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LG Optimus G Pro achieves sales of one million units in Korea Jun 18th 2013, 17:40
LG Optimus G Pro one million sold KoreaAfter achieving sales of 500,000 units in early April, LG announced today that the Optimus G Pro has crossed the one million sold milestone in Korea. The Optimus G Pro first launched in Korea in February, meaning it took the device four months to hit the one million mark, which LG says is the shortest amount of time that any of its devices have hit sales of one million units in Korea. Breaking things down even further, the company explains that the Optimus G Pro has moved 8,000 units per day since its debut.

The Optimus G Pro is LG’s entry into the growing phone/tablet hybrid market, touting a 5.5-inch 1080p display that LG says is large but still usable with one hand. That large display and other high-end specs make the Optimus G Pro a flagship product for LG, and I’m sure that the company is pleased to see that sales of the device in its home country are strong. Since its Korean debut in February, the Optimus G Pro has made its way into several other parts of the globe, including AT&T in the U.S. Have any of you used an Optimus G Pro?

Via Android Central, LG Newsroom (Google translation)

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PhoneDog Media acquires Android and Me Jun 18th 2013, 14:44
It is with great pleasure that PhoneDog Media announces the acquisition of Android and Me, a premiere Android news publications.

Launched in 2008, Android and Me has established itself as one of the go-to news publications for breaking Android news, reviews and hands-on. The site currently boasts more than two million pageviews per month and a Twitter account of more than 148,000 followers. The combination of PhoneDog Media and the Android and Me brand goes hand in hand with a similar vision and approach toward the wireless news market. The deal brings together two strong and well-known properties and overnight increases PhoneDog Media’s reach into the Android news market.

With the announcement comes the closure of PhoneDog Media’s existing Android property, DroidDog.com which will be folded into Android and Me in the future.

We couldn’t be more excited about the future of both properties and look forward to all of the exciting things to come.

PhoneDog Media Expands Network With Acquisition of Android and Me

Acquisition increases PhoneDog Media network readership and reinforces company’s position as a leader in online publishing

Mt. Pleasant, SC and Richardson, TX – June 17, 2013 – PhoneDog Media is pleased to announce the acquisition of Android and Me, a popular and influential Android publication in the mobile technology space. Launched in 2008, Android and Me receives more than two million pageviews per month and boasts over 148,000 Twitter followers.

David Beren, Director of Network Content, will lead Android and Me as part of PhoneDog Media’s expanding network group. In addition to Android and Me’s current staff, writers will be transitioned from DroidDog, PhoneDog’s outgoing Android publication. The combined editorial staff will continue to offer unique content, increased social media engagement, and expanded video content.

As part of PhoneDog’s Media portfolio of online publications, Android and Me will utilize PhoneDog’s established brand awareness and editor influence to reach untapped Android markets. Under PhoneDog Media’s guidance, Android and Me will continue to evolve through a design and user experience that will align with the PhoneDog Media vision.

The acquisition of Android and Me strengthens PhoneDog Media, a network that leverages the voice and influence of Aaron Baker, David Beren, and Cam Bunton. Current publications include PhoneDog.com, T-Mobile-focused TmoNews.com, and Apple-focused TodaysiPhone.com. “We are proud to welcome Android and Me to the PhoneDog family of mobile technology websites,” said Tom Klein, CEO of PhoneDog Media. “Taylor and his team from Android and Me have done a beautiful job in establishing one of the most visually pleasing publications in the technology space, all while providing its large fan base with outstanding coverage of all things Android.”

As PhoneDog continues on its path to become the undisputed home of passionate technology enthusiasts worldwide, the company will continue to build and acquire online publications that provide both a unique point-of-view and an engaged community.

About PhoneDog Media

PhoneDog Media is a mobile technology publisher which operates four well-established mobile news and review sites and attracts more than 2.5 million unique visitors and 10 million pageviews each month. The company may have a cute name, but it offers up serious editorial content and video reviews that users rely on to make important decisions about their mobile purchases. Established in 2001, PhoneDog Media is a privately owned and operated company based in South Carolina.

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Why aren’t you using BlackBerry 10? Jun 18th 2013, 14:35
Being a fan of technology means being excited for new things. It just comes with the territory. Sometimes you may not even be able to help it. When it comes to manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Apple, or many others, what they unveil next can mean an impending purchase, or unfettered disappointment. It only gets worse when you start throwing in rumors and speculation. It builds up the anticipation, and then boom. It’s either great, or it’s a pass.

