News – Mar 5th

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In week 52 of PhoneDog Media’s Official Smartphone Rankings™, the BlackBerry Z10 remained in the top spot, stealing the spotlight from the popular Samsung Galaxy Note II yet again.  There’s momentum behind BlackBerry’s flagship, but new products are on the way after the year’s major trade shows…

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Samsung Galaxy S IV will reportedly feature eye scrolling It looks like the headline-grabbing Smart Stay feature of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be taken even further in its successor. According to a New York Times report, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV will have eye scrolling on the list of its software tricks.

The word on the Samsung Galaxy S IV's software talent is reportedly coming from an anonymous Samsung employee who has had the pleasure…

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Earlier I noted that the Samsung Galaxy S IV has managed to mostly avoid the leaky spotlight in the weeks and months leading up to its official debut, but it looks like that may have changed tonight. Two images purportedly showing renders of the Galaxy S IV have been posted to Twitter by @evleaks, an account that’s been responsible for a fair share of accurate image leaks in the past…

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Sony Xperia ZL to hit US soon, get a new color option Sony Xperia ZL will soon be available in the United States as the smartphone has been officially listed on the company's local online store. The C6506 version of the Xperia ZL is said to support LTE in Band I, Band II, Band IV, Band V and Band XVII.

Surprisingly, the Sony Xperia ZL will be made available in three different color variants, including the previously known Black and White as…

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I’m 19 days into the challenge, and there’s a lot to like about the LG (Google) Nexus 4 .  The hardware is fantastic, and it’s a refreshing break from LG’s typical plastic design language – leading me to believe that Google had a huge hand in the design process of the device.  I had it at Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, but kept it on Wi-Fi due to my Straight Talk SIM not having international calling capabilities…

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T-Mobile launched the Huawei-made Prism last year with pricing set at $19.99 on-contract and $149.99 without a commitment, making the Android 2.3 device an affordable option for customers shopping for a new smartphone that wouldn’t make their wallet shout “Uncle!” Now it looks like T-Mobile is prepping a successor to the Prism, and if its rumored spec sheet holds true, it should also be a pretty budget-friendly device…

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I just can't quit Android

– phonedog.com

I find my ways to different phones all the time. It’s usually spurred on by pieces of news that I hear about a particular handset, or just seeing it in a store. I’ll get this notion in the back of my head that I should try it out, see if it’s any good at all. I’ll have already read the reviews, of course, and I’ll probably already have a pretty good idea of what to expect…

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Sony aiming to become 3rd overall smartphone manufacturer The current top spots amongst smartphone manufacturers are taken up by Samsung and Apple, who combine for the lion's share of the market, making other manufacturers seem like they're arguing over scraps.

Nevertheless, Sony hopes to take over that elusive 3rd position, which, as of December 31st, was occupied by China-based manufacturer Huawei with its 4…

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Galaxy S IV specs all but official thanks to an AnTuTu scorecard The Samsung Galaxy S IV specifications are now all but officially confirmed thanks to a leaked AnTuTu benchmark test that the phone has undergone.

Samsung's upcoming flagship will sport an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset with a CPU running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. Previously the Galaxy S IV was rumored to sport the Exynos 5 Octa 5450 chipset rather than 5410…

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Despite the fact that the Galaxy S IV’s introduction is less than two weeks away, Samsung has managed to keep the device tightly under wraps, avoiding any feature or spec leaks of its new flagship smartphone. One small detail has managed to surface today, as a Samsung employee speaking to The New York Times has claimed that the Galaxy S IV will include a new eye scrolling functionality…

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Voted on each week by PhoneDog fans in the Official Smartphone Rankings, the BlackBerry Z10 was #1 for a third consecutive week.  Can the newness and popularity of the Z10 keep it in first for the remainder of March?  Stick around to find out.
“Excellent smartphone with excellent browsing/email and phone usage” By NCXINC on February 26, 2013
I bought the Z10 on day one and it is clearly a superior OS than anything else when it comes to being able to access on the spot…

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The first teaser ad for the Samsung Galaxy S IV is out Samsung is shifting its PR machine in full gear to build up hype over the Samsung Unpacked event planned for March 14. It’s no big secret that the company will introduce its Galaxy S IV new flagship there. Even the tag line of the teasers is not coy about it – “Be ready 4 the next Galaxy”.

A week after the official announcement of the date for the Unpacked event, Samsung released this…

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Just a couple of weeks after a White House petition asking that the unlocking cellphones be legalized earned over 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration has shared its stance on the matter. R. David Edelman, Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, and Privacy, wrote today that the White House agrees that consumers should be able to unlock their phones without penalty and that consumers should be able to use their device on another network so long as it isn’t bound by a service agreement…

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As we inch inexorably closer to March 14 , when Samsung hopes we’ve all been getting ready “4” the next Galaxy, the leaks are starting to pick up the pace. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the Galaxy S IV for a few months now, and now that we’re finally just ten days away, things are starting to heat up…

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Looks like it’s time for another Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update. MetroPCS recently announced that the Jelly Bean update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is now rolling out. Metro says that the 400MB update began rolling out last Friday,and all users are expected to receive it by early this week…

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