Pause for your latest Galaxy S IV news break ahead of the March 14th unveiling: Samsung’s official Twitter account has posted this picture showing what appears to be a smartphone (shocker!) shrouded in shadow. We’ll understand if you’ve been overtaken by awe and need a moment — Jeremy certainly seems impressed.
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) is believed to be working on a high-end smartphone with Motorola
, codenamed X Phone
, that is expected debut this May. Initial reports claimed the handset would include a top-notch camera
, a flexible display and revolutionary software features
, however most specs have remained a mystery. According to a report from Android World
, the flagship smartphone will be equipped with a 4.7-inch full HD display, a quad-core Tegra 4i processor and a 16-megapixel camera. The device will also reportedly include the latest version of Android
, rumored to be called Key Lime Pie, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with eye scrolling technology. Purported dimensions are said to be 131.2 x 66.7 x 7.9 mm, making the device slightly thinner than the DROID RAZR MAXX HD.
Does the world really want a “Facebook
) Phone?” Probably not
, but that apparently isn’t going to stop HTC
) from delivering one. UnwiredView’s evleaks
has posted a set of specifications that are purportedly for the HTC Myst, a yet-to-be-announced smartphone that is centered around Facebook. In case you don’t remember, HTC has tried something like this back in 2011 with the ill-fated HTC Status smartphone that had a dedicated Facebook button
and that looked like a rejected BlackBerry (BBRY
) design concept from around 2006. The HTC Myst will reportedly be somewhat more like a modern smartphone, however, with a 4.3-inch touch display with a resolution of 320 pixels per inch, a MSM8960 dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. While these aren’t exactly high-end specs, it’s unlikely that HTC is going to push the Myst as a premium device, especially since it sold the HTC Status for a mere $ 50 with a two-year agreement from AT&T (T
This, police say, is the alleged cell phone thief.
(Credit: Public Information, Deputy Commissioner)
Evidence can be a menace.
You think you’ve gotten away with something, and then that moment comes along when you suddenly remember that perhaps you’ve left a clue.
This thought may (or may not) have crossed the mind of an alleged cell phone thief.
As the New York Post reports, police in the Bronx feel sure that what happened is that a certain man — whose picture they now have — robbed a 27-year-old woman of her gadget.
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Save your international friends money with a local number. Because everyone needs a local number in Sweden.
We’re rapidly approaching a time when we can start referring to smartphones as simply “phones.”
According to the latest projections from market research firm IDC
, smartphone shipments will top feature phone shipments for the first time ever this year, with China accounting for nearly one-third of all smartphones projected to ship in 2013. According to IDC, vendors will sell 918.6 million smartphones into channels in 2013, including 301.2 million devices shipped to China, 137.5 million shipped to the United States and 35.5 million shipped to the United Kingdom.
A petition asking the Obama administration to reverse a decision made by the Librarian of Congress last fall to deny consumers the right to unlock their phones
and bring them to different carriers recently garnered more than 100,000 signatures
, prompting a formal response from the government. The White House on Monday came out in support of the petition
, noting that consumers ought to be allowed to unlock their devices if they so choose.
It seems that Microsoft’s own job’s board is the best place to find out what the company has planned in the future. In a new job posting, Microsoft has leaked information that their new, major update to its Windows Phone series should be coming here just in time for the holidays. The job posting also confirms that there is a “current release” for Windows Phone 8 devices that should be released sometime soon. It may be referring to the Windows Blue update.
The job posting states that the company is, “getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences.” It has also been confirmed that if you currently own a Windows Phone 8 device, you will be eligible for this major update. Microsoft has realized the mistakes it made with its Windows 7 devices, and will increase the longevity of its devices from here on out.
We also know that Microsoft is speeding development up for Windows Blue, and it plans to release it sometime during the summer. From the job posting, it looks like development for Windows Blue may be nearing its finish already. We know that one of the features that Windows Blue will have is a revamped Excel app. It will also feature other significant improvements to user experience as well as bug fixes.
We also know that Microsoft will release a few minor updates entitled GDR2 and GDR3, and that HTC plans on releasing the first phone to take advantage of the GDR2 update. Looks like we have a lot to look forward to for the Windows Phone platform come Christmas time, and its good to know that users who opt for devices like the upcoming Nokia Lumia 928 will still be able to take advantage of this major update.
[via WM Poweruser]
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T-Mobile executives haven’t beat around the bush when expressing their distaste for smartphone subsidiaries
. In December, the company’s CEO spoke to investors about alternatives paths
the carrier could take to compete with Verizon (VZ
) and AT&T (T
). According to an internal memo obtained by TmoNews
, the company could announce its “uncarrier” plans as soon as March 4th. The initiative would remove two-year contracts, early termination fees and traditional phone subsidies, allowing customers to instead purchase new devices with a monthly installment plan. The memo also revealed that T-Mobile
plans to market its HSPA+ and upcoming LTE network as “dual 4G” technology in the wake of its merger with MetroPCS
. T-Mobile’s rebranding efforts will reportedly kick off on March 24th.
A new law recently went into effect that made it illegal to unlock a cell phone purchased from a carrier without prior permission
. The decision was met with widespread backlash from consumers and resulted in an online petition that was singed by more than 100,000 people
asking the government to reverse the law. According to TechCrunch
, the Federal Communications Commission plans to investigate whether the ban is harmful to consumers and competition in the industry. Chairman Julius Genachowski said that the “ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns,” adding that “it’s something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones.” The Chairman did note, however, that the FCC may not have the authority to overturn the law.