News – Mar 31st

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HTC, a carrier exclusive isn't going to help you
I’m beginning to believe that HTC doesn’t think they have it hard enough already. That, for whatever reason, they believe they have to handicap themselves right out of the gate here in the U.S., just to make any victory they might get better. We watched last year, for example, as the company made all sorts of announcements and had all these great plans, many of which just didn’t pan out…

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Processing power shouldn’t take precedence over battery life
It’s impressive to see just how far and how fast mobile computing has progressed within the last decade or so since it first became popular. Phones get bigger, faster, brighter, and do a lot more than any of us could have ever imagined. And here they are; big, bright, and fast, and at the point where they’re about to pass the most powerful gaming consoles we have today when it comes to processing power…

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Here's one way to stop smartphone screens from growing
Smartphones are getting big. They’re getting lighter. Most are getting wider, too. Ultimately, the trend of larger smartphones is mimicking how the very first cell phones looked: enormous to the point of recklessness. But the trend of increased screen sizes is showing no signs of letting up. So, how much bigger can they get?
There are very few manufacturers who have not responded to the competition by adding some extra screen real estate to their flagship…

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JB ROM in testing for Xperia P, flash at your own risk If you own an Xperia P and are eager to flash it to Jelly Bean, now is the time. An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM with Firmware 6.2.A.0.399 has leaked. It’s meant for internal testing on developer Xperia P units but has been found to work on production units.Sony Xperia P on Jelly Bean

The ROM isn’t final yet and there are things missing or not working on it…

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Did HTC DROID DNA get quietly retired by Verizon Wireless? It appears that Verizon Wireless has quietly ceased offering the HTC DROID DNA – the wireless provider’s current Android top dog. The smartphone is no longer available for purchase from the carrier’s online store and has been dubbed as retired by Verizon’s sales reps.According to a statement from Verizon “HTC halted production in efforts to push out an upcoming project on the horizon”…

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US Cellular and Verizon to also offer the Samsung Galaxy S4 US Cellular and Verizon will be the joining AT&T in carrying the upcoming Galaxy S4. The former has even put up a preorder page for the smartphone, so that those who are interested can sign-up for instant updates on its availability.Samsung’s flagship is also going to land on Verizon’s LTE network, as FCC’s kindly informs, utilizing the 700MHz and AWS frequencies…

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AT&T HTC One promo video reveals 64GB model exclusivity
Neither HTC nor any U.S. carriers have shed much light on their One launch plans yet, but a new AT&T promotional video for the device has revealed a couple of interesting tidbits of information about the big blue carrier’s One variant. The promo video, which was posted to AT&T’s official YouTube account yesterday, talks up HTC One-specific features like BlinkFeed and its UltraPixel camera…

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