7-Inch Toshiba Thrive Now Available in Canada

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Don’t you love it when a device manufacturer says that they plan to release a device during a certain time-frame and actually do it?! Props to Toshiba because they have done just that. Back in September they announced the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive and said it would drop sometime in December, and it did — well in Canada anyway.

The 7-inch Toshiba Thrive is an Android 3.2 powered tablet with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and contains Toshiba’s Adaptive Display and Resolution combined with video enhancements. The tab has stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facer and is available in 16 or 32GB flavors. The whole package is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and has plenty of ports to plug-up such as miniUSB, microHDMI, and a microSD card lot. Not a bad set up given the reasonable price of $370. You can pick one up right now from the Future Shop and if this guy sounds like something you’re interested in then just hit that little source link below.

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Verizon Set To Train Employees On 4G Xperia Play

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This little tidbit of news certainly is going to be a doozy for Big Red customers. As if the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play wasn’t enough, we just got a tip that Verizon is prepping their employees for training on a new Xperia Play variation. Employees are advised of a registration for December 12th and 14th training dates for a specific device. What’s the significance of the training for this specific device, you ask? Well kids– this new specific device is a 4G variation of the Xperia Play. Yes you read right– the gaming phone is set to run on Verizon’s blazing fast LTE network. One can only imagine the speed and smoothness of the multiplayer battles on Big Red’s network. Sheesh. Customers should be able to see the new phone in the very near-future. Stay tuned with Talk Android for any news and follow-up for this exciting variation of the gaming phone.

[via Android Central]

HTC Amaze 4G Update Rolling Out Now, Brings Support for Wi-Fi calling

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Remember the HTC Amaze 4G that we did an extensive review on in October? Well, a new update started rolling out for it today (no, not ICS) and it brings a few fixes to the device and also includes the awesome advantage of IMS Wi-Fi calling. The update will bring the device up to Android 2.3.4 and the changelog is as follows:

New Features

  • IMS Wi-Fi Calling
  • Google Music

 Improvements

  • Improvements to Bluetooth connection
  • Clock widget not updating with time zone change
  • Improvement to Twitter and Peep application
  • Improved Wi-Fi  connection

As you will notice, the software improvements aren’t really anything to write home about (although improved Wi-Fi connection is always nice), the real kick in the pants here is IMS Wi-Fi calling. Basically, its a T-Mobile supported bridge between their network and the Internet that allows for incoming/outgoing voice calls. I am not sure yet whether or not T-Mo is going to count those minutes as part of the calling plan, but if not it’s going to be the best deal going for phone calls. If you are the owner of an Amaze 4G, after you get the update you can enable said feature by pressing Settings-> Wireless & Networks, then enable the Wi-Fi Calling option. Pretty bad-ass if you ask me.

The update began to roll-out today and will continue through Jan. 20th. As usual, the roll-out is done in stages and can take some time until it reaches all devices. If you don’t see it just quite yet, be patient. Eventually you will see the welcomed notification in your notification bar. Hit the source link below for further details.

[via T-Mobile Support]

Facebook is the most popular app for Android users according to Nielsen

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Nielsen just conducted a study to find out what apps Android users use the most. Other than the Android Market itself, the most popular app was Facebook. I certainly am not shocked, but I’m a little surprised. I believe Facebook should be high up on the list, but I would have picked Gmail to win. They broke it down to within three age groups, 18-24, 25-34, and 35-44, and Facebook came out on top (other than the Android Market) in all groups. Gmail was close though as it tied in the 35-44 age range and was within 1% in the 25-34 range. For the 18-24 range, Facebook beat Gmail out by 3%. For all groups, Google Search, Google Maps, YouTube, and Angry Birds had high ranks and were fairly consistent across the board. For music, the most popular app was Pandora which is a little surprising since the built in music player or Google Music didn’t show up at all.

