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On Dealbreakers And Breakthroughs: Why You Really Shouldn’t Hate Any High-End Smartphone Right Now

In Android Police’s private chat room – deep in the bowels of a place known only to a select few… Android Police writers – conversations are often had over what makes a phone good, and what makes a phone bad.

And, of course, views on this issue vary. Some have a strong preference for stock Android, and anything attempting to subvert or otherwise ‘break’ Android the way Google intended it (unless Google’s intentions sucked) is a waste of time.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked International Galaxy S III (16GB) Only $379 On eBay Daily Deals (In Limited Quantities)

As the launch of the Galaxy S IV fast approaches, the prices on last year's model (which is still less than a year old) is bound to drop. In fact, it's already begun with this deal on the unlocked international model currently going for $379 on eBay Daily Deals. This model packs 16GB of internal storage, which makes it only $20 more expensive than the comparable Nexus 4.

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This deal is only available in limited quantities, so we can't say how long it will last, especially at this price.

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U.S. Cellular Starts The Android 4.1.2 Rollout For The Samsung Galaxy Axiom

Samsung has slowly been updating the majority of its ICS-running Galaxy devices to Jelly Bean (4.1.2) over the last several weeks, and U.S Cellular's Galaxy Axiom is the next in line. Announced just this morning, the update should be available directly from U.S. Cellular via OTA, as well as through Samsung's Kies Software.

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This bump in Android version should be a nice one for Axiom owners, as it brings the much discussed Google Now, along with expandable notifications, and several noticeable performance enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Samsung Announces WiFi Galaxy Camera Arriving Later This Month For $449

We first heard about a carrier-free, WiFi-only Galaxy Camera back in February. At the time we had no information on when it would come to market or how much it would cost, but today that's no longer the case! Samsung has officially announced that the smartphone-ified point-and-shoot will land on the company's website and authorized retailers "later this month" for $449.

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For those who don't memorize specs of unreleased cameras months before they come to market, here's what's inside:

  • Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS
  • Lens: 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8 (W) ~ 5.9(T)
  • IS: OIS
  • Display: 121.2 mm (4.8"), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
  • ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Memory: 8GB (including read-only sections such as Android operating system) + memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC)
  • Image: JPEG format  16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
  • Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC); Full HD 1920x1080 30fps; Slow motion Movie 768x512 120fps
  • GPS: GPS, GLONASS
  • Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40; GPS, GLONASS; Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery: 1,650 mAh
  • Dimensions: 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
  • Weight: 300g

When Liam reviewed the Galaxy Camera for AT&T, he said the jury was still out on whether this device fills a need.

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Mozilla And Samsung Teaming Up To Make A New Mobile Browser Engine: Meet 'Servo'

Mozilla announced on its official blog this morning that it's teaming up with Samsung to create a brand-new mobile browser engine, dubbed Servo. Its aim is to power browsers for "tomorrow's faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures" - so the sell is that Servo will be built from the ground up to take advantage of increasingly capable mobile hardware.

Servo will be written in Rust, Mozilla's own programming language, which - surprise of surprises - has been designed to more readily take advantage of parallel computing.

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AT&T Clarifies Galaxy S4 Prices: 32GB Version Will Cost $249, 16GB Will Be Available For $199

Just a week ago, AT&T filled us in on its pricing plans for the Galaxy S 4, stating that the 32GB device would retail for $249 with a two year commitment. While that is technically true, what the carrier neglected to mention was that it would also carry a 16GB model for $199, bringing the entry-level price for this phone in line with nearly every other major handset on the market.

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Samsung's Push Service App Will Let You Use The Force, Divide By Zero, And Give You Burritos (If You Believe Reviews)

Samsung has an app called Push Service that it uses to manage push notifications for its collection of applications found on a variety of phones and tablets. Also, according to user reviews, it can defeat the Amish Army, instantly cure your chronic depression, and raise your pets from the grave. We're not sure if many users will have a need for this, but it can probably find a niche home.

Here's just a sample of what Samsung's Push Service can do for you (note: some reviews may have some colorful descriptions):

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AT&T Pushing Small Update (I777UCLL6) To Galaxy S II With Bug Fixes And Security Enhancements

According to a forum post on AT&T's support site and some scattered user reports, the carrier's Galaxy S II variant is receiving a small update today. Rolling out over the air as you read these words, the software fixes an issue where devices would become unresponsive or power down while idle.

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The update also includes the requisite "security enhancements." If you haven't updated your phone to 4.0 yet, well for starters, why not?

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U.S. Cellular's Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders Begin On April 16th, Price Not Yet Announced

Carriers across the country are gearing up for the next big thing to hit shelves, with T-Mobile offering the handset from May 1 and AT&T accepting pre-orders beginning on April 16th. As it turns out, U.S. Cellular will also begin taking pre-order on the 16th, though the regional carrier hasn't yet announced how much the device will cost. When I reached out for more info, I was told that "pricing will be available on 4/16."

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So, mark you calendars U.S.

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[Updated] Sprint's Epic 4G Touch Gets An Update To Jelly Bean, Requires Kies Due To File Size

We sure weren't expecting this, but today Sprint announced on its support site that the Epic 4G Touch (the Now Network's branded version of the Galaxy S II) is getting an update to Jelly Bean. Undoubtedly version 4.1, but this would still be a welcome upgrade as it brings with it the ability to access Google Now, among a host of other features.

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The update will require Samsung's Kies software to install.

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