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    Over the past few months, we've had quite a few opportunities to check out some pics and leaked renders of some of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch hardware from RIM. By this point, the L-series full-touch handset is well familiar to us, and while we'd like to see some more of the N-series with its hardware keyboard, we still have a pretty good idea of what to expect. What we haven't seen so much of, though, are comparisons between this new hardware and the existing BlackBerry lineup. Obviously, the new operating system is going to take some time to adjust to, but will users face similar ...

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    It's not often that news of the latest BlackBerry software manages to catch our attention. Especially lately, when it's seemed like the only interesting thing RIM is doing is preparing for the launch of BlackBerry 10, run-of-the-mill software updates tend to get swept to the wayside. Today marks an exception to all that, though, as RIM has released a new beta of BlackBerry Messenger that delivers one very useful feature: voice chat. BBM is a huge part of the BlackBerry experience for dedicated RIM fans, so adding new functionality to the app has the potential to reach a major slice of the ...

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    The latest numbers from Garner are in for the third quarter of 2012, figures as of November 2012. Worldwide mobile phone sales are at 428 million units out of which 39.6 percent were smartphones, representing a 46.9 percent increase from the the same period of last year. Samsung managed to sell around 55 million smartphones in the third quarter of the year, and a total of 97,956,800 mobile phones. Together with Apple and its 23,550,300 smartphone units (up 36.2 percent year-on-year), the two companies "controlled 46.5 percent of smartphone market leaving a handful of vendors fighting ...

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    Yesterday,we got some of the first big news from RIM in a while, upon learning that the company was scheduling its BlackBerry 10 launch event for the tail end of January. While that was good to hear on its own, especially as we're so eager to finally get the full picture on BB10 and see how it's going to shape up against its quite fierce competition, it didn't really give us any insight into just when the hardware would actually become available; just look at the situation Samsung's facing with the WP8-running ATIV S, and the three solid months between its announcement and release, for ...

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    For over a year now, we've been anxiously awaiting the debut of RIM's next BlackBerry platform. While it was going by BBX this time last year, we've since learned that the OS will debut as BlackBerry 10. Over the past several months, we've heard a lot about the software, as well as the launch hardware, and have been wondering just when we'd get the opportunity to see whether or not BlackBerry 10 has what it takes to restore RIM's fortunes. The company's made it clear that we've been looking at a Q1 2013 launch, but rumors of delays had us wondering just when in Q1 RIM's news might arrive. ...

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    Smartphones are no strangers to studies attempting to link them to health concerns. While most credible research continues to insist that there's no link between the radio waves they propagate and any sort of illness, some users still treat them with caution. What about health effects that aren't related to EM fields, though? One group warns that some smartphones may be safer than others when it comes to users with specific allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology took a look at some iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerrys, checking the phones to see if they contained ...

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    Last month, RIM provided us a bit of an update on its progress towards launching BlackBerry 10, saying that carriers would begin testing new BB10 devices sometime in October, with plans for an early 2013 launch. Since then, we've heard rumors that BlackBerry 10 might be facing delays. Now CEO Thorsten Heins is speaking back up, confirming that a Q1 release is still on track, and talking some more about the carrier testing currently underway. While it's good to hear that a Q1 launch is still in RIM's plans, that could represent a significant delay from what we had originally been expecting, ...

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    HTC's apparently been feeling a bit nostalgic lately, and recently took a trip down memory lane for the creation of this "Evolution of the Smartphone" infographic. It's a nice, if brief look back at how we got to the mobile device landscape we have now. HTC can't seem to help itself from making a few jabs at its competition along the way, even while calling out their achievements. The company's already made public its distaste for hardware QWERTY keyboards, and here it decries BlackBerry for building a brand around such features. The whole thing's a bit tongue-in-cheek, and this doesn't ...

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    It's been about a year since we first started seeing smartphones with 720p displays hit the scene. Since then, they've rapidly become the gold standard for smartphone screens, such that it's hard to accept even a qHD display on an upper-tier handset. Now, 1080p displays are about to arrive, with the first-such Android models already announced. Will we be seeing these super-high-res screens migrate to the other major platforms, or is 1080p going to end up like 3D displays, and quickly fizzle out? The Rise Of 720p LG premiered its Optimus LTE last fall, with a 4.5-inch 720p display. That may ...

