Android co-founder says wireless carriers should spend more time and money customizing interfaces for Android phones

What was that? Everybody put your hands over your ears now, especially the carriers. At the Open Mobile Summit conference, Google Ventures General Partner and Android co-founder Rich Miner said that carrers should spend more time and money creating unique interfaces for Android phones. He’s actually surprised that carriers like Verizon and AT&T haven’t put more time into it. He points to the fact that Android is open and that anyone can modify it to their heart’s content. True, but that doesn’t mean they should.

“There’s a big opportunity that they seem to have left on the table,” Miner said. “I’m a little curious as to why” carriers haven’t done more to customize their Android phones.

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Bell introduces array of new unlimited talk and text plans

Canadian carrier Bell mobility has announced a slew of new unlimited talk and text plans that are slated to go head to head with Roger’s recently announced offerings. Unsurprisingly, unlimited data is nowhere to be found, but the company does manage to undercut a few other northern carriers in terms of pricing.

The new plans include:

  • $55/month 1000 minutes, 200 MB broadband data
  • $65/month unlimited local talk, 1 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV
  • $75/month unlimited local talk, 3 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV
  • $95/month unlimited Canada-wide talk, 5 GB broadband data and 10 hours of Bell MobileTV
Bell is also offering unlimited nationwide long-distance calling for an additional $10 per month. The new plans will be available beginning November 9th and can be purchased online or in any brick-and-mortar store.

Source: NewsWire

LG Optimus G coming to some of Canada’s major carriers

Any of our Canadian readers out there excited for the LG Optimus G? Looks like you have a reason to be as the device has now been confirmed for some of Canada’s biggest wireless carriers. Bell, Rogers and TELUS have all confirmed that the Optimus G will be available for their customers sometime in Q4 of this year.

I know LG doesn’t exactly have the best rap when it comes to updating their devices, but there’s no doubt that they make some high quality products. I just hope they decide to stay true to their updates this time around. If you’ve forgotten what the Optimus G offers you, here’s a quick list of its specs:

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Quad-Core and LTE
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR
  • Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm
  • Weight: 145 g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

Will you be getting this device once it hits your carrier?

source: Newswire

Motorola Atrix HD Now Available On Bell Canada for Only $50

Are you living in Canada and are looking for a good deal on a sweet new Android device? Well, Bell has you covered and is offering the Motorola Atrix HD LTE for only a mere 50 bucks. Whats the catch you ask? It comes complete with a three year ball and chain otherwise known as a contract. That’s right, you will have to be tied to Bell Mobility for at least 36 months but at least you get a great piece of kit to show for it.

The Atrix HD just landed on AT&T only a few short weeks ago and we were given the opportunity to spend some one on one time with the device. Our very own Roy Alugbue put her through a series of tests in a recent review and needless to say he was pretty impressed for a device that isn’t all that expensive. Better yet, you Canadians can now get it at half the price that AT&T customers can and I would consider that a killer deal for a smartphone that sports the same processor that is found in the Galaxy S III. Hit up the source link for further details and other contract/pricing options from Bell.

source: Bell Canada

Bell Virgin Rolls Out New Smartphone Plans ($50 and $65/month)


Virgin has attempted to come up with a couple of “budget friendly” plans. The first plan is expected to cost you $50 per month while the other one at $65 per month. Here’s what you can expect to have on each respective plan.

$50 Smartphone plan ($50/month):

  • 200 anytime minutes
  • Unlimited evening and weekends starting at 6PM
  • Unlimited Canada-wide calling to 10 buddies
  • Unlimited Canada, U.S., International text and picture messaging
  • Voicemail and Caller ID
  • 100MB data, or Unlimited BlackBerry social

$65 Smartphone plan ($65/month):

  • 200 anytime minutes
  • Unlimited evening and weekends starting at 6PM
  • Unlimited Canada-wide calling to 10 buddies
  • Unlimited Canada, U.S., International text and picture messaging
  • Voicemail and Caller ID
  • 1GB data

Bell also has similar plans but offers a bonus 10 hours of Mobile TV on the $65 per month plan. These plans are available starting today for new and existing postpaid customers and will continue to be until further notice.