If you’re excited for the next thing, or the next big thing, that isn’t a bad thing. In many circumstances it’s good to be excited about what’s coming next. There’s a hope there, even if we know a particular device may just be an iterative addition to a long line of previous handsets, that this new thing will change the game somehow. Maybe it’s ridiculously thin, or has an amazing display. (Or both!) Maybe it boasts some new software features that make life easier. Whatever the case may be, we’re all looking for the new phone or tablet that adds value not only to the market, but to our lives.

Things may get tricky when that new thing launches, though.

Let’s look at scenario one: Let’s say you’re brand new to smartphones, and you’re looking for your first phone. You may or may not have had a phone before, but even if you did, it wasn’t a smartphone. No apps. Not even a touchscreen. This is your first step into that new world, and you’re excited as all get out. So you find yourself in your carrier’s retail location, and your ogling at all the shiny new toys, knowing full well that one of them is going to be in your hand, purchased and activated, when you walk out of the store.

Scenario two is similar, yet different: You are certainly not new to the smartphone world, and you’ve been using them for years. You may or may not have switched from one platform to another at some point in the past, but for the most part you know exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to things like applications. You have your needs, and your phone has to serve them.

Something new like BlackBerry’s BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system will fit the needs of some, and won’t with others. If you fit into the first scenario, then you may not have any issues picking up a device like the BlackBerry Z10, or the Q10, and walking out of the story a happy camper, simply because BB10 is something new, fresh, and offers an interesting new way –especially for BlackBerry-branded devices– to interact with your phone.

Things change if you’re a smartphone veteran, though, and expect to find certain apps, or even games, on your mobile device every time you pick it up. If you’ve grown accustomed to using certain apps, and may even have a routine in your day-to-day usage, going to a new platform like BlackBerry 10 may not be possible, as the mobile OS hasn’t garnered the attention of a lot of major app developers yet.

But I keep hearing that BlackBerry’s new operating system is indeed growing in popularity, and devices like the Q10 are helping to fuel the fire. And that’s great for BlackBerry. It’s also great for users, too, because it may mean more support from developers at some point down the road.

As I’ve done with iOS and Android in this series, I want to know why you have skipped BlackBerry 10 so far.

For me, while I did like certain features of the BlackBerry Z10’s hardware (like the camera), and the software was pretty great and refreshing, I felt like it was more of a sabbatical from applications than anything else. Especially the apps that I use every single day. And, unfortunately, I just can’t give those apps up quite yet. That means, plain and simple, that no matter how badly I may want to use BlackBerry 10, it is simply just not an option for me quite yet.

So this is where you need to chime in, and tell me why you have decided to skip BlackBerry’s newest mobile platform. Is it just too different from what you’ve used in the past? Is it too new, and lacking the apps you need? Or are you just too big a fan of what you’re already using, or a certain platform? Let me know!

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T-Mobile’s Sony Xperia Z officially official, launching ‘in the coming weeks’ Jun 18th 2013, 14:15
T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z officialThe parade of smartphone announcements marches on this morning with the introduction of T-Mobile’s Sony Xperia Z. T-Mobile just revealed that it plans to offer the Xperia Z in the coming weeks, making it the first big U.S. operator to officially pick up Sony’s flagship smartphone since its debut at CES in January. The T-Mobile Xperia Z looks fairly similar to the international model, save for that T-Mobile branding on the back, and it features a pretty similar spec list too. Here’s what we know about the Magenta variant of the Sony Xperia Z so far:

  • 5-inch 1080p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, which is said to provide “super brightness and clarity”
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS for Mobile image sensor that packs support for HDR video
  • IP55 and IP57 rated for resistance to dust and water
  • T-Mobile HSPA+ and 4G LTE connectivity
  • Will be offered in black and purple, with the latter color being a limited time option

While it may have taken the Xperia Z a good bit of time to find a home on a major U.S. carrier, it’s nice to see that consumers will finally be able to snag Sony’s latest flagship through an operator. The Xperia Z has actually been available from Sony’s U.S online shop since early May, but that unit was unlocked and priced at $629.99 full retail, which is a buying method that most U.S. wireless users aren’t accustomed to. So now that it’s officially official, will any of you be picking up an Xperia Z once it finally arrives on the T-Mobile’s magenta shelves?
Via T-Mobile

