LTE Goes Live In Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto While Pricing On Rogers Upcoming LTE Devices Are Revealed

If you happen to live in any of Canada’s three largest provinces and fall under the umbrella of the Rogers network, you’re certainly in for a treat.  LTE went live in a number of markets and the carrier is now touting LTE service availability for over 5.5 million Canadians.  That’s pretty big if you ask us.  Among these regions, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto can now join the ranks of those experiencing the blazing fast speeds of LTE.  And up until now, the only device available for the service was the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S.  Well, all of that is about to change. Thanks to our friends over at MobileSyrup, a complete pricing guide has been revealed, exposing a pretty hefty line up being added to the Rogers arsenal.  Among the elite, customers will now be able to get their hands on the upcoming HTC Jetstream, an LTE tablet with WiFi connectivity, a 10″ capacitive touch display, 32 GB of storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU all topped with Honeycomb 3.1. You can also bet your bottom dollar you’ll be able to get a hold of the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory for the perfect blend of functionality and freaking awesomeness.  Expect to be able bring this device home with you on October 18th.

In addition to the JetStream, the ever popular and world-wide known device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, will also join the ranks of LTE devices available “in the coming weeks”.  Rumor has it that another LTE enabled HTC handset could make it to Rogers as well along with the super ridiculously thin Galaxy Tab 8.9.  And thanks to our friends, once again over at MobileSyrup, full price plans have been revealed for their various agreements, one such being a 3-year contract, ouch!  Hit the break to check out the full pricing scheme, courtesy of a tipster, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Bladeslinger Headed To Android, Teaser Trailer Released

The sci-fi/western action game Bladeslinger was announced for Android by Luma Arcade at the Unity Conference Unite 11 yesterday. A teaser trailer was also released to correspond with the announcement, giving fans a peek into this 3rd-person shooter that combines both close and ranged combat as well as the ability to pause game-play and activate special attacks and abilities. Luma Arcade General Manager, Sam Williams calls the project a “pet passion” for their studio that now makes its way to Android (and iOS) “without compromising our vision for the game.”

Hit the break for the Bladeslinger teaser trailer and get aquatinted with the character William Glaston on his way home to Hammer’s Peak, an ill-fated town now overthrown by dreadful creatures.

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Google Requesting Protection For Android Plans During AT&T, T-Mobile Antitrust Trial

Looks like Google is looking out for numero uno while the AT&T and T-Mobile antitrust trail is taking place.  Can you blame them?  In an effort to keep and protect proprietary information from leaking out or getting into the hands of their competitors, they’ve filed a motion to forbid any disclosure regarding its plans for Android.  The motion was filed by Google yesterday in hopes that a judge will grant their request in order to protect any possible release of confidential information.  If this information were to leak out, it could be extremely harmful to Google’s business plans and strategy for the Android operating system.

Apparently, while conducting the antitrust investigation between AT&T and T-Mobile, Google supplied the DOJ with sensitive material and is now taking precautionary measures in keeping that information private.  We can certainly think of a few companies off the top of our heads who would love to get their hands on information like that.  However, Google is pretty adamant in ensuring that certain information is not revealed during the hearing.  The proceedings were provoked when the DOJ stepped in last month and filed its own suit against the acquisition claiming that it will surely hinder competition.  Only time will tell what happens as this begins to unfold.  But one thing is for certain, Google is going to do whatever it takes to ensure its secrets stay secret.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[via Zdnet]

Two Minute Walk Through Of Ice Cream Sandwich Surfaces, Courtesy Of Lucky eBay Recipient (Video)

Say, you wouldn’t be interested in checking out a 2 min video showing a walk through of Android’s latest and greatest, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), would you?  Oh yeah, you would?  Great, because we’ve got a taste for you courtesy of our friends over at Engadget.  We’re not surprised that leaks would begin to surface, especially since the OS will most likely be available some time over the next couple of months.  However, this was a bit out of left field.  One lucky eBay member looking forward to receiving a Nexus S he purchased on the popular online auction received a little more than he thought he would.  After snatching this bad boy out of the box and noticing something a bit off.  He noticed the OS was slightly revamped, so naturally, he hightailed it to the “About Screen”.  To his amazement, he found the blissful words “IceCreamSandwich” for its OS version.  We know what you’re thinking.  “You lucky b!@#%*d”.  Well, don’t worry, as we can provide you with the next best thing.  How about a 2 min walk-through of the device running on an updated build, IRK48 and kernel 3.0.1?

