Category Archives: Koodo

Android 4.3 hits the Galaxy S3 & Note 2 across Canada

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While Google has just released Android 4.4.1 for the Newest Nexus device the Nexus 5 Samsung is playing catch up with its 2012 devices. The Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note 2 here in Canada are presently receiving their 4.3 updates which bring along a list of new features, UI enhancements, Notification improvements, performance improvements & more including a very important improvement which is battery life.

The update is hitting both of these devices on all carriers across Canada right now so if you haven’t received notice on your device head to the Settings – About Phone  & hit that Software update icon to take advantage ASAP.

Improvements to the Galaxy S3 seem to be all good right now from our test device & the best Improvement so far seems to be battery life as our test device has made it through a full day of use which it couldn’t come close prior to this 4.3 update.

Will bring you more on this update as we have a little more time with the S3. Let us know anything good or bad you’ve noticed on either the S3 or Note 2 after receiving this 4.3 update we’d love to hear from you.

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The Moto G is a top level midrange device at an entry level price & it’s headed to Koodo in the coming weeks

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Motorola just announced a very exciting device which is as solid a midrange device as it get’s, made more impressive by the low outright price tag attached to it. This device we’re so excited about is the Moto G & that mind blowing low price is just $179 for the 8gb & $199 for the 16gb if purchased directly from Motorola in the US.
You might be saying to yourself “we’ve seen phones for that price already, so what’s so impressive about this phone?”
Well it’s the specs & features you get packed into the Moto G that make that price so damn impressive.

You see the Moto G packs :

– A Beautiful 4.5″ 720p HD LCD display 329ppi (in comparison the Moto X is only 316ppi)
– A Fast 1.2ghz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 processor
– 1gb of Ram
– A 5mp rear camera capable of shooting 720p video
– A 1.3mp front facing camera which is great for video calls
– A 2070mAh Battery
– It’s Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean & confirmed to be updated to Android 4.4 Kit Kat in January
– It Comes in 8gb & 16gb storage options
– Has the same ergonomic design as the Moto X but slightly thicker which is great because as you seen in our review of the Moto X we think it’s the most comfortable device in the hand of any device ever made.

Compare these specs to other phones in the $200 outright price range & you’ll see what makes this device so attractive.

While we do know that the Moto G is for sure coming to Koodo in the coming weeks we’re not sure about colour or storage options that will be offered or pricing. We have heard rumours of only the black model being offered & only in an 8gb storage option which we’re hoping to be false. We’d really like to see the 16gb model being offered which in our opinion is the lowest storage option that should be offered when there is no external storage option (SD Card) available on a mobile device.
We have heard a rumour that Koodo will sell the 8gb Moto G  for $200 outright but we’ll let you know the full details once they’re available from Koodo, until then check out the full launch event of the Moto X from Motorola below.

Posted from WordPress for Android by Paul “Kid Android” Deschamps

Koodo now offering the HTC Desire 601

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Well Koodo has expanded their line up of Device offerings this week & one of those New offerings is the Desire 601 from HTC. The Desire 601 is a midrange device with a sleek & sexy rounded design reminiscent of the HTC ONE X & X+ with that beautiful matte finish.
Other than the sleek design another huge pro of this device is the front firing boom sound dual stereo speakers like those found on the HTC ONE.
The HTC ONE has the best sound hands down from any mobile device on the market today because of these speakers with built in amplifier & the Desire 601 should sound just as great. That great sound is further enhanced when paired with the mini woofer accessory HTC has recently released to bring even more bass & full sound when listening to music or watching a video.
Find the full specifications of this device below & stay tuned for a full review coming in a future article.

The Desire 601 is available in black only & at an outright price of just $300 or $0 on the Medium Tab. You can grab yourself one from your local koodo kiosk, retail partners (future shop, Best Buy, Mobile Shop, ect) or from Koodo’s own webstore today.

Desire 601 features:
– Android™ 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
– 1.4 GHz Dual-core processor
– 4.5” HD Super LCD display
– 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera
– 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB)
– LTE compatible
– 2100 mAh battery
– Dual front speaker with amplifier

Has anyone snatched up this beauty (what do you think?) or is it on your list of possible next devices? Let us know in the comments below

Posted from WordPress for Android by Paul “Kid Android” Deschamps

The Nexus 5 has arrived in Canada!

