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    The Galaxy S 4. It's a name that commands respect: one that strikes fear into the hearts of other smartphones, and incites envy in the eyes of would-be buyers. As our full review reinforces, it's a name that represents one of the best Android smartphones you can buy today. But the Galaxy S 4 isn't just one phone: it's a device family comprised of many globally-specific variants. The SPH-L720 we reviewed last week was built especially for the American carrier Sprint, and while it's functionally identical to the other American operator variants, it has significantly less in common with its ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the ASUS Fonepad and our coverage of the device. Then we go through Windows Phone and some revealing stats from a recent poll in the United States. Google is next as we cover the news regarding the Play Store's new app update policies. We later talk about Qualcomm's plans to begin deploying the Snapdragon 800 processor and what this means for the mobile industry. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to bring us the Galaxy S 4 Active, a ruggedized version of their new flagship. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS ...

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    Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 has rapidly become the go-to chip for this generation of high-end Androids, and with the HTC First, we've also seen the Snapdragon 400 hit the scene. Those are both some fine SoCs, but we've really been salivating at the chance to see the even higher-performance Snapdragon 800 show up in some devices, after getting a chance to play with an 800-powered tablet at the CES. While we've still got a little bit of a wait to go, the 800's arrival is just starting to crest over the horizon, with word that mass production of the chip is set to get underway next month. ...

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    In the mobile chipset space, Qualcomm has been the dominant party. From 2010 and the original Snapdragon to the Snapdragon S4 Pro and newest series, Qualcomm's chips have been used in the vast majority of the most notable low- to high-end smartphones around the world. In January, Strategy Analytics estimated that Qualcomm holds roughly 42 percent of the revenue share in the application processor market, and despite the competition heating up in the Android space, Qualcomm still holds an impressive 35 percent share. Samsung and MediaTek hold second and third in the application processor ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the T-Mobile announcement of their LTE network and an iPhone 5 to go along with it. Then we move to Windows Phone 8 as new rumors have it supporting FM radio in the near future. Sprint is next as it finally confirms what Windows Phones it'll start their line-up with. Then we talk about HTC and Qualcomm as they both team-up to promote the new HTC One, and we even talk about the Desire P and Desire Q we sadly can't recommend. We end todays show talking about HTC's plans for a Butterfly 2, and what this means to the HTC One. All this and more ...

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    HTC, the company which just recently slashed the "Quietly Brilliant" wording from its branding, is reportedly teaming up with Qualcomm, the manufacturer of the Snapdragon 600 SoC powering the HTC One, for a joint HTC One promotional effort. The information comes from "market sources" but apparently the fruit if the effort, first promo videos, are airing at the ongoing Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2013, as Shen Jin, vice president of Qualcomm Greater China, said. Qualcomm will lend a hand to HTC in promoting the One; the company is reportedly planning on achieving that through ...

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    Some of us don't think too much about how long it takes to charge our phones; so long as you can get through a day of usage without running your battery down, there's plenty of time overnight to top your battery off and leave you ready to face the next day. On the other hand, if you're a smartphone-using-fiend and need to refresh your battery mid-day, being able to charge your phone quickly could be a godsend. If that's the boat you find yourself in, you should love this news from Qualcomm, which today announced a new high-speed charging system. Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 follows last ...

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    The choice of SoC for Samsung's Galaxy S IV has been the subject of much contention lately. While many Samsung fans would like to see a next-generation Exynos chip powering the smartphone, we've been growing increasingly skeptical that such a thing could really come to pass. After all, a number of separate benchmark results for devices that appear to be some of the regional and carrier variants of the Galaxy S IV have been reporting GPUs that just don't match with what we're expecting from any Exynos chips, let alone the Exynos 5 Octa. A new rumor suggests that there's a good reason for ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's confirmation that they will support sync services for Windows Phone during the next six months as an extension to their past death threat. We later talk about the Galaxy S IV and the probable release dates. Qualcomm apparently leaks Android's next name, but considering how many pastries are left that start with a K, that wasn't a difficult one. Then we talk about the Microsoft Surface RT and bad it's performing when it comes to store returns. We end today's show by talking about the HTC M7 and all the color offerings that are rumored ...

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    Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O last June, following the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich with the Galaxy Nexus the previous fall. By that timetable, we should be expecting the next major Android revision to arrive in the near future, long-rumored to be Key Lime Pie. As we wait to get confirmation on just what to expect from this release, a new leak makes that name sound a whole lot more official, as well as gives us a window for when to expect it to arrive. Some leaked Qualcomm roadmaps detail both the company's own plans for releasing chips that will run the new OS, as ...

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    For all the rumors we've heard about the possibility of Apple releasing a new iPhone model later this year that's specifically designed to be a very low-cost model for developing markets, very little has been said about just what changes Apple might make to drive the price down. Sure, we heard that a plastic construction was one option, saving on materials and fabrication expenses related to working with glass or metal, but what about the guts of the phone – the silicon? A new analyst report champions the idea that Apple could turn to Qualcomm for this new iPhone's chips, and build the ...

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    Sales in emerging markets have the potential to make a big impact on the smartphone industry, and right now it seems like everyone's trying to figure out how to get a slice of the action. Android might have a head start with the abundance of lower-end models already available, and we've heard about Apple considering a new iPhone design with a low price point. For Windows Phone, we've seen models like the Huawei Ascend W1, which should sell for around $260, but is that cheap enough to draw users to the platform? It seems like Microsoft thinks its OEMs could do even better, and is rumored to ...

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    Is it fair to call Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa an eight-core processor? After all, it doesn't operate all eight cores simultaneously, choosing from either a bank of four A15 or four A7 cores, and it's not like we commonly call the Tegra 3 with its extra power-saving core a five-core chip, right? Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs doesn't seem too pleased with how Samsung is trying to position this chip, and had a few choice words about the Exynos 5 Octa while speaking to reporters in Beijing. Mind you, this is all coming from a Chinese translation, so while these may not be the exact words Dr. ...

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    Last night, Qualcomm took the lid off its latest changes to its system-on-a-chip lineup, unveiling its new naming scheme as well as its new top-tier chipsets, the 600 and 800 series. While the 600 doesn't sound like any slouch, its the 800 that's going to power the fastest of the fastest Android devices later this year. Let's take a look at just what it's capable of. If you've ever shaken your fist in frustration while your seemingly-high-end Android phone or tablet just couldn't keep up the pace when placed under the processing demands of a fast 3D game, pay special attention, because the ...

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    NVIDIA isn't the only chip maker showing off new technology at this year's CES.  Qualcomm has some news, too. Just incase you don't remember, Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon SoC and in particular the S4 line that powers our high-end smartphones and tablets. To start with, Qualcomm is changing the naming scheme of their processors to help differentiate the powers and abilities of their various chipsets. The new 800 series is high-end, 600's and 400's are middle-tier, and lower-end chips are in the 200's. Let's focus on the higher-end goodies for a moment. The Qualcomm 800-series ...

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