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.
Recent reports from service providers in Canada and Australia revealed release dates for the HTC One are just around the corner. Canadian and Australian subscribers can expect to see the handsets in their areas on Apr 19th and 23rd respectively. Although pricing has not yet been released, buyers can expect to pay a slightly broader price range than those being charged in the US .
We are still waiting for updated release dates for Europe, and should expect to hear announcements trickle out from that region over the next few weeks.
Hit the break for the announcements.
Right on cue, the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun receiving a heavy scoop of Jelly Bean across the major carriers. The latest update brings the Canadian builds to I747MVLDLK4 and will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and Project Butter, as well as custom items like a sizable pop-up screen and additional home screen modes. All in all, the official update being launched should make those already awesome devices just a wee bit better.
The update is available now and can be found using Kies Desktop software or if you are the impatient type— you can always go to your Settings and manually grab the update OTA. Happy updating!
Anxious for that sweet taste of Jelly Bean? Well, if you’re rocking a Canadian Galaxy S III you’re in luck. Samsung Canada has announced via Twitter that an over-the-air update to Android 4.1.1 will begin rolling out next Monday, December 3rd. Despite the majority of American carriers still lagging behind in terms of firmware upgrades, this Canadian roll out could potentially serve as a good indicator that we may be seeing similar updates arrive south of the border on AT&T and Verizon in the near future.
Source: Samsung (Twitter)
A leaked promotional poster from WIND has revealed that the carrier is gearing up to release Huawei’s impressive Ascend D Quad XL smartphone. The Canadian carrier has already rolled out the LG Optimus 4X and Samsung Galaxy Note II, so another quad-core device is simply icing on the figurative cake.
There’s no official information regarding when the device will actually see a launch or how much it will cost when it arrives, but considering the handset has launched elsewhere for around $500, we’d expect more of the same. As a refresher, the Ascend D Quad XL sports a 4.5-inch 720 x 1280 panel, an in-house 1.4GHz quad-core SoC and an 8-megapixel rear shooter. There’s also a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chat, as well as 8GB of on board storage and 1GB of RAM.
For small business owners or individuals selling goods or services, a common business challenge is the ability to accept payments from customers wanting to use a credit card. This is especially true for those who conduct business “in the field” or otherwise don’t have a fixed point-of-sale system. Square introduced a unique solution to this problem in the form of a mobile card reader that plugs into the headphone jack of iOS or Android devices. Users can then accept payments using the Square Register app on the device for a fee of 2.75% per swipe without having to jump through the normal hoops associated with establishing a merchant account with a financial institution.
Until now, one of the limitations has been geographic as Square was only doing business in the U.S. That changed today with Square’s announcement that they are expanding into Canada. Hit the break to read the full press release. Read more
Sony has announced that the Xperia Go will arrive in Canada by November. The Go features a 3.5-inch display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (don’t hold your breath for an upgrade to Jelly Bean).
The Go is a decent low to mid range device that offers great protection and falls in that category of “rugged” devices. If you’d like to learn more you can hit up the break for Sony’s official press release regarding the device.
Rogers Communications in Canada announced via their RedBoard blog today that they are getting ready to light up more locations throughout Canada with LTE service. Rogers has plans to cover 60% of the Canadian population with LTE service before the end of 2012. In a step to reaching that goal, Rogers plans to launch the service in the following locations no later than October 1st:
- Quebec City
Rogers indicates that most customers experience speeds ranging from 12 to 40 Mbps on their LTE network, which offers a maximum theoretical speed of up to 100 Mbps. They claim they offer the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada and more will be added to their lineup.
Some sad news coming from LG Canada’s Twitter account today. The LG Optimus 2X won’t be receiving an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich as previously stated. The statement was issued in response to a tweet asking if the device would receive the delicious update. LG Canada did not explain the reason users would not see ICS, just stating “the original announcement was a general statement issued from HQ.” Read more
The Canadian carrier Rogers has announced that they will be expanding their LTE 4G network to 28 more cities this year. With the 7 current cities that have already incorporated their LTE, this will give Rogers a total of 35 LTE markets that will essentially cover about 60% of the Canadian population. Hit the break to see the full list of cities.