Nexus 7 32GB WiFi falls to $239 at Best Buy, Future Shop and Staples

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Nexus 7 32GB WiFi falls to $239 at Best Buy, Future Shop and Staples

Nexus 7 32GB WiFi falls to $239 at Best Buy, Future Shop and Staples

It’s rare that we Canadians see a price drop on the Google Nexus 7 tablet. The only time this has happened is when Google introduced the HSPA+ model a few months ago. Best Buy, Future Shop and Staples Canada have taken the opportunity to reduce the cost of the 32GB WiFi Nexus 7 by $30 to a low $239 – this is also $20 cheaper than what Google is selling it for via Google Play. The sale is good until April 2nd.

 


BlackBerry Z10 Goes Official in Australia

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BlackBerry Z10 Goes Official in Australia

BlackBerry Z10 Goes Official in Australia

Today, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry officially confirmed the upcoming availability of the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone on the Australian market.

The new device will arrive on shelves at various wireless carriers and retailers in the country, the company announced, confirming that Optus and Telstra would add it to their offerings starting with March 25 and March 26, respectively.

Furthermore, the handset vendor announced that the smartphone would be released via retailers such as Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Fone Zone.

The new smartphone will arrive in the country with support for 4G LTE networks there, while capable of providing users with an appealing new mobile experience, courtesy of the revamped BlackBerry 10 operating system.

“We are confident that Australians will love the new BlackBerry Z10, running on the new BlackBerry 10 platform, because it offers users something they will have never experienced before,” said Thorsten Heins, president & CEO, BlackBerry, in Australia for the launch.

“This revolutionary new platform continuously adapts to you. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep you moving, whether at work or at play.”

The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone was designed with a 1.5GHz processor inside, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, as well as with a microSD memory card slot for expanding purposes.

Furthermore, the handset sports a 4.2-inch touchscreen display, along with an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, and a front camera for making video calls.

The new BlackBerry Z10 also sports all the connectivity capabilities that can be found inside today’s high-end smartphones, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, micro HDMI out port, and the aforementioned 4G LTE.

“BlackBerry 10 is a robust and reliable platform that is smooth and responsive. It has a modern design and a gesture-based interface that is highly discoverable. It is designed to support, learn, and adapt to the way you work and share,” the handset vendor said.


Sony Makes Xperia SP and Xperia L Official

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Sony Makes Xperia SP and Xperia L Official

Sony Makes Xperia SP and Xperia L Official

Today, mobile phone maker Sony Mobile officially unveiled two new handsets in its Xperia lineup, namely the previously leaked Xperia SP and Xperia L.

The new Xperia SP is said to hit the market with 4G LTE connectivity packed inside, while also featuring a razor-sharp HD screen, while the Xperia L will arrive on the market with great camera capabilities with HDR.

Sony Xperia SP will hit shelves with a super-bright 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, an 8-megapixel photo snapper inside, with “Exmor RS for mobile,” and HDR and Superior Auto for the best photos, and Google’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean platform loaded on top.

The handset also sports a co-molded aluminum frame, one-touch functions with NFC to deliver content to a TV or to share files between devices, and the aforementioned 4G LTE connectivity capabilities.

The handset will also land on shelves with Battery STAMINA Mode for optimum battery life, a 1.7GHz dual-core Krait processor, a 2370 mAh battery, 8GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, front camera for video calling, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and MHL port.

The smartphone will arrive on shelves in white, red and black color variations, and is expected to become available for purchase in the second quarter of the year.

Also slated for a Q2 release, the Xperia L will hit shelves with a 4.3-inch FWVGA screen, an 8-megapixel fast-capture photo snapper on the back, and the same NFC capabilities as Xperia SP. The Battery STAMINA Mode will also be loaded on this handset.

The phone sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, microSD memory card slot, a 1750mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on top. Sony plans on launching Xperia L in white, red and black.

“Xperia SP and Xperia L are ideally suited for those seeking stylish class-leading smartphones that don’t compromise on features,” said Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

“Both of our new models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise – whether you want to enjoy premium HD quality entertainment over 4G LTE on our mid-range Xperia SP or capture every moment in perfect detail with our more affordable Xperia L.”


Android Tops 750 Million Activated Devices

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Android Tops 750 Million Activated Devices

Android Tops 750 Million Activated Devices

Google’s Android operating system might have lost Andy Rubin, but it did manage to storm the smartphone market since brought to shelves back in 2008.

According to the latest numbers released by Google, over 750 million devices have been activated with Android loaded on top all around the world, and the number keeps on growing.

Furthermore, the Internet giant notes that users have downloaded over 25 billion apps from its Google Play store, a rather impressive figure, that’s for sure.

“Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android—and with a really strong leadership team in place—Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google,” the company said in a blog post.

With over 60 manufacturers already committed to Android, and with new highly appealing devices set to hit shelves soon, the platform is expected to grow further, at least for a few years more.