Google launches official Google Canada blog

 

Google’s managing director of Google Canada, Chris O’Neill, started a new blog today. An individual starting a blog may not be newsworthy, but when it is an official blog for Google, that gets our attention. O’Neill indicates in the blog’s welcoming announcement that he hopes to “share some of these stories from Canada and about Canadians, to make announcements about Google products and events, and to share a glimpse of life at Google in Canada.” He also introduces a new (at least to me) term, “Canooglers” – Canadien Googlers. Hit the source to visit the official blog site. They have already posted an update!

source: Google Canada blog
via: mobilesyrup

Virgin Mobile adds Samsung Galaxy Reverb to lineup

Adding new Samsung Android-powered devices to their lineups seems to be the “in” thing this week as Virgin Mobile USA announces the availability of a new device to their portfolio. For $250, buyers can get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy Reverb. This 4.0-inch display smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon S2 processor and will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device is only 3G capable. Virgin Mobile will start taking pre-orders on August 29th and availability is expected some time in September.

source: phone scoop

Pair of Android powered Samsung devices, including Samsung Galaxy S II, to join Boost Mobile lineup

Consumers who prefer or need a no-contract smartphone will have a couple new options available soon through Boost Mobile. For the first time ever, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G (a rebranded Sprint Epic Touch 4G) will be available with a no-contract carrier. Priced at $370, buyers can get this device starting September 6th with Boost Mobile’s $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan. In addition to providing unlimited talk, text, and web services, Boost Mobile has a “shrinking” payment feature which results in a discount of $5 per month for every six on-time payments, ultimately dropping the monthly cost to as low as $40 per month. The device is the familiar Galaxy S II with a 4.52-inch display running on a dual-core Exynos processor. The phone will be delivered running Ice Cream Sandwich and can connect to Sprint’s 3G and WiMAX-based 4G network. For an additional $10 per month, subscribers can make use of the device’s mobile hotspot capabilities to provide access for an additional five devices.

For buyers who may not need quite as much hardware, Boost Mobile will also be offering the Samsung Galaxy Rush later in September. Not much is known about the device slated to be available for $150. According to Boost Mobile, the Galaxy Rush will have a 3.5-inch screen and will also be paired with the Android Monthly Unlimited plan.

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Motorola’s bootloader unlocking tool not coming to older devices

Motorola announced today via Twitter that the company would not be offering its bootloader unlocking tool to users with older devices. According to the manufacturer, handsets like the Droid Bionic, Droid 3 and Droid X2 are not “currently in the plan“, meaning owners of these devices will be left out in the cold. Currently, the service only supports the Xoom, Photon Q 4G LTE, and the European RAZR Developer Edition.

No mention was made about the possibility of the original RAZR or RAZR Maxx receiving the special treatment, though it seems highly unlikely that anything other than the company’s newest hardware will gain access. However, with the Droid RAZR HD on the horizon, there may be an alternative.

Source: Twitter

US Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G Now Available Online For $179

US Cellular now has another 4G LTE handset available to customers, the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. The Metrix 4G is now available online for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate, but if you purchase the phone in an LTE capable market (or a market that will have LTE by the end of the year), then the device will only cost you $129. If don’t live in an LTE capable market, but live relatively close to one, it may be smart to take the quick drive and save yourself a quick $50. As for the specs of the phone, here’s what you can expect:

  • A slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • A 1GHz processor
  • A 4.0-inch touchscreen
  • A  5MP rear-facing camera and camcorder
  • A front-facing camera

While it’s no Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s still a more than capable device that will give you 4G LTE speeds. You can read the full press release after the break.


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Optimus Vu headed to Verizon as LG Intuition

We previously heard rumors claiming LG’s square-shaped Optimus Vu would be heading to Verizon this quarter, but new evidence has solidified our suspicions. A leaked internal document suggests that the Optimus Vu will be making its way to Big Red as the LG Intution. If the leak is accurate, the device will be priced at $199 with a new two-year commitment or $549 off-contract. Add this to the fact that a similar device has already passed through the FCC with support for Verizon LTE, and the evidence is overwhelming.

Verizon has yet to release a product to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note, and the LG Intuition could certainly fill that hole. However, the Galaxy Note 2 event is just a week away, and if the rumored specs turn out to be true, Verizon could be in for a heap of trouble.

