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Nokia’s EVP of Mobile Solutions suddenly resigns

Big things are happening over at Nokia. Last week it was announced that CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is being replaced by Canadian-born Stephen Elop, tomorrow Nokia World 2010 kicks off… but today Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s EVP & GM Mobile Solutions, gave his 6-month notice and is resigning. Vanjoki originally joined Nokia back in 1991 and it’s rumoured that he was the one inside Nokia to be considered to take over as their new CEO.

Vanjoki said in a statement that “I felt the time has come to seek new opportunities in my life. At the same time, I am one hundred per cent committed to doing my best for Nokia until my very last working day. I am also really looking forward to this year’s Nokia World and sharing news about exciting new devices and solutions.”

Source: Nokia
Via: Engadget


iPhone App of the Day: TowerLocator

Here’s a cool Canadian-focused iPhone app that’s all about cellphone towers. It’s called TowerLocator and it’s pretty simple and free. The description says it all: “A map to locate cellular providers towers within Canada. Includes all the big and small providers”.

So now you have a to see what the reception is like in other areas on the go, or to keep up to date to see how your carrier is processing putting towers up. Every carrier is on there and broken down by colour. The main listed carriers are Bell (orange), Rogers (red), Telus (green), Mike (Yellow) and all the others in blue. You can dig deeper and choose to search for a specific carrier such as Wind, Public Mobile or Mobilicity or simply view all. In addition, there are different map styles such as Satellite, Hybrid. You can get it via iTunes by searching “TowerLocator”.

I’ve grabbed a few screenshots and here’s the one that’s from the official description. (more…)


Fido set to release the Android-powered Acer Liquid e

Fido has been relatively quiet over the past couple months, not much has happened with them except releasing a Prepaid internet stick. That’s about to change as rumours are pointing for this puppy to release their first Android-powered device. On deck is the Acer Liquid e which runs OS 2.1. Apparently training is starting early next week with the launch expected to be within the next few weeks. The price points are actually decent at $50 on a 3-year and $350 no-contract (Rogers currently has the Liquid e for sale at $29.99 on a 3-year and $424.99 no-contract).

When officially released it’ll become Fido’s best device. Quick specs of the Liquid e are that it has a 3.5-inch display, 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, holds up to 32GB. Overall dimensions are 116×54×12.75mm with a weight of 135 grams.

Source: HowardForums


TELUS HSPA customers experiencing SMS delays due to 3rd party iPhone app (Updated)

If you’re with TELUS you might be one of the customers who are experiencing texting issues. They’re working on the issue and will be resolved shortly. According to the internal email we received it’s “impacting all HSPA customers” mostly in the Eastern region and the reason is due to a 3rd party iPhone app that’s hammering on their network. As of last night at 7:30pm over 300,000 messages we waiting to be delivered and we understand people are still having delay issues.

Thanks to a tipster, here’s the e-mail we received:

Situation: due to a third-party iPhone application flooding our network, about 3:30 p.m. Eastern all HSPA customers were no longer able to send or receive SMS messages. The issue is impacting all HSPA customers as of 7:30 p.m. more than 300,000 messages were stuck in our queue.

Messaging: Late this afternoon some TELUS customers started experiencing delays with SMS services. We are aware of the issue, and are working to restore service to all customers as quickly as possible. * If all goes well, we anticipate all service will be restored later today or overnight.

The issue was caused by a third party wireless application flooding TELUS’ network with data. We are in touch with that company, and working with them to address that issue.  * We are not at liberty to disclose the third party.

Are you still experiencing delays?

UPDATE: We’ve been informed that the issue has now been resolved.


Motorola Dext, Quench and Backflip OS not being upgraded and “Will remain on Android 1.5″

Here’s some unfortunate news for Motorola Dext, Quench and Backflip owners. A few weeks ago Motorola posted on their Owners’ Forum that these devices were currently “under evaluation” to receive an upgrade to OS 2.1 (Eclair). However it now seems that these Android-powered devices are all staying with the OS they came with – which is the first release of OS 1.5.

