Yesterday, Samsung unveiled its flagship smartphone of 2014, the Galaxy S5, and today we’ve received confirmation that the handset is en route to all the big cellular operators across Canada, including Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Koodoo, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile.
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LG has officially announced that its first curved self-healing smartphone, the G Flex, will be available to purchase from Rogers’ on-line shop or in any of bricks-and-mortar stores located in Canada starting this Spring. The press release also includes a statement from the operator notifying potential customers that the handset will deliver its exclusive ‘full-speed LTE connection’ – which utilizes both the 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for data speeds of up to 150mbps.
Canadian One’s did make HTC’s self-imposed 90 day update deadline, after all. Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel and Wind are now rolling out the much-anticipated over-the-air Android 4.4 KitKat update to all HTC One smartphones currently located in Canada. This upgrade, which weighs in at just under 600MB, brings the latest build of the open-source operating system, in addition to the usual multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed enhancements.
Earlier today, Jason Mackenzie, the President of HTC America, officially revealed on Twitter that HTC’s flagship smartphone will not meet its self-imposed 90-day deadline for its much-anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat update to touch down in the U.S. and Canada. However, according to Mackenize, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks for the HTC One updates to be complete.
Both Rogers and Fido have started pushing out the much-anticipated over-the-air 4.4 KitKat update to all their carrier-branded Motorola Moto X handsets located in the Canada. In terms of functionality, this upgrade brings the latest build of the open source operating system, together with a multitude of additional bug fixes, stability improvements and speed enhancements.
Today, Google officially updated its Play Store support page, to notify consumers that it will soon be launching its Google Play gift cards in Japan with ¥1500 ($15), ¥3,000 ($29), ¥5,000 ($49), ¥10,000 ($97), ¥15,000 ($146) and astonishingly ¥20,000 ($195) denominations.
A number of Android smartphone makers — including HTC, Motorola, and even Sony — have all announced their Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade plans for their latest flagship devices, but we haven’t yet heard anything official from LG regarding the G2.
But according to one LG Canada representative, the handset will receive the latest version of Android in “late Q1” 2014.
The three largest Canadian carriers, Rogers, TELUS and Bell, are in the process of pushing out a rather hefty unexpected over-the-air (OTA) update to all of their carrier-branded Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini handsets located in Canada. This much-anticipated update finally brings Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a newer version of the TouchWiz UI to the handset, in addition to support for the Galaxy Gear.
Good news for those of you in Canada waiting for the new Moto G: the handset is now available to purchase on both TELUS and Koodo Mobile, and you can get it for free when you sign into a new two-year contract. If you want to buy it outright, it’s C$200.
As from today, Samsung’s latest Android-powered tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, is available to purchase from several “major retailers” in Canada. Unfortunately, Canadians will only be able to get their hands on the Wi-Fi-only octa-core Exynos version of the slate at present, but rumor has it that the 4G model will not be too far behind and should be well its way within the next few months.