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2 years ago

Rogers bringing the LTE equipped Samsung Galaxy S II to Canada

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With Samsung having now officially announced the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Rogers in Canada has wasted no time in letting folks know they will be one of the first carriers with the device. While Rogers LTE coverage at this point is still rather limited, come Sept 28 it will be expanding;

Customers in Toronto and Ottawa can be among the first in the world to experience LTE wireless devices when the company continues to roll out its LTE product line this fall.  It includes:  the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Smartphone; the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S); Rogers LTE Rocket stick (now available in Ottawa); LTE Tablet from a leading manufacturer; and the previously announced HTC Smartphone.

No pricing details were announced yet but it looks as though Rogers will be bringing a lot of good equipment to those who live in their LTE enabled area. Sadly, I'm not one of them as of yet.

Source: CNW

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2 years ago

Foursquare gets a UI update, all while adding some new features

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The latest Foursquare update is now rolling out if you haven't already grabbed it by now. The update brings some UI enhancements along with it, making the app overall easier to navigate and make your way through. Check-In and venue pages got a bit of a facelift and images are now shown in-line on your friends tab, as well -- you'll find now showing has moved to the Places tab. Nothing too drastic but the folks at Foursquare are making the app look better with every build they put out, download link past the break for you.

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2 years ago

Motorola Pro+ announced, coming to Asia and Europe starting in October

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While the Droid Pro never made it to the UK under any other name, Motorola is making sure the Motorola Pro+ makes it there. The freshly announced device is a rather obvious follow up for that line but not to be mistaken for the Motorola Fire we saw recently. Rather then the 2.1-inch screen from the Fire, the Pro+ will offer up a 3.1-inch Gorilla Glass screen. Other specs include Android 2.3, 5MP camera, 1GHz Processor and a 1600mAh battery. Full details can be found past the break.

Source: Motorola Media Center

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2 years ago

Vizio tablet review

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Can you really get a decent Android tablet for less than $300?

It seems like every week we see a new Android device from a company we either haven't heard of, or one that's not known for portable computers.  More often than not, these devices end up at a discount store or on a television shopping channel at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday.  The Vizio tablet has a couple advantages that most of those devices don't -- a little bit of experience with bright, colorful LCD screens and a distribution channel that's pretty darn good.  They've also hit a very interesting price point, if you shop around you can pick up a Vizio tablet for under $275.  That only leaves one big question -- has Vizio succeeded where others have tried and failed, and delivered something that's actually worth the $300?  Hit the break and see what I think, and hopefully it can help you decide.

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2 years ago

Motorola DEFY+ slated for UK release this September

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Motorola's recently announced DEFY+ will be making its way to British shores sometime next month, according to a press release by Moto's UK division. The DEFY+ is a beefed up version of the original DEFY -- you get a 1GHz CPU (up from 800MHz), Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a higher resolution screen inside a similarly rugged, waterproof chassis.

No word on which UK networks will be getting the DEFY+ just yet. However Orange and T-Mobile (aka Everything Everywhere) are a good bet, considering they've been quick to pick up Motorola devices like the Atrix and the original DEFY in the past.

If reading press releases is your thing, you can find Moto's DEFY+ UK presser after the jump.

Source: Motorola Media Center

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2 years ago

Catch Phil on the WPCentral Podcast

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Something you might not know about our fearless leader: In addition to being a world-class juggler, Phil (once upon a time) dabbled in old-school Windows Mobile, and even covered the Windows Phone 7 launch a year ago. And so it's little surprise that he's popped up on our sister site WPCentral's Podcast. If you missed the live show, it's an interesting mix of Windows Phone and where it stands in comparison to Android today. Give it a listen.

More: WPCentral Podcast Episode 124

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2 years ago

Reminder: Win an HTC EVO 3D today from Waze and Android Central

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A friendly reminder that today's prize in Waze and Android Central's big giveaway is a shiny new unlocked GSM EVO 3D.  Winning one is easy, too!  Check the Waze website for all the details, but the short version is:

  • Download Waze (m.waze.com) or via the Android Marketplace (we've got an easy link after the break)
  • Make sure you’re a registered user with an email on file (Waze needs your contact info to tell you you’ve won – check ‘Settings’ to ensure that you’re registered.)
  • Munch (drive over) as many robot road goodies as you can

Have fun building out a social mapping tool on you way to work or around town, and have a chance to win a new Android device at the same time.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

More information: Waze

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Galactic Core Live Wallpaper

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I remember when live wallpapers came out on Android. Everyone was freaking out about how cool they looked, and people were either elated their phone had the specs to run them or were crestfallen because their phone didn't. One of Google's built-in wallpapers was a galaxy. People thought it was awesome and it was used in a lot of demo videos.

Quite simply, this wallpaper puts Google's to shame. Galactic Core Live Wallpaper is easily the most stunning galaxy live wallpaper I've seen, if not the best and most gorgeous live wallpaper I've seen at all. It's bright, brilliant, and runs like a champ.

Using touch alone, you can move the galaxy up and down, giving you different angles to gaze. There's no multitouch for zooming, which is a little disappointing, if not expected. I'm not sure anyone incorporates that into their wallpapers, but it would have been a killer touch.

If you've opted for the paid version (and you should), there's an awesome settings menu waiting for you to tweak things. Galaxy zoom, rotation speed, and rotation direction are all there. You can also change the camera speed (for when you're changing the angle) and uncap the framerate, if you're using a device that'll churn higher than 60 fps.

The best part of the settings menu is the color section, that allows you to determine what the three colors in your galaxy will be. It's all slider-based, which isn't great for accuracy, but with enough toying, you'll get the shades you want. You can end up making some pretty bizarre (and beautiful) galaxies using less-traditional colors, so spend a few minutes with it. You'll be glad you did.

The Galactic Core Live Wallpaper has a free version, but if you want to access the plethora of settings available to you, I'd opt for the donate version, which is a cheap 99 cents. If you're not quite convinced, we've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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2 years ago

Sony S1 coming to Canada on Sept. 14 or 15?

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Sony's first effort at a Honeycomb tablet may soon be breaking cover, in Canada at least. According to this invitation from Sony themselves; "The new Sony Tablet is about to arrive in Canada. As a valued customer we would like YOU to see it first!"

The event is supposed to be happening on September 14 or 15 at their offices in Toronto. No other details are provided such as price or availability but if this is a device you're waiting for, that wait might be drawing to a conclusion.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

LG bringing 3D conversion engine to IFA, worthwhile boost to its flagship?

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So one of the biggest problems befalling 3D devices like the Optimus 3D -- and all (erm, both) 3D phones at the moment -- is the lack of 3D content right? Well, LG is making a play to change all that at the upcoming IFA 2011 show in Germany, by showing off for the first time their Open-GL based 3D game converter software ahead of its inclusion in the first Maintenance Release for the phone in October.

The idea is simple. The software allows existing 2D games that have been made compatible to be played in 3D, and around 50 titles will get a full 3D makeover. Unsupported games can be manually tweaked to achieve the desired effect. 

LG are expecting 50 titles to be fully optimized in October, with another 50 being added before 2011 is out. Many still aren't convinced by 3D phones, but LG is determined to make it less of a gimmick.The question still remains as to how successful it will be in convincing consumers to buy their flagship device.

See the full press release after the break. 

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