Rogers activates its LTE-A service in 12 new markets

 

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Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.


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Sony’s Xperia Z3 heads to Canada for launch on October 31

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Sony has announced that its teamed up with Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile in order to launch its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, in Canada on Friday, October 31.

The handset will be available to purchase from any of the operators bricks-and-mortar stores, as well as their online ones, too. Sony shops will also be stocking the Z3 for purchase on launch day.

Unfortunately, we have no information with regards to pricing as of yet, but we expect to see the device retail for around $700 on a prepaid tariff or south of $200 on any flexible two-year contract.

Hit the break to view the full press release.


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Google may launch Glass internationally at I/O this year

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Since Google opened up the Glass program a month ago, it’s been pretty easy to purchase the device, assuming you lived in the US and had $1500 to spend. However, it looks pretty likely that Google might end up opening up the country restrictions on Glass at I/O this year.

Rumors point to Google releasing Glass in the UK at their annual event, and it’s likely that English-speaking countries like Australia and Canada will also have a chance to buy the device, too. There are also bits of Japanese in the code of the latest Glass APK, so there’s a chance we might see it made available in Japan, too.

I/O is on June 25th this year, so we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to see if this rumor pans out.

source: Phandroid

Chromecast arrives in 11 new countries

google_chromecast-620x412Since its release last year, Chromecast had been available only in the United States. Until now that is. We heard murmurs that the Chromecast was making its way to the UK, and it is, along with 10 additional countries. According to Google, Chromecast will be rolling out in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

Some countries will receive region-specific apps, like BBC iPlayer for the UK, France TV Pluzz and SFR TV for France, and Watchever in Germany. If you’re in one of these 11 countries, look out for the dongle to be available for purchase on Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn, Media Markt and other retailers.

Source: Google

Canadian Moto X users will get Android 4.4.2 first

moto_x_4.4.2According to Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, the Canadian variant of the Moto X will be the first to receive Android 4.4.2. A few people reportedly already have the latest update, but US Moto X owners will have to keep waiting for now. No soak tests have yet been announced.

Not much is known about the specifics of the Moto X update, but we’ll be sure to pass on information as it comes out.

Source: Motorola Blog

Leaked images show thousands of Nexus 5 retail boxes stocked and ready to go at an LG distro center in Canada

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Need some further convincing the Nexus 5 is raring to go? We think we’ve got it. According to a source over at the Neogaf forum, an LG distro center in Canada is currently housing 30,000 of Google’s new Nexus 5 handsets manufactured by LG. The source supplied a couple of images that appear to be legit and states that the distro center is just awaiting Google’s go-ahead. If you’ll look closely, one image confirms that stacks of LG branded boxes are on standby just waiting to be shipped and even adds a close up shot of the Nexus 5 retail box looking pretty darn similar  to one we’ve previously posted of the leaked handset in white. And while there is no real way to confirm the claim, it certainly appears to be pretty convincing. We’re not sure what the ultimate hold up is at this time but here’s to hoping Google and LG get the ball rolling soon to beat the holiday rush. Are you currently holding out for the device? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Nexus 5 press images leak, features TELUS branding

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We already know that the Nexus 5 will be coming to the Play Store off-contract, and that it will also be sold by carriers in the US. We now have news that the Canadian carrier, TELUS, will be offering the device as well.

Whether it will be available through TELUS at the same time as other carriers, we don’t know. Pricing is also unknown for now.

Expect to see Google release the Nexus 5 to the Play Store by the end of the month, likely on the 28th or 30th.

Source: Mobile Syrup

Canadian carriers updating HTC One to Android 4.3

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Owners of the HTC One in Canada should begin to receive the Android 4.3 update starting today. Early last week the company’s flagship device started to receive the update in Taiwan and today it turns out that Rogers, TELUS, Bell, and Virgin Mobile are all pushing the update to the handset. Below is the changelog.

Software update: 3.22.631.1 (573.96 MB)
This update constains important enhancements and bug fixes, including:
- Android 4.3 update

- Sense 5 enhancements

United States HTC One owners unfortunately have to wait as the September deadline was missed; however, HTC USA’s Jason Mackenzie assured owners that all of the carriers are being “very supportive.” While that means a lot for most of the carriers in the U.S., Verizon will likely require an even longer wait.

Source: Mobile Syrup