Acer is back in the US and Canadian market with its latest tablet device, the Acer Iconia Tab A110. Yes, this is the same tablet which was unveiled last month. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 is basically an entry-level tablet, which will compete with the popular Android tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire 2. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating system out of the box. The specs of this device is similar to the Google Nexus 7.
Paul Tayar, senior director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America, said:
“Today’s consumers are increasingly mobile and want easy and instant access to entertainment at all times. The Iconia Tab A110 is another example of how Acer is meeting the needs of consumers, by providing tablet form factors that combine portability and performance for fun and gaming, at affordable prices.”
Acer Iconia Tab A110 features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1.2 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, micro HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3420 mAh battery. This device measures 196 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 370 grams.
This device is one step ahead of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2, thanks to the MicroSD card slot and latest version of the Android OS. Acer Iconia Tab A110 will go on sale from October 30 in the US and Canada. The battery of this device is reported to last for up to 7.5 hrs. Acer Iconia Tab A110 comes with a price tag of just $229.99.
Last year, LG announced its first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. The international SIM-free version of this handset has already received the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. However, the owners of some carrier-specific variants are still waiting for this update. Rogers and LG recently started rolling out the Android 2.3.5 update for the Rogers’ Optimus 3D variant in Canada. Check out the complete changelog below.
Enhanced HSPA+ Network Speed
- Faster data speeds from 14 Mbs to 21 Mbs
Enriched 3D Experience
- Improved video playback in 2D and 3D
- 3D Video Editor with the abilitu to create new projects (Video timeline, Adding video clips, images and sound and Cropping and trimming length)
- 2D to 3D conversion for videos and images
- 3D to 2D conversion supports both images and videos
- Easy to convert Open-GL games from 2D to 3D—Most apps are built on the Open-GL platform which is an open, standardized language for writing apps.
- Improved video recording quality to 12 Mbs HD
- Improved battery life with low-power modes during music playback
- Video stabilization support for both 2D and 3D
- Upgraded sound quality with Dolby Mobile Effect when a user has the ear jack/BT Headset (Stereo)
- Improved camera loading and switching time from 2.5 seconds to 1 second
- Improved 3D depth with 720p camera
It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. Sadly, this update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually download the update from the LG Canada’s support site and update your phone. If you find something new in this update, then let us know in the comments below.
Back in the beginning of June, HTC declared some of their high-end devices would be receiving updates to unlock the bootloaders, the first round to include the T-Mobile Sensation and the Sprint Evo 3D. Well, it would seem that Canada is getting the first device to ship with an unlocked bootloader. Rogers Wireless, a national carrier in Canada, will have an exclusive launch of the Evo 3D in the coming months alongside the LG Optimus 3D.
A Rogers spokesperson has commented on their support site, Rogers RedBoard, indicating that the Evo 3D will be available “this summer” and will have an unlocked bootloader.
The Evo 3D was announced by HTC back in June, recently became available through carriers and was billed as the first “glasses-free 3D smartphone”.
HTC indicated that August would be the initial transition date for devices to receive updates in order to allow for users to flash their own firmware images (ROMs) that aren’t cryptographically signed. While Google explicitly allows (and partially encourages) their “Nexus” line of devices to be easily unlocked, generally, this voids the warranty of a device and should be left as an option to experienced developers and power users. Custom ROMs are the bread and butter of Android when it comes to customization and developing; they allow for much more control as to what software comes pre-installed, supported languages, as well as many performance and security updates that are rolled into a single package. Having more devices that can receive timely updates means more users will be purchasing hardware and putting money directly in HTC’s pocket.
Whether the software update will be available to existing Evo 3D users before Rogers customers have it in their hands is unknown, but a small victory for Android developers is imminent.
The Palm Pre 2 is now available on Rogers Wireless in Canada, for the low price of $99 on a 3 year contract. The Pre 2 is the newest device from HP and Palm running WebOS. This iteration of hardware comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and the usual connectivity options including GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Pre 2 is the successor to the Pre Plus and the Pre, before that. Rogers adds a heavy subsidy when going from a 2 year up to a 3 year term. The off-contract price is $449.99, $399 for a 1 year and $349 for a 2 year.
The Pre 2 is also available online, unlocked and directly from Palm for $449 USD.