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    A few hours back, we got to check out a newly-leaked T-Mobile roadmap, detailing some of the carrier's release plans over the next couple months. We specifically looked at two of the most interesting devices from that leak, the LG Optimus L9 and HTC's Windows Phone 8X, but that's all the roadmap revealed. Now, some more details have come in on the rest of the models depicted, along with some images of the hardware. The first phone listed in the leak was a BlackBerry device with codename Armstrong. Reportedly, this will be the Curve 9315. It sure looks a lot like the Curve 9220/9320 we ...

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    Oh, RIM, when are you going to catch a break? We were just starting to get the slightest bit optimistic about plans for the BlackBerry 10 launch; early reports of experiences with the software sounded quite favorable, some of the leaked hardware looked pretty decent, and rumors of really high-end devices had us hoping for the best. RIM already had to push back its BB10 launch plans once, and we'd been expecting the platform to launch in January. Now, there's some speculation that RIM might not meet that release date either, and we could instead be seeing BlackBerry 10 arrive closer to ...

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    So far, we've been looking forward to BlackBerry 10 hardware in two main families, the touchscreen-only L-series, and the hardware keyboard N-series. If you've been playing really close attention, you might have caught wind of an R-series, of which we currently know little, but today we've got a new one for you, upon a leak revealing some hardware specs for the A-series BlackBerry Aristo. From the sound of things, the A-series could be more touchscreen-only models, but perhaps consist of higher-tier devices. That's certainly how we'd characterize the phone described by these specs, at ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the iPhone 5's scheduled expansion to regional US carriers and also 22 more countries worldwide. Then we talk about AT&T's four new LTE Android devices built by Samsung, which include the Galaxy Note II. RIM later makes the news with the recent leaked video of the BlackBerry 10 N-Series QWERTY smartphone. Later we go through the leaked photo of the HTC One X+, aside with some other details from the phone. We end today's show talking about Tim Cook's recent public apology for letting customers down with Maps on iOS 6. All this and more ...

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    Hot off the arrival of that internal RIM video, giving us a look at some of its new hardware, we've got a fresh leak of BlackBerry 10 gear, this time giving us the run-down on a so-called "Laguna" model set to launch on Verizon. We've been talking about BB10 L-series and N-series phones, and specifically the London and Nevada. From the looks of this, and the fact that RIM talks about these phone as belonging to a series, we could be getting some very similar hardware options. In fact, the Laguna, at least according to these specs, sounds an awful lot like the London, to the point we're ...

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    For the last couple weeks, we've been seeing pic after pic of L-series touchscreen-only BlackBerry 10 hardware. It was great to get an early look at the handset, but after seeing that some model pop up over and over, we were hankering to take a gander at its hardware-QWERTY cousin, the N-series, set to arrive a few weeks after the L-series lands early next year. It looks like our patience has paid off, and now an internal RIM video has provided the screen shots that make for our first good look at the N-series. The full video had been available just a little earlier (apparently due to its ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent leaks of the first photo taken by the Samsung i9260, dubbed the possible Galaxy Nexus 2. We then talk about our iPhone 5 review and impressions of what things went positive for the phone. Then we go through all the bad parts of the iPhone 5, which have actually made a lot of buzz in the media lately. Then we talk about RIM's new moves with BlackBerry 10 devices reaching carriers and some other desperate measures to try to gain back developers. We end today's show by talking about Google's sad dismiss of a Google Maps client for iOS. ...

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    We just left you with a few words about RIM's progress towards meeting its BlackBerry 10 launch schedule, as well as what just might be seen as carrier enthusiasm towards the upcoming platform. BlackBerry Jam Americas is a big event, though, and there's plenty of other news coming out of RIM. The company also took some time to show off some of the new changes coming to BlackBerry 10. It's become almost expected nowadays that smartphone apps stores also carry a wide assortment of other media: books, movies, TV, and music. Well, we haven't heard about e-books, but as for the rest of them, ...

