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Rogers Moto X update begins rolling out w/ Camera, Touchless Controls, Call Quality & more getting improvements

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The update that US users have been getting for a week or so is now available here in Canada as an OTA update. The update brings many improvements to an already excellent device. We are in the process of reviewing this device & have been extremely impressed for the most part, with these improvements it sounds like Motorola may have solved the devices only minor faults. We’ll have a full review up on the site soon.

Here’s the improvements the update brings:
– Improved photos (colour accuracy, exposure, focus speed)
– Increased accuracy of Touchless Control
– Fixed choppy audio issue during voice calls
– Fixed issue with Motorola Assist improperly reading out texts

Canadian update # 129.12.36.en.CA The update is 32.2MB in size.

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

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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.

April brings showers & also the Sony ZL to Canada

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Sony unveiled the Xperia ZL at CES & a couple days after announced that it will be coming to Canada. Well Sony has just stated that the 5″ device will be coming to Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, Videotron and WIND sometime in April.

Like I said the ZL sports a 5″ 1080p HD display (Bravia Engine 2) 440ppi & covering that is a shatter-proof sheet of scratch-resistant glass. The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm snapdragon S4 quad core with Adreno 320 GPU with 2GB RAM. There’s 16gb of internal memory & expandable memory of 32gb through Micro SD Slot. A 13mp main camera with a secondary 2mp camera. It will be an LTE device for fast data speeds. This is all being powered by a 2370mah battery & features Sony’s battery saving software.
This looks like a quality device but We’ll have to wait & see for ourselves when it becomes available, which isn’t that far off.
Are you a fan of Sony devices, will you be looking to aquire the ZL when it comes to Canada?
Let us know 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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New Update available for carrier branded Galaxy Note 2

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Samsung announced today that indeed they have begun rolling out the 4.1.2 update to Galaxy Note 2 in North America.
With it comes a bunch of new features & optimizations to the Note 2. Most notable is the multi Window feature that until now has been absent from the carrier version of the device.
Below is a list of more of the features you can expect in the update.

Android 4.1.2 new features:

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-New Additions in Notifcation Toggles

-Notification Panel can now be customized

-Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled

-Multi-View Can now be disabled
Browser Is Smoother Then Before

-Status Bar has been changed from Grey to Black

-Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)

-New Ink Effect On Lockscreen

-New Group Cast Application

Check your Note 2 for the update, try it out & let us know what you think in the comments below. Was it worth the wait for multi Window?

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Multi Window coming to carrier branded Note 2

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 carrier branded models will begin to get the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update starting Wednesday of this week, according to Samsung.
With it comes the long awaited Multi Window feature that everyone has been waiting for in North America. There’s also a Couple more goodies & stability upgrades but nothing too exciting.

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BlackBerry 10 devices will be available in Canada starting February 5th

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BlackBerry formerly known as RIM or Research In Motion announced that their New Z10 & Q10 will be available in Canada in both black & white starting February 5th.

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BlackBerry 10 will launch in the UK tomorrow & will have over 70,000 Apps available at launch, with over 1000 of the top Apps available on other OS’s across all genre’s.
Pricing will be determined by the Carriers but it was stated that the suggested retail will be $149 on a 3 year term.

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Are you excited about BlackBerry 10? I know I am & the OS looks incredible, I mean it seems like they thought of everything. I’ll bring you more specifics soon. Are you leaning towards the white or black, the Z10 or the Q10 with its physical keyboard? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Sony’s 5″1080p Experia Z hitting Canadian shelves soon

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Sony’s new Quad Core 5″ 1080p Full HD Experia Z is coming to Canada soon, & will launch on Bell Mobility. It’s unsure if any other carriers will have this device in their lineup & only time will tell. Sony says the Experia Z & ZL are their premium quad core phones for 2013. Many were hoping to see the ZL come to Canada which has the same specs but with a stylish glass backing & fully waterproof body. For now your going to have to take the Z if you want a subsidized 5″ Sony phone in Canada. You could always import the ZL if your willing to pay full price however. Speaking of prices they are yet to be announced.
Check out the specs below & let us know in the comments if you think the Experia Z is the device for you or maybe your looking to get the more luxurious ZL?

OS Version & processor
Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core

Camera
13.1-megapixel camera with Auto focus
2 MP, Exmor R, front facing camera (1080p)

Display & Design
5″, 1920×1080 pixels, 16,777,216 colour TFT
Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass

Memory
RAM: 2GB
Flash memory: Up to 16 GB
Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 32 GB

Networks
UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz *
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)

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