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    HTC, Microsoft, and Verizon came together this morning to announce one of the most high-profile Windows Phone handsets we've heard about in a while, the One M8 for Windows. We've already taken an in-depth look at this release, comparing its hardware against the cream of the WP crop, talked about what the phone means for the companies involved, and shared with you some pics of the hardware in action. Now we're taking our experience with the One M8 for Windows to the next logical level, bringing you a video hands-on with the new smartphone. We've seen the base M8 hardware before, so instead ...

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    Less than a month ago, some old rumors popped back up: HTC would supposedly release a version of its One M8 running Windows Phone. We heard the same thing about the One M7, and that never happened, and here we were four months removed from the One M8's launch, with talk that this cross-platform push could still be happening. But over the following days the “well wouldn't that be neat” idea quickly picked up momentum, and between the announcement of an August 19 HTC event and the discovery of evidence pointing to just such a WP One M8 getting ready for Verizon, this really looked like ...

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    It's one of the top buzzwords of the year in mobile technology: the sapphire screen. More appropriately called a sapphire crystal display, its remarkability lies not in clarity or resolution or thumb-feel ... but in saving us from our oafish, clumsy-handed selves. Sapphire crystal is hard, see – harder than anything on the good 'ole Mohs hardness scale except diamond (as we discussed in a piece last year on why sapphire is awesome). And since we don't generally carry diamonds in our pockets on the regular, the thinking goes that a sapphire screen would be harder than anything that could ...

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    The HTC One M8 on Verizon still hasn't pushed past Android 4.4.2, but if tweets from HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie and Product Management VP Mo Versi are to be believed, that Verizon HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update may be happening very soon. As Mackenzie describes it, the update will be pushed out "by mid-Sept," which doesn't exactly leave us happy at all, considering that Android 4.4.4 is already out (and we're expecting Android L in just a few short months), but hey, it's something. Versi adds to Mackenzie's information by stating that the release is on track for a release in ...

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    Tomorrow is August 19, which means that HTC's next press event is nearly upon us. While the company hasn't out and confirmed what it will be announcing, nor does the event invitation itself hint at the product to expect, a number of signs have been pointing to the company revealing a Windows Phone-running version of its Android One M8. The latest bit of circumstantial evidence turns up at this late hour, with the release of an image showing off some in-store Verizon promotional material for a WP8 One M8. We spot a couple things of interest here. First is that name, and there's no HTC One ...

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    When we're talking about smartphone radios, we're usually concerned with the latest-and-greatest tech they support – Cat 4 LTE, or even Cat 6 in some nations, for speeds reaching into the hundreds of megabits a second – so it's easy to forget just how much support there is for older systems, even those we rely on regularly. While there's some early progress towards things like voice over LTE, the vast majority of calls still get routed on older non-LTE networks. Even our data regularly dips into the 3G range, if not going all the way down to EDGE or even GPRS. Despite this reliance on ...

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    At this point, there's little denying that HTC is working on a new Windows Phone model, one that uses the company's Android-powered One M8 as its base. We've seen official imagery of just such a handset getting ready for Verizon, and unless we're misreading things here, the upcoming August 19 HTC event could well be the vehicle by which we're formally introduced to this smartphone. But will it really be a full-fledged One M8, just running Windows Phone? Might HTC change some portion of the hardware? Maybe the controversial UltraPixel camera? Not if this latest rumor has anything to say ...

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    We've only got about a month and a half left of summer, and there's still a lot to get done. Besides the requisite beach trips, we're also looking forward to a ton of product launches. Some we already have a strong sense for when they'll occur, like those that are expected to happen as part of IFA press events in early September. Others are a little looser, like the Apple iPhone 6 announcement that may happen just after IFA, though that's far from a certainty at this point. Motorola's got at least two devices due before the end of summer, the Moto 360 and its second-gen Moto X, which may ...

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    For those of you that thought that Push to talk was dead, well it is, and it isn't. At times when users are sticking to services like Voxer, or even Whatsapp's voice messaging, it's hard for these decade-old services to survive. Still, we know that Verizon is reluctant to let it die, and the company is now pushing it to more handsets, in its own way. Verizon's Push to Talk Plus is still "a thing" on Verizon, and the company has decided to make this service available to flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, in addition to other legacy devices like the Motorola Droid MAXX. There are ...

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    When buying a new smartphone, what makes us choose one carrier over another? Device selection? Sure, but let's consider a phone like the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 that's broadly available on different networks. What then? Maybe you're already locked-in to service with one carrier, or maybe one has plans that are really attractive. Maybe you live someplace where reception is spotty, and some carriers have better coverage than others. But one thing we rarely consider when making these types of decisions is battery life. Perhaps we should, though, as one study points out how consistently longer ...

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    Sometimes it really feels like smartphone news attracts smartphone news – start talking about a particular topic enough, whether that's the iPhone 6 or crazy over-the-edge displays on the Galaxy Note 4, and at some point you get the sense of hitting a critical mass – the news becomes self-sustaining. Are we about to hit a similar point with upcoming Motorola devices? We only just finished telling you about the Motorola XT1063, which looks like it might be this year's new edition of the Moto G, when we've got another new Motorola item showing up, this time a box teasing the existence of ...

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    How much do you spend each month just to stay connected? As cell phones – namely, smartphones – have increased in popularity over the last decade, the cost of keeping them connected has slowly crept upwards. Cheaper functions, like voice calling and SMS, have taken a back seat to the more convenient and bandwidth-hogging mobile data. As such, calling plans and text messaging are now, more often than not, offered in unlimited quantities. However, gone are the days of $20 and $30 unlimited data plans (unless you're lucky enough to be hanging on to a grandfathered plan). The cost of ...

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    Just a few hours back we were beginning to find ourselves convinced that this Windows Phone 8 version of the HTC One M8 was happening; after a week of unsubstantiated rumors, hard evidence really started pointing to the existence of a new HTC Windows Phone model for Verizon. And while there still hasn't been any official announcement, the next best thing has now arrived, as render of just such a WP8 M8 has been uncovered on Verizon's own servers. There it is down below, and as you can see, this hardware very much looks how we'd expect it to. Which is to say, it's practically identical to ...

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    Are we really about to see HTC release a Windows Phone edition of its Android flagship One M8? A week ago, that sounded like an old rumor that had little chance of coming true, but then all of a sudden all this buzz has descended upon the idea, with proponents not just insisting that this move was going to happen, but that it could occur quite soon, as well. And with HTC sending out invitations to an event later this month, it was like adding fuel to a fire. But where's the actual evidence that this model even exists? Today we bring the goods, and a new certification doc might just out ...

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    Kyocera's Brigadier first leaked back in the spring, and at the time, there wasn't much reason to be excited about it. The phone seemed like it would just be the latest in a long series of ruggedized Androids that may offer exceptional durability, but with little in the way of real stand-out features, nor high-end specs. And so we largely forgot about the phone until it popped back on our radar earlier this week, as a source leaked some Verizon documentation to us that identified the Brigadier as the first Kyocera model to use the company's Sapphire Shield – its branding for a highly ...

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