Note in the video that there are some extremely noticeable hints of honeycomb on the device, such as the vertical multitasking menu found on tablets.  Short cut keys now include room for four icons instead of two.  In addition, Google has added a Google Apps icon which gives you instant access to all of your favorite Google products.  You’ll notice UI changes as well when it comes to the camera, several menus and the notification bar.  As the folks over at Engadget note, it’s possible that this could just be a slick ROM placed on the device, which is where Im personally leaning.  However, we have to admit it and give credit where credit is due.  Even for a ROM, it looks slick as hell.  Hit the break to check out the video courtesy of a tipster at Engadget and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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T-Mobile Confirms They Will Have The Galaxy Tab 10.1

About two weeks ago we reported on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 clearing the FCC rumored to be coming to T-Mobile. T-Mobile has confirmed today via Twitter that they will in fact be offering the Tab 10.1. This should be awesome news for anyone not on Verizon and looking to snag a tablet with a mobile carrier. No other details were given besides to stay tuned in the upcoming weeks. We’ll be sure to post any details right here as soon as we get them. Anyone excited?

[via twitter]

Android Honeycomb 3.2.1 update available now for the Asus Transformer

Today Asus rolled out the Android Honeycomb 3.2.1 update for their Transformer tablet. Updates are always fun and are generally an improvement to your Android experience. If you are the proud owner of a Transformer and haven’t received the update yet, press menu>settings>about> and check for a system update. According to Asus’s Facebook page, the update will bring:

Android 3.2.1:

  • Security enhancement

New Feature:

  • Supernote


  • Added Farsi IME support
  • Czech IME improvement : support Qwerty & Qwertz
  • JP SKU fixed translation bug and Polaris office font
  • Added more language translation into ASUS App

APP Updates:

  • CN SKU 3rd party app bug fix
  • Polaris office & ASUS WebStorage update


  • Browser with Adobe Flash improvement; ex: YouTube
  • Browser force-close improvement
  • Improve Wi-Fi stability
  • Improve Chinese handwriting prediction : recognize character from each stroke

[via droidlife]

HTC Rhyme ringtones, wallpapers, and boot animation available for download

The HTC Rhyme isn’t even for sale yet, but now you can already get a little taste of what’s to come. Ready to drop on Verizon this Thursday, the HTC Rhyme is a mid level device with the needs and wants of females in mind.

The friendly developer Legion, has already gained access to the files and has made them available to download via MultiUpload. Although the phone may not be a device that appeals to very many men, I suggest everyone at least look at the  zip file because the wallpapers were done extremely well. I am not a girl (although I may have a girl’s name) I’m rocking one of those wallpapers right now! Check it out for yourself and poke the link below.

[via droidlife]

LG Esteem headed to MetroPCS

Last week we brought you leaked info about the upcoming LG Esteem, a 4G device aimed at customers who want entertainment services and a multimedia experience on their smartphone. Although originally slated to drop on MetroPCS, today the company has made the announcement official. The phone will be available for $249 plus tax after a $100 mail-in rebate through January 1st, 2012. The LG Esteem is sure to meet your entertainment needs at a reasonable 4G monthly fee. $50 will get you a no-contract, unlimited voice and data plan while $60 will get you the same but with full access to music from Rhapsody or videos from MetroSTUDIO.

The specs are the same as reported earlier, to recap they will be:

  • 4.3-inch display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB on-board storage
  • 5MP rear camera (capable of 720p video recording)
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 1500mAh battery
  • DLNA streaming
  • Metro PCS’ CDMA/LTE network.

To see the press release and more photos, join us after the break.

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Stream your home music collection with Jamcast Player for Android

For those of you looking for another cloud based music player, you might want to check out a brand new offering called Jamcast Player, which enables digital audio streaming from your home PC to Android devices. This is more like Subsonic Music Streamer or Audiogalaxy, rather than Google Music, which stores your music. With Jamcast Player your music stays on your home or office internet connected computer, and the PC based software will allow your music to stream to your Android 2.1+ device.

You will be able to browse, search, and stream your entire music library over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi. it is compatible with FLAC/FLAC-HD, OGG, MP3, WMA, ALAC, and AAC/AAC+

“Jamcast is for consumers seeking anytime access to their digital music collection from anywhere without syncing or consuming storage space on the device,” said Scott Streaker, President and CEO of Software Development Solutions, Inc. “This is smart, simple software designed with the advanced listener in mind.”

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Samsung and Microsoft Reach Licensing Agreement Over Smartphones and Tablets

Samsung announced Wednesday that they’ve reached a licensing agreement with Microsoft over the sale of their many tablets and smartphones.  Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for all devices running the Android operating system.  How much exactly will remain a mystery for the time being.  Is it me or does anyone else find it’s odd that Microsoft makes more money from license agreements and patent infringement deals off of Android than they do actually selling their own Windows Phone devices?

REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.

“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”

“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

And if you’ll recall, Samsung wasn’t the only company to enter the cross-hairs of Microsoft’s scope.  They also have an agreement underway with Acer and Viewsonic for other Android violations.  I would really love to have been a fly on the wall in the corporate offices of Microsoft when they rolled out Plan B, should Windows Phone not do well, and that is to sue everyone and rake in as much as possible from the innovation of others.

[via Microsoft]