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    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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    Yesterday we saw Apple announce the arrival of CarPlay, the new system through which vehicle manufacturers can provide an in-dash interface to give drivers quick access to Siri, driving directions, as well as their favorite music. It all sounded like a pretty nice effort, with a number of big-name auto companies planning support. But as we learn more about CarPlay and how it works, one very interesting wrinkle is coming to light: the vehicle side of CarPlay sure sounds like it's running on top of QNX. Yes, that's the same QNX BlackBerry acquired several years ago and which formed the basis ...

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    Last week, BlackBerry broke into the fast-and-furious MWC news cycle with a few announcements of its own: not only would the company be keeping the door open for another tablet in the coming years, but it would also be releasing new smartphone hardware in the form of the Z3 and Q20. The former device was less than interesting, destined as it was for Indonesia, but the Q20 seemed like a BlackBerry fan's NSFW fantasy. As Stephen Schenck described in a follow-up piece: "The Q20 will be the company’s latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's announcement of CarPlay, which are its plans to take over your car's dashboard. Nokia follows the news as famous tipster Evleaks is claiming that there is a Windows Phone 8.1 Nokia Martini in the works. Windows Phone and Android follow the news as we should get the first legal dual-booting smartphone in the next couple of months. Oppo is next as we go through the rumors of a possible 50 megapixel camera on the future Find 7. We end today's show talking about Samsung's announcement of Samsung Galaxy Gifts, which it plans to use to save ...

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    Over the years, we've seen many a smartphone manufacturer move into tablets. Some, like Samsung, take to the form factor like a fish to water, and tablets become an established part of their mobile lineups. Some, like LG, saw their tablet efforts go dormant for years, only to recently rekindle things. Then there are companies like HTC, which had some early dalliances with tablets, but seem to have moved on altogether. Where does BlackBerry fall in all of this? We had the PlayBook, sure, but that's coming up on three years old by this point. Will there ever be another? Nothing's certain, ...

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    Yesterday brought us some interesting news from BlackBerry, with the company announcing two new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. While the Z3 will be available in just a matter of weeks, its Indonesian-only focus took some of the air out of the news. But then we also learned about the Q20, the next BB10 model with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, though one that won't hit retail until the second half of the year. The Q20 intrigued us so due to the way it seemed to backpedal in BlackBerry's evolution, restoring the hardware buttons and trackpad from pre-BB10 designs. Now we hear a little more about ...

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    We knew to expect new Androids this week, and boy have we seen a lot of them! Those have been joined by handsets on platforms like Firefox OS, and we even got some updates about where Windows Phone is headed. Today, however, we receive news of a couple smartphone launches that have swooped in largely under the radar, as BlackBerry confirms two new BlackBerry 10 models, its Z3 and Q20. The Q20 will be the company's latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any such BB10 device to date; while the Q10 and Q5 had 3.1-inch screens, the Q20's grows ...

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    When we're talking about Facebook and messaging acquisitions, Snapchat is the name that first comes to mind, following the much-publicized news last fall that Snapchat turned down a $3B offer from the social network. Since then we've been wondering in the back of our minds if Facebook might take another stab at buying the company, or at least go after some of its competition. Tonight we get news that Facebook has indeed gone ahead with plans to purchase a smartphone messaging service, but it's not Snapchat this time around; instead, Facebook has announced an arrangement that will see it ...

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    Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of BlackBerry putting together a smartphone around the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC, making it a 64-bit octa-core powerhouse. The thing was, those rumors were seriously forward-looking, far more than usual, and described this hardware not launching until well over a year from now. However, a new source is now talking about a much earlier embrace of 64-bit chips, and claims that a BlackBerry handset featuring such a processor could launch as soon as September of this year. Right away, that has us wondering if we're talking about ...

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    With how long it took BlackBerry to wake-up and share BBM to other platforms, we know many of you moved-on and solved your messaging needs with other well-established options. Still, if you've decided to give BBM a chance lately, you'll notice that BlackBerry has done a good job for the most part, even though BlackBerry-phone users had better luck when it came to features until today. BlackBerry has just announced BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android, and even though it hasn't reached the Google Play or App Stores yet for us to test, it claims to give you the full BlackBerry-exclusive experience to ...

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    Where are BlackBerry smartphones going from here? We've heard that hardware keyboard should be getting some more attention, and there's been recent talk about introducing some models this year with modern quad-core SoCs. Now one rumor attempts to look even further out, and claims that BlackBerry is planning to develop a handset around the still-unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8994. The MSM8994, based on what's been revealed in leaks, looks to be a beast of a chip. It would be a 64-bit component, apparently with eight processing cores, and would feature a new Adreno 430 GPU. We're ...

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    It's been just over one year now since BlackBerry launched BlackBerry 10, introducing the Z10 and Q10 in the process. BlackBerry really needed a new hit to keep its head above water in a rapidly shifting smartphone climate, and BlackBerry 10 was supposed to be that revitalizing force. Unfortunately for the company, the months that followed were anything but kind, and in spite of a few notable accomplishments (like the cross-platform release of BlackBerry Messenger), 2013 was a year largely dominated by missteps. Maybe more than any other smartphone maker out there, BlackBerry could really ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new tablet-compatible QX10 and QX100, and what that means for the camera lenses. BlackBerry is next as we go through its 10.2.1 update, and all the significant changes you look-out for. Nokia and Microsoft are next as rumors have Windows Phone 8.1 making a debut in a lot of Lumia devices during MWC. We later go through Apple's quarter results and how everything performed well, except the iPhone 5c. We end today's show by talking about Apple's patents for interchangeable lenses and the iPen. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Lately, it's seemed like every time we've had the opportunity to talk about BlackBerry, it's had to do with BlackBerry the company: who's leading it, how it seeks to restore its business, and all that. But today we get to put all that off to the side and focus on the phones themselves, as we see the release of a new software update bringing the platform up to version 10.2.1. Following installation, users will notice a whole lot of changes throughout the system. New controls allow the settings menu to be customized, there's the introduction of a picture-based unlock, and the BlackBerry Hub ...

