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    After spending years waiting for a revamp for Windows Mobile 6.5, we'll admit that nothing had prepared us for the dramatic change that Windows Phone 7 had to offer. Back in 2010 the need for a third successful player in the mobile space was urgent, and since Pocketnow was born as a "Pocket PC" website more than a decade ago, it was clear that we had high hopes for Microsoft's next mobile platform. With its great minimalism and social integration, Windows Phone has gathered a rather interesting cult following that has ensured it a future as the world's third largest mobile operating system ...

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    Most people closely relate mobile enterprise solutions with BlackBerry. And rightly so. The company formerly known as Research In Motion dominated the mobile enterprise industry for well over a decade. But the company has since slipped from its glory days. Ever since, others have stepped up to fill the gap and the mobile enterprise industry has evolved itself into a vastly different beast. Mobile enterprise devices are no longer just for email or handling light work on the go. Mobile devices are now used as point of sale (POS) systems, vital retail sales floor tools, and much more. Last ...

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    Two big announcements should be coming out of Microsoft over the next couple weeks: we expect to learn of the ultimate conclusion to its acquisition of Nokia's smartphone wing, and we're hoping to learn who might be the company's next CEO. We've heard that we could expect the CEO news early this year, and sources are claiming that the decision's already made, now just waiting to go official. Just who will take over Steve Ballmer's duties remains to be seen, but whichever candidate gets the board's nod, they might have a familiar face looking over their shoulder, with word that Bill Gates ...

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    When, oh when, will the Nokia Lumia Icon finally launch? A couple weeks back we got what might be the biggest break in the phone's launch story to date, when a page on Verizon's test site not only revealed the phone's listing prematurely, but also confirmed that Icon name, marking a major shift in how we talk about Lumia phones. But as quickly as it was unearthed, that page vanished. We were hoping that a launch might soon follow, with rumors pointing to a possible January 14 date, but that day came and went without delivering any Lumia Icon. Today we wonder if we're once again right on ...

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    When we want to get a sense of the current state of the smartphone market, we often to look to various statistics of one form or another. We can examine reports of new shipments in order to tell which companies are hottest at the moment, or look at reports of device ownership to see who's getting users to stick around the longest. The latest data set to come our way looks at smartphone (and tablet) usage through the eyes of advertisers, and the picture it paints reveals some interesting differences between the various platforms. For instance, while Android smartphones create more ad ...

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    More than four months ago, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's devices and services division, making Microsoft not only the company in charge of the Windows Phone 8 platform, but also its largest manufacturer, as well. In the months that have followed, shareholders approved the deal, it was given the blessing of the relevant government agencies, and all roads have been leading to a successful acquisition, to be finalized in the near future. We've been expecting that day to come early this year, but we haven't been able to say exactly when this all might be a done deal. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Sprint pre-orders for the LG G Flex that many have waited for, aside from the announcement of a limited-edition LG G2 in red and gold. We later talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and what the company is doing to improve its hovering sensitivity. Sony follows the news as we already have rumors of the Sony Xperia Z2. Microsoft's Cortana is next as reports have a Halo character's voice being what will power the service. We end today's show by talking about Microsoft and how it is currently disputing rumors of buying-off OEMs to adopt Windows ...

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    With New Year's a couple weeks behind us, and CES already a thing of the past, we're solidly into 2014 by this point. While that means that we've got 50 weeks of new mobile tech news to look forward to, it's also about time that we're able to look back on some new figures from 2013, and as reports come in on smartphone market shares in the States, we can start examining the ongoing shifts in power. Apple appears to be maintaining its lead with little effort, and compared to Q4 2012, this past quarter showed its share rise from 35 percent to 42 percent of the market. While Samsung saw US ...

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    Rumors about a Windows Phone voice-based virtual assistant started getting some legs to them last summer, as we heard about Microsoft's work on a system under development as “Cortana.” We assumed that was little more than a cheeky reference to the AI character in Halo games, but now that we're coming up on the service's rumored launch, new details are arriving, including the claim that Microsoft is really embracing the Cortana name, going so far as to recruit the character's voice actor for the app. Supposedly, Jen Taylor will return to her Halo role to provide the system's speaking ...

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    For a while now we've been talking about various rumors about the lengths Microsoft might go to in order to drum-up manufacturer interest in creating new handsets for Windows Phone 8. Those have included the idea of eliminating platform licensing fees, the admittedly hard-to-believe notion of allowing OEMs to make dual-boot phones that might also run Android, and the possibility of just making outright payments to some of these companies to secure their interest. Yesterday, a rumor expanded upon that last claim, laying-out a few (VERY LARGE) figures for what Microsoft might pay: $1.2B to ...

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    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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    One pervasive rumor that's been hanging over Windows Phone for the past couple months has claimed that Microsoft – in an effort to prevent the platform from being a one-man Nokia show – is interested in paying other OEMs to release new Windows Phone hardware. Despite the ability of those rumors to stick around, they've been sorely wanting for details. This week we gain some possible insight, with some new claims suggesting just what Microsoft's willing to pay to attract the interest of these other players. According to Eldar Murtazin (make of that what you will) Samsung is getting ...

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    A 1080p Samsung Windows Phone is apparently in the works, wearing the SM-W750V model number. It has just recently received its Bluetooth certification which clearly states North America for its geographical availability. Even more, the phone has its own User Agent Profile document which you can find at the source link below, with more references to its hardware. As the UAProf doc testifies, we're expecting a 1080p screen, but it is yet unknown whether this device will launch soon (as in MWC 2014), or Samsung is panning on waiting a tad more for Microsoft to release the next iteration of ...

