While Samsung may have made quite a splash with its new ad during "the big game" here in the States, its Canadian branch had a pretty big announcement of its own: an update that brings Multi-Window and Chinese language support will be coming to the Galaxy Note II on "national carriers" beginning this Wednesday. By "national carriers," we're assuming that means Canada's big three: Telus, Bell, and Rogers.
For those who may not be familiar with the feature, Multi-Window is Samsung's claim to fame on the Note II, as it's the standout feature that allows users to run multiple apps on the screen at one time. Read More
It's been a long time coming, hasn't it Canadian GSIII owners? You've sat back and watched Jelly Bean roll out to GSIIIs across the globe over the last several weeks, and there you were - forced to deal with ICS. It's a hard knock life.
But no more! Things are starting to look up - the 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now making its way to handsets all across Canada. GSIII owners on Bell, Telus, SaskTel, and Rogers should all be getting the OTA any time now - head into Settings > About phone to see if it's available on your device. Read More
The powerhouse Samsung Galaxy Note is certainly making the rounds as of late - first in Europe, then it was announced for AT&T's LTE network in the U.S., and, soon enough, our neighbors to the north will be able to enjoy the 5.3-inch beast as well.
According to Samsung Canada's website, the Note is expected to be available sometime in mid-February with an assumed launch on Telus' LTE network and announcements coming from Rogers and Bell soon after. Read More
While Canadian carriers Virgin and Bell have had Google's newest flagship phone gracing their shelves since December 8th of last year (that makes it sound so long ago, doesn't it?), competitors Rogers and Telus are finally getting their piece of the Nexus pie on January 13th.
There is no word on pricing at this point, but the competition launched the device for around CA$160 on a three-year agreement, so we expect the above mentioned duo to come out of the gate with similar pricing. Read More
Being an Android fan in Canada can be a mixed bag. While you may miss out on some of the sweet devices exclusive to U.S. carriers - the EVO 4G comes to mind - there's also the chance for some benefits, such as the recent July release of the international model of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Thankfully, living at such northern latitudes won't cost us the opportunity to get our mitten-clad hands on the next Nexus device. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
OK, so it isn't exactly number one on our list of hotly anticipated Android devices, but if you're on Telus and you're looking for a solid Android phone that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, it's not like you have a whole lot of options (unless, of course, you're dying for a phone that flips the wrong way).
Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, a newly announced low-end Android phone for Telus, features yawn-inspiring specs like:
- a 3.2" 480x320 LCD display
- a 3 MP camera
- an HSPA radio
- 150 MB of onboard storage
- a 2 GB microSD card out of the box
As you can probably see, there's a good reason the Apollo isn't a member of the Galaxy S family of phones, although it does appear to share the same TouchWiz 3.0 skin (see pictures below). Read More
Android is getting some love from the great white North: the HTC Desire is coming to Canada on Telus. The Desire features:
- Sony SLCD 3.7” HVGA screen at 800x480,
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 5 MP camera with flash and video recording
- 3G (850MHz and 1,900MHz bands)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
- MicroSD slot with support for cards up to 16GB
Telus is also throwing in an 8GB microSD card for good measure, and the device will be running Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI. Read More