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    Oh boy. Remember this thing? The HTC EVO 3D was one of two smartphones, alongside the LG Optimus 3D, that featured two very unique and very niche features: a dual camera setup on the back of the phone, and an autostereoscopic display for viewing 3D images, similar to what's found on the Nintendo 3DS. Neither phone was met with very favorable reviews, and they quickly died out and vanished into obscurity. Recent rumors have hinted at a dual camera fashioning on the next Nexus device, and while it doesn't sound like it'll use the same stereoscopic technology (if it happens at all), it ...

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    HTC hasn’t exactly carried a reputation for great cameras in recent years. What began as a bold idea in 2013 with the One M7’s Ultrapixel technology, a statement against the megapixel race in favor of “larger” pixels for pulling in more light, ended in bad execution in the form of an underwhelming 4MP sensor. Last year, HTC pushed forward with its unique Ultrapixel design, and added a depth sensor above for artificial bokeh and other effects. Again, it didn’t go over so well, so this year the company retraced its steps and put a new and improved 20MP shooter into its M9 … can ...

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    When it comes to mobile processor technology, Qualcomm has enjoyed a dominance over the space. Its Snapdragon processors at the heart of a lion’s share of mobile devices in the past couple of years, and indeed, at the heart of the mobile technology revolution. But as they say, "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown". Qualcomm’s vice-like grip on the large share of the smartphone pie is being called into question. They have been feeling the heat, and the devices powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor have been feeling the heat as well, quite literally. It seems like the rigors of ...

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    I’m a Windows Phone fan who has been on Android for about nine months now. Ever since I got the Moto360, then the Pebble, I have been pretty much addicted to smartwatches, and Windows Phone just doesn’t have them. Ok, it has the Band, but I don’t really count that. So I’m left with Android. But I don’t want that to sound like a bad thing – it’s not. I’m doing just fine on Android thank you very much, and a big reason why is Google Now. A hard sell Google Now is one of those services that’s hard to describe. Actually, it’s not really hard to ~describe~ so much as it’s ...

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    A little while ago, I powered up my first smartphone for the first time in a very long time. It’s the infamous and now forgotten Optimus 2X. It’s quite old and frankly ancient by mobile tech standards- it was first released back in 2010 and I’ve had mine since 2011. But there’s something about my three years of using the device that will stay with me forever. Those were the days when Android was just beginning to become the global juggernaut that it is today. I was a tech enthusiast right in the thick of the smartphone revolution- my enthusiast friends and I felt like pioneers, ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    The Apple Watch saw some really great improvements at WWDC this year. Some of them were catching up to Android Wear, sure. The ability to reply to emails comes to mind. Some of the improvements were improvements that came along with iOS 9 – transit directions and Apple Wallet functionality. Overall, it was a nice upgrade package for those who bought an Apple watch a couple of months ago, especially for the Apple Watch face. But beauty, as they say, is skin deep, in the case of the Apple watch, screen deep. So much has happened just to the main screen of the watch, those improvements ...

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    The Yotaphone is one of the most unique smartphones on the market today. This dual-screened wonder has dazzled many of us here at Pocketnow, so we were downright giddy to review one just after CES. In practice, the phone is a very nice phone with some neat abilities added by that second screen. On paper though, the phone is a little light on the specs and pretty heavy on the price tag. We wanted to take a look and see what the rumored upcoming Yotaphone 3 should be and how to make it a success. Success is vital for this phone. The same rumor that mentioned that the Yotaphone 3 and budget ...

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    The other day, I wrote about midrange phones, and their cameras. Specifically, I cited how average and generally not-worth-writing-home-about they were. While I still think there is a market there, a possible solution occurred to me – get a flagship…from last year! That way I could have the latest and greatest cameras from a year ago, which were pretty good, but still manage a midrange price. It was so crazy it just might work. Yesterday's power After all, flagships from last year include the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, and the LG G3. All of these had pretty good ...

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    Six years ago today, Palm launched the best smartphone in the world. That’s right the best smartphone in the world in my completely (not) unbiased opinion. The Palm Pre hit the shelves of Sprint stores across the United States and began, what is affectionately known as the “WTF-iest history” in the mobile space to date. Since then, webOS remains one of the most intuitive and efficient mobile operating systems ever built and has been picked over by the three remaining contenders. But there are still some things that haven’t yet been stolen/borrowed/copied by iOS, Android, and ...

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    Over the years, the ways in which we interact with our mobile devices have changed drastically. In the beginning there were keypads, buttons and dials. Then came the first generation of touch devices with their now-primitive touch interfaces that were basically miniaturized renditions of desktop UIs, like Windows Mobile. This was the heyday of the phone stylus. The stylus provided a more direct and precise way of interacting with the devices, and as the Galaxy Note line of phablets shows us, can still be put to good use. Fast forward to today, and the smart devices we use are sleeker, more ...