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The Nexus 5 has arrived in Canada, actually 30,000 Nexus 5’s have arrived in Canada are sitting snugly in LG’s Canadian warehouses set to be shipped to their next destination. Their next destination is to carriers (Bell, Telus, Koodo, Virgin, Rogers, Wind, Fido) across the great white north.

The LG employee who took this shot for us all to see says that 4,000 of the 30,000 are for western Canada while the remaining 26,000 will cover the Eastern end of Canada’s carriers. So if your on the Western side of Canada get your cash in hand & ready for the official launch because with only 4000 of this initial shipment coming to your area you may have a hard time tracking one down, especially if yoir looking specifically for the black or white model.

Its still unknown the exact launch date of the Nexus 5 but a possible hint from the pic below (from gatgety.co.il) seems to point towards the 5th of November, this could be the date it actually will be  available for purchase however only time will tell. This could also be the release of the N5 & Android 4.4 KK in Israel & we could see it sooner, let’s hope anyways.

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Google does have a G+ livesteam later today which could be the date we’re all waiting for as well. So wow Google has really been playing with our emotions with this launch havent they. Im sure we’re not the only ones who will be happy when this is all over & we have the long awaited Nexus 5 in our hands & we can sleep soundly after getting our New Nexus & Android 4.4 KK fix.

Posted from WordPress for Android by Paul “Kid Android” Deschamps

Galaxy S4 update hitting the phone for Telus & Koodo customers

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The Galaxy S4 for Telus/Koodo (possibly Bell, Virgin, Rogers & Fido as well) is now receiving a nice update that brings many tweaks to the amazing device, including the ability to move apps to the SD Card.

This is good news for users who own the 16Gb version of the Galaxy S4, which ships with only 9.15GB of user accessible storage space. This update alleviates this storage crunch by letting users move apps to the SD card. It also slightly increases available storage to 9.23GB.
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Besides the app to SD card feature, this new firmware also includes the following:

-Stability & performance upgrades
-slight increase of internal storage
-New Camera firmware
-Smearing issue has been fixed (Purple effect while scrolling)
-Smart Pause Toggle
-Move Apps to SD Card
-HDR Video (Can record HDR video)
-Semi-transparent status bar
New Icons in Settings
Secure boot status (About Phone)
-Increase legibility (Display) (New feature)
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Galaxy S4 owners can update their handset using Samsung Kies software or wait for the update to arrive over the air.

*Update – After moving what I can I gained a full 1gb of space on my internal storage which is awesome IMO.
Update took about 45 minutes to complete so make sure you have the time. It’s also just over 300mb in size so have the space available to download before install.

I’m sure Bell & Rogers & their sister companies are also receiving this great update as well, but if someone could confirm this we’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

Have you received the update, how do you like it & do you notice a performance boost?
Let us know in the comments section below.

New Tab Structure coming to Koodo July 14th, could leave you with the phone you thought you couldn’t afford

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As of July 14th Koodo will be bringing a new tab structure to their customers that brings more choice. With Koodo’s growing lineup of devices that now includes quite a few amazing high end choices, customers were asking for a way to make these higher priced devices attainable. Well Koodo is always listening to their customers & after some hard work by their employees they spit out this new tab structure. This new tab structure definitely makes those higher quality, higher priced devices now attainable for all.

The tab will now have 4 levels to choose from, No Tab, Small Tab, Medium Tab, Large Tab. They’ve also raised the percentage they will pay towards paying off your tab each month from 10% to now 15% of your monthly bill amount (before taxes & only on new activations & upgrades from July 14th on.) Koodo will now offer a guarantee that your tab will be paid in full within 2 years, which will be achieved by the customers paying off a small piece of the tab each month with the amount dependent on the level of tab you take.

If you choose the option to bring your own device or have a $0 or positive tab then koodo will offer you a 10% savings on your plan & add-ons. * Your tab will be frozen at $0 *

If you choose the small tab then you’ll have available to you up to $150 of tab credits to use towards the price of a  device. Koodo will contribute 15% of your bill towards paying off your tab amount each month. *This tab will remain available with any plan Koodo offers.*

If you choose the medium tab you will have up to $300 of tab credits available to use towards the price of a device. Koodo will again contribute to paying off your tab by 15% of your bill amount each month, & you the customer will have $5 added to your bill each month to help in paying down your tab owing. * To be eligible for this tab you will have to choose a plan that’s $30 or more. *

Lastly if you choose the large tab you will have up to $500 in tab credits available to you to put towards the price of a device. Koodo will again contribute to paying off your tab by 15% of your bill amount each month, & you the customer will have $10 added to your bill each month to help in paying down your tab owing. * To be eligible for this tab you will have to choose a Tab Large Plan.

