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

Rogers Galaxy S III With Quad-Core Exynos and LTE?

Look up. Yeah, that’s not an ad on our site… that’s a screenshot of an ad for the Rogers Samsung Galaxy S III, snapped by an Android Central reader doing online research on Samsung’s latest. The important thing to notice is that the ad has the phone sporting an Exynos quad-core processor as well as LTE. This goes against what we’ve been hearing about the North American version of the phone, which is rumored to use a Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip instead due to incompatibilities between the Exynos and LTE.

If this is true, it could be possible to use a Rogers version of the phone on AT&T since they share the same HSPA and LTE bands. Of course, at this point we don’t know anything for sure, including whether only the Canadian S III will go quad-core, or whether all North American versions will get it. Or this could all be wrong and no quad-core/LTE version exists at all. We’ll just have to wait and see.

source: android central

HTC One X now available on Rogers for $169.99 on contract

Here is some great news for all of you Canadian Android fans out there. The HTC One X is now available to pick up at your local Rogers store for $170 on contract or $625 full retail price. HTC’s latest and greatest Android offering is now here with all the bells and whistles including a massive 4.7 inch 720p HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Sense 4 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Beats Audio. The HTC One X is also one of the thinner phones available in the market so you can bring back those favorite pair of tight jeans! Hit the source link below to pick one up today.

source: Rogers

Sony Xperia S available now for $99 on contract in Canada

Earlier this year at CES, we test drove Sony Mobile’s latest high-end Android offering to be named the Sony Xperia S. This HSPA+ device is already currently available in other areas of the globe and has finally made its way to Sony Mobile Stores on Canadian soil. Sony has only provided our neighbors with a limited supply for the phone’s initial launch in an attempt to create high demand and popularity. Fast acting and interested buyers can pick one up for $99 on contract for Rogers service or shell out $499 sans contract renewal. The Sony Xperia S will have a 4.3 inch Reality Display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 12 MP camera that is capable of shooting 1080p HD videos, 1.5 dual-core processor, 32 GB of internal storage, NFC and will have Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. Let’s not forget that the Xperia S will also come with PlayStation Certification, allowing users to enjoy PlayStation games modified for mobile performance as well as other PS content offered through their PlayStation Suite. Despite the fact that it’s not coming with Ice Cream Sandwich, though slated for it later this year, the custom UI is extremely smooth and very different from anything else that is currently available on the market. Are there any Canadians planning on snatching up one of these at their local Sony Store?

source: mobilesyrup

Sony Xperia S Coming To Canadian Sony Stores April 17th

We saw Sony’s Xperia S at CES this year, and even heard it would be arriving in Canada at some point. Well, in a press release today, Sony announced that “a limited number of Xperia S smartphones will be available exclusively at Sony Stores across Canada, beginning April 17th.” This is a page right out of the Apple handbook: release a phone in your retail stores first, then give it to the carriers. This type of staggered availability certainly helps increase the hype and demand for a device since everyone wants what is hard to get. It also helps perpetuate the illusion of high demand when the news covers the lines that form outside retail locations. With smartphones, retail locations make sense since most people want to feel what a phone is like in their own hands before making a buying decision. Even Samsung is toying with the concept of a store within a store. Is this a trend?

As for carriers, Sony says the Xperia S is “compatible with the Rogers wireless network” but doesn’t mention it’s exclusive. This could mean that the device is unlocked and could be compatible with other networks, but we don’t know that for sure yet.

The Xperia S will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is slated for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich later this year. It sports a 4.3-inch Reality Display at 1280 x 720, a whopping 12MP camera that can take 1080p HD video, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, NFC, and HDMI. All this can apparently be had for $99.99 on a 3-year plan with Rogers.

Check out the full press release after the break.


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Samsung Brings Ceramic White Galaxy Note To Canadian Wireless Carriers

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note is about to get some sexy in its life… well for the version in Canada at least. Sammy has announced it will bring the device in a ceramic white color across the major Canadian wireless carriers. That means you’ll get to view and use all the noteworthy features in white casing. Here’s Samsung Canada VP of Mobile Communications sharing his thoughts:

“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers with its incredible versatility and unique user experience and we are excited to introduce a new colour of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note to Canadians.”

Hit the break for the full press release.
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