Source: Droid-Life

Vizio Co-Star gets ripped apart, finally reveals dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM

 

Remember the Vizio Co-Star Google TV box? Much of the specs for the device remained undetermined, but thanks to the folks at ifixit, some important specs are finally revealed. Here’s what you can expect from the Co-Star:

  • Marvell Armada 1500 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Marvell 88DE2755 QDEO Video Processor
  • Nanya NT5CB256M8GN-DI 2 Gb DDR3 SD RAM (1GB total RAM)
  • Samsung K9GBG08U0A-SCBO 32 Gb (4 GB) NAND Flash

For $99 bucks, this definitely isn’t too bad for the hardware that you’re getting. Has anyone out there purchased one of these? If so, tell us your experience with the device.

source: ifixit

Samsung vs Apple Patent case slowly coming to a close as jurors begin deliberations

With testimony finally being finished for both sides just a couple of days ago, jurors for the Samsung vs Apple patent case have now begun deliberation, thus this lengthy clash between the two titans is now starting to come to an end. This federal trial has lasted over 3 weeks (seems longer, doesn’t it?), and now this multi-billion dollar patent infringing case rests in the hands of 9 people (7 men and 2 women). Remember, Apple is trying to prove that Samsung ripped off the designs of the iPhone and iPad with their successful Android devices such as the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

With so much money at stake, not to mention the implications this has in the mobile industry market, we should not expect a quick decision from these jurors anytime soon. According to Professor Mark P. McKenna of the University of Notre Dame Law, “This case has huge implications, it could result in injunctions against both companies.”

I know most of you are probably wondering how these jurors will make such a huge decision that could massively affect Samsung. First off, the judge has to read a 109 page set of instructions intended for the jury, as as they make their decision, jurors must fill out a 20 page form that includes dozens of “check-off” boxes. According to experts, this 20 page form that the jurors must fill out are “crazy” and “incredibly complicated.” Needless to say, these jurors have a lot of work ahead of them. Secondly, the jurors have several smartphones and tablets at their disposal in the jury room to further help them from determining whether certain patents were indeed infringed upon or not.


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Humble Bundle for Android 3 adds 4 new games into the package

Remember Humble Bundle for Android 3? It initially launched with donators receiving 4 games: Battlefield, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem and Spirits. If you think that wasn’t great enough, 4 more games are being added into the bundle! The new games are Osmos, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, World of Goo, and EDGE. These 4 titles were actually available in the previous Humble Bundles, so if you missed out on the previous ones, now is a great time to get them. If you’ve already donated and got this bundle before today, need not worry as these titles will automatically be added for you and you can download them any time you wish.

Nothing beats an already sweet deal getting sweeter, right? If you’re not familiar with Humble Bundle and how it works, check out our previous post which further explains how it works and how to get it.

source: Humble Bundle for Android 3

Gen10 XS Tablet Line Announced by ARCHOS, Introduces ‘Coverboard’ Feature

 

If you remember, we previously showed you a brief glimpse of ARCHOS’ new Gen10 tablet earlier this month. Today, ARCHOS has officially unveiled the new Gen10 XS line of tablets which is the successor to last year’s G9 tablets. First out of gate to carry the Gen10 XS name will be the 101 XS, which will be their flagship tablet and come with a 10.1 inch (1280×800) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 processor, 16GB of storage and a near-stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience. The 101 XS is also to expected to get improved software as ARCHOS also says that the Jelly Bean update will be released sometime in Q4 2012.  The 101 XS also has a slim profile as it weighs only 21 ounces and measures .31 inches thin which is almost 12% lighter and nearly 40% thinner than last year’s 101 G9.

The tablet will also feature some noteworthy innovation too. The main draw to this tablet will no doubt be what ARCHOS is calling the “Coverboard”, which is a magnetic keyboard that acts as the tablet’s protective cover when it’s not in use as well as a stand when viewing media. As you’d imagine, this Coverboard is proprietary and docks with the tablet giving it a full-keyboard experience yet customized for Android 4.0. The Coverboard will be a standard feature on all Gen10 XS tablets providing protection while only adding .2 inches to the tablet’s size.

The 101 XS will be available for purchase in mid-September for $399.99 with two other models (97 XS and 80 XS) to follow later in 2012, though no pricing information on the other two models is available at this time.  You can read the full press release when you hit past the break.


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