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Huawei Ascend P6 debuts with 4.7-inch display, Android 4.2.2 and body that measures 6.18mm thick [UPDATED] Jun 18th 2013, 13:10
Huawei Ascend P6 officialWe’re not exactly strangers with the Huawei Ascend P6 thanks to the string of leaks that the device has appeared in recently, but today’s the day that Huawei has given us a formal introduction to its newest Android smartphone. Announced at a press event in London this morning, the Ascend P6 features a body that’s 6.18mm thick, making it even thinner than the 6.68mm Ascend P1S that Huawei debuted last year.

Packed into the Ascend P6’s crazy-thin frame is a 4.7-inch HD display that features Huawei’s “MagicTouch” tech for increased touch responsiveness, even if the user is wearing gloves. There’s also a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2,000mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running beneath Huawei’s Emotion UI, which includes software add-ons like a Me Widget, enhanced security and new camera features like panoramic shooting and facial recognition.

Speaking of cameras, the Ascend P6 features a 5-megapixel shooter crammed into its frontside as well as an 8-megapixel BSI rear camera with F2.0 aperture and 4cm macro view. Huawei has also included its IMAGEsmart software on the Ascend P6 that offers photo-editing capabilities such as contrast and color enhancers, automatic scene recognition and “instant facial beauty support.”

Huawei says that the Ascend P6 will be available in black, pink or white versions with matching color cases. The super-thin phone will begin hitting China in June and Western Europe in July, with carriers and retailers such as Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM and online via Amazon and CDiscount expected to offer the device. There’s no word yet on which other parts of the globe that the Ascend P6 will travel to, but Huawei does promise that other markets will follow.

Now that it’s officially official, the Ascend P6 certainly looks to have the makings of a flagship smartphone for Huawei. The device features a very thin body but still manages to include a large display and quad-core processor, meaning that buyers won’t have to settle for lower-end specs in order to get a thin handset. The inclusion of Android 4.2.2 is also a welcome sight, as the latest version of Jelly Bean is still somewhat of a rarity outside of Google’s Nexus family. What do you all make of the Ascend P6? Does it have the makings of a smartphone that you’d consider buying?

UPDATE: Huawei has shared a few more details on the Ascend P6 at its official London unveiling. The new handset packs in 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot for additional memory and 2GB of RAM. Huawei says that the Ascend P6 will launch in more than 19 countries by July, including Britain, China and Germany, with contract-free pricing set at €449 (around $600 USD). There’s no word yet on when or if the P6 will make its way to the U.S. I’ll update you once I hear more, but until then you can find a Huawei video on the Ascend P6’s design below, as well as a gallery with some more images of the device.

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Via Huawei, @HuaweiDevice

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HTC Desire 200 official with a 3.5-inch display and Beats Audio in tow Jun 18th 2013, 12:40
HTC Desire 200 officialFollowing the debut of the Desire 600 last month, HTC this morning introduced another addition to its line of Desire-branded smartphones. This one’s the Desire 200, a fairly entry-level handset with a design that appears to a design cue or two from HTC’s flagship One.

The Desire 200’s spec list includes a 3.5-inch 480×320 touchscreen on its face along with a 5-megapixel camera around back. Crammed inside the handset’s smallish frame is a 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 4GB storage, microSD card slot for additional memory and 512MB RAM. There’s also support for 7.2Mbps HSPA, and a 1,230mAh battery powers the entire package. Rounding out the feature list is an undisclosed version of Android running beneath HTC’s Sense overlay and an “Intelligent Display” feature that HTC says will automatically resize text for easier viewing, store articles for offline viewing and allow users to zoom in and dial a phone number with a single step.

Two details that are still missing are availability and pricing, but considering the Desire 200’s lower-end spec sheet, I’m sure that it won’t be terribly expensive whenever it does arrive on store shelves. Overall the Desire 200 looks like a nice little smartphone with a design that’s a bit more handsome than some folks might expect when they think of an “entry-level” device. Now we just have to wait for HTC to spill its Desire 200 launch plans so that we can find out when we’ll be able to check out that design in person.

