Google announced an update today for the Google Mobile App for iPhone app and with it comes Gmail and Calendar push notifications. Once you turn on the notifications you’ll get an icon badge every time an e-mail come in or and event happens. To get this search in the App Store for “Google Mobile App” or here at this iTunes link
The Motorola Flipout has a unique design. It’s square but literally flips open to reveal a 5-row QWERTY keyboard. Last week we took a quick look at the hardware and found that the Flipout did pass the erratic test with flying colours. I think the main question you should have with this device is if it’ll be able to stand continually flipping the device open over the next several years.
When it comes to the Android OS, the Flipout has 2.1 so it’s actually advanced compared to other Rogers Android devices. In addition, this comes with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR where you can stream your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr straight on to your home screen. The good thing about the Flipout is that it’s easy to use. If you want to put programs/apps on to the homepage – or any of the other customizable screens – all you have to do is simply drag it and release. Using the 2.8-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320×240) is responsive. When you choose to use the virtual QWERTY keyboard to type you might find it a bit frustrating because it’s a bit small. This is when the 5-row QWERTY keyboard comes into play. At first I thought it might be a bit tight (specifically the space bar) but after a few days of use it turns out the physical keyboard works incredibly well. Typing was a breeze on it. However, I never used the directional pad and feel this could have been eliminated to add more space to include other important buttons.
Taking pictures came out nice. It’s got a 3 megapixel camera and no flash. One way to get over the lack of flash is to use the “Kodak Perfect Touch” that enhances the picture for you. The video quality came out really pixelated but the sound quality was impressive. The Flipout can hold up to 32Gb with a microSD card. No issues with call quality or reception during the review.
The specs of the Flipout are all there and the price plans are somewhat affordable. Overall the Flipout could be a good first device and a first Android, but you’ve got to think long-term with this one… mainly because it’s fashionable now but won’t be in a few months. Check out the full video review here (more…)
The upcoming Canadian launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be “coming soon“. There’s been many rumoured dates flying around but nothing officially confirmed. Thanks to one of our tipsters for letting us know that the launch parties are set to kick off in Toronto starting September 21st, then in Vancouver on the 22nd and finally in Montreal on the 23rd. No word on if this is the official release date but it certainly makes it a strong possibility. To those who are lucky enough to attend will be given the opportunity to learn about the Torch and the new BlackBerry 6 OS. In addition, to spike enthusiasm RIM will be giving away a total of 75 devices (25 at each launch event).
Are you excited for this touchscreen QWERTY slider to arrive in Canada?
Future Shop and Best Buy have come out with a free iPhone app (and iPod Touch, iPad) where you can search their entire online product catalogue, view customer ratings and reviews. In addition, they’ve built in a store locator that’s based on your geo-location so you can find the closest store. If you don’t want to visit a store you can have the products shipped directly to you with the “Ship to Home” feature.
Another new entrant has decided to slash prices and give free service. Public Mobile operates in Toronto and Montreal and offers a couple Unlimited Talk and Text plans ($24 or $40 per month). They have 4 devices in their lineup (ZTE C78, Kyocera Tomo, Samsung R312, Kyocera G2GO) and here’s the deal when it comes to their latest promo. It’s pretty simple: Until September 12th or “while supplies last” they’re giving 50% off select devices and also 1-month of free service.
Even though they have 4 devices, 3 of them are on sale:
Samsung R312 now is $62.50 no-contract (was $125)
Kyocera Tomo now is $60 no-contract (was $125)
Kyocera G2GO now is $90 no-contract (was $125)
ZTE C78 stays at $70
Via: Public Mobile
Here’s an interesting stat… Facebook for iPhone currently has a total of “103,578,916 monthly active users”. Recently on the Facebook blog it was posted that “more than 150 million people actively using Facebook from mobile devices”. So this means that the iPhone app accounts for a staggering 67% of all Facbook mobile activity. No insight was given on where RIM, Motorola, Palm, HTC stack up.
Some update news for Motorola Android users. If you’ve go the Dext, Quench or Backflip Motorola has posted that these devices are all currently “under evaluation” to receive OS 2.1 (Eclair). No clear date of when this will happen but certainly a good sign of things to come. In addition, Motorola announced a couple days ago that TELUS Backflip owners have the opportunity to get a minor upgrade before 2.1 also.
Regarding the TELUS Motorola Milestone, this recently received OS 2.1 and it looks like it will also get a head start on OS 2.2 (Froyo) as this is also “under evaluation”. Again… no word on when an official upgrade will be available.
Update: Motorola has updated the upgrade schedule that they recently released to have the Milestone now say “Initial rollout of upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for Q4″. Unconfirmed rumours are that it’s sometime mid to late September.
At the beginning of the month we found the all the specs of upcoming Rogers Corby Touch on Samsung Canada’s website. This will be launching early this week but it seems our friends over at Future Shop have already started to advertise its availability, more importantly a price reduction.
No word on the no-contract price but for the 3-year contract price Rogers will be releasing this at $49.99 and Future Shop has already discounted it to $29.99, plus thrown in a $75 Gift Card.
Specs of the Corby Touch has a 3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 240 x 320, 2 megapixel camera, music player, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 111.4 x 55.3 x 12.4mm with a weight of 105 grams.
Canadians are being asked to help the victims of the floods in Pakistan. This has now killed over 1,600 people and over 20 million people have been affected by the disaster. One way to give is via text message. The Mobile Giving Foundation Canada in association with the Canadian Red Cross, UNICEF and World Vision Canada have announced a nationwide text-to-donate campaign. If you’re interested, here are the ways that you can give:
• Text the word “REDCROSS” to 30333 to donate $10 to the Canadian Red Cross.
• Text the word “GIVE” in English or “DON” in French to 45678 to donate $5 to UNICEF.
• Text the word “WORLD” to 45678 to donate $5 to World Vision Canada.
MGF states that the donation are in $5 or $10 amounts and 100% of the monies collected goes directly to the relief efforts. The amount will appear on your bill and you won’t be charged for text messaging.
Talk about a great device to launch as your first Android! SaskTel will add the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant to their lineup – this will come with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, OS 2.1, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS. As for a release date… SaskTel wrote on Twitter that “Aug 25th is the day! But keep in mind it is an ESTIMATED delivery date for SaskTel and our dealers”. This will be available for $150 on a 3-year, no word yet on other price plans.