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Rogers Rolls Out LTE For Major Canadian Cities, Leaks Pricing For Device Line Up

After just over a year of envious grumbling, the Canadians have finally gotten their first taste of LTE. Rogers Wireless announced today that true 4G speeds are available to customers in specific coverage areas in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

While this is surely a cause for excitement for my fellow Canucks, the devices that are currently on this new network aren't. At the time of launch, the only LTE device available to consumers is the Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U, a mobile "LTE Rocket stick" for laptops.

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Rogers Galaxy S Captivate Receives Its Gingerbread Update

Yesterday, we started receiving reports that the official Gingerbread update (reportedly version 2.3.3) for the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate on Rogers is finally here.

The update isn't showing up on Rogers' own website yet (under the Support tab), but if you go through Samsung's Kies upgrade software (go here, click Support, then Download), you should find it sitting in plain view, itching to jump over to your device.

Galaxy S users, if you've upgraded, let us know how it went and if you experienced any issues.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G Officially Available In Canada Today

While the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been out for a couple of weeks now, the always-connected 4G is now available for our brothers (and sisters) to the north.

In case you need a reminder of what this ultra-thin tablet is all about, here is a quick look at the specs:

  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 display
  • 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 or 32 GB internal storage
  • Android 3.1

The Tab 10.1 is available immediately on Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Virgin Mobile, and Sasktel.

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Beefed Up Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Headed To Rogers This Fall

We told you about Rogers' plan to bring LTE to the Toronto area this morning, which included a mention of the LTE infused Galaxy S II. More information about this monster device has now surfaced, and it is chocked full of upgrades.

Aside from the inclusion of LTE connectivity, this device will be housing a 1.5GHz processor (most likely Exynos), NFC, and a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display, making this the most likely candidate for beastliest device of the year.

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Rogers All Set To Expand Its LTE Network To Toronto On September 28

Back in July, Rogers unleashed the first Canadian LTE network in Ottawa, and now it's looking to expand that service to Toronto on September 28th, bringing blazing fast speeds to the country's largest city.

Aside from the additional network coverage, Rogers also announced a new LTE infused product line set to land this fall, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot, "an LTE tablet from a leading manufacturer," and a yet-unnamed HTC phone.

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Canadian HTC EVO 3Ds To Come With Bootloader Unlocked, Says Rogers

Canadian telecom Rogers have given Android users north of the border a bit of good news this afternoon, as they've confirmed that their release of the HTC Evo 3D will have an unlocked bootloader.


This response came from Rogers rep "RogersKatie" in the discussion thread below a blog post announcing their forthcoming Android products. This hopefully confirms the carrier's official stance on the matter, and isn't a matter of miscommunication.

As a Canadian consumer, this is a great step in the right direction when it comes to keeping our devices up to date and in line with Android devices in the United States.

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Android Takes Over - This You Need To See

Rogers, one of the top Canadian ISPs and carriers, wants you to know that it has some Android phones you can buy. It really-really wants you to know, in the most awesome way I've seen in a while (possibly ever). Have a look at the Android takeover of, which includes a brilliant intro and a landing page packed with Android news, videos, device info, and even a contest.

Alright, enough with this reading business - get to the watching part.

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Canucks Rejoice: Nexus S and Motorola Xoom Now Available In Canada

If you travelled back in time to the middle of 2010 and asked your average Canadian about the selection of Android devices available to them, you would not be impressed with their answer - it seems that up until this year, the Android selection in Canada was about 6 months behind the curve.

Canadians, myself included, can now stop bemoaning their second rate options. As of today, two major new devices, the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom, have been made available to those in the Great White North.

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Samsung Canada Announces Galaxy S Froyo Upgrade Timelines

Samsung, which has been under fire from consumers for repeatedly delaying Android 2.2. updates on their Galaxy S line of phones, recently posted an announcement for its Canadian customers on Bell, TELUS, and Rogers. In the announcement, Samsung apologized for delaying the long-awaited update and cited rigorous testing as the current stage of the rollout process.

Now, keeping in mind that these are just estimates, have a look at the upgrade timelines for your Canadian Galaxy S device:

  • Vibrant from Bell and Captivate from Rogers will be up first in the middle of December
  • Fascinate from TELUS will not get upgraded until all the way to the beginning of 2011

It's quite sad that Gingerbread, the Android version following Froyo, will be released long before Froyo itself makes it to the biggest flagship device series Samsung offers and long after their European and Korean counterparts.

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