Via Engadget, HTC

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Verizon reportedly interested in acquiring Canadian carrier Jun 17th 2013, 17:55
Verizon logo HTC DROID DNAVerizon is currently one of the top two carriers in the U.S., recently boasting 98.9 million retail connections and a 4G LTE network that’s available in nearly 500 markets. Now a new report claims that Verizon Communications, parent company of Verizon Wireless, may be planning to try its hand at the Canadian wireless market as well.

Sources speaking to The Globe and Mail claim that Verizon has held early discussions with Canadian operator Wind Mobile about a possible acquisition. The tipsters explain that Verizon would like to purchase a smaller Canadian carrier like Wind Mobile and take part in the country’s upcoming spectrum auction, grabbing up enough airwaves to help create a strong fourth operator to take on Bell, Telus and Rogers. “They [Verizon] are definitely taking a hard look right now,” one of the sources said.

The report goes on to say that while Wind Mobile is most attractive to Verizon, the company could also take over Mobilicity, which recently tried to sell itself to Telus but had its deal shot down by the Canadian government. The government has recently relaxed its restrictions on foreign ownership, though, which could help lead to a Verizon or some other carrier snatching up one of Canada’s smaller operators. Along with Verizon, it’s said that AT&T, Britain’s Vodafone Group Plc and Norway’s Telenor Group are all interested in investing in a Canadian carrier.

As I noted previously, Verizon is a large U.S. carrier with experience rolling out LTE service, two traits that’d likely help it to turn around one of Canada’s struggling smaller carriers. Verizon also has past experience in the Canadian wireless industry, having been a major shareholder in Telus before selling its stock in the company in 2004. All of those attributes make Verizon an attractive investor that the Canadian government would likely be happy to have in their country if Verizon ultimately decides to pick up Wind or Mobilicity. Whether or not that will happen is still up in the air, but it’s definitely interesting to hear that the top two U.S. carriers are thinking about extending their presence to the north.

Via FierceWireless, The Globe and Mail

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Nokia Lumia 920 Challenge, Day 20: Apps and messaging Jun 17th 2013, 15:50
It’s day 20 with the Nokia Lumia 920 and I’m two-thirds of the way through the challenge of using both Windows Phone 8 and a Nokia smartphone – two things I haven’t done in a while. Going back to applications, there are a lot of things missing on Windows Phone 8, and I find that (lack of) ecosystem to be a very important thing. It’s a challenge for people that enjoy apps and the ease of use that often come with them. That’s my biggest issue – if I had to pick one thing out of 20 days with the phone, it would be that. Switching gears, I’ve gotten used to the messaging and notifications on Windows Phone 8, and overall, the multitasking works relatively well.

Let me know what you want to see in the final ten days by tweeting to me @PhoneDog_Aaron!

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Sprint files lawsuit against Dish Network and Clearwire in attempt to block Dish’s bid Jun 17th 2013, 13:25
Sprint logo CTIAJust when you thought that this whole Sprint-Clearwire-Dish Network love triangle couldn’t get any crazier, well, it did. Sprint announced tonight that it has filed a lawsuit against both Clearwire and Dish, claiming that Dish’s recent bid of $4.40 per share for Clearwire violates both Delaware law and the rights of Sprint and Clearwire’s other investors under Clearwire’s charter and the Equity Holders Agreement. Sprint’s complaint with the Delaware Court of Chancery.

In its complaint, Sprint says that it feels Dish has attempted to fool Clearwire’s shareholders into thinking that its bid is actionable in an attempt to gain Clearwire’s spectrum and block Sprint’s deal with Clearwire. Sprint outlines a number of arguments as to why Dish and Clearwire should be blocked from reaching an agreement, including one that says that under Clearwire’s charter and the Equity Holders Agreement, Dish’s offer can’t be completed without approval from both Comcast and 75 percent of Clearwire shareholders, the latter of which is unlikely to happen since Sprint holds a 50 percent stake in Clearwire.

Sprint is asking that the court block the completion of Dish’s offer for Clearwire and revoke parts of their agreement. The carrier is also seeking “declaratory, injunctive, compensatory and other relief.” Whether or not Sprint gets all of that remains to be seen, but considering that Sprint and SoftBank are hoping to gain Clearwire’s spectrum to aid in their expansion efforts (if their merger reaches completion, that is), it’s no surprise to see that Sprint is putting up quite a fight for Clearwire. Stay tuned and I’ll update you with more on this increasingly dramatic situation as I get it.

