3 years ago

Galaxy Nexus now available on Videotron, C$150 on contract


Just as planned, Quebec-centric carrier Videotron has today launched the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on its network. Canadians wanting to use Samsung and Google's flagship smartphone on Videotron can now pick one up for the subsidized price of C$149.95, with a qualifying service plan of C$40 or more per month. Or if you don't fancy paying 40 dollars per month for the next three years, Videotron's also selling it on its own at the retail price of C$599.95.

Videtron is the latest in a long list of Canadian networks currently offering the Galaxy Nexus. This includes the big three -- Bell, TELUS and Rogers -- as well as smaller players like Fido, Mobilicity and WIND. Hit the source link for more on Videotron's Galaxy Nexus deals, and check out our review of the thing if for some reason you're still on the fence.

Source: Videotron

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3 years ago

White HTC Sensation XE revealed, due Feb. 20 in the UK


Last week we saw that HTC's planning to launch a white HTC Sensation in parts of Europe from the beginning of next month, and now it seems its big brother, the Sensation XE, will also be getting a fresh coat of paint.

UK retailer Clove Technology sends word that it'll be stocking a white version of the Sensation XE from Feb. 20, with SIM-free prices coming in at £408 (~$640). The Sensation XE, which first launched towards the end of 2011, is a refresh of the original Sensation. It's got a faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU (up from 1.2 in the original), a larger battery and Beats Audio support, complete with bundled earphones. While the dimensions are the same, the XE comes with red accents and Beats branding, which we have to admit looks a lot better on the white version than it did on the original grey model.

With HTC expected to launch a range of new handsets just a week later, we're not sure whether too many people will be lining up to part with £400 for Sensation XE. But if you do, you'll be getting a pretty powerful dual-core phone, with an ICS update on the way in the months ahead.

Source: Clove Technology

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3 years ago

Motorola confirms UK Motoluxe launch for late February


Motorola has confirmed its UK launch plans for the Motoluxe, a new Android smartphone that aims to deliver an attractive, lightweight design at an affordable price point. In line with what we heard at the device's CES unveiling (and later from retailers), Moto is planning to bring the Motoluxe to British shores from late February. There's no official price point provided alongside today's announcement, but earlier reports indicate it'll set you back around £260 (~$400) SIM-free. As such, we're sure to see it it offered for free on-contract when it eventually hits the carriers.

Under the hood, the Motoluxe provides a modest hardware package -- an 800MHz CPU, 4-inch screen, 8MP camera and Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread backed up by Motorola's MotoSwitch UI (which seems to be the new name for PhilBlur MotoBlur in Europe). As we saw at CES, the device incorporates a unique grid-shaped widget that provides links to your most-used apps and contacts. All in all, it's not going to knock your socks off, but it looks like a decent mid-range Android smartphone.

For more on the Motoluxe, be sure to check our CES hands-on feature from the show floor.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Vu teases a 5-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio


The first half of 2011 was all about 3D displays for Korean manufacturer LG, with the likes of the Optimus 3D and the Optimus Pad. Looks like LG has something new cooked up for 2012. The LG Optimus Vu has bade an early appearance on LG's Youtube channel. And, yeah. It looks a little squat there. That's a 5-inch display you're looking at with a 4:3 aspect ration. Not something you see every day. 

Other hardware features we've been able to glean from the video are a couple buttons (or maybe screws?) on the top bezel (perhaps three, actually), along with a USB port that appears to be hidden behind a door, and a headphone jack. The volume rocker appears to be on the right-hand side.

Other unofficial specs are said to be a 1024x768 display, a dual-core Qualcomm WPQ8060 processor running at 1.5GHz, 1GB or RAM, 8GB of ROM, and an 8MP camera.

Interesting here is that most of the phones we've seen leaked for the first half of the year have gone to three capacitive buttons -- including the already released LG Spectrum on Verizon -- presumably in preparation for an Ice Cream Sandwich update. We've got no idea when an Ice Cream Sandwich update might be in store for the Optimus Vu (though it's said to be destined for one), nor if it's intended for any markets outside Korea.

Check out the video for yourself after the break, and stay tuned, as we're willing to put money down that we'll see this guy at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks.

Source: LG Blog (Korea); via Datacider (translated), The Verge

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3 years ago

What is a widget? [Android A to Z]


What is a widget?  In Android, the word widget is a generic term for a bit of self-contained code that displays a program, or a piece of a program, that is also (usually) a shortcut to a larger application. We see them every day on web pages, on our computer desktop and on our smartphones, but we never give too much thought into how great they are. Widgets first appeared in Android in version 1.5, and really gained traction thanks to HTC's Sense-flavored version of the operating system. Prior to the release of the HTC Hero and our first taste of Sense, widgets were functional, but pretty bland in appearance. Since then, OEMs and independent developers alike have done some marvelous things with widgets, and it's hard to imagine using Android without them.

