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    One pervasive rumor that's been hanging over Windows Phone for the past couple months has claimed that Microsoft – in an effort to prevent the platform from being a one-man Nokia show – is interested in paying other OEMs to release new Windows Phone hardware. Despite the ability of those rumors to stick around, they've been sorely wanting for details. This week we gain some possible insight, with some new claims suggesting just what Microsoft's willing to pay to attract the interest of these other players. According to Eldar Murtazin (make of that what you will) Samsung is getting ...

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    Horrible sickness. Missed flights. Broken promises from major airlines. Desert air-induced hacking. A too-late arrival followed by a too-early departure. That's just a partial list of the challenges faced by the four-man three-man Pocketnow team at 2014's International CES in Vegas, easily one of the most difficult trade shows we've ever done. But while the road was rough, the payoff was (mostly) worth it: in exchange for our hardships, we were among the first to spend time with some of the world's newest and hottest mobile gadgetry, and we did the best we could to share it with you in a ...

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    CES 2014 was a blur. Michael, Tony, and I were on the ground, and it felt like it was over as soon as we really got started. We walked dozens of miles, filmed a handful of new and innovative products, and hung out with all our colleagues. Samsung unveiled four new tablets: Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. Sony pulled the curtain on two new phones: the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. ZTE revealed an arsenal of new devices. And Huawei followed up the Ascend Mate from last year with the Ascend Mate2. There were definitely more products released ...

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    Manufacturers at the CES this year are all about convergence: bringing a lot of things together in one package. For some that's meant putting smartphone brains in their home appliances; others, like ZTE, have come up with some some decidedly odd hybrids, delivering a fusion between smartphone, hotspot, and pico projector. Huawei's not immune from this drive, and its new Ascend Mate2 4G does a little double-duty action of its own, offering a "reverse charge" feature to let it power other devices. After all, the battery in the 6.1-inch phablet is nearly twice as large as the sort you'll find ...

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    As you've no doubt picked up on by now, there's a whole lot about Huawei's new Ascend Mate2 4G that reminds us of last year's model. Don't get us wrong – there a number of noteworthy improvements – but with the same-sized display and and very similar external dimensions, these two are clearly fruit form the same tree. Last year, when we were first introduced to the original Ascend Mate, we felt compelled to see how the handset measured up against the phablet du jour, Samsung's Galaxy Note II. Well, with one more year under our belts there's a new king of phablet mountain to size-up ...

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    Huawei just finished up announcing the Ascend Mate2 4G phablet, and if you're only looking at the specs, the phone can sound like a bit of a mixed bag: choices like the less-than-bleeding-edge processor or only a 720p resolution for its 6.1-inch display might make the Ascend Mate2 4G sound less attractive than its competition. But dig a little deeper, and features like that huge battery, with its ability to charge other devices, start offering their own compelling reasons to consider the handset. Of course, all the specs in the world can't compare with a real hands-on encounter with the ...

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    Remember back a little over a month ago when some comments attributed to Huawei's CEO sure made it sound like the company might be planning to focus its efforts away form the US market? Every since we've been trying to figure out just how much truth there might be to that idea, and while we've been holding on to the assumption that Huawei wouldn't do anything quite so drastic, we've been waiting for news of another major US launch – some real evidence to counter the theory. Today at the CES in Las Vegas we got just that, as Huawei announced its new Ascend Mate2 4G, along with plans to ...

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    Is Huawei really abandoning the US market? That's a big, fat “maybe” for the moment, as we wait to see just how serious some comments made by company execs really are. But even if America doesn't see a new Huawei handset anytime soon, the manufacturer continues to have big international ambitions, and today we get to hear a little about how one of its next major models could arrive. This past summer, Huawei launched the Ascend P6 (above), with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, and 1.5GHz HiSilicon quad-core K3V2 SoC. One of the big selling points was its slim build, measuring a ...

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    Huawei has never felt like a huge player in the US smartphone market. It does quite well internationally – this year its market share has roughly been on par with those of ZTE and LG, as the big three Android OEMs after Samsung – but that's largely due to success in Asia and (to a growing extent) in Europe. We've been hopeful that Huawei might put some effort into raising its US presence, helping to deliver the sort of well-built, very affordable mid-rangers as been seeing with models like the Moto G. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that will happen anytime soon, as Huawei CEO and ...

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    We're either right in the middle of a really great, chock-full-of-potential time to be a smartphone manufacturer, or smack-dab in one of the most difficult periods to date, where market domination by a couple big players creates significant barriers to competition. Samsung and Apple reign supreme over the landscape, together accounting for about 43% of global smartphone sales. After that it starts dropping off fast, and even the three next biggest OEMs combined don't have sales that equal Apple's. On one hand, the smartphone market is expanding into new regions, especially in developing ...

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    The Oppo N1 is a CyanogenMod-centric smartphone but what could come next? What you want from a CyanogenMod phone might be different from what we expect to see, but, in any case, hardware diversity coupled with CM's exceptionally tuned bits is attractive, to say the least. According to a recent Google+ post, Cyanogen Inc. does indeed have a new hardware partner. "We're not quite ready to lift the veils", says the official page, so we're still left in the dark just a bit, though we should see official information in the "coming weeks". And, since the phrasing clearly indicates a "new" ...

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    Windows Phone once again finds itself in a transitional state, as Nokia prepares to see its smartphone business swallowed up by Microsoft. That threatens to really change the Windows Phone landscape, cementing Nokia's existing dominance and scaring off any lingering competition. Sure, Nokia's had some of the best WP8 models out there, but competition is still generally seen as a good thing; that's what we're pleased today to see at least one non-Nokia WP8 model looking to tackle some new markets, as Huawei's Ascend W2 sets its sights on Europe. The Ascend W2's story is a long one, and this ...

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    Last week, we heard a very interesting rumor, suggesting that Microsoft was courting HTC to produce smartphones that would allow users to boot into either Android or Windows Phone, and was motivated enough to make this happen that it would seriously reduce WP8 licensing fees, if not just give HTC access to the platform totally for free. That's fascinating enough on its own, but now we hear that Microsoft's ambitions could be even grander, and might involve additional OEMs. We're working from a translated Russian report from Eldar Murtazin, so some of the specifics may be lost to the ...

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    Microsoft's recent announcement that it would be acquiring Nokia's smartphone division left us simultaneously encouraged and concerned about the future of Windows Phone as a platform. Sure, this might lead to the development of some killer Lumia devices, but what effect would it have on the platform's diversity? Would companies that haven't lately seemed too keen about their WP8 lineups – manufacturers like Samsung – see the coming threat of direct competition against Microsoft and just wipe their hands of the whole Windows Phone business, bowing out before their market shares dropped ...

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    We're well aware that HTC and Nokia have been working on a number of new smartphones – Nokia's likely to make the EOS/Lumia 1020 official in just a week, and we've seen evidence to support rumors of future HTC devices like the One Mini. Now, we've got a new leak to examine that brings a bunch of these phones together in once place, as well as reveals a few previously unknown models. This supposedly comes from O2 in Germany, and you should immediately notice a few familiar names on it. In addition to the HTC One, we see confirmation for the One Mini, as well as the rumored One Max. The ...

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