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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how the iPhone currently dominates the smartphone market in the US. We then talk about Samsung's surprising launch of a black-edition Galaxy S 4, though with some setbacks. Then we talk about Microsoft, its possible new CEO, and even a new Chairman to replace Bill Gates as well. Google is next as we talk about the company's plans to still build a smartwatch, aside from Asus and Acer. We end today's show talking about how Lenovo's CEO claims that his company can defeat Apple and Samsung with the purchase of Motorola. All this and more after the ...

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    Lenovo's purchase of Motorola has been dominating smartphone news for the past couple days, and while we fully expect to see things start calming down in the near future, for the moment there are still new aspects of the deal worth discussing. We checked out an interview Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang gave to The Wall Street Journal yesterday, where he talked about the lack of any significant business plan just yet for how to revitalize Motorola. Today, we're looking at another interview he gave – this time with Fortune – that perhaps provides some insight into why no plan has taken shape. ...

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    Word of Lenovo's Motorola deal is still so very new that we're not quite used to thinking about Motorola as something other than a Google company – even if that role itself is also comparatively new. Despite the recent changes, we've already found ourselves talking about what might be next for Motorola, including the idea that the company might end up producing a Nexus device (and one of the very last, if we're to believe those rumors). For the longest time following Google's own acquisition, we discussed how Motorola was still working through its old pipeline of devices, releasing ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Facebook Paper, and how it plans to revolutionize the way you interact with the social network. Google is next as we go through its quarter results and learn why it sold Motorola, aside from other rumors of the color-options for the Google Nexus 5. Then we talk about the Galaxy S 5, and new rumors claiming that the phone will include a fingerprint scanner. Microsoft is next as reports have the company naming a CEO next week. We end today's show talking about Apple's plans for the iPhone 6 with its new sapphire glass facility in Arizona. All ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    Yesterday's Lenovo news was shocking enough, but it wasn't the only Google story to cross our path this week that came off as really difficult to accept on face value. We got the week started with a rumor that Google was winding-down its Nexus series of hardware, which thus far has been a fixture of the Android landscape. The argument was that a growing selection of Google Play edition devices would provide enough of a Nexus-like alternative to do away with pure Nexus models, and in an attempt to rationalize the idea, we argued that maybe affordable Motorola phones like the Moto X and Moto ...

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    Reacting to yesterday’s news of Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola's smartphone business from Google has felt a bit like going through our own five stages of grief. We've had shock, confusion, rationalization, and maybe even acceptance. In the time that's followed we've learned some more specifics of the arrangement, like what it would mean for Motorola's modular Project Ara design, and now we have the opportunity to get some answers straight form the horse's mouth, as a couple Lenovo execs sat down with The Wall Street Journal to discuss the purchase. Once again, Lenovo delivers ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's market share growth in the tablet space, which hadn't happened in years. We then talk about LG and the leaks of the G Pro 2 for a probable launch at MWC in Barcelona. Samsung follows the news as we go through the leaks of the 16MP ISOCELL shooter being used, aside from the other rumors of Samsung keeping 1080p displays for an extra year. In additional Samsung news we also go through the rumors of the company ditching the Magazine UX that we saw at CES, due to some pressure from Google. We end today's show as we go through the shocking ...

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    We're still reeling a little bit from this evening's wholly unexpected news of Lenovo acquiring Motorola's smartphone business from Google. Shortly after first hearing it as a rumor, confirmation swiftly arrived, and we've had some time since to reflect on just what all this means. One question that we noticed popping up quite a bit in your comments following this news has been what this sale might mean for Motorola's Project Ara, that cool modular design that may just change how we look at smartphone hardware. In what sounds like good news, Ara will be sticking with Google, rather than ...

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    "This don't make no ****** sense to me." "Oh what the ****?" That's a partial transcript of the conversation I just had with Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck, discussing the just-announced purchase of American smartphone maker Motorola by the Chinese technology firm Lenovo. The profanity, though bleeped out, is genuine; this is a scenario so outlandish that if you'd posed it to me as recently as two hours ago, I'd have made a silly bet including the phrase "I'll eat my hat." This means two things: first, I need to tone it down on the hyperbole. Second: I need to brush up on my business ...

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    So far, the news today has been no stranger to whiskey tango foxtrot moments, like that unexpected rumor that Samsung could be taking a major step back from its heavily customized, own-app-laden take on Android in favor of a more Google-driven look. But that might have nothing on this next bizarre tale, as reports come in that Lenovo is finalizing a deal that would make it the new owner of Motorola Mobility, buying the company from Google. Motorola only just started showing a new side to its lineup last summer with the release of the Moto X, and it's shocking to think that it could be ...

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    A few weeks back at CES we first heard about Lenovo's ThinkPad 8, another compact Windows 8.1 tablet. But unlike some of the real budget-minded options, Lenovo's tablet had the specs to potentially attract business users: things like a 1920 x 1200 display, metal body, and options for a whole boatload of storage. Unsurprisingly, we were pretty taken with this slate, especially since it still managed to deliver all this while being comparatively affordable, set to sell starting around $400. We knew that sales were set to begin this month, and today see Lenovo start accepting orders for the ...