Android widgets come in all shapes and sizes and range from the utilitarian 1-by-1 shortcut style to full-page widgets that blow us away with the eye-candy.  Both types are very useful, and it's pretty common to see a widget or two on the home screen of any Android phone. A full-page widget, like HTC's weather widget for late-model Android phones, tells you everything you need to know about the current conditions, and is also a quick gateway to the weather application where you can see things like forecasts and weather data for other cities.  At the other end of the spectrum, the Google Reader 1x1 widget watches a folder in your Google Reader account and tells you how many unread items there are, and opens the full application when pressed.  Both are very handy, and add a lot to the Android experience.  

Most Android phones come with a handful of built-in widgets.  Some manufacturer versions of Android offer more than others, but the basics like a clock, calendar, or bookmarks widget are usually well represented.  This is just the tip of the iceberg though.  A quick trip into the Android Market will dazzle you with the huge catalog of third-party widgets available, with something that suits almost every taste.  With Ice Cream Sandwich supporting things like higher resolution screens and re-sizable widgets, it's going to be an exciting year seeing what developers can come up with.

Previously on Android A to Z: What  is USB?; Find more in the Android Dictionary

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3 years ago

T-Mobile celebrates Valentine's Day with free 4G devices


T-Mobile announced today that it will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a blow-out sale on all of its 4G smartphones. On Saturday, February 11, a respectable lot of devices will be free after mail-in rebate both in stores and online. Below is the list in its entirety, which includes some heavyweights such as the Galaxy S II, the Amaze 4G, and T-Mobile's Springboard tablet:

If you've got a sweetie that's still carrying around a G1, now might be the time to show him or her how much you love them. Hit the source link for the sale page, and remember, phones are the new box of chocolates.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P1 S reportedly coming to China in late March


It looks like Chinese consumers might not have long to wait before they can pick up Huawei's new Ascend P1 S. Huawei SVP Yu Chengdong has been dropping a few hints on social networks about when the super-thin smartphone will be arriving, Chinese site Tech.Sina reports. According to one of these messages, he says that Chinese buyers will be able to get hold of the P1 S in end-of-March sales, suggesting a launch is just weeks away.

Given the timing of previous Huawei launches, we'd expect to see the Ascend P1 S launching in Europe and the US in the months following its Chinese debut. This would fit with what we heard at the phones CES unveiling, where we saw it alongside its big brother, the P1.

The P1 S is expected to be one of the first non-Nexus phones to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a relatively untouched version of ICS at that. As we saw in Las Vegas last month, it packs some pretty impressive hardware inside its thin chassis, including a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display and an 8MP camera. For more on the device, check out our hands-on report.

Source: Tech.Sina; via: AndroidCommunity

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update is on hold


Remember that Android 2.3.6 update to the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G that was prematurely announced last week before finally getting going? Yeah. It's on hold, apparently. According to an answer in Samsung's support forums, things didn't go quite as planned.

We currently have put a hold on the update. Samsung and AT&T are aware of the issue with the Infuse 4G Update and are developing a fix.

AT&T has confirmed to Android Central that indeed the update's on hold and that "we are working with Samsung to get this resolved as quickly as possible." For everyone  (including us) still stuck on Froyo, hang in there.

Source: Samsung, AT&T; more: Infuse 4G forums

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3 years ago

Announcing the Android Super Challenge on HyperQuiz winners!


Over the weekend we gave you the chance to win one of two HTC Sensation XL handsets by proving your superior Android knowledge in the addictive HyperQuiz game. Today we're back with the full list of winners. Join us after the break to find out who managed to walk away with a shiny new handset...

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3 years ago

New Droid Bionic OTA rolling out, fixes bugs and stability issues


Motorola and Verizon Wireless are now pushing out software version 5.9.902 to Droid Bionic handsets, bringing a lengthy list of changes and fixes to the LTE-guzzling slab. The update, which weighs in at 57.6MB, provides Droid Bionic owners with a handful of welcome stability improvements, fixing crashes and lock-ups in a variety of areas. Some highlights from the changelog include fixes for --

  • Black screen lockups
  • Camera multi-shot lockups
  • Idle resets
  • Multimedia dock lockup
  • Data connectivity and stability improvements

So if you've been plagued by crashes and stability issues on your Droid Bionic, you'll definitely want to pick this one up. Head to Settings > About phone > System updates to begin. Check the source link for the full list of changes in this latest OTA.

