Category Archives: New Releases

Nexus devices receiving update to 4.4.2

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Google had started releasing Android 4.4.1 last week to the Nexus 5 but it seems there was a voicemail issue that was found so they’ve quickly rectified the issue & are presently pushing 4.4.2. Reports claim the update is being pushed to all Nexus devices that recieved Android 4.4 officially so if you haven’t received it yet go into your Settings Menu – About Phone – System Updates – Then tap the Check Now Icon to see if the update has been pushed to you yet.
If you never recieved Android 4.4.1 don’t worry you’ll go straight to 4.4.2.
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The update from 4.4 to 4.4.2 will bring Camera improvements you can see listed in the screen shot above as well as now having the ability to Zoom in HDR+ mode which is a great improvement in our eyes. Also we have noticed that the slight static that could be heard when volume was at its lowest but not off has been reduced greatly. Volume seems to have received a boost as certain notification sounds that were hard to hear seem loud & crisp now.

Have you noticed any other improvements in the 4.4.2 or 4.4.1 update? Let us know in the comments below.

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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

Google’s first commercial for the Nexus 5

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The Nexus 5 was finally made official on Halloween & many were obviously waiting for its release as orders are presently at a 5 week waiting period for it to ship. If you haven’t ordered yours you might want to the the Google PlayStore immediately & put in your order if you want it before Christmas.

While your waiting I’m sure you’ll be checking out all the pics, videos & articles you can soak in to be ready for its arrival at your door. Well here’s Google’s very first commercial for the Nexus 5 below, & stay tuned here as we’ll have a ton of coverage of the Nexus 5 as soon as it arrives to our office.

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

Samsung wasted the chance to bring something cool with their curved display technology (Galaxy Round)

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The mobile tech world has been talking for over a year about the curved displays manufacturers have been working on & the techies imaginations went wild. Well with Samsung & LG having announced that they had perfected the technology to mass produce such a display only time would tell who would be first to release a device using said display.

Today is that day as Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Round featuring a 5.7″ 1080p CURVED OLED display (other specs below)
The display curves in a very odd way that I’m sure nobody expected, you see it curves from side to side so the entire phone (front and back) curves the same way the back of the HTC ONE does.
The usefulness of this application of the curved display seems very limited & to us seems like Samsung cheaped out & were more concerned with releasing a device with curved display first than actually putting some design effort into it.
Samsung states that it emphasizes the view while flipping through home screens. They have also incorporated a lock screen that is activated when the device is laying on a table you can press down on one side of the device making it tilt forward to reveal the time, weather, alarm, notifications, ect (seen in video below) & well that’s about it.

It’s still early & we will give Samsung the benefit of the doubt that this design will prove to be more well thought out than it looks right now but it’s not looking good in our opinion. The balls in your court Samsung so prove us wrong. The specs of the Galaxy Round are however very impressive & it will be a solid device, but one that comes with a hefty price tag at just over $1,000. It’s unknown if the device will be available in North America at this time, but we’d love to know if the Round interests you?

Specs:
5.7″ 1080p CURVED OLED display
2.3ghz Quad Core Exynos Processor
3gb RAM
13mp Rear Camera & 2mp Front Facing Camera
2800mAh Battery
Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean w/ TouchWiz UI
LTE Advance
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Google PlayStore Gift cards have found their way to Canada

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Google has finally started offering PlayStore gift cards in Canada, it’s about time eh ;-). Denominations of $15, $25 and $50 are available from selected retailers, including those which are listed below.

Best Buy
Shoppers Drug Mart
Target
Mac’s
Walmart
Future Shop

The cards apply credits to your Google Wallet account for purchases of games, apps, books, movies and music from the PlayStore. Possibly even devices we’re not sure as we’ve never tried.

For those of us at Team Android Canada that haven’t had credit cards at one time or another we just used Visa & Mastercard prepaid cards from these same retailers. So if PlayStore gift cards haven’t made their way to your local retailer you can always grab a prepaid Visa or Mastercard and just input the card like you would a regular postpaid version of said cards.

