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4 years ago

Rogers pledges LTE coverage to 28 more cities by end of year

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Canadian carrier Rogers will be expanding their LTE network to a bunch of new markets before the end of 2012 in the hopes of covering 60% of the Canadian population in 4G-ish goodness. Rogers promises to launch the Sony Xperia Ion sometime this summer to celebrate the expansion. Here's the full list of new coverage areas:

  • Abbotsford
  • Ajax
  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Edmonton
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Niagara
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sherbrooke
  • St. Catherines
  • Sudbury
  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Quebec City
  • Victoria

Rogers kicked off LTE in Canada last fall starting with Ottawa, and has since expanded to Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, and St. John's. Of course, big-name competitors like TELUS and Bell have also launched their shared LTE network, leaving the little regional guys like WIND and Mobilicity to make do with HSPA+. Data isn't that expensive up here anymore - $35/month for 2 GB isn't that bad at all. Of course, you still have to deal with 3-year contracts to get those rates. 

That's a monster of a list of new cities, and combined with the major metropolitan centres already covered, this will put pressure on other carriers to expand. Any Canadians happy to see LTE coming to their town? Any LTE-capable Rogers devices you're itching to get your mitts on? 

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Android 4.0.4 update now appearing

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With Samsung pushing out Android 4.0.4 to various other versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II, it looks like they snuck in the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket as well. You'll need to fire up Kies (there is also an update available for it) in order to take the update down and of course, backing up your device is first is certainly suggested but that's a minor hassle in order to get Ice Cream Sandwich on your device. No telling right now if it's a slow roll out or a free for all but it shows up as build IMM76D.UCLF6. If you manage to find it there waiting for you, go ahead and get it loaded up then drop by the Android Central forums and let us know how things are running for ya!

Source: Android Central Forums, XDA

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4 years ago

RIM CEO's other phone is a Galaxy S III

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We all know where RIM is right now, and the troubles that the company is facing. But when you find out that its CEO, Thorsten Heins, is also using an Android device on a daily basis ... Well, we'll just let that hang out there for a minute.

Our friend Al Sacco from CIO got to spend some quality one on one time with Thorsten himself and dig a bit deeper into his device preferences and how those choices help him with his job at RIM. 

I know you've been with RIM for a number of years, so I'm guessing you've been using a BlackBerry for some time. Have you ever used another smartphone from a RIM rival?

Yes, I absolutely do [use a BlackBerry], however, just to stay educated about the market, I always have a second device that is a competitor device so I know where I am, in terms of the competition.

What other device or other devices do you use?

I have the Samsung Galaxy S III right now.

No iPhone? You're only using an Android device?

I did iPhone already. I really go across the board, so I had an iPhone before because it was important for me to understand touch devices at the entry level. I had the Samsung Mini for a while. I change them on a pretty regular basis.

Pretty interesting to see the CEO of a company using a competitors platform and device on a daily basis, in hopes of learning from it. So, are you buying it? Is he really using the Galaxy S III as a market research device, or is he using it to fill the void that his BlackBerry device has left in his pocket? Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know what you think!

Source: CIO; via: CrackBerry

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4 years ago

LiveShare group messaging app tries to muscle in on crowded turf

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Android already has a ton of different messaging options - what can one more really add to the mix?

LiveShare, an instant messaging and photo sharing app for Android, iOS, and the web, was updated recently with a bunch of new features. 

For one, they're getting cozier with Facebook, so not only can users register for an account through the massive social network, but they can also share pictures from their group conversations to their wall. There's a new activity tab so chatters can see all of the latest conversation updates and photos at a glance. A new contact tab pulls in people from both Facebook and a device's local address book, making new additions easier. Lastly, the whole app got a fresh coat of paint by way of a user interface overhaul.

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4 years ago

Verizon: Galaxy S III officially pushed to July 12

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Those of you looking to make a long trek to a Verizon store tomorrow need to change your plans. The carrier has officially announced that the in-store launch of its Samsung Galaxy S III has been pushed back 48 hours, to July 12. 

Preorders are still shipping, though the carrier's website now says to expect delivery by July 19, but we're willing to bet you'll see yours ship sooner.

Either way, it's a disappointing delay for a highly anticipated phone, but at least not everyone's left out in the cold.