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[Leak] Verizon to release 4G LTE version of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 soon

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 back at the beginning of September at the IFA Conference in Berlin, but only for Europe. We immediately wondered when we would hear something for the U.S. A WiFi version recently passed through the FCC, but how about a 4G LTE version? If you are liking that form factor and wanting the lightning fast speeds, you might be in luck because these documents show Verizon has already entered it into the system as of December 7. This gives us no clue to when we will see it, but don’t expect it to be till after the New Year.

[via droid-life]

 

Rogers Lights Up 4G Service in Surrounding Toronto and Vancouver Areas

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Do you live in Canada? Are you waiting on 4G LTE service in your area? Then you may be in luck as Rogers has announced today that their LTE service is now live in more cities surrounding both Toronto and Vancouver. According to Rogers, their LTE network should cover 30% of the Canadian population by the end of this year. The cities surrounding Toronto include:

  • Mississagua
  • Brampton
  • Vaughan
  • Richmond Hill
  • Markham

And around Vancouver:

  • West Vancouver
  • North Vancouver
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Langley
  • Surey
  • Maple Ridge
So there you have it, those of you in these areas should have access to the 4G service. If you are eligible for an upgrade or have a 4G phone and are in this area I recommend going out and getting a 4G phone and playing with this new service. For those of you in this area, are you seeing 4G signals yet?

Nook Color Gets Software Update, Now Includes A Healthy Dose Of Netflix For Your Educational Or Informational Viewing

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Whoa, that didn’t take long. Barnes & Noble has announced an update for its Nook Color tablet. The update includes new PagePerfect NOOK books, the ability to read books in portrait or landscape mode and wait for it– Netflix support! The update is over-the-air (OTA) of course and will begin rolling out starting today. Users should receive it when their device is connected to Wi-Fi and is idle. Of course you can download the update here if they just can’t wait for the OTA update. Don’t forget to let us know how the update works out for you in the Comments section.

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LG Spectrum (Revolution 2) Photos Revealed

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Recall the rumors of the “Revolution 2″ for Verizon?  Well, the rumors have manifested and pictures of the device have surfaced thanks to our friends over at Pocket Now.  The handset will be dubbed the LG Spectrum and showed up in Vz’s system last month with model number VS920.  The device sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 720p HD res, an 8 meg camera capable of HD capture and LTE radios on board.  The Spectrum joins a large and hefty lineup as it fits in the ranks with the Droid Razr, Rezound, Galaxy Nexus and Droid 4.  So, if you’re on Big Red, you’ve got options.  As we mentioned before, Pocket Now managed to scoop some shots of the device and though they are small, you can see the handset is pretty slim as opposed to its predecessor.  Check out the shot above and don’t forget to let us know you think.

[via Pocket Now]

Motorola Has New Project For Droid RAZR

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Well it appears that there is a new project coming out from Motorola for Droid RAZR owners. I just received this email, just a few minutes ago actually, and while I am not sure what it entails, it appears that this project is moving quickly. Given the timeline Motorola gave for updating their phones to Ice Cream Sandwich, I will venture a guess that it has something to do with the 4G SIM card issues that some people are having. If you are interested in knowing more, hit the break below to check out the email.  » Read the rest

Amazon Promises Software Update for Kindle Fire to Fix U.S. Issues

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A lot of folk have had negative things to say about the Kindle Fire and it appears that Amazon is listening. As Amazon has had to reorder stock for the device it appears that it is selling quite well, but given the feedback, people have had less than great things to say about the tablet/e-reader.

While some issues are hardware related, such as power button placement and a lack of volume rocker buttons, an abundant amount of complaints were software and performance related. Given our review on it, it appears that performance might be a big issue down the road, so having performance issues right out the gate would hurt the Kindle Fire in the long run.

Great news for folks in the UK as well. This update should be implemented into the tablet already when it’s released abroad in early 2012. Those with the U.S. version won’t have to wait so long as a company spokesperson told the New York Times, ”In less than two weeks, we’re rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire.”

With that being said it appears that Amazon is taking your feedback and given that it’s said that there are 3-5 million units sold, that feedback is quite important. What about you guys, are you having performance issues?

 

[via Pocket-Lint]