News – Mar 6th

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Marco rounds up the MWC 2013 news, Galaxy S IV announcement, and more in this week’s episode of The Weekly Bone!  MWC 2013 centered around a ton of new devices – namely, the Nokia Lumia 520, Lumia 720, and a ton of Android phones.  Marco also recaps Aaron’s first thoughts on the HTC One , along with the Samsung Galaxy S IV Unpacked event that’s taking place next week in New York City…

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Next Apple iPhone might feature a smart stylus, rumor suggests As the rumor has it Apple might be working on a smart stylus for its next-gen iPhone 6. It should work the similar way as the Note and Note II S-Pens but support even more functionality.

You should definitely take this one with a healthy pinch of salt as it's coming from The Sun, which is not exactly known for its tech industry coverage…

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Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 goes on sale, priced at €329 Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2, a recent addition to the extensive collection of smartphones from the company is up for grabs. The device has been listed on gigantti.fi, a Finnish retailer, with a price tag of €329 (about $428).

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2, which is an IP 67-certified smartphone, comes with 4" LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor along with 1 GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera with…

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WebKit based Opera browser available for Android
Today Opera Software released its WebKit based Opera browser for Android.

Opera browser beta for Android is the first version of Opera Mobile to include a WebKit rendering engine instead of Opera’s own Presto.
Features:

Fast and easy to use: Our fastest browser for Android loads webpages almost instantly, in the right size and format for your phone…

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Nokia NFC Writer app – Video Review
Nokia released another Lumia exclusive app, Nokia NFC Writer, which allows you to read/write any standard NFC tag, create NFC tags to launch applications, check-in to places, update social status and much more.
Check the video review after the break.

Nokia NFC Writer requires Windows Phone 8 and is available from the Nokia collection in the Windows Phone Store for free…

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Android in Mar 2013: Jelly Bean grows, Gingerbread dominates The platform distribution numbers for Android in February are out and they bring little surprises. The trends from the previous few months continue, with Jelly Bean gaining ground on ICS and the now long outdated Gingerbread.

The Gingerbread userbase has dropped from 45.6% to 44.2%, but this is still enough to make it the most popular Android version globally…

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Sprint expands its 4G LTE service in nine new markets
Starting last night Sprint’s 4G LTE network is available in nine new markets.

Sprint’s 4G LTE is now available in Altoona, Pa., Asheville, N.C., Columbus, Ind., Elkhart/Goshen, Ind., Hammond, La., La Crosse, Wis., San Juan, Puerto Rico, Statesville, N.C., and Temple, Texas.
Bob Azzi, senior vice president of network at Sprint said:
“With today’s announcement, Sprint is enabling even more customers to sample the power of 4G LTE on their smartphones, tablets and wireless hotspots…

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Aaron’s rounding up the best smartphones as voted on by YOU in PhoneDog’s Official Smartphone Rankings ! This week, we celebrate ONE YEAR of our industry-first rankings program!
Week 52 saw the Samsung Galaxy Note II fall yet again to the BlackBerry Z10, with a first place total of 325 votes.  Note II dropped to second place on the People’s Choice Chart with 272 votes, while the Google Nexus 4 landed in third place with 97 votes…

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We watch as trends come and go in the mobile market. We watch as manufacturers put a focus on one feature or piece of hardware, and watch as they fade away or stick around. They come and go. NFC, for example, is a trend that seems to just exist, more or less, without much push from the companies anymore…

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Sony Xperia Z Unboxing

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The Sony Xperia Z is the company’s most serious Android smartphone to date, with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 5-inch 1080p HD display, 13.1-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, 2,330 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s Timescape UI.  The phone itself is gorgeous, with an industrial look and glass all around…

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Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082 review: GrandisSIMo This is by no means intended as a moment of relief from the building tension, but our timing isn’t without a sense of humor. Assuming that all eyes are set on Samsung to, again, deliver the godfather of Android smartphones, the one we’re about to review is more…

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Sony Xperia Z Gallery

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Announced at CES 2013, the Sony Xperia Z is the best smartphone the manufacturer has released in some time.  The build quality is gorgeous, with a high-end industrial look and feel that’s reminiscent of the Apple iPhone 5 – proof that Android handsets can be gorgeous too.  It packs a quad-core 1…

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The Android Market first rolled out shortly after the T-Mobile G1 first brought Android to the U.S. back in late 2008, giving users a storefront to download applications for the shiny new platform. The Android Market name lived on for several years, but Google opted to rebrand it to Google Play in March 2012 to better reflect the fact that the store is home to much more than just Android apps…

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Late in 2011, the CTIA announced that it was teaming up with the FCC to help fight unexpected wireless overage charges, commonly referred to as ” bill shock .” The plan was to have all participating carriers deliver alerts to consumers when they’re about to exceed their monthly allotment of voice minutes, text messages, data and international roaming…

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Today’s Wallpapers 05/03/2013

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Today’s Wallpapers 05/03/2013
Check out today’s featured mobile wallpapers!  You can download these wallpapers for your favourite device in our wallpaper gallery and customize your mobile to suit your unique personality.  We are always updating our wallpaper galleries with the freshest content.  You can find the very latest wallpapers in the sidebar, so make sure to check that out every time you visit us!

Today’s 360×640 Wallpapers
      
You can download today’s 360×640 Wallpapers from our 360×640 Wallpaper gallery…

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Good news this afternoon for people that love good news and also have Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon, as a new software update has begun rolling out over the air to the device. The update will bring the Verizon Galaxy S III from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.1.2 and also includes a handful of enhancements…

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HTC One to hit Russia in April, to carry RUB 29,990 price tag Info on HTC One pricing keeps rolling in – the flagship is expected to hit Russia on the first Sunday of April for RUB 29,990 ($977). This is according to info shared by Russian retailer Euroset, but other retailers should get the One around the same time for about the same price.

The HTC one can already be pre-ordered at the Euroset’s website in silver or black…

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PhoneDog’s Official Smartphone Rankings program is one year old, and we’re in the mood to celebrate by giving away an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II!  This contest is easy.  Head over to our Official Smartphone Rankings™  (OSR) and vote for your favorite smartphone between now and March 10th at 11:59 PM Eastern time, and you’re entered to win in the contest…

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It’s that time of the month, friends! Google has once again updated its Android version distribution stats, revealing which desserts were present on the Android hardware that accessed Google Play in the two week period ending on March 4. Android 4.1/4.2 has once again shown a bit of growth, moving from 13…

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Sony Xperia Z vs. Google Nexus 4 – Video Comparison
The guys over at MobileBurn compare the latest Android flagship from Sony, the Xperia Z against the Google Nexus 4. Check the comparison video after the break.

Which one would you choose (but don’t forget the price difference)?
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