Via Sprint

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Introducing PhoneDog’s Splash Into Summer smartphone giveaway! Jun 17th 2013, 12:50
As you’ve probably figured out by now, we absolutely love giveaways. Between the One-Pawed Bandit and the regular giveaways we do on YouTube, it’s our way of saying thank you for being part of our community. Keeping that spirit in mind, we’re proud to introduce PhoneDog’s Splash Into Summer giveaway, where we’re giving YOU the chance to pick the phone that we offer! The phone that receives the most votes in PhoneDog’s Official Smartphone Rankings will be the phone that we give away in the contest.

Entering is easy. Head over to phonedog.com/rankings, and cast your vote for your favorite smartphone. That’s it! Once you vote, you’re entered to win.

Will it be the Samsung Galaxy S 4? HTC One? Apple iPhone 5? LG Optimus G Pro? YOU’RE in charge, so cast your vote and you’ll be entered to win!

Splash Into Summer contest details:

  • Voting dates: Monday, June 17th through Sunday June 23, 2013 before 11:59PM Eastern Time
  • Eligibility: Anyone from the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada that voted and is 16yrs or older with a valid Facebook or Twitter account (minimum 10 friends/followers)
  • Prize: The smartphone receiving the most votes between June 17-24, 2013 will be the selected prize awarded (ONE smartphone will be given away)
  • Drawing day and place: Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 6 PM EST – LIVE at youtube.com/phonedog

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iOS 7 for iPad previewed in screenshots from tweaked simulator Jun 17th 2013, 11:25
iOS 7 for iPad Notification Center, Control Center leakIt’s now been a full week since Apple took the wraps off of iOS 7, and since then many folks have been digging into the new software and discovering all of the changes that’ve been made. However, one aspect of iOS 7 that’s still a mystery is how it’ll look on the larger screen of the iPad, as said during WWDC that the tablet-specific version of iOS 7 would be arriving in the coming weeks. German site apfelpage.de and registered developer Sonny Dickson apparently don’t feel like waiting until then, though, and as a result they’ve tweaked the iOS 7 simulator to support the iPad and posted screenshots of what they saw.

This tweaked version of the iOS 7 beta doesn’t look terribly different from the version that’s available for the iPhone right now, but there are some changes that are worth taking note of. For example, the Control Center is shorter on the iPad than it is on the iPhone, which is a result of the iPad’s larger display and its ability to show longer rows of icons rather than stacking them on top of one another like on the iPhone. The iOS 7 Notification Center for iPad is also different from previous versions of iOS, taking up the full screen when its pulled down rather than just a tiny portion at the top of the screen. Safari appears to be different on the iPad compared to the iPhone version, with changes that include a Private Browsing toggle right above the keyboard.

Because these screenshots are from a tweaked iOS 7 simulator and not from an iPad-specific version of iOS 7, they shouldn’t be taken as evidence of exactly what the official version of iOS 7 for iPad will look like. Instead, they’re meant to give us an idea of how iOS 7 might look on Apple’s tablets once the iOS 7 beta for iPad is released. We’ve also heard that iOS 7 is still a “work in progress,” so the software that’s actually released to iPhones and iPads in the fall could end up looking a bit different than what we’re seeing in screenshots and videos today. To get a better idea of how the iPad version of iOS 7 could end up looking, you can find more images at German site apfelpage.de and in Sonny Dickson’s Twitter stream by hitting up the links below.

iOS 7 for iPad Spotlight, Safari leak

Via 9to5Mac (1), (2), apfelpage.de, @SonnyDickson

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Are you taking more videos than photos? Jun 17th 2013, 09:20
The TV killed the radio star. Right? That’s how that goes, I think. The TV is still seeing plenty of success, but I would bet that you’ve heard more times than you can count that TV is dying. Cable cutters and the like, all leading to one main culprit: the Internet. If you love TV, how does it feel to know you’re constantly, apparently inevitably staring at the death of your content distributor?

Anyway, the point is that we move forward. Just like the TV killed the radio star, and the Internet is killing the TV, we are caught in a river forward. It’s a river that cannot be stopped. Slowed, maybe, but never stopped. We are always on the course to discover something new, and if it’s good enough, replace it with what’s come before.

Newspapers. Physical books. Pens and pads of paper. Whatever the “old school” medium, it’s constantly on the cusp of being displaced and replaced with something else. Something digital, in this day and age. We’re all looking for that next flashy thing, or the service that better incorporates into our lives with the devices we already own.

