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    The HTC One, as we mentioned in yesterday's unboxing and hardware tour, is a crucial device for the Taiwanese smartphone maker. The company's brand has suffered a steady decline since its heyday of the last decade, and HTC is -for the second year in a row- banking on a device titled the "One" to save it from the increasing pressure of the competition. The One of 2013 is similar to last year's One X in several respects, not least of which is the focus HTC has chosen to put on its camera. Last year, the company's marketing materials drilled home the message that the One X included an ...

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    Sometimes ya ain't got time for dilly-dallyin', spit-swappin', or tall-tale-tellin'. Sometimes even dropping in a few time codes is too much to ask. Because sometimes the meat just needs to get out to the masses. This is one of those special times, and the meat we're putting on the market is our jawing. Our opinions. Our stories. And the subject this week is the two biggest Android smartphone launches of the year, coming from the two biggest sworn enemies of the entire Android landscape. That's right: this is the episode where we talk HTC One vs Galaxy S IV. We've had the One for just a ...

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    Despite my calendar telling me we're supposed to be entering the Spring season, outside my office window Nature has deposited a thick, dense layer of snow atop all of Greater Boston. As my BlackBerry will tell you, I've already had quite enough of the frozen menace this year, and the constant exposure to its numbing cold has me thinking morbid thoughts this Friday afternoon. Specifically, I'm thinking about death, and how it relates to the Samsung Galaxy S III. Every time a new smartphone comes up for announcement, the media's focus -and the consumers'- swings instantly to the hip, new, ...

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    Motorola's Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx aren't the only older Androids seeing upgrades to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and following a bit of a false start, we can now confirm that the HTC One X on AT&T will begin receiving its update today. AT&T initially posted on its blog about the update, but after abruptly removing the post, it was unclear if the update was still forthcoming, or if that announcement had been made a bit prematurely, and there would still be a wait before the software's release. Now it's back up, and we can confirm that distribution of the update does indeed begin today. ...

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    Everybody loves getting an Android update; they remind us that our phones aren't yet completely out-of-date, and that our manufacturer and carrier have at least some passing interest in keeping us happy. We get to check out the latest Android features that it seems like everyone else has been enjoying for six months, and briefly feel like we have a modern handset again. That's all fine for what it is, but with so many phones out there tasked to get their updates, it's difficult for us to get very excited about any one in particular. At least, that's usually the case, but the new update ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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    Last week, we finally got a firsthand look at Ubuntu 12.10 Touch. We went hands-on with both Ubuntu for Phones and Ubuntu for Tablets. While it's pretty clear that the developer preview was just that, a preview (some application were only screenshots of what the applications will look like), the operating system shows promise for great things to come. Ubuntu, at this point, is not stable, and in no way is it viable as a daily driver. Sure, you have your basics – dialer, SMS, HSPA+ connectivity, camera, etc. But application support is virtually nonexistent and the preview suffers from all ...

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    HP is getting back into tablets, this time with Android (and not with webOS with the ill-fated Touchpad). Their first device in this category is a budget device that reminds us a lot of the Nexus 7 but with worse specs and a low price. It has a 7" 1024x600 LCD display and is powered by an A9 Cortex CPU with 1GB of RAM. It's running on Android 4.1 and comes without a skin on top of Android. Interestingly, it has Beats Audio, making it the first non-HTC device to bring this audio-enhancing technology since the aforementioned TouchPad. It also has 8GB of storage, but unlike the Nexus 7, you ...

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    The Galaxy Note 8.0 isn't the only Android Samsung's announcing tonight, and its other new product is something a little bit new for the company, an Android-based home storage hub and media player, the Samsung HomeSync. This Jelly Bean Android device runs a dual-core 1.7GHz SoC, has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash, and for all that media, a 1TB hard drive. It hooks up to your TV over HDMI and can connect to your local network over Gigabit Ethernet or WiFi. It will stream content right from your Galaxy phone, or can play back locally stored files. For connection to your home theater system, ...

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    We've said it before, backing up your phone is one of the more important things you can do. Losing data and important information is never a good thing. So making sure it's safe and secure ahead of time in the event an accident happens, your phone is stolen or the like is a smart idea. Fortunately, that's not a tall order when you're an Android user. Options for backing up your Android smartphone stretch far and wide, from something as simple as the built-in contact, calendar and even picture sync with your Google account to root options like Nandroid backups and Titanium, there is no ...

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    Ever wonder what it's like to be in our shoes while the hottest mobile events on the planet are happening? We're about to change that. Join us tomorrow for our Special-Edition Pocketnow Live where we plan to give you our full office experience of what it's like to cover an event while our own Brandon Miniman and Michael Fisher are at the show floor at HTC's New York event covering everything. February 19th, 10:00 AM Eastern. Look out for our YouTube Channel and join us in the comments!

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    Sony premiered its first two 1080p Android smartphones back at the CES, the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. While those should serve as the company's flagships for the time being, some new evidence has just arrived that Sony could already be hard at work testing out a possible successor to these phones, another 1080p handset so far only identified as model C6802. For comparison, the Xperia Z and its variants use C660X numbering, and the Xperia ZL uses C650X. We'll probably also see some C670X models, followed by C680Xs like this. There's really little info to glean from this screenshot of the ...

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    Smartphone security's been on our minds today, after hearing about the lock screen exploit in iOS 6.1, and this evening Google has taken to its Android Developers blog to outline some of the security enhancements that it's made in Android 4.2, including this week's 4.2.2 update. The brand new security tweak in 4.2.2 concerns USB debugging. While that can be a useful way to access your phone, especially if something goes wrong with the touchscreen, it can potentially leave your phone vulnerable to someone trying to bypass the lock screen. To combat that, 4.2.2 lets you create a ...

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    Yesterday's discovery of support docs for an unreleased Google Now widget may have spoiled the surprise, and Google's abrupt removal of those pages had us thinking that a release still might be a way's off, but today Google has followed-up with an update to its Google Search app, delivering that very same Google Now widget, amongst a number of other improvements. That widget lets you place your most important cards right on your home screen or lock screen, just as we learned yesterday, giving you access to that info at a glance. Google also adds Zillow real estate listings to Google Now's ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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