Motorola says they all “Will remain on Android 1.5 for the best combined hardware and software experience”.


Source: Motorola
(Thanks Samuel!)


Gartner: Android to become #2 worldwide mobile OS in 2010

More consumers are turning to Android-powered devices and research firm Gartner believes this OS will overtake RIM for the number 2 spot by the end of the year. Still leader the OS charge is Symbian but again Gartner states that Android will come close to being the worldwide leader by 2014.

In their report they stated that the “worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8 percent of mobile OS sales by 2014… Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner’s worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia’s volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 spot will be contested with Android, which will be at a very similar share level.”

Many manufacturers are releasing more devices with Google’s Android OS. Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Motorola and Acer have all hopped on board, which Gartner thinks will “help Android become the top OS in North America by the end of 2010″.

What’s more interesting to note is their viewpoint on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS. Rumours have this launching in October and by the end of the year have a 4.7% market share, followed by 5.2% in 2011 then dropping to a low 3.9 by 2014. In addition, Apple iOS looks to be taking on 3rd spot by 2014 with 14.9% market share and RIM falling to 4th with 11.7% market share.

Time will tell, all speculation until the manufacturers release actual numbers. (more…)


Video: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 running Android 2.1

Sony Ericsson posted on Twitter a couple days ago that they’re targeting to release the anticipated upgrade for the Xperia X10 to OS 2.1 in the Q4 time frame (so between October to December). A video has popped up from the IFA tech show in Berlin that shows the X10 running 2.1, a bit blurry but shows the live wallpapers in action. Progress is good… check it out after the break. (more…)


iPhone 4 free case program to end September 30th

When the iPhone 4 launched Apple ran into some reception issues and created a program that gave those who purchased it a free case. The end date was set to expire September 30th with Apple to “reevaluate” the program and come out next with a possible solution. Today Apple gave that update and stating the program is officially being discontinued on the 30th and that the attenuation issues only impacted a “small percentage of iPhone 4 users”. Apple posted on their site:

“We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.”

This updated was posted on their main site, but not yet updated on the Canadian site. However, if users feel they are having issues they can call AppleCare and get a Bumper, but not any of the 3rd party cases.

Source: Apple
Via: Gizmodo


Updated: What are the 3 handsets missing from Vidéotron’s launch?

Vidéotron launched their new 3G+ network yesterday. In the press release and also during the live webcast they stated they have “Something for everyone: 12 handsets, including 4 firsts“. Indeed they came out with some great Canadian firsts such as Android 2.2 on the Nexus One and the Garmin Nuvifone A5, plus the Motorola XT720 (also heading to WIND).

However, on their website they only list 9 devices plus a mobile internet stick (Huawei E1381). The devices are the Huawei U3200, Samsung Gravity 2, Huawei U7519, Nokia 5230, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, BlackBerry Bold 9700, Google Nexus One, Garmin Nuvifone A5 and the Motorola XT720.

So the question still remains to find out what those mysterious missing devices are and why they’re not for sale as promised. We believe they have a great lineup… but aren’t you curious to know what the missing handsets are before you make your decision?

Update: Videotron sent us an e-mail to state what the other 3 handsets are. One of them is the Sony Ericsson TM506 which they “use this phone exclusively for the migration of our actual customers”, plus the other couple of devices are actually different colour options. The Nokia 5230 comes in white or black, and the Samsung Gravity 2 comes in blue or orange.


Video: LG Shine Plus Quick Overview

The LG Shine Plus was recently released by TELUS. A few weeks ago we got an early look at this Android 2.1 device. This has a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 and also comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. You’ll see in the quick video that the keyboard is nicely spaced out, not to busy and has a massive directional pad. In addition, the Shine Plus has 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash and video capabilities, Wi-Fi, GPS and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. We’ll have a full review up shortly… in the meantime check out the video. (more…)