Source: Verizon Wireless (PDF)

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3 years ago

Rogers One Number lets you take video calls and answer texts on PC


Today Rogers launched a new service called One Number, which lets you initiate video calls, SMS texts, and standard voice calls from a web console. Calls can be shunted to and from the computer with a few quick commands; dialling *11 on your phone pulls the call to your phone, while the browser app has a dedicated button to take the call from your phone to the PC. As a nice little perk, any calls to Canada started on your computer are free, even if you hand it off to your phone later on. One Number also lets you send e-mails easily to saved contacts through the web interface.On the mobile side, there are going to be Android and iOS apps available so you can manage permissions and visibility while you're on the move. 

It's an awful lot like T-Mobile's Bobsled Messaging, but unlike T-Mobile, Rogers is only offering it to their customers. At least it's free - normally, I wouldn't put it past Rogers to charge extra for these kinds of services. Since we don't have Google Voice in Canada, telephony-PC crossover apps like this are a rare sight, so it's good to see at least one of the carriers getting on the wagon.  With any luck, we'll see a few other service provers offer some alternatives. 

Rogers customers can head on over here to sign up for One Number. Video demo after the jump.

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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3 years ago

Verizon Motorola Droid 4 available Feb. 10 for $199 on contract


The Motorola Droid 4 will be available on Verizon starting Feb. 10. It'll run $199 with a two-year contract.

The Droid 4, as you'll recall from our hands-on at CES, brings along the Droid RAZR MAXX design and throws in a redesigned five-row keyboard for good measure. They keys are "laser cut" (for what that's worth), and Motorola's backlit them, which is a nice touch. They've got a nice feel to them and are well-spaced. Pair that with all the tweaks Motorola has added to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (the phone has been promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich) and throw in 4G LTE data (it's the first in the original Droid line to have LTE), and you've got the makings of what should be a popular device among the business set thanks to some government-grade encryption, and it's got Citrix preloaded as well.

Other specs of note include a 4-inch qHD display and 8-megapixel rear camera. One thing to remember is that the Droid 4 has a 1785 mAh battery -- but like the original Droid RAZR, you can't remove it. Place your bets now on whether we see a Droid 4 MAXX with a monster battery in the coming weeks. (We kid, we kid. Maybe.)

We've got Verizon's complete presser after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC reflects on LTE devices, promises high-level 'studio' focused on new device strategy


While the message out of HTC following yesterday's Q4 financial results focused on “short-term difficulties” and “product transitioning”, the company offered more detailed information on future strategy in its conference call. Looking back on a disappointing quarter, HTC CFO Winston Yung conceded that the company had “dropped the ball on products,” singling out its LTE devices, particularly in the US, for criticism. Yung noted that HTC’s LTE products had a “thicker form factor” than competitors, and that battery life had become an issue, too, concluding, “we simply need to do a better job on both the design, and also the internals and the components of products.”

To that end, the company is setting up a high-level “studio”, overseen by CEO Peter Chou, to work on on future device strategy. Yung said that this team, consisting of people from HTC’s design and engineering teams, would be focusing on “key products that we are going to launch this year.”

The CFO also suggested that HTC may be looking to diversify the range of chips used in future products. In recent years, HTC products have been powered exclusively by Qualcomm CPUs, however Yung said that HTC has “a very good range of suppliers to choose from on CPU, for example”, adding “I don’t think we are constrained in any way from a component point of view.”

HTC is expected to unveil the first products in its 2012 line-up at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. So far we’ve seen early leaks of the mid-range “HTC Ville”, as well as unconfirmed details of the high-end “HTC Edge.”

Source: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE rumored for Telstra in Australia


Samsung's Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Note could be headed to Australian carrier Telstra, if the latest round of rumors is to be believed. According to Ausdroid, which cites its own insider sources at the network, both devices recently made their way into the Telstra's internal systems, suggesting a launch may be on the cards sooner rather than later.

The LTE version of the Galaxy Note is due to launch on AT&T in the U.S., as well as all three major Canadian networks in the weeks ahead, and the Galaxy S II LTE is already available on a range of carriers worldwide. Until now neither phone has seen an official Australian release, however, with Samsung continuing to push both devices aggressively around the world, we wouldn't be surprised to see an Aussie launch in the months ahead.

Source: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Late night poll: Do you stream music?


There's a lot of choice for playing your music on Android.  For every option that plays music from your local storage, there's one that pulls music from the cloud and streams it.  Both have their advantages, as well as disadvantages.  Streaming can play havoc on your battery and your data allotment, but the almost limitless catalog of tunes is pretty handy.  Conversely, it takes less juice and no data connection to play from your device itself, but you're working with limited space.

Personally, I do both.  I keep four or five of my favorite albums on my phone, and I use Google Music to stream the rest of my collection.  What about you?  Let us know in the poll!

Do you stream music?

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