March 2013 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for March 2013. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

SmartPhone Articles for March of 2013

Below are the 111 SmartPhone articles for March of 2013

Google Working on “Innovative, Transformative” Smartphones

After Google acquired Motorola in summer of 2011, many expected the company to start pumping out amazing smartphones and tablets. This hasn't happened yet, but it might start soon.

BlackBerry 10 Software Update Brings Improvements to Performance and Camera

BlackBerry issued a new BlackBerry 10 update today. This adds a number of new features, and is already available on select carriers for download directly to devices.

Sprint Rolls Out Affordable Sprint Force 4G with LTE

Sprint announced the Sprint Force 4G today, an Android phone that is 4G LTE compatible, and available for only $50.

Stamp Rocket Brings Simple Task Automation to iPhone, iPad

Wisconsin-based SnowShoe has released an app that allows users to automate every-day tasks on an iOS device.

Qualcomm Processors Speed Up Recharging a Smartphone’s Battery

The new generation of Qualcomm mobile processors can do more than just speed up your apps. With the 2013 generation of Snapdragon chips, Qualcomm is introducing Quick Charge 2.0, which[...]

Polaris Office for iOS Gets 80% Price Cut

If you're open to checking out alternative office suites for your iPad or iPhone, Polaris Office for iOS is now downloadable at an 80 percent discount. TabletPCReview has more details.

Samsung’s Damages Payment to Apple Reduced

The initial $1.05 billion in damages Samsung was ordered to pay Apple for infringing on its design patents has been greatly reduced by roughly 40%. Get more from NotebookReview.

Samsung Begins Teasing Galaxy S IV with Video

The next model in the wildly-popular Galaxy S series is going to be announced in mid-March, and Samsung has started on a campaign to build anticipation.

MWC 2013 Wrap-Up: The Age of Software

Device announcements are usually the name of the game with shows like MWC, but this year, it was software that ruled the day.

Sprint Offers Open Enrollment for Smartphone/Tablet Protection Plans During March

Sprint users who originally opted out of the company's device protection plan now have another chance to purchase the added protection for their phone, tablet, or other device.

Google May Launch Streaming Music Service This Year

An unconfirmed report says that Google plans on launching a Spotify-like streaming music service by the end of the year. TechnologyGuide has additional information.

LG Optimus F5 Heading to Verizon as the Lucid 2

The recently announced LG Optimus F5 is heading to Verizon under a new title. Now known as the Lucid 2, the new affordable LTE handset is expected to be available[...]

Microsoft Targeting Holiday Release for Windows Phone Blue

Microsoft is hoping to release the next major Windows Phone update, codenamed "Blue", by the holiday season, according to a recent job posting on the company's website.

Pictures Supposedly of the Samsung Galaxy S IV Aren’t Real

Several images supposedly showing the design of the Samsung Galaxy S IV have been making the rounds on the Web. These are definitely not what this hotly-anticipated device will look[...]

Verizon CFO Says Subsidies on Smartphones Will Drop Over Next 2-3 Years

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo expects subsidies for smartphones to fall over the next two to three years, meaning consumers will be paying more.

Opera Releases Beta of WebKit-Based Android Browser

Opera's new WebKit-based browser for Android devices adds new features like Discover, Speed Dial, Save for Later, and an Off-Road mode.

White House Says Consumers Should Be Legally Permitted to Unlock Smartphones

The White House has publicly stated that consumers should be able to freely unlock their phones without the risk of criminal penalty or any other imposed punishment. Doing so is[...]

Twitter Drops TweetDeck Apps for iPhone, Android, and Air

Twitter is discontinuing its TweetDeck mobile apps, six months after issuing strict rules for third-party developers who try to mimic the "Twitter experience."

Samsung Galaxy S IV Might Track Eye Movement to Provide Automatic Screen Scrolling

The New York Times is reporting that Samsung?s upcoming flagship smartphone will feature eye movement so it can scroll web pages, emails, etc. Get more details from TechnologyGuide.

Google Play Marks Its First Birthday By Giving Out Price Cuts and Freebies

Google Play is celebrating the week of its first birthday by giving out price cuts and freebies on music, movies, books, TV shows, games, and more. TabletPCReview has additional info.

New Leak Says Samsung Galaxy S IV Will Have an 1.8GHz Quad-Core Processor

Those who can't wait for the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S IV next week should be interested to learn that some of the important specifications of this upcoming[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note III Will Have a 5.9-inch Screen

Samsung announced that it is set to reveal a new 5.9-inch handset in the second half of 2013. The new handset is widely expected to be the Samsung Galaxy Note[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Has a Lockscreen Bug; Security Can Be Easily Bypassed

There is a flaw in the Samsung Galaxy S III that allows the security of the lockscreen to be quickly bypassed.

Twitter Updates iOS and Android Apps with Top Tweets

Twitter today introduced new versions of its app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Among the changes is one that will make it easier to find relevant past Tweets[...]

Angry Birds for iPhone Free in Apple App Store for the First Time

For the first time in the Apple App Store, Angry Birds is available for free, but with no word on whether it is for a limited time only.

Google Spiffs Up iOS and Android Chrome Browsers

Google has updated its Chrome browsers for Android and iOS, during the same week that its competitor Opera released the beta of a new WebKit-based Android rival. TabletPCReview has more.

