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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    In the weeks leading up to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launches, no one seemed to be sure exactly what hardware we were going to get. Would only the 4.7-inch model arrive, with the 5.5-incher delayed until later? While we ultimately saw both handsets make their debut, they did so without one of the features that seemed like such a big components to these rumors going back months and months: a very scratch-resistant sapphire screen. After all, Apple has this huge investment in GT Advanced Technologies, which has reportedly been cranking-out sapphire for some time now. By the sound of ...

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    When it comes to the software on its Android phones, HTC has been all about the Play Store this year. In addition to making some of its core apps like Zoe available to owners of Android devices made by other manufacturers, it's also been pushing HTC-exclusive apps to the Play Store, with the aim of being able to deliver app updates to its users faster than it would be able to by means of full-on phone updates. Today we learn of the latest HTC app to get that treatment, as the HTC Lock Screen comes to the Play Store, complete with some improvements of its own. The big change in this new ...

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    Android apps have the luxury of being some of the most broadly accessible mobile software around. That's not a consequence solely of the platform's wide availability on smartphones, but also thanks to how other platforms have picked up the ability to run Android software in addition to their native apps – operating systems like BlackBerry 10. This Android compatibility has even extended to the desktop, and programs like BlueStacks have brought Android apps to our PCs for years. But now Google is taking things one step further, and baking Android support right in to its Chrome OS. Today ...

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    Android has joined iOS at the 64-bit table, having seen the recent launches of phones like the HTC Desire 820 with 64-bit SoCs at their core. Where does that leave Windows Phone, though? Will we see Microsoft actively pursue 64-bit components for its platform's hardware? As it turns out, Windows Phone may be coming to 64-bit handsets sooner than you might expect, as we get word of an upcoming model running a 64-bit Snapdragon 410. Remember that confusing Alcatel Onetouch Pop 2 IFA launch? The one that announced a new family of smartphones, but was painfully vague with its details, not the ...

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    Is HTC making a smartwatch or not? Just a couple weeks ago, the word on the rumor circuit was “yes, two of them, and launching soon,” but nearly as soon as IFA descended upon us we were hearing a very different tune, with claims that HTC may have abandoned its smartwatch aspirations entirely. Who's right? Well, this week we've got yet another source weighing-in on the question, and one suggesting that the answer lies somewhere between those two extremes, with an HTC smartwatch still in the pipeline, but not due until early next year. Besides offering that timetable, this new report ...

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    All too often, when we're looking at theories concerning an upcoming smartphone, the rumor narrative sort of falls apart once the handset is finally announced. We may hear a number of competing ideas on what to expect, but at that moment when the one correct version is finally confirmed, what happens to all those now-proven-false rumors? More often than not, they're swiftly forgotten, but that doesn't mean that their mystery is over. Today we check in on one of those old tales, as a new report attempts to shed a little light on Amazon's move into the smartphone game. Long before we had the ...

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    Do we ever have HTC launches on the mind this evening, or what? We just got done making reference to last month's One M8 for Windows launch in the context of Windows Phone branding-change rumors, and right before that we were checking out what might be new evidence in favor of an HTC Nexus 9. And wouldn't you know it, but a new invitation to an upcoming October 8 HTC gathering just popped-up in our inbox. What could we hope to expect? As you can see below, HTC is billing this one as its “double exposure” event, a pretty direct reference to some sort of photography, and one that may be ...

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    Remember when HTC delivered its Windows Phone version of the One M8 last month? In the weeks leading up to its release we heard a few names thrown around, including things like the W8, but the phone ultimately debuted as the One M8 for Windows. Specifically “Windows,” not “Windows Phone.” Compare that to the company's previous WP entries: models with names like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. What happened to that “Phone” part? This may be just the start of a larger trend, as multiple reports arrive that Microsoft is getting ready for a major Windows Phone re-branding effort, in ...

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    The new Nexus hardware season is approaching, with our eyes not just on a next-gen Nexus smartphone, but an overdue tablet, as well. Our best guesses as of late have zeroed-in on Motorola as a possible manufacture for the phone, but what about the tablet? More than once over the past several months we've talked about the idea of HTC building the device, and such rumors had often been accompanied by claims that the slate might run a new NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. Today we get what may be some of the best evidence to date in favor of that idea, as NVIDIA outright names the Nexus 9 in paperwork ...

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    “This app is going to be awesome! Just wait until you... ohh... *tap* *tap* force close?” Who among us hasn't had app-buyer's remorse? Maybe that productivity app you sprung for is a little more rough-around-the-edges than you expected, or that first-person shooter is just too graphically intense for your aging handset to gracefully handle: whatever the reason, plenty of smartphone app buyers have at one time or another wish we hadn't bought an app. Luckily for us, some app stores have return policies in place, and Google has historically offered its users a 15-minute window in which ...

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    With both Apple's iPhone 6 launch and IFA 2014 behind us now, we find ourselves in the middle of somewhat of a new-smartphone lull. Sure, there are a few notable handsets waiting for us just over the horizon, devices like a new Nexus model (at least, we hope so), but the next few months may be a little more low-key than normal. That will all change in early 2015 as we gear-up for CES/MWC, not to mention things like a new Unpacked event from Samsung – in fact, at this point we may be closer to the Galaxy S6 launch than we are to the GS5 launch from earlier this year. This means that it's ...

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    IFA 2014 is over. The Pocketnow team has packed up its bags, hopped on a flight home, and we're already thinking about the next big thing in mobile. But before we completely put IFA behind us, it's worth taking some time to reflect on everything we got to see. We've already presented you with an overview of our coverage from the past week, and now we've got something even better, as our IFA crew of Michael Fisher and Taylor Martin share their own video retrospective of IFA 2014. At least, if you want the best, most insightful look into what IFA had to deliver, who better to turn to than ...

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    Yesterday's Apple Watch launch offered plenty of reasons for smartwatch fans to take note, and among the wearable's many interesting features, we caught wind of the fact that it charges through wireless induction technology. Apple wasn't doing much to call attention to this fact, but the details were undeniable. Still, it didn't look much like any wireless system with which we were familiar, and instead of any kind of dock or charger pad, instead we saw a tiny inductive coil that snapped right on to the back of the Apple Watch with the help of some powerful magnets. So really, it may be ...

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    It's been a long time coming: slowly but surely, Google's been pushing existing messaging services into Hangouts. Already we've seen Hangouts become the new destination for text messaging on our phones, and rumors extending back into last year suggested that the next to make the transition to Hangouts would be Google Voice. Evidence has popped-up time and time again to that effect, and this week we finally learn that the change is in progress, as Android users are prompted to migrate Voice conversations over to Hangouts. Even after all this time waiting, it sounds like there are still some ...

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    Today's Apple event showed the company coming around to certain technologies it had actively avoided in years past: maybe the most notable among those was the inclusion of NFC support in the two new iPhone models, as well as its Apple Watch wearable. Following the big announcements, we have some time to start looking more closely at all this new hardware, and as we do so we're picking up on some other pertinent details. Another tech Apple is finally giving some attention is wireless charging, and we see such support confirmed for the Apple Watch – though not in a way that many fans of ...

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