More: Verizon Galaxy S III forums

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich update coming, with extra sprinkles

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We go hands-on with the Android 4.0.4 update for the AT&T Galaxy Note, with Samsung Premium Suite

AT&T will soon be pushing out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Note, and we got a chance to have an early look at the update, with it's own Value Pack of features. The Note was (to everyone's surprise) a very popular device, and Samsung has followed in the footsteps of their last popular device's ICS update -- leaving the UI much the same as it was with Gingerbread. Like the Galaxy S II, Touchwiz is basically unchanged. Nobody really expected Samsung to change the basic UI on a phone in the midst of it's lifespan, and that's a decision we can understand even if we don't like it very much.

The good news is that we do like it very much. All the features you know and love about the Note are still there, as they were, with the API changes and ability to run the latest apps built-in. Updates to the Google apps and others like Chrome for Android make the Note better, and the ICS features like Android Beam and Face Unlock are along for the ride. If you just can't accept TouchWiz, having ICS allows you to install Nova Launcher to get the stock feel. ICS improves the speed and stability of all the software, and those changes do come with the update. 

Along with the ability to run the latest apps and all the under-the-hood changes that come with Android 4.0.4, Samsung has tossed in what they're calling a Value Pack or Premium Suite. Consisting of a revamped S Memo app and the S Note app we've seen and heard was coming to Samsung's future tablets, it's two great pieces of software that you won't be calling bloat. S Memo's great home screen widget make it an app that's easy to use when you need to jot something down quickly, and the extra power that comes with S Note make it one of the best note taking apps we've run across. Check it out in the video and gallery after the break.

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4 years ago

Staples to sell the Nexus 7 this month

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If for some reason you've got an aversion to ordering online, you'll soon be able to pick up the Google Nexus 7 tablet -- be sure to read our full Nexus 7 review -- in another brick-and-mortar store. Staples today announced that it'll carry both versions of the Nexus 7 (that'd be the 8- and 16-gigabyte versions) later this month, for the same price as Google Play -- $199 and $249 respectively. 

Google Play is still showing a 2- to 3-week shipping time for the Nexus 7, which had preview versions distributed to attendees of the Google I/O developer conference earlier this month in San Francisco. The Nexus 7 is one of the first devices -- and is the first tablet -- to run the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version of the Android OS.

Source: Press release

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4 years ago

Why we don't need another version of Android this year

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The case for sticking with Jelly Bean until 2013

Android followers, more than most smartphone communities, are constantly focused on the future, be it the next major OS update, or the next big smartphone from HTC, Samsung or Motorola. So with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean due to be open-sourced in a matter of weeks, some are already pontificating on what might be coming in the next version of Android, rumored to be nicknamed “Key Lime Pie.”

Conventional wisdom suggests that, just like Gingerbread in 2010 and ICS in 2011, the next version of Android could make an appearance sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012. But the current state of the Android ecosystem indicates that this might not be the best course of action for Google, its OEMs or their customers. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at why Google should stick with Android 4.1 until 2013, and push Android forward with hardware, not software later in the year.

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4 years ago

Sony launches Xperia Unleashed campaign in UK, win stuff by finding tiny bots

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As announced last week, today sees the launch of Sony Mobile's "Xperia Unleashed" promotion, which challenges Xperia fans in the UK to track down tiny robots in order to win Sony swag. The story goes something like this -- the tiny Xperiabots seen in this ad have escaped, and instead of devouring the world at a microscopic level until all that remains is a a fine grey powder, the 'bots have chosen to hide out in Manchester and London with QR codes on their backs. These codes can be redeemed for an assortment of prizes, including Xperia NXT phones, Sony TVs and tickets  to DJ sessions, movie premieres and gigs.

Fortunately you won't need to search the length and breadth of the country, as Sony's helping fans out by pinpointing certain Xperiabots on a Google Map. The manufacturer also promises further hints across its social networking channels as the month progresses.

Source: Sony Mobile blog

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4 years ago

Just Mobile AluPen review

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The Just Mobile AluPen is a unique design among other stylus pens. Designed to mimic an artist's pencil, it is, as expected, a great drawing and painting tool.

The difference is perceivable from a distance, as well as in the hand.  The AluPen is about double the thickness of the typical capacitive stylus. It is slightly heavier than the Kuel H12 but actually feels a bit lighter than the Adonit Jot Pro.

The AluPen more closely resembles a thick artist’s sketch pencil – which certainly helps it in certain applications.  The manufacturer’s web site actually refers to it as a “chunky penciled shape” stylus.

