Saturday, March 8, 2014
Rogers has updated their OS Upgrade page and they detail that the LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1 as well HTC Desire 601 will be receiving an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat "Soon". While "Coming soon" is abotu as vague as you can get, the HTC One and One Mini had the same status and had their update roll out a few days later.
We hope for the same with this crop of smartphones. On HTC's OS upgrade page the Desire 601's is stated upgrade s stated to be in certification not only on Rogers but all carriers its sold by including Videotron, WIND, Koodo, etc. While we can't assume rollout will be simultaneous it at least give an idea of the timeline for updates.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Moto G is one of the best value buys available on the market. Today, the Moto G hits another carrier as it becomes available to Virgin Mobile. This seems like a good fit as Virgin tend to target the younger crowd who may or may not be more price sensitive than older demographics. This makes the Moto G a great choice as it offers good build quality with an affordable price tag.
Motorola had just recently announced that the Moto G is their most successful smartphone to date and it looks like sales should maintain till a proper successor. If you're on Virgin and are looking for something like the Moto G, check our full in depth review here.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Just as previously outlined as "late February" in the Rogers OS Upgrade page, the HTC One Mini is apparently now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat. According to the Rogers OS Upgrade page and HTC's own Software update page, the certification process for One Mini's upgrade to Android 4.4.2 is complete.
One Mini users can expect similar improvements that the flagship HTC One owners have enjoyed for the last month. If you have a Rogers HTC One Mini check Settings -> About Phone -> Software update for your update and let us know how it goes down.
We suspect that this means our AT&T friends in the US should be getting the update pretty shortly. This also completes the rollout of Android 4.4 to all of HTC's major 2013 smartphone releases in Canada on every carrier which in its self a great thing to see and a nice feat. Now to see how the update process goes for the Desire 601.
During a press dinner held by Motorola at MWC, Motorola senior vice president of product management Rick Osterloh revealed that their ultra affordable yet well rounded Moto G is now their best selling smartphone ever. This isn't a huge surprise to us as the Moto G is one of the best, if not the best, value on the smartphone market right now. Some media outlets have reported that emerging markets like India have been a hotbed of sales for the Moto G.
Interestingly, Motorola also mentions that they have made a profit on every Moto G sold and will make more once the Lenovo purchase is completed.
With MWC in full swing, what would a conference be without some prizes being handed out. One winner caught our attention in the category of Best Smartphone and it was one of our favorite phones of the year in the HTC One. Despite being almost a year old at this point the One impressed the judges enough to still stand out compared to 680 other entries including newer phones released in 2013.
The HTC One remained one of the most advanced smartphones throughout 2013. Its great design and excellent user interface continue to provide a differentiated user experience, standing out from the competition - Judges’commentsGiven that the One was just about universally praised by most of the mobile tech media, including AndroidBugle, we are not surprised by the choice. All of this only makes us more excited for March 25th when we hope to see the follow-up to the 2014 MWC Best Smartphone.
Check out the full press release after the break
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
With no word on an upgrade to 4.4, we are a bit worries that the Xperia T falls to the wayside in terms of upgrades especially since there has now been 3 sets of new flagships that have followed suit in the Xperia Z/ZL, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2. Couple this with other Snapdragon S4's falling out of favor, we can't help the creeping doubt.
The similarly specced Xperia SP is also getting the same 4.3 Jelly bean update. Chances of a 4.4 update on it look even slimmer given that it wasn't a flagship device.
That being said, if you're an Xperia T or SP owner on Bell, Rogers, Wind, MTS, Eastlink or Mobilicity and have been eagerly awaiting the update you can grab it now on the Sony PC Companion application or Mac Bridge Application.
Monday, February 24, 2014
In terms of the looks, the Galaxy S5 looks very much like the S4 from the front but in the back you see a drastic change as Samsung forgoes the glassy hyperglaze of the S4 and like the Note 3 opts instead for a leather like plastic textured back that is surprisingly reminiscent of the original Nexus 7.
We've also gotten word from our friends at Samsung that the Galaxy S5 will be available in Canada (presumably in April like the rest of the world) from Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Koodo, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile (noticeably absent is Mobilicity).
The Galaxy S5 will come in Black, White, Blue and Gold although we don't think all the colours will be available in Canada at launch. We also expect carrier specific exclusive to be announced later like with the S III and S4.
Check out the full press release and press images after the break.