Posts by Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!

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    Yesterday morning we told you about the latest rumor to concern HTC's future with Windows Phone, once again bringing up the idea that the company was working on a WP version of its flagship One M8 Android model. But really, outside the assertion that this project was happening (and likely before the end of the year), we didn't have much to go on. We're still anxious to pick up new details, but at least a couple more have turned up since yesterday, looking into possible launch plans and carrier interest. First up, we have a name, with this handset supposedly arriving as the One (M8) for ...

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    Over the years, the team here at Pocketnow has endeavored to bring you news on all the latest happenings in mobile tech, opinions about software and services, and reviews of hardware running the gamut from the very budget-priced to top-tier flagship models. We've answered your questions about how to decide on which phone to buy, which carrier's plans might be right for you, and hopefully exposed you to some options you might not have otherwise considered. But at the end of the day, when you've finally made up your mind about how to spend your hard-earned money, we've had to send you ...

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    "Pocketnow, you used to be cool. Remember when you started this whole 'summer of giveaways’ a few weeks back, and you had big prizes like that Sony Xperia Z2 with custom Pocketnow skin from dbrand?" Yeah, that was a pretty sweet phone. What about it? "Well those OnePlus One invites you've been giving away for the past two weeks have been a little... well, I appreciate the effort, but couldn't you give us some more prizes that don't involve us spending our own money?" What, something like that Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE we handed out a month ago? You know... that was a good prize. ...

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    A couple weeks back, we saw Kyocera release a video teasing some upcoming tech we'd be finding in its smartphones. Normally, this isn't a company we expect to see pushing many limits, but this time we were intrigued, as it was talking about sapphire screens. As we look forward to see if Apple's really delivering its next-gen iPhones with sapphire protection, Kyocera teased its own Sapphire Shield, a “truly affordable, pure sapphire display.” But just how would that arrive? We may have the answer, as one of our sources clues us in to the coming availability of the Kyocera Brigadier on ...

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    Platform exclusivity has always been something smartphone users have had to deal with. There's little worse than hearing about a great new game, or powerful new productivity tool, only to learn that it's not out for your OS of choice. In recent years, the situation's gotten a bit better, especially when it comes to high profile apps, but as wearables begin to descend on the scene en masse, we're seeing history repeat itself, and barriers are once again emerging along platform lines. Even there, we've witnessed some early progress, like Nike finally releasing an Android FuelBand app after ...

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    Are we ever going to see Samsung's first commercial Tizen-running smartphone, the Samsung Z, go up for sale? After its early June launch, Samsung said the Z would make its retail debut in Russia sometime in Q3. But then a few weeks back we heard reports from a Moscow developer's event that Samsung was pulling its Russian launch announcement, and would instead introduce the phone “later,” when a better selection of Tizen apps was available. That didn't bode particularly well for the Z, and now Samsung's back with a new statement, talking again about delays. Sadly, it's more of the same, ...

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    There's a new Samsung Galaxy model on the horizon, at least according to the multiple leaks we got to check out last week, with a bunch of good-quality images depicting a metal-rimmed Galaxy Alpha. The phone is clearly smaller than the Galaxy S5, though it manages to keep some of the same features of the full-sized device, including its heart rate monitor. But just where will the Alpha fall in Samsung's Android lineup, especially with the very similar-sounding Galaxy S5 mini already out there? As we work to get to the bottom of that question, some new evidence has turned up that shines a ...

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    It's been nearly a year a year now since we saw HTC deliver its last Windows Phone offering, the unremarkable 8XT. And while that model drew its hardware inspiration from the earlier 8X and 8S, we couldn't help but wonder what might be possible if HTC took a few notes from its Android lineup – and specifically, from the metal-bodied One – when putting together a new WP model. The idea of a WP-running One M7 never panned out, but the rumor returned this year, now attached to the One M8. It's been a few months since we heard anything about such a possibility, but those rumors are ...

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    Which smartphone manufacturer has Google tapped to produce the next Nexus smartphone? For a while there we were talking about LG, and wondering if a Nexus 6 might arrive based on the company's recent G3, but public comments from execs have cast doubt on that possibility. So who, then? A new rumor landed over the weekend that suggests Motorola could step up to the role of Nexus-maker, and the phone it brings us could be the largest Nexus handset to date, a 5.9-inch phablet. The hardware is reportedly under development as codename Shamu, and that part, at least, has some evidence behind it: ...

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    A little over a week back, proponents of a free and open smartphone landscape got some promising news, as the latest bill with its eye on restoring consumer rights in regards to phone unlocking passed in the US Senate. While unlocking had previously been allowed under an exemption to the DMCA, the Library of Congress failed to renew that option, and now Congress was looking to force the Library to reconsider that decision. Today we get the latest news on the bill's progress, as the House of Representatives approves the legislation. With both the House and Senate behind it, all that's left ...

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    We're probably just another week away from Microsoft's release of a developer preview of Cortana for UK audiences; the company's Marcus Ash announced that schedule last week, and we shared the news with you at the time. But in some follow-up questions to his initial post, Ash revealed additional details about how this effort would arrive, and it's not great news for those of you who were so enamored with Cortana (the service) because it sounded like Cortana (the video game character): the system's voice will change for its UK release. Full details of the switch aren't yet clear, but Ash ...

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    When Windows Phone 7 launched, LG was all over that business, delivering models like the Optimus 7 and the QWERTY-equipped Quantum. But then by the time WP7.5 devices were rolling off the production line, new entries from LG were nowhere to be seen, and they failed to return for Windows Phone 8, as well. Still, rumors have remained relatively consistent in saying that LG has still been keeping an eye on Windows Phone, and it's only a matter of time before it delivers some new hardware. As we wait to see if that's actually the case, new signs of an LG WP8.1 handset have emerged. Data ...

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    About a month back we came across a rumor discussing a possible follow-up to some of last year's weirder smartphone accessories, the Sony Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” that affixed to existing smartphones to give them high-quality image sensors, big lenses, and optical zoom capabilities. The QX10 and QX100 models we have now give us a 10x zoom and 3.6x zoom, respectively, but word was that this year's edition would bump that figure up to something like 30x zoom. Now we've got some new evidence that might just support that idea. A new listing at the South Korean National Radio ...

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    This time last year, Motorola was already talking about the Moto X, having begun the phone's advertising campaign in advance of its formal launch, which would kick-off the month of August. So understandably, we've been on the lookout for progress towards a 2014 sequel. Back in May and June we saw Moto X+1 leaks-a-plenty, including some video hands-on action of possible X+1 hardware, but so far July has seen the pace of these discoveries really slow, and it's been a while since anything really compelling has turned up. That all changes today, as a new leak provides some detailed pics of the ...

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    You think you're being so smart about buying a new smartphone: you consider long and hard just which features you really need, and go in ready to purchase a phone that's neither underpowered, nor would result in you throwing money away on extras you won't use. And while that 16GB of storage sounded perfect on paper, you power-on your phone for the first time only to discover that nearly half of that space is occupied by pre-installed software. You just became the latest victim of bloat. Over the years, some carriers and OEMs have been better than others about not dragging-down your phone ...

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