Photographs are old, too, and have probably lasted the longest against the strides of the future. Of course, it helps that we’ve integrated photos into the present so well. In fact, many people buy their devices with a camera, simply because they want to make taking photos easier.

But is video killing the photo . . . Star?

That seems to be the case, if you’re reading the tea leaves. Or paying any attention to many social streams. Or read the news. I still see a lot of photos on my Twitter feed, for example, but while that number may not necessarily be diminishing, it’s certainly looking to be trumped by video.

Short video clips are quickly gaining popularity, most of which can be “blamed” or “celebrated” due to the likes of the application called Vine. That particular app lets you take quick videos, splice them together into one clip, and then share them with everyone you know, or don’t know. Vine’s popularity only increased after it launched on Android, a few months after its debut on iOS.

Now, the photo sharing app Instagram seems to be missing out on all the fun, and wants to take some of the attention back. According to a recent report, Instagram is looking to add short video support to their application here soon. That same report suggests Facebook, who owns Instagram, will announce the new feature as soon as June 20. So, not too much longer to wait if you’re a fan of Instagram, but have been itching to throw in some short videos in there, too.

Are videos replacing photos? It may not be that extreme. As I hinted at above, I think there’s a sweet spot that both can coexist, especially if services like Instagram offer both options. But, with manufacturers even getting on the quick video game, like HTC and their Zoe feature baked into the One, it’s interesting to see how videos could indeed become the new standard.

How do you grab those life moments? Are you someone who’s turned to shortened videos, just to get every single moment possible? Or are you a traditionalist, and will stick with the standard still photo for as long as you can? Let me know!
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Official Smartphone Rankings results – week 67 Jun 17th 2013, 08:14
Week 67 of PhoneDog Media’s Official Smartphone Rankings™ saw the HTC One dominate the People’s Choice and Expert’s Choice charts, besting the Samsung Galaxy S 4 for yet another week. HTC’s One continues to receive rave reviews for its metal design and powerful specifications, and the upcoming availability on Verizon Wireless is sure to attract new customers. As summer approaches and new rumors surface from BlackBerry, Motorola, and HTC, will the One hold its first place crown for the foreseeable future?MT PLEASANT, SC – June 17, 2013 – For 67 weeks, PhoneDog Media’s Official Smartphone Rankings™ (OSR) has been the gold standard for ranking the best smartphones on the market by placing votes from readers and experts alike in respective charts each week. Week 66 saw the HTC One remain in the first place spots for another week, garnering 442 total votes and 45 expert points. Available at AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile – and coming this summer to Verizon Wireless – the HTC One marries a beautiful form factor with powerful specifications to create an exceptional Android smartphone.

Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 remained in second place on both the People’s Choice and Expert’s Choice charts with 147 votes and 39 points, while the Samsung Galaxy Note II kept its third place position with 62 votes. In a surprise twist, the Nokia Lumia 920 moved into fourth place with 42 votes, while the Google Nexus 4 dropped to fifth place with a total of 37 votes. On the Expert’s Choice Chart, the Apple iPhone 5 held its third place position with 38 points, and in fourth place, the Samsung Galaxy Note II with 13 points. The fifth place position went to the Google Nexus 4 with ten points.

“After weeks of dominating both charts, HTC’s One has established itself as the undisputed champion in PhoneDog’s Official Smartphone Rankings program,” said Aaron Baker, Editor-in-Chief of PhoneDog. “As we move into summer, I’m looking forward to the competitive new products rumored from BlackBerry, Nokia, and Motorola.”

View the full results at /rankings

About PhoneDog Media’s Official Smartphone Rankings™
PhoneDog Media’s Official Smartphone Rankings™ consists of two weekly charts voted on by users and a panel of mobile technology experts. The OSR can be accessed from PhoneDog.com or directly at /rankings and voting can be completed using login credentials from Facebook, Twitter, or the PhoneDog website.

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Nokia RM-877 shows up at the FCC with AT&T-friendly LTE, may be the EOS Jun 17th 2013, 08:05
Nokia RM-877 EOS FCCThe Nokia EOS and its 41-megapixel camera have been making the usual rumor mill rounds in recent weeks, posing for some “in the wild” photos and even starring in a brief video. Today the EOS may have just marked off another item on the pre-release checklist that we see many handsets follow, as a new Nokia device has been spotted in the FCC that could very well be the upcoming PureView smartphone.

