Canadian carrier TELUS had mentioned last week that the Android 4.0 upgrade for the HTC Desire HD had been canceled, citing “poor device performance in testing.” Since Ice Cream Sandwich has been known to run fine on many devices with lower specs, this raised a few eyebrows. The fine folks over at Android Central felt the same way and decided to reach out to HTC to get the skinny.
Here’s what HTC told them:
“We remain committed to providing customers with the latest software updates when possible. As such, we are pleased to confirm we are still on schedule to deliver an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for both the HTC Desire HD and Desire S.“
So TELUS apparently didn’t get that memo. Looks like the Desire HD and Desire S both have a little more life left in them. That’s good news.
source: android central
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
Rogers and Telus already spilled the beans about the June 20th Canadian release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and now Samsung has confirmed this in a press release. Samsung also outlines all the specs of the Canadian variants as well as which carriers will be getting it. Here’s the breakdown:
SGH-i747 (LTE model): Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, and Rogers Wireless.
SGH-iT999 (HSPA+42 model): Videotron, Wind, and Mobilicity.
In the U.S., this could mean the i747 would come to AT&T and the iT999 to T-Mobile, but we’re just speculating. Spec-wise, these two models are very similar to the international versions with a couple of differences.
As we expected, the CPU is a dual-core Qualcomm S4 instead of the quad-core Exynos. The amount of RAM is doubled to a whopping 2GB for both Canadian versions. On the negative side, there will not be a 64GB version available, and the iT999 will only come with 16GB. Not the end of the world, but this may affect the buying decision for some.
Hit the break for the full press release.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is to this date one of the best Android phones available today. So it’s surprising that Canadian mobile carrier Telus has decided to
prematurely retire the pure Android device. It’s reason for doing such a thing? Well— it’s not exactly certain, but there’s increasing speculation that the mobile carrier is clearing the path for a certain smartphone featuring S Voice. The move makes sense too as Telus pulled a similar move by pulling the Nexus S smartphone when the Galaxy S II arrived in the past. It is also presumed the Nexus line of smartphones have had a harder time being adopted by the mainstream, despite it being a true Google device. Perhaps the Samsung Galaxy S III will have more recognition and a bigger base for Telus customers. Still, you can’t help but feel surprised and/or sadden by the end of the run by the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
source: Mobile Syrup
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.
The HTC One Series of phones is a classic case of good, better, best, with the “best” being the HTC One X, the “good” being the HTC One V, and the HTC One S falling right in the middle. Canadian carrier TELUS is slated to carry the One V, and MobileSyrup scored a hands-on video showcasing the One V and Sense 4.0.
It was thought that since the One V has a slower processor than its brothers, it might get the lighter Sense 3.6, but it’s good to see it will indeed get the full 4.0, and it seems to run pretty smoothly. The video shows that HTC’s ImageSense technology is still in full swing here, with the camera being very responsive and having the ability to take stills while recording 720p video.
No word on a launch date yet, but stay tuned. Check out the video after the break.
And Huawei continues its impressive 2012 rampage by giving its Vision U8850 smartphone an appearance here in North America. The phone has been available in select markets since the end of last year, but it was nowhere to be seen in North America until it made a subtle appearance at the Bluetooth SIG website recently. The unit looks to feature an HSDPA 850/1900MHz signal, so it would most likely be featured on AT&T’s sexy 3G network or on Rogers’/Telus/Bell if it’s headed for Canadian boundaries.
The Gingerbread-powered device could make a solid option for some with its decent specs too. You’ll find inside a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. No further news for now, but stay tuned with Talk Android for additional news as we hear it.
source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Unwired View
Telus is almost ready to flip the switch on their highly anticipated LTE Network and first up for devices to rock super fast speeds is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. You can check out our review of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (WiFi Only) here if you haven’t already. We like to tout the device as being a happy medium for those wanting more than a 7-inch offering but less than a 10.1-inch model. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this slim power-horse of a tablet. Up until now, it was hard to find the prospective price for the almost released device but it looks like now we can expect it to be a whopping $649.99. We’re surprised your first born is not required as well. In any event, the device packs pretty impressive specs sporting a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU on a beautiful 8.9-inch 1280 x 800 res display. There’s also a 3 mp camera and 2 mp front facing camera accompanied by a generous 6100 mAh battery. Your standard Wifi and Bluetooth are all there wrapped up in a 453 gram 8.9 mm housing. Even with LTE on board, this thing is still one of the slimmest devices around. The tab will come with Android Honeycomb 3.2 and also supports HSPA+ 21Mbps when you’re not in an LTE coverage area.