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HTC One Hands-On

Look out, Samsung, because HTC is gunning for you in 2013. The HTC One takes a sensibly non-traditional route to success, opting out of the megapixel race for one, and instead focusing on where, the company insists, users will actually see the most benefit. That's not to say superlatives are in short supply: an incredible 1080p 4.7-inch display, beautiful aluminum construction, and swift 1.7GHz quadcore all take their place inside the cool, crisp chassis.

No Verizon HTC One among 185 operator launch blast

Verizon Wireless will not join AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in picking up the HTC One in the US, where the phone is expected to launch mid-March, as carriers worldwide confirm their intentions toward the new Android flagship. Verizon's network is conspicuously absent from the run-down of North American support, which also includes Cincinnati Bell and Best Buy in the US, and Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile in Canada.

HTC One: 4MP UltraPixel camera, 4.7-inch 1080p display, due March

HTC is back, and the HTC One looks set to take no prisoners. Wrapping top-tier specifications in a crisp, premium-feel aluminum chassis, the One refuses to join the megapixel race and instead strikes out alone, with a 4-megapixel equivalent camera that uses "UltraPixel" technology to serve up everyday shots that, HTC insists, will easily outclass its rivals with bigger numbers on paper.

LG Optimus G Pro leaks: 1.7GHz quadcore with 5-inch 1080p display

Details on what's shaping up to be LG's new flagship Android smartphone, the LG Optimus G Pro, have leaked, hinting at an imminent release in Japan. Running a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ7064 processor with 2GB of memory, according to Blog of Mobile, and clad in a choice of silver or black slimline casing, going by the slide sent to Engadget, the Optimus G Pro is expected to pack a 13-megapixel camera.

Sony Xperia Z hands-on [Video]

Sony has revealed its new flagship for 2013, the Sony Xperia Z, pairing a 5-inch Full HD display with a quadcore Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a waterproof chassis, and a 13-megapixel camera. The company has sprinkled a little of its Sony sparkle, too, bringing in the latest Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for improving screen quality, the Exmor RS sensor for photography - including HDR video, as well as stills - and a battery extending feature that could increase runtimes fourfold.

Google UK head: Sorry for Nexus 4 debacle (but it’s LG’s fault)

LG is to blame for "scarce" Nexus 4 supplies, Google UK and Ireland managing director Dan Cobley claims, though the exec has apologized for Google's poor communication to pre-order customers. "I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue" Cobley insisted. "Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process."

Sky Go spreads: Streaming media for 14 new phones and tablets

Sky Go, the satellite entertainment company's Android app for streaming sports, movies, and shows, has been expanded to fourteen new devices, with new phones and tablets adding support for the service. HTC, Google, Samsung, Sony, and LG models have all been brought into the Sky Go fold, along with Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean OS support.
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