Monday, March 2, 2015

[MWC 2015] Samsung unveils the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Not unlike its closest competitors, Samsung one of the, if not the, top Android Manufacturers latest flagship has been subject of rumors and leaks. But today Samsung finally pull the wraps of its 2015 flagship(s) the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Both devices are set to be co-flagships for this year and are putting Samsung new commitment to premium materials and design up front and center. This years iteration of the venerable Galaxy S series sports glass fronts and backs, metal that runs around the devices as well as throughout for rigidity, and of course on the Galaxy S6 Edge the screen will wrap ever around the edges.

Specs for both devices include a 5.1-inch 1440p Super AMOLED display, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, a Samsung Octa Core Exynos 7 SoC, 32/64/128GB of internal storage (gone is the microSD expandability), a 16MP camera, a 2550mAh battery for the S6 and a 2600mAh for the S6 Edge.

Our Friends at Samsung have confirmed to us that the both versions of the S6 will come in Black Sapphire and Pearl White colours will be available April 10, 2015.

Confirmed carries include Rogers, Bell, TELUS, WIND, SaskTel and Videotron.

Check out the press release after the break.

[MWC 2015] HTC unveils the HTC One M9

While the torrent leaks of photos, videos and specs kept the M9 as mobile tech's worse secret, HTC still proudly took the stage today at MWC to unveil their 2015 flagship device in the HTC One M9. While many are quick top point out the more than striking resemblance to the HTC One M8, the M9 takes many of the issues brought up with the M8 and addresses them in this year's iteration.

The three most noticeable hardware changes on the M9 include the shift from the 4MP UltraPixel camera (now relegated to the front facing duties) + Depth Sensor to a more conventional 20.7MP rear facing shooter, the placement of the power button on the side of the device rather than top and finally a "sharpening of the edges to improve grip on a pretty slippery phone.

Under the hood there are some significant improvements with HTC opting for the new Snapdragon 810 Octa Core 4 x 2.0 GHz + 4 x 1.5 GHz SoC, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage expandable by micro SD, 1080p 5 inch Super LCD 3 display, a 2840 mAh battery and is running Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 on top.

The M9 will be available from Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, and Videotron

We can't wait till we get our hands on the M9 to try out.

Check out the full press release after the break.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Canadian Motorola Moto G (2013), Moto X (2014), LG G3 and HTC One M7 recieving Android 5.0 Lollipop

Looks like it's Lollipop week as not one or two or three but four devices from three different manufacturers nonetheless have started receiving their upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

This morning we got word from our friends at LG that the G3 would start getting the upgrade starting today.

“Bringing the new Lollipop Android update to LG G3 users has been a top priority for us,” said Eunice Lee, Brand Manager of Mobile Communications, LG Canada. “LG is committed to providing our customers with the best mobile experience, and the Lollipop upgrade is a key part of that innovative experience. The new Android OS brings a refreshed interface to the LG G3 that complements its existing design and enhances the device’s functionality. We believe that our customers will find great value in the Lollipop upgrade.”

On the side of Motorola, the Moto G (first gen) from Virgin, TELUS, Koodo, Videotron, WIND and the unlocked retail version should all have started receiving the update as of yesterday. The LTE version from Rogers, Fido and Videotron however are not part of this initial rollout.

The Moto X second gen from WIND is also getting a second attempt at a Lollipop upgrade after the last attempt cause some devices to be bricked. No word yet on the original Moto X, as Motorola is stated to be needing more time due to the custom X8 Compute platform SoC used in the original Moto X.

Lastly, one of our readers has informed us (later confirmed by MobileSyrup) that the HTC One M7 has also started start getting it's rollout to Lollipop as well. (Thanks Alex!)

If you're one of the owners of these devices let us know how the update process goes!

Monday, February 23, 2015

T-Mobile USA gives a glimpse of the Galaxy S6

The best look at Samsung's next flagship device comes from a surprising source, T-Mobile USA. While we are still about a week away from expected reveal date of March 1st, it certainly expected that Samsung would start building the hype the the Galaxy S6.

In the image posted by T-Mobile you can clearly see the edge curved display that we first saw in the Galaxy Note Edge. We will know for sure on March 1st, but most believe that the S6 will not only have one but two curved edges and it remains to be seen how software will take advantage of the increased real estate.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LG announced their latest smartwatch the LG Watch Urbane

While we are still a few weeks away from MWC, our friends at LG let us know that they decided to get a head start and unveil their latest smartwatch effort in the LG Urbane. If it looks familiar it's not surprising as LG takes the original G Watch R and refines it with a more "sophisticated and cosmopolitan" look.

The inspiration from the G Watch R for the Urbane don't stop at looks, internals are identical to LG original round faced smartwatch which include 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 1.3 inches plastic OLED at 320x320 with 245ppi, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 4GB of internal storage, 9-axis (gyro / acceleration / compass), barometric pressure sensor, heart rate sensor, IP67 certified Waterproof and dustproof, 410mAh Battery and available in Gold and Silver.

We expect to see more coverage of the device at MWC in less than 2 weeks.

Check out the full press release after the break.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Canadian HTC One M8 receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

HTC had promised that it would keep its flagships updated within 90 of receiving code from Google for a new version of the Android OS. While it missed that mark by a few days, HTC has finally delivered the Lollipop Android 5 update to Canadian HTC One M8s. Last week, just before the weekend Bell, SaskTel and WIND M8s got the update first and today Rogers and TELUS versions followed suit.

This has been confirmed by users and by HTC America VP Mo Versi on Twitter.

Friday, December 12, 2014

HTC's RE camera now available in Canada from Staples

With the surprising entry into the GoPro dominated handheld camera market, HTC is finally making their RE camera available in Canada via Staples. Our friends have let us know that the RE will be available at Staples this week for $199.55.

Specs include a 16MP sensor that shoots 1080p 30fps FHD videos, capability to take 1,200 16MP photos on a single charge, memory expandability by up to 128GB of additional storage via MicroSD slot, submersible up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, Bluetooth-enabled, Wi-Fi capable (802.11b/g/n).

While $200 might be a tough sell for what is basically an accessory for your smartphone, there might just be a market for such a device where the GoPro might be too feature rich. With talks already of a RE successor, it will be interesting to see how HTC fairs in this competitive market segment.