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    BlackBerry Jam Americas is currently underway, and RIM is using the opportunity to bring its fans up to speed on the latest developments towards bringing BlackBerry 10 to market. CEO Thorsten Heins spoke to the crowd about the company's plans for the launch, and after months of seemingly slow progress, it looks like things are finally about to start happening. Heins says that carriers will begin their certification tests for RIM's new BlackBerry 10 hardware sometime next month, still aiming for a commercial launch in early 2013. We've already got a couple looks at that launch hardware, the ...

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    Are you a Verizon subscriber looking to upgrade in the next several months? Curious what your choices will be like? Some new roadmap info for the carrier has just leaked, giving us a peek at what's on the agenda through the rest of the year, into early 2013. First up is the Samsung Stratosphere 2, a mid-range Android powered by a Snapdragon S4 and featuring a sliding QWERTY keyboard. That one should hit Verizon before the end of the month. In October, the LG Spectrum 2 is expected to make its appearance. This what's been released internationally as the LTE II, and we've been waiting all ...

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    So far this month, we've had a pair of opportunities to check out upcoming BlackBerry 10 hardware, and in both cases got a look at RIM's L-series design, the BB10 launch handset that will arrive without the manufacturer's iconic hardware keyboard. It seems that we've seen all there is to of the phone's exterior, so let's dive in a little deeper, with the arrival of the first images of the phone's internals. The source of this imagery, which surfaced on a Vietnamese BlackBerry forum, confirms that NFC antenna we suspected from yesterday's shot of the battery cover. He also mentions an ...

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    In what's amounting to one epic roll of the dice, RIM's betting its future on a revamped OS and all-new hardware to run it. We've picked up bits and pieces of its plans along the way, including the revelation that the platform's launch will see two main hardware branches when it arrives, a full-touch L-series and the hardware-QWERTY-packing N-series. A couple weeks back we got to take a look at some in-development L-series hardware in the flesh, and now it's back on camera, giving us a little closer look. One thing we get to see for the first time here is the removable battery cover. ...

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    It's no secret that Research in Motion is on a rough patch (to say the least) and that HTC, not so long ago the number one Android OEM, is now struggling too. Its devices are still preferred by millions but Samsung has taken the lead and HTC is yet to release a phone (or an entire line-up) which would boost it back to the top. The One series failed to consolidate HTC as the number one Android device maker and now the company is preparing to unveil a couple of new Windows Phone devices (as well as probably Android refreshes too). "I don’t have any knowledge but that is not to say we are ...

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    Aside from some very old images, our best look at the hardware RIM will be introducing for BlackBerry 10 has been the company's Dev Alpha handset, sort of a stepping stone while it worked-out the final launch hardware. As we get closer to 2013, and BB10 hitting the scene, we're likely to get some much better peeks at the devices RIM will be releasing. Today, we get two such glimpses at the first L-series full-touchscreen model. First known as codename London, this is the device most similar to the current Dev Alpha hardware. When you compare this against that model, you can see some of the ...

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    We're still a third of a year away from when RIM will release the first smartphone running the new BlackBerry 10, giving the company plenty of time to continue refining the OS in the hopes that its launch will turn the tide on the company's fortunes. It's been busy lately showing-off just how much progress it's made, and based on what we've heard from those who have experienced it, all the nay-saying and talk of the company's demise may be a bit premature. MobileSyrup got to attend a BB10 event at the BlackBerry Jam yesterday, where RIM shared some near-final hardware and the current build ...

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    One of the most fun things about following the fast-moving world of technology is playing the what-if game. What if you took the best attributes of your favorite platform and combined them with the best hardware on the market to create the closest thing to an epic dream device? It's a game we used to play a lot on webOS-enthusiast message boards, where a whole bunch of Palm fans congregated to praise the software and bemoan the hardware behind our favorite mobile platform. "If only HP would offer webOS on an Evo/Galaxy S/Magic," many said, "the slab-lovers would come out in droves and ...

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