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    Will Nokia announce the Lumia 930 at its press event tonight? One week ago, we would have answered that question with a solid “probably,” but more recent rumors have suggested that the 930 might be a no-show, and maybe only the 630 would be on the menu. We'll know for sure in just a matter of hours, but even if the 930 isn't on the slate tonight, we're bound to see Nokia reveal the phone in the relatively near future. While so far we haven't had much to look at while talking about all these Lumia 930 rumors, today we finally get to put a face to the name, as the first render of the ...

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    Overnight, we got a little update about what to expect so far as the next wave of Windows Phone hardware launches goes, mentioning that we may hope to see retail availability for a number of new models begin on April 23. While those include some Nokia Lumia phones that we've been waiting to see launch for the better part of forever, they also mentioned a Samsung phone that's been on our radar since late last year, the rumored ATIV SE. We've been talking about it all along as Samsung's 1080p WP8 effort, but what more might we hope to expect from the phone? As we get into the home stretch ...

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    Whatever happened to the Nokia Lumia 1820? We'd been talking about it since last year, and for a while we were hoping it might make an appearance at MWC, but then it dropped off the face of the earth. Was there still a chance this guy might be headed for launch, or were we barking up the wrong tree all along. As if from out of nowhere, the 1820 is back on our radar this evening, with a case maker's website alluding to the smartphone, along with a few rumored Samsung models. Noreve makes some fancy leather cases for a whole bunch of smartphones. Pull up one of those listings, and edit the ...

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    On April 2, Nokia will unveil more Windows Phones, as the company itself has teased the event using the #moreLumia hashtag. Since it coincides with Microsoft's Build conference, we're likely to see an upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 device (or maybe more), but there's no word on whether we should expect a high end or a lower end phone (though multiple devices is still a possibility). According to the latest from @evleaks, T-Mobile Windows Phone fans should soon expect a Nokia device to land on Magenta's line-up. The codename mentioned is "Monarch". This T-Mobile Nokia Monarch could very well be ...

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    For the longest time now, we've been hearing about a new Windows Phone handset from Samsung. Considering how half-hearted the manufacturer's affinity for the platform has seemed, we were surprised to see anything new at all, and were doubly shocked when the specs attached to this phone seemed so high, with things like a 1080p display. More recently, we've heard that this model may arrive as the ATIV SE for Verizon, and even got to check out a leaked render. We still haven't heard any official word about the model, but a new rumor now attempts to zero-in on its launch date. According to ...

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    What is it about smartphones capable of running multiple operating systems (just like your laptop or home PC can) that has the companies involved so very, very scared? Could entities like Google lack so much confidence in their platforms that they feel compelled to derail OEM plans to deliver handsets that split their time between Android and something like Windows Phone? It's not clear just where everyone's motivations are, but for whatever reason, dual-OS hardware seems to be coming to a screeching halt nearly as soon it enters the public light. First we hear about ASUS backing down from ...

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    Rumor has it that Nokia might be presenting its latest spread of Windows Phone handsets in just a smidge over a month from now, with a possible event in the works for April 19. We'd love to see that happen, as there are a handful of in-development models we've been following lately that we'd love to see go official. Candidates for what might show up have included the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, and the Lumia 930, which we recently heard is how the phone codenamed Martini might arrive. Today we add one more to the running, as we hear about what sounds like another budget-priced Lumia, the Lumia ...

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    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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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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    We first heard of the Nokia Treasure Tag some seven months ago, and even all the way back then, its functionality was perfectly clear: a little battery-powered pendant that could be attached to your keys (or anything else you didn't want to lose), and remained in contact with your phone by means of Bluetooth Low Energy – get too far out of range, and your phone would warn you. In the months that followed, renders of the device leaked, and despite an association in those pics with the Lumia 1520, the Treasure Tag failed to launch alongside the phablet. When we spotted a beta Treasure Tag ...

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    With the march forward to MWC 2014 now in full swing, the hazy rumors of hardware and software announcements are slowly coming in to focus, with some manufacturers already letting slip bits and pieces of their lineups a little early. With models like the Galaxy S 5 on the tip of everyone's tongue, MWC is shaping up to be pretty Android-heavy, but we're also expecting news about some other platforms: a Tizen announcement will hopefully lay out a timeline for the introduction of commercial hardware, and some new Firefox OS phones are confirmed. But what about Windows Phone? We know Nokia ...

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