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    For a company that tends not to dominate mobile industry headlines, Lenovo sure has been putting forth a pretty respectable spread of hardware over the course of the last six months or so. That's included some oddballs, like a non-convertible-tablet Android laptop, but also some very compelling devices like the ThinkPad 8. On the smartphone front, the Vibe Z was probably the most interesting of the company's offerings, sporting a 5.5-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 SoC. Today, we're looking at where Lenovo might be working to take its smartphone lineup from here, and if some ...

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    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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    Ahh CES. It’s like spring every year, when flowers bloom and the sun shines, and Chicago gets colder than the South Pole. Seriously. But it warms my heart every year to see a flood of devices spring from Las Vegas like a Jack in the Box of technology. One device that has thus far rung my bell just a bit, is the Lenovo ThinkPad 8. You’ve got a serious Windows 8 tablet here and for a great price. But Lenovo is taking a curious route with this one. Lenovo’s stance for this tablet is it’s a powerful business tablet. This is probably true. But the truth is, this is just a powerful ...

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    As smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini have gained traction, we knew it was only a matter of time before these became a more popular breed among different platforms and OEMs. Microsoft's answer to this new market is Windows 8.1, though Redmond's strategy was to bring us more powerful tablets by allowing us to use a full desktop operating system on an 8-inch tablet. Both Dell and Toshiba have pioneered this market with their inexpensive offerings late last year, but none of these companies offered us a really powerful business tablet, as Lenovo claims to do so with their ...

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    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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    We still may be days away from the official start of CES 2014, but smartphone OEMs sure like to grab the spotlight when they can, so you had better believe that we'll be seeing plenty of these companies trying to get a leg up on the competition by making some of their announcements a little early. Today that means some news from Lenovo, which has a few new 4.7-to-6-inch phones all ready for us to check out. Well, perhaps “new” is too strong a word, because the first guy here is one with which we're already familiar, having first heard the company talk about its LTE-supporting Vibe Z ...

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    Is Lenovo a company we should all start paying a lot more attention to when it comes to smartphones and tablets? Lately it's been cranking out some very interesting designs, like that cheap $300 Windows 8.1 tablet, the Android laptop with a permanently attached keyboard, or the Yoga tablets with their rotating kickstands. The latest to catch our eye is its Vibe Z smartphone, with some very respectable hardware under the hood. You may recall the Lenovo Vibe X handset, announced back in September. While that model ran a MediaTek SoC, the Vibe Z instead packs everyone's favorite, the ...

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    Lenovo's been all over the place with some unusual mobile electronics lately, and in some less-than-standard form factors. We just looked at an Android laptop with non-detachable keyboard the other week, and today we learn of two new tablets from the manufacturer, each with an odd design of its own. The eight-inch and ten-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablets both have a bulky cylinder on one edge, from which a convertible kickstand rotates out. That can be twisted to either hold the tablet upright, or just give it a little boost off the table. While this seems to offer a lot more versatility, the ...

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    Smartphones are great and useful tools, but until you get a bigger screen on them, they're never going to replace your laptop computer. Tablets are gaining in popularity and in functionality. They're doing so well, in fact, that many smartphone makers are pushing the limits of what can be called a "phone" by making screens bigger -- much bigger. At Pocketnow we call them "phablets". When we started we were sort of making fun of the huge-screened phones, but despite our mocking, the phrase suck -- and we learned that, when done right, phablets can be pretty awesome. But tablets and phablets ...

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    There's no shortage of Android tablets out there, and more than a few supporting official add-on keyboards (to say nothing of the generic Bluetooth keyboards one could connect to any model). But we haven't seen a huge number of devices we might call Android laptops: those with their keyboards permanently attached. Well – not from major manufacturers, at least. Still, there's been the odd model now and then, and we've even heard that Google might be planning to release such a device. Today we're looking at a new Android laptop from Lenovo, the 10.1-inch A10. To help differentiate it from ...

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    Forget Windows RT: the most interesting thing happening with Windows tablets lately is arguably the rise of incredibly affordable slates running full-on Windows 8.1 – no RT restrictions. We just saw Dell introduce its Venue 8 Pro, starting at a super-cheap $300 sticker price, and now it looks like Lenovo wants in on that action, too, announcing an eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet of its own. Like that Dell, Lenovo's Miix2 features a 1280 x 800 display, runs a Bay Trail Atom, and sells starting at $300. That's for the base 32GB option; Lenovo has also announced 64GB and 128GB versions, but ...

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    This is a rumor! It will probably be debunked in the next day, so treat it accordingly! According to hear-say, Lenovo and HTC have been in talks for quite some time now, concerning a buyout. HTC buyout, that is, at least that's what this report is claiming, and, beyond the reports itself, there's this terrible automated translation and a lot of perspectives getting in the way. The rumor goes like this: since HTC has posted not-so-good financial numbers, apparently, and reportedly, there have been alleged top-level meetings between Lenovo and HTC executives, back in August. Lenovo has ...

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    One of the nice things about expos like the IFA is that they give us an opportunity to look at the hardware from manufacturers that don't necessarily grab our attention too much otherwise. Take Lenovo, for instance: it's been churning out Android phones, as well as a bunch of tablets, but its models just haven't yet managed to captivate us like ones from a Samsung or HTC might. Could it finally be time for that to change? Lenovo has brought a few new devices to show off at the IFA this year, and today we hear about a new Android phone and tablet. First up, there's the Vibe X, Lenovo's new ...

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