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
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.
Today is a good day for owners of the Rogers Samsung Galaxy SII LTE. Finally, the official Ice Cream Sandwich update is available and ready for the masses. Sadly, it’s not via an OTA so Rogers users will have to connect the phone via Samsung Kies and download the update themselves.
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
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
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.
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?
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.