So now Koodo customers won’t have to settle for a phone just because that’s  what they can afford at the moment of purchase. This  should be awesome news if you’re a koodo customer as their outdated tab structure has received an amazing restructuring that could very well put your dream phone in your hand this month.
Well let us know what you think in the comments section below.
I know I’ll be taking advantage of this new tab as soon as in comes into effect, will you?

Galaxy S3 in Canada Gets update that brings Multi Window & More

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The Galaxy S3 has received an update to its OS through OTA and Kies methods. It’s available ON Telus, Koodo, Virgin, Rogers, Bell, Fido & MTS users. The  OS remains at Android version 4.1.2 but is build MVLDMF1. Included is improvements to the gallery,
Improved down­load speeds when HSPA+ network coverage, Multi Window Feature, as well as addressing  instances where third party VoIP apps could inter­fere when dial­ing E911.
So if you haven’t received a notification of the update yet hit the settings – about phone – and check for update, or fire up KIES on your PC & connect your S3 to grab the update now.
I haven’t had much time to check out the update myself & will be doing so later today, but until then if you’ve noticed any more changes feel free to let us know & we will add it to the list of improvements. As well let us know if battery or performance seem to be improved after updating. Just hit us up in the comments below.

Telus & Koodo’s LG Optimus Black finally receiving Android 4.0 ICS

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Well users of the LG Optimus Black on Telus & Koodo have been waiting a long….. LONG time for an update to ICS. It seems that those users are finally getting that Ice Cream love in the form of Android 4.0.4. If you haven’t received a notification to update then either head to your settings – About Phone – Check for update, or if it’s not showing then connect the phone to your PC through LG’s suite software which is downloadable online from LG’s official site.
(The PC connected update is the only way I’ve heard of so far)

*Thanks to Elvis Ahmed for the notification that the update has arrived*

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Is Samsung’s Galaxy S4 enough to compete with the HTC ONE?

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Samsung launched the long awaited Galaxy S4 last night in New York City by showing the device in real world situations via some terrible acting in its hour long play…. I mean presentation.
They showed off the mass of new features included in the Galaxy S4 including Air view, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll & much much more. Check out Samsung’s video at the bottom of the page for more.
The Galaxy S4 stays with the same sleek & stylish design as the Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note 2, with it polycarbonate build. This time they have dropped the hyper-glaze finish & went with a nice textured look that looks a little like Alligator skin. They have also made the edges a little less curved but it still feels great in the hand.

The Galaxy S 4 features a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. As for what’s powering the Galaxy S4 there will be two versions of processors, The unlocked international version will pack a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 processor and the North American or Carrier version will get an equally fast 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. The CPU with be accompanied by PowerVR SGX544MP and Adreno 320 GPU respectively. Both versions have 2gb of RAM as well.
The Galaxy S4 will be available from the big 3 & from Koodo at the end of April. It’s expected to be selling for around $700 so start saving your penny’s because April’s just around the corner.

Well what do you think, is it enough to compete with the HTC ONE? Will you be getting one?
Let us know in the comments below.

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Jelly Bean updates begin to roll out in Canada for Samsung’s top tier 2011 lineup

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Samsung Canada Announced yesterday that Jelly Bean updates will begin to roll out today to 2011 devices & they have indeed. Check out their statement below.

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The Android 4.1.2 update is now pushing out for the Bell branded Samsung Galaxy S II model GT-I9100M. Users can either update via Kies, or wait for the OTA which began rolling out today & continue to other carriers & devices in the coming weeks.

Here’s the improvements you can expect

-Improved performance from Project Butter
-New Touchwiz Nature UX(Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
-Samsung’s S Cloud services
-Improved Camera features
-New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
-New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
-New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
2 Home screen modes
-New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
-Google Now

The new update brings the high end devices from 2011 to the year 2013 with all these awesome upgrades. If your on a different carrier from Bell or you have the Galaxy Note this is still great news as your updates are right around the corner. Let us know if you’ve received the update  via Kies or got an OTA notice in the comments below.

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