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Rogers Announces Android Handsets Arriving on June 2nd

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Yesterday Bell announced they are going to be the exclusive carrier of the new Palm Pre. Well, it looks like Rogers countered that by announced yesterday that two Android handsets will be introduced to Canadians on June 2nd!

Canada’s Android Wait is Finally Over

Canada has been waiting to get a taste of Google’s Android OS, and now we will with two HTC handsets. The HTC Dream (known as the T-Mobile G1) and HTC Magic are coming to a Rogers store near you.

From the Rogers press release:

“Who else but Rogers would be the first carrier to offer Canadians the first chance to join the mobile revolution with a choice of not one, but two, handsets powered by the Android platform?”, said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless.

Check out this Rogers Android countdown screenshot:

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What are the differences? In a nutshell, the HTC Dream has a physical slide out keyboard while the HTC Magic is fully touchscreen. While I have yet to try the Android OS, what I do like about it is that it’s fully Open Source.

Are these the next “iPhone-killers?”:

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Even with these Pre and Android announcements, I still favour my iPhone 3G. Android handsets produced so far are not esthetically pleasing, and I just can’t see the Pre offering the long term support and commitment that Apple provides.

Don’t Worry, Rogers Has your Wallet in Sight

Rogers was pretty mum on releasing any Android pricing and subscription details. I can guarantee the phone will be offered at a subsidized price, along with the popular three year contract.

As for data plans, if the $25 for 500MB data is still around I would jump on that. Aren’t you glad you got the 6GB for $30 data plan while it was offered?

Will Android Take On the iPhone?

Although Android handsets have been out for a while now in the USA, they have yet to take off and capture a significant market share, compared to the iPhone. As I mentioned in my post about the Pre launch, we can once again look forward to more competition, which will keep Apple in check.

I do have a feeling Apple is still holding back on iPhone OS 3.0 as there are probably still features yet to be announced. Coupled with the fact that a new iPhone is rumored to launch (Steve Jobs will return and announce the new iPhone, I had a dream last night about it!), we can expect a crazy June coming our way.

Canadians are usually the last ones to get the latest items (does Skype for the iPhone ring a bell?). We usually have to wait years to get the newest toys, clothes, gadgets, and cars. Well, with the HTC Magic, Rogers could potentially get the phone before the US release! How about that?

So in Canada this summer, we will have Pre, Android, and iPhone (OS 3.0 and a rumored new handset). You now have choices…which one still interests you the most?

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  • ChantelleJoy

    :O
    OH NO!
    I am honestly shocked, and excited! I don’t know what to do! I had planned on waiting till June *crosses fingers* for a special announcement *crosses fingers*, then planned up recontacting and upgrading – but with the Android phones coming to Canada. Honestly — the Android phones havn’t been iPhone Killers in the states, and I doubt they would be up here. If a new iPhone isn’t announced in June, I’ll be getting a HTC Dream this summer.

  • ChantelleJoy

    :O
    OH NO!
    I am honestly shocked, and excited! I don’t know what to do! I had planned on waiting till June *crosses fingers* for a special announcement *crosses fingers*, then planned up recontacting and upgrading – but with the Android phones coming to Canada. Honestly — the Android phones havn’t been iPhone Killers in the states, and I doubt they would be up here. If a new iPhone isn’t announced in June, I’ll be getting a HTC Dream this summer.

  • Guest

    These 2 phones are looking good. I read about them when they were released in the US, overall not to bad of a phone to have πŸ˜‰

  • Guest

    These 2 phones are looking good. I read about them when they were released in the US, overall not to bad of a phone to have πŸ˜‰

  • Dusty

    These 2 phones are looking good. I read about them when they were released in the US, overall not to bad of a phone to have πŸ˜‰

  • X1Zero

    Never shall I upgrade to thee. iPhone is and continues to be the best device EVAR!
    πŸ™‚

  • X1Zero

    Never shall I upgrade to thee. iPhone is and continues to be the best device EVAR!
    πŸ™‚

  • X1Zero

    Never shall I upgrade to thee. iPhone is and continues to be the best device EVAR!
    πŸ™‚

  • I think I’m going to get a Pre, Android, and iPhone just for the sake of it. Why not right? :p

  • I think I’m going to get a Pre, Android, and iPhone just for the sake of it. Why not right? :p

  • I think I’m going to get a Pre, Android, and iPhone just for the sake of it. Why not right? :p

  • ReyT

    The wife’s contract expired end of March and agreed to hold off signing a new one. Best part is she agreed to have my iPhone 3G and I will get the next gen iPhone once it’s released! I love my wife!

