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    We tend to get a little fussy over carrier bloat, or the pre-installed applications that may come on a number of carrier-specific Android or Windows Phone smartphones. Bloat can and often does come from carriers, partners like Amazon, and even the manufacturer. For instance, I bought the T-Mobile HTC One M8 just this morning. It comes with five T-Mobile-specific applications I'll rarely (if ever) use: Mobile HotSpot, My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. While it's mostly minimal, these applications cannot be uninstalled – only reverted to the original versions ...

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    Last week saw Samsung's Galaxy S5 hit carrier shelves in the US, and while this meant that the long-awaited smartphone was finally making its way into user hands, it wasn't without incident, and we heard about a couple circumstances where the smartphone was showing up without its complete feature set intact. The first issue to come to light concerned the download booster Samsung had put together, intended to let users retrieve a file through the combined efforts of the phone's LTE and WiFi connections, pooling their available bandwidth. First the AT&T GS5 showed up with the download ...

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    For the past couple weeks, if you wanted a new HTC One M8 in the US, your options were going with Verizon as your carrier, or placing on online order with another carrier, and waiting for your phone to ship. With a phone as hot as this one, though, who wants to wait any longer than they have to? We've been looking forward to the day when Verizon's short-lived period of in-store exclusivity would end, and we could really start seeing One M8 sales begin in earnest. That day is today, with Sprint and AT&T adding the phone to their retail store inventories. Both carriers will hook you up ...

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    Samsung loves little more than outfitting its latest flagship with an array of software tricks, and too often we find ourselves lamenting just how many fail to be very useful. Still, for all the misfires, we have seen some real hits: Multi Window View was a revelation. The Galaxy S5 is no stranger to the ways of these software flourishes, and one that Samsung's shared with us has the potential to be decently useful in its own right, the ability to split a download between WiFi and the phone's cellular connection in order to enhance speeds: the aptly-named download booster. However, it now ...

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    For a moment there, it seemed like Samsung might not bring a Galaxy S5 Active to market, at least considering the water resistance already inherent to the parent Galaxy S5. But even after the GS5's launch, these Active rumors have persisted, and last week we saw them get quite specific, zeroing-in on a model number. This week that model number leads us to some new evidence, as a User Agent Profile turns up for this mystery hardware. We already heard that the GS5 Active might arrive as Samsung's model SM-G870, and that carrier variants may be coming to AT&T and Sprint. There's still no ...

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    April is here, and that means that the Sony Xperia Z2, announced back at MWC 2014 in February, is getting ready to go up for sale. Much of our coverage of this phone lately has focused on rumors of delays and shortages, and while Sony has since confirmed that demand for the Z2 is indeed likely to exceed supply, the phone will still be available this month, even if in limited numbers. At least, that's to be the case in the UK; what can we expect from the Z2 over on this side of the pond? That story is slowly coming together, as North American carriers begin preparing to welcome the Xperia ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about AT&T's continuos teasing of the Asus PadFone X, even though we still don't have pricing or dates for a launch. Nokia follows the news as we go through a hilarious ad the company has published, which shows just how many apps you can find on the Nokia X. We then talk about the HTC One (M8) mini, which also seems to be in the works according to carriers. Google is next as we go through the progress of Android 4.4.3, and also some possible new requirements for phones to say "Powered by Android" according to rumors. We end today's show talking ...

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    Back at the CES in early January, ASUS announced the upcoming PadFone X for AT&T. Like PadFones before it, this would be a combination smartphone/tablet dock setup, this time with a five-inch phone and a nine-inch tablet, both full HD. While we got that display info, some general talk about a large battery, and confirmation of LTE-Advanced support, ASUS still hadn't revealed a lot of detail about this hardware. A couple weeks back we saw AT&T teasing the PadFone X, but it had no new hardware info to share, nor did it reveal anything about when sales might begin; would we ever make ...

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    You've heard the news, you've read the review, you've watched our hands-on videos: have you made up your mind yet about HTC's new One? If you are itching to go ahead and buy yourself the company's latest smartphone, you've got a ton of options, and HTC has really gotten a leg up on Samsung and its Galaxy S5 today by making the new One immediately available. Just how you'll go about purchasing the phone depends on what edition you have in mind, and which carriers you're interested in using for service. Let's take a look at your options: Verizon is the only carrier in the US to offer the new ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the AT&T announcement of the Galaxy S5 for pre-orders, along with the Samsung Gear line-up as well. Then we talk about HTC and its countdown to the announcement of the All New HTC One. The we go through the rumors of a new build of Android 4.4 KitKat. Amazon follows the news as we go through more rumors of a possible smartphone. We end today's show by going through the rumors of Christian Bale possibly playing Steve Jobs in the Sony biopic. All this and more after the break. Stories: - AT&T announces start to Galaxy S5 pre-orders, ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S5 is just about to make its way to the hands of smartphone fans around the globe, and here in the States we're ready to see pre-orders for the handset begin. Last year, following the release of the Galaxy S 4, Samsung introduced a number of related models: the GS4 Zoom, Active, and Mini (above). Will we see the same sort of selection for the GS5? An Active variant may be a tough sell, as the GS5 itself already offers water and dust protection, but we have seen some evidence pointing to a possible GS5 Zoom. What about a Mini model, though? The User Agent Profile for an ...

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    With the end of March now in sight, we're only about three weeks away from when you'll finally be able to get your hands on Samsung's brand new Galaxy S5. As carriers prepare for the smartphone's arrival, we're starting to get new details on pricing, and learn how the order process will open. Today AT&T fills us in on the details for its own GS5 retail launch, as well as giving some US prices for Samsung's latest Gear-series wearables. AT&T's 16GB Galaxy S5 will sell for just about $200 on contract, or $650 free-and-clear. Pre-orders for the handset begin tomorrow, March 21, and ...

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    Last year's Surface 2 was a solid improvement over the first-gen tablet, keeping the same kickstand design but making a number of internal upgrades, like moving to a Tegra 4 SoC and a 1080p display. Back when it was introduced, we knew to also expect an LTE-enabled version of the tablet eventually, with a release planned for sometime this year. About a week ago we started picking up the scent of just that LTE model, and then heard a little about what Microsoft might be planning on charging for the tablet. Today the company goes official with the LTE Surface 2, revealing that sales are just ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how AT&T is now teasing the Asus PadFone X, and what this means for the product in the US market. We then talk about the all-new HTC One, and what to expect from its special dual cameras. Que focus later on the Snapdragon 800, and how a developer figured out how to allow an "always listening" feature, like on the Moto x. Apple vs Samsung follow as we talk about how the lawsuit is really focused on stripping Samsung from making smartphone profits. Then we end today's show talking about iOS 8 and even iOS 9, aside from the rumors of the ...

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    Two months have passed since CES, but plenty of the hardware that showed its face at the expo is still taking its sweet old time in getting to market. ASUS, for instance, announced a whole spread of new gear, much of which we're still waiting to show up. For instance, there's that really cool dual-OS Transformer Book Duet tablet, but rumors have suggested that Google might be trying to derail the project. We also got news at CES of the PadFone X, which was to be an AT&T exclusive; that's great, but when might it actually be available? We still haven't seen a firm date, but with ...

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