Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HTC One M7 to see upgrade to Sense 6 or "Sixth Sense" by end of May

To HTC One M7 owners who are a bit envious of the M8's new Sense 6 features, there is good news straight from HTC Americas boss Jason Mackenzie. According to his official Twitter feed, the HTC One M7 will be getting an upgrade to Sense 6 by the end of May.

This includes all the goodies that only M8 owner enjoyed to day. We do wonder if this extends to the One Mini as well as the One Max but considering how the last updates went we wouldn't be surprised if this was the case.

In any case, we are glad to see HTC continue their commitment to bringing updates to existing customers.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 now available in Canada

With spring's arrival, the Galaxy S5 is also finally here. Available in Canada and worldwide the S5 is available from numerous Canadian carriers. namely Rogers, Bell, TELUS, WIND, Eastlink, Videotron, Virgin and SaskTel .

With the S5, Samsung refreshes the already familiar and solid offering in the Galaxy S4 with inspiration from the Note 3. Sporting  5.1 inch Full HD 1080p display, 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of Internal storage expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card, Wifi 802.11 ac with MIMO (2x2), USB 3.0, IP67 Water and Dust Resistance, 16MP Camera with 4K recodring capabilities, Heart Rate Monitor, Fingerprint Scanner Home Button, LTE Cat. 4 Capabilities (150/50mbps), 2800mAh battery and Android 4.4.2.

We're working on getting our hands on a review unit in shortly for a full review.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HTC Desire 601 Android 4.4 KitKat update available for some Canadian carrier coming soon to others

While the Desire 601 isn't the most high end device on the market or even in HTC own lineup of 2013 smartphones, it certainly hasn't been forgotten. According to HTC's software update schedule and corroborated by Rogers' own OS Upgrade Schedule, the Desire 601 on Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers and SaskTel should start seeing OTA updates to Android 4.4 KitKat while the Virgin, Videotron and WIND versions are in the final certification stage.

If you have a Desire 601 and are getting the OTA, drop us a line and let us know how it goes.

HTC One Mini now available from Fido

Our time with the HTC One mini showed us that being "mini" didn't mean budget or low performance. While it didn't have the specs that the bigger One M7 had, it certainly wasn't a slouch and in terms of software updates is treated in the same was as the former flagship HTC One.

Today the One Mini is now headed to Fido after being an exclusive to Rogers for the past few months. This makes sense since the One Mini is a nice offering at the mid-range level and at $0 on Fido smart plan or $150 on standard plans. Check out our full review of the One mini here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Videotron and WIND release the Motorola Moto G

If your check out our full review of the Moto G you'll know we came away very impressed by what Motorola was able to put forward despite the penny pinching price of $200. Now the Moto G, in addition to being available from TELUS, Koodo and Virgin, is now avialable from WIND and Videotron.

It does seem however that the AWS version on Videotron and WIND are the 16GB, a major upgrade over the 8GB version we had our hands on.

If you're looking for a no frills smartphone at a hard to beat price, it's now available on WIND and Videotron.

Sony Xperia Z2 to be a Bell exclusive in Canada

We had little doubt that the Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia Z2, was headed to Canadian soil but the silence from Sony about the availability in the following weeks after the announcement was a bit surprising. We figure that we now know why, the Xperia Z2 will be a Bell exclusive in Canada. While its direct predecessor the Z1 was available from the Rogers, Bell and TELUS, the Z2 will instead follow in the footsteps of the Xperia Z to be a Bell exclusive.

This will no doubt be disappointing to some looking to get a Z2 on other carriers on contract. Thankfully Sony has confirmed that it will make the Z2 available unlocked to Canadians through Sony Stores. As mentioned at MWC the Xperia Z2 sports a 5.2 inch Full HD 1080p Display, 2.3GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 process (first in a smartphone), Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 3200mAh battery, 20.7MP camera with 4K capabilities.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Andromo Review: Creating Native Android Apps with no coding background

If you're a content creator, reaching mobile users is a cornerstone of today's competitive market. Social media and ads are a great way of garnering new viewers but to engage with your existing audience in a more personal and more meaningful way, standalone apps are a great way of communicating with your users.

The problem is that most don't have the technical background or time to dedicate themselves to developing a standalone app from the ground up for their content. This is where fellow Canadians at Andromo look to solve that problem.