Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days. (more…)
Welcome to Tête-à-Tête, a series where two of our writers converse on interesting topics in the mobile landscape — through chat. Think of it as a podcast for readers.
This week, Doug and Daniel despair over the lack of hardcore mobile gamers, but find hope in the upcoming Shield Tablet from Nvidia. (more…)
Google Glass may have been Google’s first foray into the wearable space but the device has yet to make it to market. Development is still ongoing with the Glass team regularly pushing out new updates for members of the Explorer program. Thanks to this most recent update, Explorers can now attach additional cameras to the HMD. (more…)
A little less than two weeks ago, Nokia revealed that the Windows Phone 8.1 Cyan update had started rolling out to Lumia devices. Unfortunately, there was nothing about a Canada-specific roll-out. Just that it would be available for all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices “in the coming weeks.”
The official roll-out schedule still has ‘under testing’ for every Lumia device on all Canadian carriers, but Nokia Canada revealed via Twitter that the update is now available to all Lumia 1020 users. (more…)
A half-year into his tenure as BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen has developed a reputation for delivering great quotes with a dry wit. Chen was in fine form earlier this week when he told the Financial Times he wasn’t concerned about the recently announced deal between Apple and IBM, likening the partnership to when “two elephants start dancing.”
While Chen acknowledged the current industry perception that his company now faces an imposing challenger, he also declared that the partnership could be seen as good news for Blackberry, because it “validates what is a huge market.”
While market validation is desirable, market share is preferable, and Chen knows that BlackBerry can’t provide a complete enterprise services offering alone. The CEO also indicated to the Financial Times that he is working on potential partnerships.
Motorola’s entry-level Moto E has made it over to regional carrier Eastlink and can be yours for $0 on its 2-year easyTab, or a high $192 retail price – which Eastlink notes “is made to last and priced for all.”
As a refresher, the specs of the Moto E have it coming with a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540, runs Android 4.4 (Moto committed to update the OS for 18-months), dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), 5MP camera, 1980 mAh battery and weighs in at 142 grams.
Android Wear is still in its infancy. It’s relatively new, and there isn’t really a ton of apps available for the platform right now. There also isn’t very many Android Wear devices. As time goes on, all that will change. For now, almost every new app is exciting for users. Even if all it does is turn your phone’s WiFi hotspot on and off.
Today’s exciting Android Wear app comes from the folks over at Toronto’s BNotions. They’ve made an app that will allow you to control certain functions of your Tesla Model S, like opening and closing the sunroof, or beeping the horn, right from your watch. You can also lock and unlock the car.
You do have to launch the app on your watch before you can do any of this stuff. That doesn’t seem to take too long, though it’s hard to tell given they cut the wait time out of the video (either that or the watch didn’t understand the command on the first take, and they cut that out). If it does take a while then this has the potential to be like waiting for your Uber while empty cabs whizz past. Why rely on technology when the old fashioned way is quicker?
Still, it’s a pretty cool example of what developers are doing with Android Wear. Now we just have to figure out which car in our Tesla Model S fleet will be the test subject for this app.
Google has tweaked its Play Store categories this week, adding a whole new section for games that can be played offline or without a data connection. Though there are probably countless games that can be played while you’re off the grid.
This new offline games section section has just 54 titles for now, including the highly popular Dots and as well as Freeze, Dumb Ways to Die, Robot Unicorn Attack, and Minecraft. The majority of these games are also free, with just eight of them costing money. None of the paid games are priced over $5.
Not only is this useful for when you find yourself without data or WiFi (say, for example, if you take the subway with any sort of regularity), but it’s also going to be extremely useful for parents with kids that love to play mobile games, and people with a limited amount of data each month.
Thalmic Lab’s Myo is one of the most anticipated wearables of the year. The armband has set some hefty expectations of making “Minority Report-style” arm gesture experiences a reality. The time has finally come to see if the Kitchener startup can deliver as they begin to ship the production units of Myo out to the developer community by the end of the month. We visited Thalmic in their swanky new office on Charles Street to get a hands-on demo to see if this wearable is worthy of all the hype.
The quick answer is yes, it sure is. But there are still some tweaks to work out before the device hits the market. (more…)
Motorola’s current flagship smartphone is the Moto X, which was released last summer. The fact that it’s almost a year old puts it at a distinct disadvantage compared to competing flagship smartphones. The fact that it’s underpowered compared to the competition and has to sell alongside the oh-so-reasonable-in-every-way Moto G makes things even more difficult. That could all change in a matter of weeks, though. Information about a new Motorola flagship has just hit the web and it sounds like it will be arriving sooner rather than later. (more…)