Read on for our full Just Mobile AluPen stylus review!

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4 years ago

Samsung releases source code for the Galaxy S III on Verizon

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The Android community has been a bit upset at the fact that the Verizon branded Galaxy S III comes with a locked boot loader, and while this doesn't change that it is sure to make a few happy. Samsung has given up the source code for the Galaxy S III on Verizon, so if you are one of those that likes to build from code, or just poke around and see what is in there this will be of interest to you. 

If for some reason you are interested in comparing this source code to that of the AT&T or T-Mobile versions, you can grab them here, and check those out as well.

Source: Samsung Open Source (search for sch-i535); via: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Android 4.0.4 update for Galaxy S II available for some territories

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Cast your mind back to the original Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II, and you'll recall that version was based upon Android 4.0.3. Now it seems Samsung's 2011 flagship is getting another update to push it up  to the more recent version 4.0.4. According to reports from SamMobile, the new 4.0.4 firmware has been finalized and is to start rolling out over-the-air and through Kies, starting with unlocked Russian handsets.

The new "XWLPM" firmware for the Galaxy S II (international version, GT-i9100) was built just a few days ago on July 5, and includes a new radio firmware, too. Keep watching Kies, and that software update menu, to see when your device is ready to be updated. Or if you're feeling brave, and absolutely must have that extra 0.0.1 version bump, you'll find an ODIN-flashable version over at the source link.

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Samsung plugs multimedia and sharing in latest U.S. Galaxy S III ads

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With the U.S. Galaxy S III launch now well underway, Samsung has launched three new TV commercials for the device. A far cry from the inspirational (or confusing) European Galaxy S III ads, Samsung has taken a more down-to-earth approach in its three latest S III ads for the U.S. market. Showcasing multimedia and sharing features like AllShare Play, AllShare Group Cast and Share Shot, Samsung's new ads feature more than fleeting glimpses of the product itself, and convey a clear message the device. That's in clear contrast to earlier Samsung ads, which variously poked fun at Apple fans, and bombarded viewers with random celebrity interludes.

If you want to check 'em out, we've got all three videos embedded after the break.

via The Verge

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4 years ago

AT&T lights up several new cities with LTE data

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AT&T this morning announced an expansion of its fledgling 4G LTE network. New cities to receive the faster data (as opposed to that "other" 4G data, the slower HSPA+) include:

  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Burlington, N.C.
  • Buffalo, N.Y.

Charlotte, N.C., and Cleveland are seeing expanded LTE coverage as of today. AT&T's 4G LTE data is available on a number of Android smartphones, including the new Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X, among others.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

British High Court rules in favor of Samsung in Apple trade dress case

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Apple has been defeated in a court case against Samsung in the UK, which sought to determine whether the Korean manufacturer's Galaxy Tabs were infringing upon Apple's registered community designs for the iPad. The British High Court today ruled that Samsung's designs for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1 are sufficiently different to Apple's, and cited examples of prior art in the area of tablet design dating back well before the advent of Apple's 9.7-inch slate.

Samsung's victory means it is free to continue selling its range of Android-powered tablets in the UK. Naturally the decision is a major blow for Apple, which has previously been successful in having Android tablets removed from the marketplace on account of design features like rounded corners and a thin chassis.

In a statement to UK tech site Pocket-Lint, Samsung said --

"Samsung had requested this voluntary trial in September 2011, in order to oppose Apple’s ongoing efforts to reduce consumer choice and innovation in the tablet market through their excessive legal claims and arguments. Apple has insisted that the three Samsung tablet products infringe several features of Apple’s design right, such as 'slightly rounded corners,' 'a flat transparent surface without any ornamentation,' and 'a thin profile.'

"However, the High Court dismissed Apple’s arguments by referring to approximately 50 examples of prior art, or designs that were previously created or patented, from before 2004. These include the Knight Ridder (1994), the Ozolin (2004), and HP’s TC1000 (2003). The court found numerous Apple design features to lack originality, and numerous identical design features to have been visible in a wide range of earlier tablet designs from before 2004."

The news follows HTC's high-profile victory over Apple at the High Court last week, in which it was ruled that the former's Android phones did not infringe upon the latter's patents. Samsung hasn't been so lucky in the U.S., where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently banned from sale, and it's had some success in blocking sales of the Galaxy Nexus.

Source: Pocket-Lint; More: iMore

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