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    Since last year, a couple big ideas have been floating around regarding changes Microsoft was rumored to make in how it permitted OEMs to deliver handsets running Windows Phone. One of those major shake-ups was the notion that Microsoft would start letting manufacturers deliver phones that were capable of dual Android/WP operation, and after months of uncertainty, we finally heard just a little over a week ago that the first such deal had been made, with new WP8 OEM Karbonn apparently getting Microsoft's permission. The other change we've heard rumored for Windows Phone licensing suggested ...

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    Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called "HTC Sense" for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for ... and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial ...

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    You don't have to be paying extraordinarily close attention to the smartphone market to realize that Windows Phone is slowly but surely on its way up, while BlackBerry has been circling the drain. Even with those trajectories being pretty clear, BlackBerry started with enough of a head start to still outnumber Windows Phone users in many markets, including the US. It's taken a long time to get here, but the latest ownership statistics finally suggests that BlackBerry usage has fallen to the point where it's now eclipsed by the Windows Phone user base. For the three month period spanning ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    I can understand why you would want a separate Facebook Messenger app on Apple's iOS or Android.  You might want a separate app so that you can launch directly into the messenger and see all of your chat conversations right away.  iOS and Android don't really support multiple entry points for the same app.  Windows Phone is different though.  I already have a Facebook messages tile pinned to my start screen and tapping that will go directly to my Facebook messages.  So what's the point of another app that does exactly the same thing as a live tile from an app that I already have?  ...

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    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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    At Mobile World Congress, Microsoft has promised a Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone that would be available soon. Making good on its promise, the official chat client is now available to download from the Windows Store, at the source link below. If you're using Facebook's chat service to communicate with friends, you should definitely give it a try, as it offers a better user experience than the Facebook app itself (or the Windows Phone Messages integration with the service). With the app you can read your messages without opening Facebook, send and receive stickers and photos, share ...

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    For all the advancements that have brought our phones higher capacity batteries, faster charging, or more energy efficient operation, one thing's continued to elude us: the self-charging phone. Maybe the closest we've come have been through cases that offer solar panels to help top-off a charge, but despite the idea popping back up every few years, we haven't seen such solar cells make their way to a phone itself as an integral part of its design. But photovoltaics are only one way a smartphone might be able to keep itself powered, and Nokia's got a new video showing off a system that ...

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    As far as the sources behind our stories go, it's really not that often that we learn about anything juicy by way of job listings. After all, these things are usually vetted by a company's HR department before going up, and we'd assume that there would be safeguards in place to avoid letting any news slip before its official announcement. Nevertheless, these things happen: back in January, we saw that Motorola posting which hinted at a European branch of the Moto Maker, weeks before the company confirmed the news, and early today we looked at what a Daimler posting had to reveal about ...

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    With plenty of attractive mobile devices out there, consumers have the luxury of being a little picky, and especially if we're not tied down to one carrier, we can check out dozens of different handsets as we look for the perfect smartphone. While that means paying attention to features and design, shoppers are also going to be keeping an eye on sticker prices, looking to get the most bang for their buck. Over the weekend, we heard a rumor that Microsoft could be looking to keep Windows-running PCs and tablets affordable by slashing OS licensing costs, and now a similar claim is being made ...

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    Part of what makes the Mobile World Congress such a special event to cover – as opposed to a trade show like CES – is that its focus is so specific to the mobile industry. That gives the manufacturers involved the opportunity to really put their smartphones and tablets front and center, not drowned out by new gaming consoles, HDTVs, and connected appliances. The organization behind all of this is the GSM Association (yeah – like from the phone standard), and in addition to putting on this whole shindig, the GSMA recognizes some of the companies, products, and services that really ...

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    Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the smartphone camera heavyweight to beat. With its just-announced Galaxy S 5, Samsung upgrades its flagship from a 13MP to 16-megapixel camera, while throwing in a bunch of new shooting modes and some impressive abilities like a super-fast autofocus. Will that be enough for the GS5 to give the 1020 a run for its money? We put these two handsets head-to-head at the MWC in Barcelona this evening to find out. Then again, aside from their better-than-average cameras, these phones are in many ways apples and oranges, with different focuses placed on design, hardware ...

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    When Microsoft announced its intention to absorb Nokia's devices and services group last year, many wondered what effect the $7.2B acquisition would have on the company's relationship with its Windows Phone hardware partners. It's a sensible question (how can a company endorse partners' hardware while also building its own?) and it's one Microsoft addressed directly on its Windows Phone blog. Today, Microsoft has backed up its commitment to Windows Phone diversity by announcing nine new hardware partners for its mobile OS. The list of vendors is largely made up of Chinese and Indian ...

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    Samsung isn't the only company getting us pumped-up for its MWC event early next week, and as we finish trying to read meaning into all the imagery it threw at us in its own teaser video, we have a couple more companies generating interest for their own MWC events, with new teasers from Nokia and Sony arriving. Sony isn't expected to have new hardware that's quite as buzz-worthy as Nokia's or Samsung's, but there are at least a couple models we're looking forward to, including that second-gen Xperia Tablet Z. But you wouldn't be able to guess that from this teaser (above), as it's just ...

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    When we're talking about Facebook and messaging acquisitions, Snapchat is the name that first comes to mind, following the much-publicized news last fall that Snapchat turned down a $3B offer from the social network. Since then we've been wondering in the back of our minds if Facebook might take another stab at buying the company, or at least go after some of its competition. Tonight we get news that Facebook has indeed gone ahead with plans to purchase a smartphone messaging service, but it's not Snapchat this time around; instead, Facebook has announced an arrangement that will see it ...

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