  • ReyT

    The wife’s contract expired end of March and agreed to hold off signing a new one. Best part is she agreed to have my iPhone 3G and I will get the next gen iPhone once it’s released! I love my wife!

  • Rey T

    The wife’s contract expired end of March and agreed to hold off signing a new one. Best part is she agreed to have my iPhone 3G and I will get the next gen iPhone once it’s released! I love my wife!

  • Guest

    LOL Do it up Gary! πŸ˜› You’d be the cool dude!

  • Guest

    LOL Do it up Gary! πŸ˜› You’d be the cool dude!

  • Dusty

    LOL Do it up Gary! πŸ˜› You’d be the cool dude!

  • CharveL

    Sorry, as nice as they “look” I’m not even close to considering one. I’m no Apple fanboy by a longshot but I know when a product is done right.

    And by that I mean the little things like intuitive (multitouch) interface, lack of convoluted menus, and attention to the little details that suck the frustration out of using a phone/device. Every other phone I’ve used did not have nearly the development resources put into the software as iPhone which ends up sloppy, not to mention lack of continuing support. I love open source and hate iTunes but ain’t enough to give up my iPhone for a fledgling, rushed OS.

    My wife, as a computer illiterate, rolled her eyes at me for getting one last year and now she can’t put her (Touch) down, watching movies on lunch break, Ambience to get sleep, and Facebook to keep tabs on me. πŸ˜€

  • CharveL

    Sorry, as nice as they “look” I’m not even close to considering one. I’m no Apple fanboy by a longshot but I know when a product is done right.

    And by that I mean the little things like intuitive (multitouch) interface, lack of convoluted menus, and attention to the little details that suck the frustration out of using a phone/device. Every other phone I’ve used did not have nearly the development resources put into the software as iPhone which ends up sloppy, not to mention lack of continuing support. I love open source and hate iTunes but ain’t enough to give up my iPhone for a fledgling, rushed OS.

    My wife, as a computer illiterate, rolled her eyes at me for getting one last year and now she can’t put her (Touch) down, watching movies on lunch break, Ambience to get sleep, and Facebook to keep tabs on me. πŸ˜€

  • CharveL

    Sorry, as nice as they “look” I’m not even close to considering one. I’m no Apple fanboy by a longshot but I know when a product is done right.

    And by that I mean the little things like intuitive (multitouch) interface, lack of convoluted menus, and attention to the little details that suck the frustration out of using a phone/device. Every other phone I’ve used did not have nearly the development resources put into the software as iPhone which ends up sloppy, not to mention lack of continuing support. I love open source and hate iTunes but ain’t enough to give up my iPhone for a fledgling, rushed OS.

    My wife, as a computer illiterate, rolled her eyes at me for getting one last year and now she can’t put her (Touch) down, watching movies on lunch break, Ambience to get sleep, and Facebook to keep tabs on me. πŸ˜€

  • Will Pardoe

    If you look closely at the picture from rogers of the htc dream (T-mobile G1), the menu keys are a tiny bit different than the ones on the acutal G1. Also, there isn’t branding at the top, instead, it says htc.
    I think that the version that rogers will have is a bit different because the 3G bands that rogers uses are not the ones that T-Mobile uses.

  • Will Pardoe

    If you look closely at the picture from rogers of the htc dream (T-mobile G1), the menu keys are a tiny bit different than the ones on the acutal G1. Also, there isn’t branding at the top, instead, it says htc.
    I think that the version that rogers will have is a bit different because the 3G bands that rogers uses are not the ones that T-Mobile uses.

  • Will Pardoe

    If you look closely at the picture from rogers of the htc dream (T-mobile G1), the menu keys are a tiny bit different than the ones on the acutal G1. Also, there isn’t branding at the top, instead, it says htc.
    I think that the version that rogers will have is a bit different because the 3G bands that rogers uses are not the ones that T-Mobile uses.

  • Richard

    If there’s no new iPhone coming out… Might consider getting the HTC Magic πŸ™‚

  • Richard

    If there’s no new iPhone coming out… Might consider getting the HTC Magic πŸ™‚

  • Richard

    If there’s no new iPhone coming out… Might consider getting the HTC Magic πŸ™‚

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