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.
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
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?
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.
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