We have a good news for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of white BlackBerry Torch in Canada. BlackBerry Torch is finally available in snow white color at Rogers. This is the first smartphone, which runs on the BlackBerry 6 Operating System. Earlier BlackBerry Torch was available for $199.99, but now the carrier increased the price to $229.99.
BlackBerry Torch features a 3.2 inch touch screen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with backlighting, optical trackpad, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 5 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom, geotagging, VGA video recording, MicroSD card slot, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.
BlackBerry Torch comes with a price tag of $229.99 with a three years contract agreement or $499.99 with a two years contract agreement. You can also purchase this handset without any contract for $609.99. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
Today, Samsung Mobile Canada on their Facebook page has given a time-frame for the Android 2.2 rollout for the various carrier branded Galaxy S handsets. First and foremost, the Vibrant from Bell and the Samsung Captivate from Rogers will get the Froyo love by mid-December.
Lastly, the TELUS branded Galaxy S handset the Fascinate will get its Android 2.2 update in early 2011. The Android 2.2 update for all these handsets will not be released in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to use Samsung’s KIES desktop software to get the update.
Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the un-branded Galaxy S handsets in many different regions of the world including U.K and India.
Canadian network operator TELUS has started rolling out firmware updates for two of its handsets the HTC Hero and the Desire. The Hero finally gets the long awaited update to Android 2.1 a.k.a Ã‰clair, while the Desire gets the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero will bring with it Voice dialling and Google turn-by-turn Navigation and a lot more Ã‰clair goodies. Hero owners on the TELUS network can download the Android 2.1 ROM directly from HTC.
With the Android 2.2 update, the Desire gets support for Flash 10.1 and speech-to-text. Along with this, it also gets support for Mobile hotspot feature and a smoother system and web browser performance. Since this update is an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, Desire needs to wait patiently until the update is pushed to their handset.
Looks like AT&T is paying a hell lot of money to Apple since they have been the only exclusive provider for the iPhone in US since its launch. However, countries like UK and Canada are more lucky since they will be getting unlocked iPhone 4 in their countries.
Though users in these countries will still have to sign contracts with their phones, they can always exchange the SIM with another one without having to Jailbreak iPhone or unlock it. Sigh, wonder when Apple will offer a “commitment-free” iPhone 4 in the US now?
If you want to see which providers will be selling the iPhone 4 in your country, you can view a list of Official Network Providers for iPhone 4.
All set to buy the iPhone 4? Well its better you know which carrier will be selling the iPhone 4 in your country before you start saving money for the new iPhone 4.
In the U.S, AT&T is the official iPhone 4 carrier. Yes, users still won’t be able to use the iPhone 4 legally on the Verizon network. Users need to pay $199 for the iPhone 4 16GB version in the U.S. Along with the $199; they also need to sign a two-year contract with AT&T. In Germany, T-Mobile remains the exclusive iPhone network carrier. T-Mobile will also be offering the iPhone 4 in Netherlands. In Japan, Softbank will be the official iPhone 4 network carrier.
In France, U.K and Canada users are spoilt for choices. In France, users have the option of Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR. However, until now, only Orange has confirmed that they will be selling the iPhone 4. In the U.K – O2, Vodafone and Orange will be offering the iPhone 4. In Canada, MobileSyrup has confirmed that Rogers, TELUS, and Bell will be offering the iPhone 4 to their users.
Except for Canada, the iPhone 4 will be launched on 24 June in the countries mentioned above. The pre-orders will begin from 15 June onwards. Apart from AT&T, no other operator has revealed their price tag for the new iPhone 4.
Canada has planned on releasing a revised copyright modernization bill for too long and finally, the suspense is over. The bill has been passed and should get overwhelming response from software pirates and anti-DRM activists all over the world.
The new bill has legalized bypassing of DRM and has created many loopholes which can be easily exploited to create legalized copies of protected material. CD copying is now legal given you own the original source. Infringement damages have been slashed to one third. This comes as a relief against the last bill which was blamed to have been created “in the image of the US DMCA” and enforced stricter rules.
We had covered the notice and takedown policy of DMCA in the US. However, in the Canadian version, we instead have a “notice and notice” system. This move protects the ISP from being harassed by the authority issuing the takedown and getting involved in the case. The ISP only needs to forward a copy of the notice to the website and the dispute stays between the two ends without involving the ISP.
Finally, this is just a bill and there is time before it is made into a law. It is sure to undergo heavy amendments under pressure from the tech industry and it will be interesting to see what form it takes finally.