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

The LG G2 is now available in Canada from the Big 3, other carriers to follow soon.

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The LG G2 has finally come to Canada & is available right now from Bell, Rogers & Telus, & will also be heading to other carriers in the near future. The G2 will run you around $180 on a 2 year contract or if you wish to grab it outright your looking at a $700 price tag.

The G2 features a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display (1080 x 1920 resolution, 423 ppi), a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked @ 2.26ghz,  32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM,  a 13MP main camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 3,000mAh battery, rear volume controls and it’s running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Are you thinking of grabbing up the G2 or are you waiting for Samsung’s next interation in the series of king of the Phablets the Galaxy Note 3?

Hit the comment section we’d love to hear what your next device choice is going to be between these 2 High End  powerhouses

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

Android 4.4 Kit Kat a reality or just a Google hoax?

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Seems today a new statue was placed on the front lawn of Google headquarters of our beloved Andy the Android guy looking very chocolaty and delicious. Google may be naming the next version of Android “kit kat” after the chocolate bar that many of us enjoy when we need a break. Is this real or just Google having some fun with us? I guess only time will tell when we see it hit our Nexus devices. Until then check out these videos and make your own  judgment, but I say break me off a piece of that because I love the idea.

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

New Nexus 7 2nd Gen 2013 hits the PlayStore in Canada

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It’s a couple weeks now since the New Nexus 7 was launched & while it’s been available in Canada through retailers like Staples (where I purchased mine) & Future Shop (who needs to match their Web stock to actual stock so we don’t make a long drive for nothing) it’s now available to Canadians through the Google Play Store. The Wifi-only 16GB version of the tablet goes for $229, while the 32GB model will set you back $269. Both models are listed as in stock and shipping within 1-2 business days.

Those of us who couldn’t wait & grabbed it from retailers like Staples seem to have ended up paying an extra $20 for the 16gb model which cost us $249 + taxes. Still I can’t be too upset as its such an incredible tablet & IMO one of the best mobile devices ever put out, it’s well worth the money. If you haven’t grabbed one yet & are looking for a tablet or on the fence about upgrading from last year’s model I highly recommend grabbing the new model it’s fast, smooth, sleek &  stylish & we have a full review heading your way as soon as I can put it down long enough to write up a review & fit it into all the other reviews we have underway.

Have you already grabbed one, what do you think? I have yet to have any of the issues ppl are reporting, is anybody actually experiencing them?
Let us know in the comments below.

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Once again LG’s taking another page from Samsung’s Play book

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Seems like LG’s at it again taking another page from Samsung’s play book, this time it’s Samsung’s S-View cases that seem to be LG’s muse. LG has just announced a new line of cases for the unreleased G2 which is only about a week away from being officially announced. These cases that LG calls their “Quick Window” cases have a cutout on the front & just like Samsung’s S-View cases they let you see various info widgets without ever opening the portfolio style case. LG seems to have been following very close to what Samsung does lately in a, if you can’t beat em join em kind of way.
If anybody could sue anybody in the mobile world it really looks like Samsung sure would have a rather great case against LG, so it great to see these companies not going that route & perhaps just trying to one up each other. Competing this way is exactly what the mobile industry really needs to reach its full potential.

Back to the cases; By the looks of it they’ll be available in at least 6 bright colours, & let you see & control things from the clock, weather & notifications to your music player.
I personally despise portfolio /flip style cases as I game on my phone a lot & there is just no comfortable way to hold the device with them on it. It’s either digging in to your hand somewhere or makes the device slide around against the cover when it’s flipped to the back.

Well what do you guys think of portfolio cases & these cases in particular? Are you excited & waiting to get the G2 or will you be waiting to see what the Galaxy Note 3 brings to the table in September or so?
We’d love to hear from you so hit up the comments below & let your thoughts flow.

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