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.
Since 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.
According 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
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.
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
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
Just as Google announced that the Nexus 7 would be available to customers in Canada as well as the United States, they simultaneously released a sleeve for the device, which will of course be available in both countries. It’s got a pretty basic design, with a black outside and a gray-cloth interior. A pouch is located on the outside which can hold cables and accessories for the device.
This new case will also fit the older model of the Nexus 7 as well, and is on sale for $29.99— according to the site, it will ship in 1-2 days. The cheapest shipping price is $17.98 which is certainly a bit too pricey for my taste.
Any of you guys planning on getting one?
Source: Google Play
In early July we let you guys know that the Moto X would most likely be headed to Canada exclusively on the Rogers network. That rumor was confirmed today, however the Canadian version will be available in only black and white. The phone will be available for $189.99 on a two year contract. While removing the option for customization is a bit upsetting for Canadian customers, the phone still offers the software enhancements including its “always on” feature and new notification system. The “Made in the USA” campaign probably isn’t going to work too well on Canadian customers either…
It looks like Sony’s Xperia Z is going to be heading north up to Canada, as Sony has confirmed the device will be available from Bell Canada later this month. The phone will be available to customers in three color options, including black, white, and purple (?). Pricing has yet to be officially announced.
Adel Bazerghi, Senior VP of Products at Bell Mobility had this to say regarding the announcement: “With its amazing durability, Xperia Z raises the bar for superphones and Bell is proud to be the exclusive Canadian carrier of this innovative and much anticipated mobile device. Combined with the largest LTE network and Bell’s Mobile TV, which includes more than 30 news, entertainment and sports channels, Bell and Sony are making the mobile experience even better.”
Tim Hernquist, VP of Marketing for North America at Sony Mobile Communications, said that ““With Xperia Z, we are thrilled to bring a breakthrough superphone to Bell in Canada. The Xperia Z brings over half a century of Sony innovation to a superphone for an experience that truly stands out.”
Source: Xperia Blog
Amazon has been working on making its Kindle Fire lineup available all over the globe, and today they’re continuing on the warpath by releasing the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ in Canadian markets, although with a slight caveat. Due to licensing restrictions, these Kindle Fire models will not have access to Amazon’s instant streaming service. That’s a pretty big thing to drop considering how hard Amazon pushes its movie and TV show rentals, but a half-tablet is is better than no tablet, so to speak.
The specs haven’t changed on the devices otherwise, so if you thought this was good device before, now is your chance to pick one up.