 50% of our total sales… it is our ambition to become the global number one handset provider on the Android platform.”
Source: Sony Ericsson
The good news is that Samsung has announced that an upgrade to the Galaxy S series of devices is being pushed out effective “mid-October”, so any time now. However, this is only for the Nordic region first. For us Canadians we are slotted in the “gradually rolled out” status along with other markets such as Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Asia. Hopefully gradually means soon.
As for the upgrades, you can expect: voice-controlled GPS through Google Maps with Navigation, Android 2.2 JIT compiler (Just in Time), Search in-browser, video now records in MP4 format, GPS fix, new Android Market with auto-updating, Improved Exchange support, Colored settings icons, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility.
When this does official come to North America you’ll be able to download the 2.2 upgrade via Kies (Samsung’s software upgrade program) at samsungmobile.com.
Google has once again given an update that outlines the distribution percentage of a specific Android OS. These are based on a 14-day period that end October 1st and are worldwide stats. In their previous report Google stated that 50% of all Android devices run OS 2.1… however, this time the number has dropped to 40.1% but still holds the number one spot. Taking number two spot with 33.4% is OS 2.2 and coming in third is OS 1.6 with 16.4%.
In Canada we currently have 31 Android devices with majority of them running OS 2.1 and commitments to upgrade to 2.2. There are also several new devices that will be released by the end of the year that will launch with OS 2.2. Unfortunately, some Android devices have no upgrade path and are staying with their original OS.
This is interesting. If you gander over to the Rogers publication URMagazine you’ll see a bunch of new write ups such as the Torch 9800 and the upcoming Galaxy S Captivate. But the most intriguing is the full write up titled “Winning Streak” that highlights everything good about the Android-powered smartphone/tablet Dell Streak. There is no official confirmation that Rogers will be releasing this… but it’s a good indication that it’s on the way if they’ve taken the time to promote/advertise it.
The write up says that we should “Think of it as a cross between an iPad and a touchscreen smartphone. Its five-inch display rivals your best monitor for gaming, reading news and browsing the mobile internet; but, unlike the iPad, this device also doubles as a phone, meaning you don’t have to carry a cell as well. Clearly, bigger really is better”. Specs are impressive with a 5-inch touchscreen WVGA display (800×480 resolution), 5 megapixel, auto-focus with dual LED flash; plus front-facing VGA camera, holds up to 32 GB with microSD card, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi , weighs 220 grams and runs Android OS 1.6 (?). There is talk that the Streak will be upgraded to 2.2 later this year.
In regards to pricing, you can currently get this through Dell directly for $549.99 (USD) or over at AT&T in the States for $299.99 on a 2-year contract. So if it does arrive on Rogers we’ll probably see it for $299.99 on a 3-year.
UPDATE: Yup… it seems that the Streak is coming to Rogers. Thanks to our friends over at Phandroid for posting an internal doc that shows it coming out in November. Check it out after the break. (more…)
Finally. The anticipated release and unfortunately delayed Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is almost available. Rogers has posted an update on their company blog that states “Just an update that we’re working towards launching the Samsung Captivate next week”. This is good news as it was originally supposed to launch this week, but was held back due to some manufacturing issues. In regards to pricing you’ll be able to get this for $149.99 on a 3-year contract and $549.99 no-contract. The Captivate will come with OS 2.1 (Eclair) but is expected to be upgraded to 2.2 “early 2011″.
Check it out here at RedBoard