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Guess Who’s Back, Back Again! Nokia’s Back! Tell A Friend!

Posted: 02 Apr 2016 12:41 PM PDT

Nokia A1

Okay, slightly cheesy title but this is pretty exciting news.

A new leak has surfaced which seems to imply that Nokia is ready to re-enter the smartphone market.  The original story was posted by Android Authority who got the information from a "trusted insider," so keep in mind that this isn't quite verified yet.

The leak includes the above picture which allegedly shows Nokia's first Android powered smartphone, the A1.  Side note.  Nokia had manufactured an Android powered tablet back in 2014 called the N1 so the naming scheme is at least the same.  So what will the A1 pack?  Well according to the source, Nokia's first handset in…. man it's been a while…. will be a mid-ranger.  It's said to feature a 5.5″ 1080p display powered by the Snapdragon 652 processor.  While I'd love to see a flagship caliber device right out of the gate, this is probably the smarter route as most companies not named Samsung or Apple are having a hard time in the premium range

You might also notice that the interface on the A1 is a little different than your traditional Android handset.  That's because the device is running Nokia's own launcher, Z Launcher.  Whether this is just a skin/launcher or if Nokia is actually going to fork off their own version (think Amazon Fire) remains to be seen but my guess is the former.  It's interesting to me that the device seems to be sporting Samsung icons.  Not sure if that should make me question the credibility of this leak but it's something I noticed.

What do you guys think?  Would you be happy to see Nokia coming back powered by Android?


The post Guess Who's Back, Back Again! Nokia's Back! Tell A Friend! appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Rovio Really Wants You To Remember That There's An Angry Birds Movie Coming, Soft-Launches Angry Birds Action! To Prove It

Posted: 02 Apr 2016 12:18 PM PDT

imageDespite the fact that excitement for endless Angry Birds iterations and spin-offs more or less died over a year ago, the Angry Birds movie is scheduled to hit theaters next month. (Apparently creating a 90-minute CG movie, complete with Hollywood talent, marketing, and distribution, takes a lot longer than making a 2D physics game.) Developer Rovio is pumping up the promotion machine starting with Angry Birds Action!, a 2.5D twist on the classic slingshot formula.

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Rovio Really Wants You To Remember That There's An Angry Birds Movie Coming, Soft-Launches Angry Birds Action! To Prove It was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Android Notification Mirroring Coming Soon To Windows 10

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 09:45 PM PDT


Microsoft held its annual Build conference yesterday and of all the new features announced, the most relevant feature to us Android users is Android integration.

Microsoft is planning on releasing its next major update to Windows 10 this summer and one of the new features included in this build is the ability to handle and mirror Android notifications right on the desktop. This will only work if you have Cortana installed on your device however this integration will even allow you to reply to notifications as well.

As of now, phone calls, text messages and other related notifications are supported.

[The Verge]

The post Android Notification Mirroring Coming Soon To Windows 10 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Is An HTC 10 Mini In The Works?

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 06:24 PM PDT

HTC 10 Mini

The official HTC 10 announcement is still a week and some away but it seems that a variant is already in the works if this latest leak is to be believed.  According to a leaked document posted over on Android News, HTC has a mini variant of the HTC 10 in the works.  The device is said to carry a 4.7″ display, Snapdragon 823 and 4GB of RAM.  This is compared to the 5.2″ display and Snapdragon 820 that the HTC 10 is expected to pack.

If this is legitimate, HTC could really capture a market that is lacking in premium flagship caliber devices.  Most "mini" devices, with the exception of the Xperia Z minis, pack very diluted specs so it'd be awesome to have another "smaller" option that packs the same punch as the 5+" phones.

According to the leak, the device is expected to debut in September so it may be a little while before we get anything concrete on this guy.



The post Is An HTC 10 Mini In The Works? appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Priv To Get Update To Marshmallow In Late April-Early May

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 06:24 PM PDT


Just yesterday we got a look at the Marshmallow update for the Blackberry Priv.  At that time, we didn't have a clear time frame for the release but today we have a slightly better idea of when the update might drop.

In an earnings call earlier today, Blackberry CEO John Chen stated that the update to the Priv should land in late April or Early May.  It's a pretty disappointing time frame given how well the company has done with issuing its security updates.

If Blackberry wanted to really distinguish themselves against the competition, timely updates could have been a great way to do so.  As it stands, they're slower than may established manufacturers and things are really starting to look bleak for the Canadian company.


The post Priv To Get Update To Marshmallow In Late April-Early May appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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HTC 10 mini may come with 4.7-inch display and top of the line specs

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 04:41 PM PDT

The HTC 10 hasn't even been fully announced, and there are already rumors of the mini version of the device flying around. But the rumors are quite exciting, so let's hope they're right. The latest rumor claims that the HTC 10 mini will be a not-so-mini 4.7 inches, but will launch with high end specs.

More specifically, the device may have a Snapdragon 823 processor, which is an 820 clocked at 2.8GHz, and 4GB of RAM. Most mini devices suffer from mid range specs, even low end specs sometimes, but the iPhone SE might change that. With Apple releasing a small high end smartphone, we may see a resurgence of small high end Android devices. Even the Galaxy S7 mini is rumored to get the same treatment.

While it's too early to fully trust such rumors, it would be great if this one would be true. We need some good small Android phones on the market, so let's hope HTC is one of the companies to pull it off. Would you buy a 4.7-inch HTC 10 mini?

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