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    While companies continue to produce phones with impressive specifications, the smartphone market has grown somewhat stale in the last two years. Practically every form factor but the basic candy bar has become extinct. And with the exception of a few pieces of brass trim and varying levels of build quality and size, every phone is virtually cut from the same mold. It's boring, monotonous, and we're all just about ready for the next big thing – no not the Note III or some other cookie-cutter Samsung phone, a legitimate revolutionary change. It's difficult to predict how that change will ...

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    Apple finds itself in an interesting position these days. Interesting as in unique in its history since entering the smartphone space. It is still selling iPhones by the gaggle and is it's on all four major carriers in the US – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. But it finds itself losing market share. Like, a lot of market share. This isn't completely crazy for the big Fruit. Their slice of the global smartphone pie has remained relatively consistent for the past several years. But recently, analysts have shown that Apple's global smartphone market share has started to slide and ...

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    Topic Jolla unveiled their first phone this week, together with "the other half", which brings an interesting concept to the mobile world. HTC's executives are leaving the company which makes us wonder whether this is a good or a bad things. Samsung officially sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 units through its global channels and unofficial sources talk about 5 million HTC One devices being sold. All this in a context in which Microsoft downgrades its YouTube app for Windows Phone in order to comply with Google's requirements. If any of the above is not an interesting enough topic for you then ...

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    At this point, longtime readers of Pocketnow should be familiar with Jolla. We've taken every opportunity to write about the outfit over the course of the past year, for a few reasons. Part of our interest lies in the company's roots: it was founded by a group of ex-Nokians who decided the all-Windows Phone route wasn't the one for them. We love underdogs and smaller ventures, precisely because of the spunk and dedication it takes to make such a move. The software driving the company's smartphone effort is also intriguing: it may be called Sailfish today, but its roots lie in MeeGo, a ...

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    The mobile market has proven to be vicious. Companies we never thought would be struggling are fighting tooth and nail to become relevant again. Some powerhouses of yesteryear were acquired on the cheap. And even Microsoft is struggling to gain any traction with its new and updated mobile platform, Windows Phone. And while companies that once had a lot of clout, such as Nokia or BlackBerry, are barely thriving off the scraps left over by Google and Apple, it makes one wonder if the efforts of smaller start-ups are in vain. Jolla is a perfect example of a company many of us are rooting for. ...

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    Interview by Michael Fisher Transcription and text by Jaime Rivera ___ We've seen platforms come and go in the last couple of years, many from very prominent companies. Whether you've witnessed the death of webOS at the hands of Palm and HP, or the struggles that companies like Nokia, Microsoft and BlackBerry are having lately in order to compete with Android and iOS, the battle for third place is a tough one. One might even say that there are really no points for third place in this market - but Jolla thinks differently. Putting Jolla against every other company currently in the running ...

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    We knew Jolla was preparing something for today, and even if the press event happens later, the first Sailfish OS smartphone has been unleashed. It will set you back 399€ (about $515), and the Finnish company is trying to get them out by the end of this year. As far as specs are concerned, we're looking at a "Jolla original design with ample 4.5-inch Estrade display", a dual-core processor of unknown make, model, and speed, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot), eight-megapixel main shooter, 4G compatibility (though frequencies and countries are not disclosed), and ...

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    Remember Jolla, the upcoming cool smartphone platform? If not, you can read an exclusive Pocketnow interview here and see our detailed hands-on with the Jolla Sailfish operating system from MWC. Back in Barcelona there was nothing we could tell you regarding an approximate date for hardware but it appears that it is getting closer. May 20 appears to be the date at which Jolla -- a company and software maker built by ex-Nokia employees who loved MeeGo -- will make an  official announcement. The video teaser below hints that there are only four days left to go until we'll see Sailfish ...

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    Let me hit you with some opinion, mobile fans. Let me ask you to consider the following hypothetical. This will require you to use your imagination. You ready? Okay, here goes: Big platforms aren't cool. You know what's cool? New platforms. Yes, I'm generalizing. Yes, I'm paraphrasing The Social Network's faux-Sean Parker to make a point. And no, I don't really think that Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are somehow "uncool." But they are kind of predictable ... right? They're "comfortable." They do what we want them to do (usually) and behave how we expect them to (most of the time). They ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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    Technically, the Mobile World Congress may finish-up tomorrow, but with all the big smartphone and tablet events over, we're calling it a wrap. We've had a great time the past several days bringing you news of all the new hardware and software companies came to the event to promote, and as we now begin to recuperate and get back to business as usual, we wanted to take a look back on MWC 2013 and everything it brought us. The week leading up to the MWC was filled with rumors, as we should expect, and while some played out, others fell flat on their faces. LG really got things started early, ...

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    We think it's pretty fair to say that MWC 2013 was one part IFA and one part CES: a few stark disappointments peppered among some really amazing stuff. We've seen technology this week ranging from the incredible to the absurd - from the third iteration of ASUS's wild Padfone concept to the improbable debut of a Kyocera Echo lookalike. The big guys have come out to play, too, but they're a little shy this time around: neither Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 nor Nokia's midrange Lumias blew the roof off the joint. Even a few has-beens came out to confuse us with their wares, some of which will be ...

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    A little earlier this month we had the opportunity to chat with Jolla CIO Stefano Mosconi about the upcoming Sailfish OS. Originally stemming from MeeGo, birthed under Nokia's watch, Sailfish has since gone its own way and is maturing into a mobile platform getting ready for launch. This week at the Mobile World Congress, we tracked down Jolla and Mosconi again, getting the opportunity in the process to check out a live Sailfish demo. We check out how notifications work, look at the Sailfish take on a status bar, and get to see the media player with all its gesture support. There's a lot ...

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    You wouldn't know it based on our recent coverage, but BlackBerry 10 isn't the only new platform making waves in mobile these days. In the shadow of the world's huge tech players, companies with a fraction of the age and mindshare toil away at mobile operating systems unsponsored by the Apples and Googles of the world. Some, like the fledgling Open webOS, are remnants of once-grander initiatives. Others, like Mozilla's Firefox OS, have their eyes set firmly on the world's developing markets. Still others, like the Mobile Ubuntu build we checked out at CES, feature awesome software, but ...

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