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    Every so often, we get to talking about how much storage is available on our phones out of the box – and not the 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB on the spec flyer, but how much is actually free for us to use, after system software, OEM add-ons, and all that pre-installed bloat is accounted for. The thing is, we only pay a lot of attention to it after we first notice it's a problem – like how Microsoft found itself in hot water when Surface RT owners noticed their “32GB” tablets only having 16GB free. What we don't usually see is a nice breakdown, comparing the situation on a whole lot of ...

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     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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    Last week we took a look at the state of the US smartphone market. Apple, Samsung, and (to a lesser extent) LG were winners, while everyone else seemed to be on the downswing. BlackBerry, especially, showed dismal numbers, with its market share declining by more than half over the course of the previous year. We've been curious to see how BlackBerry tries to resurrect itself this time around, new CEO at the helm, and with a focus more on services than hardware. The platform's always been strong in business and institutional settings, and today we see at least one sign of where BlackBerry's ...

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    With New Year's a couple weeks behind us, and CES already a thing of the past, we're solidly into 2014 by this point. While that means that we've got 50 weeks of new mobile tech news to look forward to, it's also about time that we're able to look back on some new figures from 2013, and as reports come in on smartphone market shares in the States, we can start examining the ongoing shifts in power. Apple appears to be maintaining its lead with little effort, and compared to Q4 2012, this past quarter showed its share rise from 35 percent to 42 percent of the market. While Samsung saw US ...

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    2013 was an interesting year – in theory. What I mean by that is 2013 saw a lot of activity in the theoretical mobile market. Theoretical because not many of the newcomers who stood up to be recognized actually had any kind of hardware that people could, you know, hold and use. But now that 2014 has rolled around, many of these emerging mobile platforms have actually started coming up with some promising looking stuff and we thought, with the dawn of the new year, we’d give them a look and see what we might expect. Many of the new kids on the block can be categorized into one of two ...

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    We're coming up on the one year anniversary of the BlackBerry 10 launch – a year that BlackBerry probably wishes it could forget, if not just get a do-over. Neither the platform nor its hardware really resonated with the public in the way it needed to, and as a result, the company nearly ceased to exist. But now BlackBerry has found itself a second (third?) wind, got itself a new CEO, and is committed to moving forward with making smartphones. If you were a big fan of the progress the company made away from its hardware keyboard roots this year with models like the Z10 or the new Z30, ...

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    "The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t the strongest reboot the RIM of old could have delivered," we wrote back in February in our Z10 review, "but it gets an awful lot right about the smartphone experience." We continued: "In a broader sense, it has accomplished something not many products out of Waterloo have managed in recent years: it’s made us excited for the next BlackBerry." The next BlackBerry to cross our desks turned out to be the Q10, the Z10's QWERTY-packing little sibling. And while we rather liked the plucky little curveball, we were left a bit skeptical that many folks would go out ...

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    Update 2: Consider this your double-secret probation, absolute last-chance notice: the polls close tonight. Get your votes in while you can, and check back on Monday to see the winners! Update: It's been just about one month since our year-end readers' poll got started, where we asked you to pick your favorite phone and favorite tablet from 2013. So far the response has been great; we've heard from thousands upon thousands of you already. Still, we're going to have to close the polls sooner or later and actually announce our winners, so we're setting an end point for this all: you have ...

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    We're slowly leaving another year behind us, and what a year 2013 was! We couldn't have asked for more, yet, we're excitedly looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring, and we know it's going to be even better. Smartphones, tablets, phablets, curved screens, convertibles, fingerprint readers, acquisitions, companies rising, falling, and I've just realized I could fill the entire page with keywords descriptive for 2013. It's a Pocketnow tradition to look back, every year end, at what happened, good or bad, and, of course, forward, to what we think we can foresee for the year to come. ...

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    One fact that's emerged from all the events surrounding the BlackBerry buy-out deal that fell through, the decision to keep on going with its existing business, and the move to new leadership has been that BlackBerry refuses to go down without a fight. While we see OEMs on other platforms continue to dazzle us with advanced model after advanced model, pushing limits every chance they get, BlackBerry has seemed content to keep pushing forward at its own pace. It's clear that the company still wants to keep making handsets, but a lot of talk about its future has focused on its enterprise ...

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    So you've decided to spring for a special gift this holiday season - either for a romantic partner, a family member, or yourself (you heel). Shunning more mainstream ideas like a quadrocopter or that perennial snooze-fest, the necktie, you've opted to give the gift of communication this year. You're buying a smartphone, despite how many hassles you're bound to run into when altering a wireless contract that's not in your name, and dealing with sales reps who may or may not be lying to your face. You're in for quite a trip. But that's not the end of your challenges. Because you, ...

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