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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Canadian carrier Rogers set to launch unlimited talk plans starting November 7th

The Canadian wireless carrier Rodgers is planning to overhaul their plans. The plans look great and it seems like they’re focusing on unlimited texting and calling on most of the plans, while differentiating on the data portion. Here’s what you can expect within the new plans:

  • $55 (Occasional plan) – 200 MB, 1,000 weekday minutes
  • $65 (Social plan) – 1 GB, unlimited local calling
  • $75 (Streamer plan) – 3 GB, unlimited local calling
  • $95 (Connected plan) – 5 GB, unlimited Canada-wide calling

Rogers plans to unveil these plans and make them available tomorrow November the 7th. Any Rogers customers out there going to gives these a go?

source: Android Central

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

Rogers set to launch more LTE cities throughout Canada by October 1st

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:

  • Kingston
  • Edmonton
  • Quebec City
  • Oakville
  • Burlington
  • London
  • Kitchener
  • Waterloo
  • Cambridge
  • Barrie

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.

source: RedBoard

Early Reports Indicate Galaxy Nexus Smartphone Receiving Jelly Bean Update In Canada

 

Today is a joyous day for Galaxy Nexus owners in Canada. Various reports are indicating the coveted Android 4.1.1 update is finally reaching devices operating on wireless carriers Rogers, Telus, Fido and Wind. It seems like this is an early rollout of the update, so if you haven’t received the coveted update yet, be sure to check your System Software Updates as soon as possible to manually push it through to your Galaxy Nexus. Oh and do tell us how all that buttery goodness is working out for you all.

source: Mobile Syrup

Rogers announces Android 4.0 update schedule for select devices

Software updates can be a dreaded nuisance for any smartphone owner, but when carriers openly share information, it tends to make things more bearable. Rogers has decided to take this route by sharing an Android 4.0 update timeline for numerous devices. Included in the list is Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, as well as multiple Xperia handsets.
  • HTC Raider – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • HTC EVO 3D – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Note – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • Sony Xperia Arc S (LT18a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Sony Xperia Arc (LT15a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Sony Xperia Mini Pro (SK17a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Motorola Razr (XT910) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Late August


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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

 

Samsung Galaxy S III headed to Canada

Mark it in you diary Canada, the coveted Samsung Galaxy S III can be yours from June 20th. Both Rogers and Telus have today confirmed that they will each be stocking Samsung’s latest flagship device in a choice of blue or white as well as 16GB and 32GB iterations.

Both carrier’s websites have gone live with their pre-order pages. There’s no pricing as yet from Rogers and you’ll need to be an existing subscriber to place your order. Telus is offering the device to new and existing customers. You’ll be able to get your hands on the 16GB model for $160 on a 3 year contract where as the 32GB model will cost you $210 also on a 3 year contract.

You can head straight to the pre-order pages via the source links below. Now roll on June 20th!

Telus