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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartphones are magical pieces of technology. From something as mainstream as an iPhone 6 to something as fringe as a G Flex 2, today’s pocket communicators are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Pocketnow Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included … and it’s incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly “smart” devices screw up so ...

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    Snapdragon, MediaTek, Exynos, and A8 are  SoCs - systems on a chip - that might be powering your smartphone or tablet right now. All of these processors follow the RISC style of computer chip technology, unlike CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing) chips which are typically based around the x86 or x64 platform and power most desktop and laptop computers these days. RISC chips feature a reduced instruction set and have been stereotypically "underpowered" compared to their CISC counterparts, and therefore limited to mobile applications. With the increase in capabilities and popularity ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome ...

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    The Android M developer preview has been made available to a handful of nexus devices, and the latest flavor of Android seems to bring some changes to the User Experience. Let's have a look at some of the features of Android M and how they impact usability: Revamped volume controls Google's approach to volume controls in Android Lollipop was panned widely by the masses. It was an attempt to provide more powerful and granular features to the users, but it sacrificed the quick accessibility of the silence toggles. The Lollipop volume scheme also didn't do a good job of explaining the ...

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    Back in the early days of cell phones in these United States, cellular phones were purchased from the carrier along with a service plan. Those plans came with ridiculous pricing by today's standards - some cost more than US$5 per minute! If you needed to replace your phone (if it was lost, stolen, broken, or even if you wanted to upgrade) you had to go back to your carrier and have them update your account to point the new device. Each device had a unique ID assigned to it, so this process wasn't particularly difficult, just inconvenient and fairly time consuming as you were forced ...

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    The smartphone landscape is becoming a very attractive place to be. Mid-tier Android smartphones are becoming better and better lately with really attractive options coming in at under the $350 price point. I’m talking about the OnePlus One, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, the Moto G; you know the type. We have reviewed all of those phones. Everyone has reviewed all of those phones. There’s always one common phrase that is repeated over and over. “The camera is decent, considering the price tag.” It's all about that camera That’s what the midrange smartphone has been relegated to of ...

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    If you're reading this article, chances are that you own a smartphone - a device that's transforming the consumer electronics playing field. It's a remarkable little device, regardless of whatever operating system it runs, which cellular carrier it's on, or its formfactor. Almost universally, a smartphone has a touchscreen, a telephone capabilities, an additional speaker, a camera (sometimes two or more), a high-speed, always-on connection to the Internet, and a whole bevy of sensors. Because of it's jack-of-all-trades utility, the humble smartphone has been replacing what used to be ...

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    At Google I/O, a virtual standing ovation erupted from the crowd when Google announced that Android M would include a user’s ability to determine their own app permissions. ZOMG! Woot! This has been a long-requested feature that as actually been available in some Android builds, most notably the Blackphone. Finally, users will be able to decide just what an app will be allowed to do and what it can’t do. You do you After all, it’s your phone. Why shouldn’t you be able to control what it does and does not do. If you’re an Android fan, you are no stranger to customization and ...

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    We live in a world where there are three major phone operating systems. Each of these major OS’s is robust and feature packed. There is some differentiation between them, but honestly, they’re all almost on equal footing with each other. It starting to make me wonder, what reasons do people have for switching platforms any more? Well...mostly equal Now let’s be 100% frank here. Not all operating systems are created equal. Each platform has a thing or two to hold over the other two in some capacity. To some of you, these will be major flaws or benefits. But looking at it objectively, ...

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    After over two years on AT&T, Michael Fisher recently made the switch to T-Mobile US for his personal smartphone account. We covered the initial transition in part 1 and delved into coverage challenges in part 2. This is the third and final installment of the series. And yes, he knows that Jaime Rivera stole his idea for this headline, but he's going with it anyway.) • The plane touched down in Barcelona and after eight hours aloft, I couldn't wait to reconnect. I dug my unlocked HTC One M8 from my carry-on, mashed the power key, and after a few minutes of searching, it ...

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    At the Google I/O 2015 keynote we were shown pieces of the next version of Android, currently codenamed "Android M". While we don't know what the final dessert name will be we were treated to a Developer Preview of Android M (just like last year with Android L). Not everything we saw in the keynote is available in the Developer Preview, but many of the features are. If you want to give the Developer Preview of Android M a try on your supported device, head over to the Android Developer website and flash away. It's buggy, as one might expect, so proceed at your own risk. In the meantime, ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for the hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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    Today and tomorrow, Google is hosting its developer conference, Google I/O 2015. Like last year, we got to see the next version of Android for the very first time. Also like last year, Google isn't giving away the name of the next version, it's simply referred to as it's letter - in this case: Android M. This morning Dave Burke, VP Engineering (Android) at Google, took the stage, giving us all a first-hand look at Android M. Though nothing was mentioned about the version number of this upcoming release, the changes that were mentioned sound a lot like Android M will be version 5.2 rather ...

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