As noted by Engadget, the Nokia RM-877 has been given the green light by the FCC. The device’s filing reveals that it packs support for LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, the same ones that have been found in past AT&T LTE products. There’s also pentaband WCDMA/HSPA+, quad-band GSM/EDGE, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

While there’s nothing in the FCC’s filing for the RM-877 that specifically says “Hey, this is the Nokia EOS,” there are clues that suggest that this is the 41-megapixel monster. Along with the aforementioned AT&T LTE connectivity, the device was apparently tested by the FCC with a “camera grip” accessory, which sounds fitting for a camera-focused handset. The entry also says that the EOS was tested with a wireless charging cover, which lines up with the two small dots on the back of a leaked EOS shell that would likely be used for wireless charging. Finally, the model number “RM-877” that’s used in the FCC’s report is one that’s been attached to the AT&T EOS in previous rumor reports.

The Nokia EOS is rumored to be the company’s first “true” PureView Windows Phone device, with many expecting it to pack a 41-megapixel camera just like its Symbian-powered 808 PureView brother. The EOS will also reportedly offer a 4.5-inch 1280×768 display, 32GB of internal storage and a body that measures 130.35mm tall and 71.4mm wide, making it just a single millimeter taller and wider than the new Lumia 925.

There’s no word yet on when the EOS will launch, but Nokia is holding an event on July 11 at which it’s expected to finally give the EOS a proper introduction. Now that it finally appears to be getting close, are you excited for the Nokia EOS and its beefy camera?

Via Engadget, FCC

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Featured user review HTC One 6-17-13 Jun 17th 2013, 07:33
You keep voting and it keeps winning. That’s right, the HTC One finished in first place on the Official Smartphone Rankings for another week. Today we feature a user review by Angel Merino who believes the HTC One is a “gorgeous handset”.“Speedy, Beautiful, and Sexy” By ANGEL MERINO on June 13, 2013

The HTC One is a gorgeous handset, the screen is vivid even out in daylight. The build quality seems to be made from the hands of a craftsman. The speakers are loud, the bass is clear and no fuzz even on max volume. The camera takes great pictures plus the Zoe feature is an added plus. All in all this phone is awesome all around and I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a new phone.

Display 5/5
Battery Life 4/5
Apps & Media Support 5/5
Reception & Call Quality 5/5
Design/Form Factor 5/5

Overall 4.8

Official Smartphone Rankings™, vote now then leave a review.

Do you have the HTC One yet? Leave us a review.

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Windows Phone voice recognition receives improvements to be faster and more accurate Jun 17th 2013, 06:45
Nokia Lumia 920 Bing voice improvementsRemember that video demonstration of improved voice recognition in Windows Phone 8 that leaked out earlier this year? It looks like Windows Phone users will finally be able to try out those improvements for themselves, as Microsoft announced today that it’s made voice search on Windows Phone twice as fast and 15 percent more accurate.

Over on the official Bing blog, Microsoft has revealed that its Bing team has been working with the Microsoft Research group on Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) technology, which can detect patterns in a way similar to biological systems can. Microsoft was able to its Bing index to help the DNNs learn more quickly than usual, which lead to Bing voice search being able to recognize speech in a manner more closely to the way that humans do.

In addition to its work with DNNs, Microsoft says that it’s made tweaks to Bing voice capabilities that will help it to cut its response time in half and better ignore background noise. The company claims that these tweaks have helped to improve Bing’s word error rate by 15 percent.

Voice search is becoming an increasingly large focus of mobile operating systems and the apps that run on them. Apple recently announced that it’s made a number of enhancements to its Siri voice assistant in iOS 7, and we’ve seen Google improve its voice controls in Google Now and its other apps. Now its time for Windows Phone users to enjoy an improved voice search experience as well, which is great news considering the voice enhancements that we’ve seen popping up on other platforms as of late.

Microsoft says that its been rolling out the updated voice capabilities to Windows Phone users in recent weeks, so anyone rocking a Windows Phone should already have access to the speedier voice capabilities while composing a text or performing a search. For a more detailed dive into DNNs and a demo of the speedier voice controls, you can check out a video demo at the link below.

Via Microsoft Bing blog

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