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Ubuntu Phone OS developer preview to launch February 21st

Canonical will release the first developer preview of Ubuntu Phone OS on February 21st, 2013. While the first phones designed for the Linux-based operating system won’t hit the streets until late 2013 at the soonest, you’ll be able to download and install the Touch Developer Preview on the two most recent Google Nexus phones. The […]

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The first Ubuntu smartphones could launch in October

Phones running Ubuntu Phone OS could be available as soon as October. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth tells the Wall Street Journal that the first phones running the software “will be available in two large geographic markets” that month, but he wouldn’t say which markets. It’s not clear if that includes the US, but the company […]

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BlackBerry launches Dev Alpha C developer phone with keyboard

BlackBerry’s newest developer phone is the first BB10 dev phone to feature a keyboard. The BlackBerry Dev Alpha C looks a lot like the upcoming BlackBerry Q10 smartphone (with boxier corners). But the company is calling it a BlackBerry Z10 device — which suggests it will have similar hardware to the BlackBerry Z10 phone which […]

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HTC looks to China and low-cost phones to bolster slumping earnings

HTC plans to take a new approach to the smartphone space in hopes of boosting revenue. The company expects first-quarter revenue to be lower than earlier forecasts, and in response HTC is taking a good look at China. More people live in China than anywhere else on the globe — which makes it a pretty […]

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Samsung resurrects the Galaxy S II, adds Jelly Bean, launches the Galaxy S II Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S II was one of the most impressive Android phones on the market when it launched. But that was way back in early 2011. Nearly two years later the phone’s processor, screen, and other features look a little dated — but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from bringing the phone back from the […]

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Ubuntu Phone OS coming in 2014, Ubuntu on Android in 2013

Ubuntu maker Canonical is getting into the smartphone business in a big way. The company has announced it’s developing a version of its popular Linux-based operating system designed to run on smartphones, with the first Ubuntu Phone OS handsets scheduled to hit the streets in 2014. Meanwhile, this year the company plans to partner with […]

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Smartphones in 2013: Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish to compete with Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone

Android and iOS pretty much dominate the smartphone space these days, although there are still an awful lot of BlackBerry handsets in the wild, and Microsoft is pushing its Windows Phone 8 platform pretty hard. But in 2013 we’ll see a few new players enter the market. It’s not clear whether they’ll make much of […]

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RIM to launch BlackBerry 10 on Jan 30, 2013

RIM has announced plans for an international BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013. The company will introduce its first 2 BlackBerry 10 smartphones and unveil availability information. While there’s no mention of tablets in the press release, the BlackBerry 10 operating system is also expected to run on the 7 inch PlayBook tablet […]

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Motorola introduces next-gen Droid RAZR smartphones

Motorola is introducing its first smartphones since the company became part of Google. The three new phones are all part of the Motorola Droid RAZR family, which means they’re thin devices with a focus on long battery life. The company is also introducing the “new” Motorola, as part of Google. The company says all of […]

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Will smartwatches help tablets replace smartphones?

Hot on the heels of the Pebble smartwatch’s success, another company launched a Kickstarter campaign for a watch that does more. Martian Watches have mostly normal clockfaces instead of e-ink displays; the big story here is that you can issue voice commands through these wrist huggers and conduct voice calls. Given the success of smartwatches […]