I actually find these plans to be expensive for what they’re giving you. 200 minutes along with 100MB’s of data is hardly enough these days, even for $50 per month. Either way, these plans are still new and I’m sure Virgin is testing out how it will be perceived by customers.

source: Mobile Syrup

Motorola announces the RAZR V for Canada

Those of you in Canada can get ready for the next edition of the rejuvenated RAZR line. Motorola just announced the RAZR V, which is already available in China. It’s only 8.4mm thick, and since it’s a RAZR, you can expect a full dose of Kevlar fiber to give it that nice touch. The rest of the specs include:

  • 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) ColorBoost display
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording
  • microSD slot for additional 32GB of storage
  • HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n, and Bluetooth
  • Android 4.o Ice Cream Sandwich

No pricing was specified, but it will be available during the 2nd quarter at Bell Mobility, Best Buy, Future Shop, Tbooth Wireless, The Mobile Shop, The Source, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, WIND Mobile, WIRELESSWAVE and WIRELESS etc.

Full press release after the break:

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Motorola announces the Atrix HD for AT&T and the Atrix HD LTE for Bell Canada


We already saw a leak of the AT&T Atrix HD so we knew it was only a matter of time when it was officially announced. That time is today as Motorola made if official for both AT&T as well as Bell in Canada. Don’t let the titles of both phones fool you, they are both LTE devices so no worries. Full specs include:

  • 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) ColorBoost display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 8GB on-board storage, with expandable microSD card slot
  • 1780 mAh battery
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • LTE

For AT&T, it will be available on July 15th for $99, but for Bell we only know it will be available during the Summer, and no pricing was specified. Hit the break for both press releases.

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Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III Delayed Until June 27th

The Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to pretty much all Canadian carriers, including TELUS, Bell, Rogers, WIND, Mobilicity, SaskTel, Videotron and Virgin Mobile. The Canadian release date was announced as June 20th, but yesterday on Twitter, Samsung Canada let everyone know the date has slipped by a week to June 27th.

The folks at MobileSyrup received a more detailed statement:

“Due to unprecedented global demand for the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S III, with more than 9 million carrier pre-orders to date, the date of availability for purchase of this device in Canada, is now June 27th. In advance of the GALAXY S III availability date, most carriers and retailers are offering customers the chance to register on-line for updates, and some partners are offering their customers the option to pre-order the Galaxy S III. We expect any shortages to be short lived as we ramp up production to meet this unprecedented global demand.”

I guess it’s not a bad problem for Samsung to have.

source: @samsungcanada, mobilesyrup


HTC One S coming to Bell on May 17

Bell customers who want to get their hands on the HTC One S won’t have to wait much longer. The internal doc above shows us that it will be available on May 17 for $599.95. Of course that’s the off contract price. As for contract pricing, we don’t have any of them yet. We also expect to see the One S on SaskTel, Telus, and Virgin. In fact Virgin already has a registration page up. Be sure to check out our hands on and full review.

source: mobile syrup


HTC One V to launch on Bell next week

Canada has been seeing a lot of HTC love lately with Rogers getting the HTC One X last week. This time, thanks to an anonymous tipster, Bell is getting in on the goods with the HTC One V set to arrive on May 3. Reminiscent of the HTC Legend of old, the One V is built with a uni-body aluminum shell surrounding a 3.7 inch SLCD2 display. Inside, you will find a 1 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage with micro SD card support, 5 MP camera, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s no official word on pricing at this time but the HTC One V will be advertised toward the mid-range smartphone crowd. Personally, I think this is a pretty smooth looking device, however I wouldn’t mind a bump in the specs department. Anyone planning on picking up one of these HTC crowbars next week?

source: mobilesyrup