Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them.
Samsung has officially released the Galaxy S5 Active for Canadian carriers Rogers, TELUS, and Bell.
Unlike last year when HTC’s release of the HTC One was plagued by delays, the company is ready to push out the new HTC One M8 starting today on a much more aggressive schedule. As expected, the new smartphone will be available from Verizon today, including retail stores, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time, so people could be out on the streets with the latest from HTC later this afternoon. Depending on your interest, you may want to adjust your schedule for your lunch hour.
If you are not on Verizon or don’t have time to run to a retail location, you can still get the device quickly as the major U.S. and Canadian carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are all scheduled to open their online systems at 1:00 pm Eastern time to accept online orders. If you pick next day shipping, it may be possible to have the HTC One M8 in your hand as soon as tomorrow.
Along with the aggressive release via Verizon retail locations, HTC indicates the other carriers should have the devices available before April 10th for most retail customers. They are also rolling out the device to over 230 carriers in 100 countries before the end of April. We’ll keep monitoring the carriers for information on pricing throughout the afternoon.
The day is finally here. At least it is if you have an HTC One and using Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, or WIND as your network provider…
The HTC One is now being updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on the networks listed above. This is all confirmed, straight from the mouth of HTC America’s President and onto this page. Get on your phone and hit Applications >>Settings >> About Phone >> Software Update.
If it’s not there yet, be patient— it’s coming!
Motorola has posted bootloader unlocker tools on their web site for several versions of their new Moto X device. Consumers on the Sprint and US Cellular networks in the U.S. can use the new tools to unlock their devices, which just went on sale for them this past week. Motorola has also made versions of the bootloader unlocker tool available for Moto X owners in Canada, including those on Rogers, and for Latin American markets.
The bootloader unlocker gives owners of the Moto X the option to root their devices, install third-party ROMs, or just generally tinker around with their devices. This additional flexibility does come at a cost though as installation of the unlocker with void the device’s warranty. If you want to give the unlocker a try despite the risk to your warranty, hit the source link below.
Sources indicate it is unlikely Motorola will provide an unlocker for Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile versions of the Moto X. However, developer editions of the device are expected for those networks that will give buyers a similar option.
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…
A video for the fabled Moto X device popped up on Google+ from Canadian carrier Rogers, and it shows off some pretty unique aspects of the device. The X Phone will supposedly feature always-on voice commands, so you can wake the device, hands-free, and issue commands to it. A user simply says “Okay Google Now,” then issues a command, and the device takes it from there. Google Now is awesome, and totally touchless Google Now integration is even more awesome, although the always listening part might cause a few people bust out the tinfoil hats.
Despite a big advertising push to capitalize on the U.S.A.’s Fourth of July holiday and rumors that Motorola’s highly anticipated Moto X Phone was going to be a U.S.-market only device, a leaked screenshot appears to show the device heading to the Canadian market via the Rogers network. The screenshot shows the Rogers network market plans for Q3 and how they plan to market Android devices to different segments of the youth buyer market.
It appears Rogers splits the market for Android devices between those looking for premium, high-end devices and those looking for value, at least amongst youth buyers. For those wanting a premium device, Rogers will be pushing their LTE Max network and devices capable of taking advantage of the higher speed. Specifically listed as a possible device is the “Moto X Phone” which is also tagged as an “EXCLUSIVE.”
Like everything else related to Moto X Phone, no other details are gleaned from the leak.
So you’ve seen how awesome the Galaxy S IV is, but in the back of your mind you’re still wondering if your carrier will officially carry the device. If you’re a Rogers, Bell, or TELUS customer in Canada, put those fears to rest, as all three of the big cell carriers have taken to their Twitter accounts to confirm that they will be carrying your new favorite “Life Companion.”
There’s nothing official about date and pricing, but these things are going to fly off the shelves. You can likely expect the devices to be made available as soon as possible for each carrier, but keep your ears out for details as we get closer to April.
The HTC One, officially available March 15th on a huge assortment of carriers, is now up for preorder on Rogers in Canada. New and existing customers can reserve the device for launch day for $149.99 on a three-year contract. And anyone that preorders before March 22nd will be entered in a drawing to win a free Sharp HDTV, complete with an HTC Media Link accessory. Unfortunately, that probably means the One won’t be available on Rogers before the 22nd, but we’ll just have to wait and see.