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    Over the weekend the Lumia Black update started hitting unlocked Lumia 1020 devices across the world; the update was first pushed out to American variants of the phone, after its introduction on the Lumia 1520 phablet, with which it shipped out of the box. We're seeing and hearing several reports that unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 phones are also getting the Lumia Black package, which consists of Windows Phone 8 GDR3, with Nokia's own Black suite on top of it. Among the things included, worthy of mentioning are: the ability to group apps into folders (requires AppFolder app), Bluetooth LE, new ...

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    Since last fall, we've been talking about the next big venture coming from Beats, following the company's relationship with a couple smartphone and tablet OEMs: a streaming music service. We knew it would be cross-platform, but that was about it: just who would get access? How much would it cost? Well, over the weekend we started getting our answers, with the announcement of the start of service, and a special offer for AT&T subscribers. Beats Music goes live on January 21, available on iOS, Android, and “Windows Mobile,” which we really hope is an error on Beats's part, and not a ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Barely two months ago we were hearing Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai (above) discuss his company's plans for future smartphone sales. He identified Sony's native Japan and Europe as “the most important areas for us” and promised to put “substantial resources there,” adding, “but not yet for the U.S. and China.” While Hirai made it clear that Sony would get around to focusing on the US eventually, he described making such a move then as “not realistic,” and instead indicated a desire to “start gradually” in the States. Well, either Sony's timetable has been moving absurdly fast, ...

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    It started out so simply: we'd pop in a Bluetooth earpiece when driving, or looking to keep our hands free at work. Then we were trying to assess our level of fitness with wrist-borne trackers, remotely interacting with our phones via smartwatch, and preparing for the singularity with Google Glass headsets. While it's clear that wearables have built up some serious momentum, where's the market going to go from here? Well, if you thought that fitness trackers as we know them today gathered lots of useful data, they've got nothing on what's capable with smart socks. Yes, socks; those ...

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    The next big step for Microsoft's mobile platform is within sight, as we start preparing for the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1. We've been hearing about what we might expect from the update for months now, and with screenshots from phones such as the Lumia 630 revealing evidence of 8.1 features like those virtual on-screen buttons, the software's pending release feels more real than ever. But when it finally does get here – presumably within the next few months – will you be able to upgrade? Microsoft wants to assure its users that they're not looking forward to any repeat of a 7.8/8.0 ...

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    Sony's spread at the CES this year – at least the mobile component of it – was heavily Android. That's pretty much what we went in expecting, but just before the show got underway, we heard some rumors that this exclusive Android focus might not last, and that Sony could be interested in coming out with a smartphone running Windows Phone 8 before the end of the year. While at the time this was just a rumor, some new comments from a Sony Mobile Europe exec appear to support that theory, confirming discussions between Sony and Microsoft. While some of Sony's interactions with Microsoft ...

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    Nokia's offered its users plenty of reasons to look forward to its new Lumia Black software update. Indeed, the problem hasn't been a lack of features, but simply getting your hands on the software; the Lumia 1520 runs Black out of the box, and we saw AT&T start delivering Black to Lumia 1020 owners in the States, but what of international users, not to mention those who have all these other Lumia models? The New Year passed without an answer, but today we finally see Nokia start opening the tap, as Lumia Black updates start coming to Lumia 925 and 1020 phones across the globe. Don't ...

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    We've been waiting for the launch of the Lumia 929 for quite a while now, and last month something odd starting happening with the phone's name. First the phone's seemingly internal codename Icon was leaked – now, we're well used to such codenames coming out at the beginning of a phone's history, but usually we leave those behind as we focus on model numbers and launch names – so why was it popping up then, months after the 929 hit our radar? It didn't take long before the story started getting even more interesting, suggesting that Icon wasn't a codename at all, but how the phone ...

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    Guys, our apologies for the late upload. Hopefully these technical issues will get solved this week. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Galaxy Camera 2, and the reasons why it's worth and not worth your money. We then continue talking about Samsung, this time because of the possible launch rumors of the Galaxy S 5. Motorola is next as we go through the Moto X and Moto G discounts that just landed. Sony takes the spotlight next with a possible Windows Phone during 2014. We end today's show talking about Google Glass and its possible retail price. All this and more ...

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    One of the biggest questions facing Microsoft and the future of Windows Phone is what shape the platform's landscape will take as Lumia phones become Microsoft-made; will other OEMs dare to compete? While we've seen evidence that some are sticking around, and heard outright assurances from others, there's still been this sense that healthy competition is drying up, rather than growing. Is there any hope for some fresh blood? According to the latest rumors, there just might be, as we hear that Microsoft's courting Sony to develop Windows Phone 8 hardware. While Sony appears to have dabbled ...

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    Our apology for the late upload. Sadly we've experienced some bad technical difficulties that just got fixed. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Exynos S processor, and what this could mean for their smartphones in 2014. We then talk about Samsung's new mobile RAM chips to power 64-bit processors as well. Then we talk about Asus as the company has already begun teasing its smartphone line-up for CES. Windows Phone 8 returns to the news as we've seen a Jailbreak for the Lumia 920 being teased. We end today's show by talking about the possible joint venture between ...

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