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    T-Mobile just shared word of its plans to get sales of the Xperia Z3 started a little later this month, and while that was good to hear on its own, it also got us wondering about the fate of the Xperia Z3 Compact. After all, last week saw Sony add a “buy” link to its US listing for the Z3 Compact, though at the time, clicking it didn't take you anywhere useful. Today, we say that change, as Sony kicks-off US sales of its pint-sized powerhouse. Sony's got the Xperia Z3 Compact in black, white, orange, and green, all going for just about $530. The handset has band support that should ...

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    Perhaps it was an inevitability: a smartphone accessory maker takes a look at the Samsung Gear VR, doesn't see much more than a couple lenses and a plastic shell, and thinks, “hey, I could do that!” We're still waiting for sales of the Samsung model to begin, but imitators aren't waiting around any to get their own products out, and today we see the launch of what's being billed as a more affordable, cross-platform alternative to Gear VR, the VR One from Carl Zeiss. Yup, just like the lenses in your camera: that Carl Zeiss. Only now, the company's got a VR headset with interchangeable ...

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    Last week, Sony and Verizon got together to announce the forthcoming release of the Xperia Z3v for the carrier. While that was interesting news to get, it wasn't quite the big Sony push back into the US that some of its fans had been hoping for, and also did nothing to explain what the Z3 situation on T-Mobile would look like. After all, the carrier had already confirmed its plans to carry the Xperia Z3 – we just needed to get details about when that would occur and how it would happen. Last week may have left us high and dry, but today T-Mobile comes through with some answers, welcoming ...

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    If you listened to this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you heard us discussing yesterday's Sony event which ultimately brought us the Xperia Z3v for Verizon – and which, to our disappointment, wholly ignored the oh-so-interesting Xperia Z3 Compact. Understandably, we were starting to become nervous that Sony would steer clear of the US once again with this smartphone, drastically limiting its appeal to audiences in the States. But had we spoken too soon? Without much fanfare, Sony has added a listing for the Z3 Compact to its page of phones for the US market. Now, to be clear, the Z3 ...

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    What does “soon” mean in the smartphone world? When you hear that a hot new phone is hitting the carrier of your choice “soon,” are you anticipating it to land maybe in the next couple weeks? Possibly next month? Back in August, we saw the debut of the shockingly compelling Sharp Aquos Crystal, an Android handset with a bezel around its screen so narrow it's essentially not even there. And word that this phone would arrive for the crazy low price of $240 with no contractual obligation sounded almost too good to be true. We were told it was coming soon to Sprint... and then August ...

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    Yesterday we were checking out the latest in what's been a news-packed week of Droid Turbo stories, looking at the evidence suggesting that the Motorola smartphone could have a massive 3900mAh battery. At the time, we were musing on the way leaks, rumors, and teases of the Droid Turbo had been building up to the point we're at now, and mentioned the mysterious DroidLanding Twitter account. The account's activity has generally correlated with new Droid model launches in the past, and when we saw it spring back into action in early September, we were optimistic that this Droid Turbo would be ...

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    Ever since Google officially unveiled Android L this past summer, we've been looking forward to Material Design continuing to spread across the company's software offerings. One of those that's received a lot of attention has been the Play Store, and over the past several months we've had a few opportunities to check out leaks detailing the ways the Play Store was set to evolve with the arrival of this refresh. This week, the changes go live, as Google begins distribution of its Play Store 5.0 release. If you've been following those leaks you've already got a good sense of what to expect: ...

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    We're coming up on two months now from the launch of the HTC One M8 for Windows, an overdue flagship-level WP handset from someone other than the Nokia/Microsoft juggernaut. And while we were very excited to see an Android phone we loved get the Windows Phone treatment, the release of the device left a bit to be desired, hitting the US as a carrier exclusive, bound to Verizon. But even with that restriction we had cause to be optimistic, as it became clear that Verizon's exclusivity was a temporary launch thing, and that other carriers would pick up the phone for themselves in time: ...

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    Over the course of the past several weeks, the notion of HTC delivering Google's next Nexus tablet has been looking more and more likely, culminating earlier this week in reported confirmation from an HTC executive. But beyond that, we had FCC docs, leaked renders, and rumor after rumor suggesting this guy was coming. While Google has yet to share any launch plans, a couple dates next week have been suggested as particularly strong possibilities, meaning we could be just days away from the model's debut. But for all the answers about this hardware that seem to have been coming our way, one ...

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    Android is a fantastic mobile platform. Part of the reason for its popularity is due to the huge number of devices available to run it, with new devices being added all the time. It gives the Android user the freedom to choose the device that suits their individual needs rather than having to conform to a single cookie cutter solution. Well, it’s time to get your decision-making hats on because, for a limited time only at the Pocketnow Deals Store, you can enter the Choose Your Own Android Giveaway for a chance at winning a top of the line Android smart phone! With the Choose Your Own ...

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    Love it or question it, the Surface Pro 3 is one of the most functional tablets in the market. Surely it's not perfect, but it does provide users with more bang for their buck if you want to avoid the need to purchase a tablet and computer separately. One of its coolest features is its digital pen input, and Microsoft is about to address one of its most requested needs. Some inside sources claim that Microsoft is about to launch a separate application that will give users the option to control the pen pressure sensitivity of the Surface Pro 3. The update will actually turn the control ...

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    The debate of which voice assistant came first is still a shady topic. While many agree that Siri was the service that made the idea mainstream, we do know that Google's Voice Search has existed for a bit longer, and even though Microsoft's Cortana is the newest in the crowd, we all remember Microsoft's Voice Command from the Pocket PC days. Still, if you leave history aside and ask yourself which service is currently better, some experts claim to have a winner. A marketing consulting firm by the name of Stone Temple claims to have found Google Now's voice search to be significantly ...

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    It sure looks like Google's got two upcoming Nexus devices in the works, a Motorola-made phone, and an HTC-made tablet. This week, HTC sure seemed to confirm the latter, and rumors have suggested that this Nexus 9 could launch in just about one week, on October 15 or 16. But what about the phone? The presumptive Nexus 6 also seems very much real, having been spotted out in the wild. But when might it arrive? We're coming up on one year from the Nexus 5's launch – could the Nexus 6 also be on the menu for next week's rumored launch announcement? That's a question we find ourselves asking ...

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    The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro isn't the only new tablet Lenovo's got to announce today, though with that integrated pico projector, it's quite the spotlight-grabber. The rest of the manufacturer’s new tablet offerings may not include such unusual features, but still manages to offer a nice selection of sizes and OS options: let's take a look at the multiple new Yoga Tablet 2 models. There are four primary configurations for the Yoga Tablet 2, combining either eight or ten-inch screen sizes with your choice of Android or Windows for the OS. All four are powered by quad-core Intel Atom ...

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    The idea of putting a built-in projector into mobile devices sounds like such a good one: an instant big screen ready to share content, all at the touch of a button. But the reality has been less than sunny, with the few phones we've seen equipped with pico projectors ending up awkwardly sized and delivering underpowered projector performance. Is there any way to make this work, or is the technology just not there to do the idea justice? Lenovo thinks it's worth another stab, only instead of a phone, this time it's bringing a projector to the tablet form factor, as it introduces the Yoga ...

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