Sprint Passes on BlackBerry Z10

Sprint will be the only major US wireless carrier to not offer the upcoming BlackBerry Z10, instead opting to wait for the release of the keyboard-based Q10 later this year.

Google Maps iOS App Adds New Features for Finding People and Places

The Google Maps app for iPhones and iPads added new features this week, aimed at making it easier to find nearby places and contact your friends.

With Samsung Galaxy IV Imminent, Galaxy S III on Sale

With the expected upcoming reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S IV next week, retailers and Amazon and Wirefly are offering major deals on the Samsung Galaxy S III.

There Will Be No Cheap BlackBerry 10 Smartphones

BlackBerry won't be selling cheap versions of its BlackBerry 10 devices, the company's CEO said. TechnologyGuide has the full story.

More HTC Facebook Smartphone Rumors Emerge

Rumors have been swirling that HTC, Facebook, and AT&T have joined together again to offer a social networking-focused Facebook smartphone. TechnologyGuide has additional details.

BlackBerry Z10 Available in the U.S. on Monday… For a Fortunate Few

While the BlackBerry Z10 and its BlackBerry 10 operating system have been available in Canada and parts of Europe for months, the business-minded handset has yet to ship in the[...]

Motorola Rolls Out Android 4.1 Update for Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX

Motorola has begun offering upgrades to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) for the Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, which in the U.S. is offered exclusively by Verizon.

Skype Updates iOS App Again, Adding Slick New Calling UI

In the latest of a long string of updates, Skype's app for iPhones and iPads this week got a slicker UI for placing calls, plus new enhancements to chat.

AT&T Might Introduce BlackBerry Z10 on March 22

There's no doubt that the U.S. debut of the BlackBerry Z10 is going to be in March. The big question is exactly when that's going to happen. A partial answer[...]

What To Do When Your Phone Gets Smashed

If you break your phone, who do you call (after getting a replacement phone, that is) to get the data off your old one?

Is This the Samsung Galaxy S IV?

Some pictures coming out of China might -- or might not -- have given the world an early look at the Samsung Galaxy S IV. UPDATED: A video of the[...]

Samsung Keeps Teasing the Galaxy S IV

The official announcement of the Galaxy S4 is in just three days, and Samsung is working to build the hype. It has released the second in a series of videos[...]

Apple Looks At Letting Users Sell Or Loan Used iTunes Items

Did you ever wish you could make money off of the old music and movies cluttering up your cloud? Apple has filed a patent that just might make that happen[...]

AT&T Launching BlackBerry Z10 on March 22: It’s Official

AT&T has just announced that it will introduce the BlackBerry Z10 late next week. It is going to start taking pre-orders tomorrow for this device, the first with the new[...]

Don’t Buy A Samsung Galaxy S III…Yet

With Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S IV, on the horizon, it's imperative that customers avoid purchasing a Galaxy S III right now.

Google and Motorola Working on the NXT; Details Leak Out

A Google executive recently made it clear that its Motorola subsidiary is going to step up its game. He could have been referring to the NXT, a device that will[...]

Sprint Reportedly Set to Offer a Second-Generation BlackBerry 10 Smartphone this Year

The BlackBerry Z10 is going to be available from three of the Big Four U.S. carriers, but Sprint has opted out. Instead, it's going to offer a follow-up model.

Samsung Releases a Picture of the Galaxy S IV

Those wondering what the Samsung Galaxy S IV will look like will be happy to see a picture of the device from Samsung itself.

AT&T Offers Android 4.1 & DriveMode Update for Sony Xperia TL

For users of Sony's Xperia TL smartphone, AT&T has issued an update which combines Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with DriveMode, an app that curbs driving while texting.

VIDEO: BlackBerry Z10 Preview

The BlackBerry Z10 is official, as is the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, both unveiled at special launch events held simultaneously around the world. Check out this video preview.

BLOG: What’s With The Bricked Windows Phones?

A rash of hardware failures among two major Windows Phone 8 devices, the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920, has users wondering what's happening and what's being done to[...]

How Do the 4G LTE Networks of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint Stack Up?

While Verizon offers the most widespread LTE coverage, AT&T offers the fastest pure LTE speeds, according to a new study conducted by Root Metrics.

Nokia Lumia 928 Supposedly Headed to Verizon

The Nokia Lumia 928, an updated version of the Lumia 920, is supposedly headed to Verizon as soon as next month, according to reports.

Rdio Offers Socially-Enabled Music App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Rdio's updated iOS app lets you see what songs your friends are listening to on the streaming music service. A slick new UI features album artwork more prominently.

Be Safe with the Breathometer — the Smartphone Breathalyzer

Breathometer is going to be the first smartphone breathalyzer. The accessory will quickly and easily measure blood alcohol level with the help of a corresponding application, and easily attach via[...]

HTC One Release Delayed in UK; What About the US?

The release of the HTC One in the UK has been pushed back from March 15 to the end of the month, with still no specific news about when it[...]

Andy Rubin No Longer Head of Android

Google has just announced that Andy Rubin is no longer the head of Android development. TechnologyGuide has more details.

HTC One Supposedly Headed for Verizon

Good news HTC fans on Verizon: you're reportedly going to be getting this phone maker's flagship smartphone after all.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumor Round-Up

Samsung will officially announce its next flagship handset, the Galaxy S IV, tomorrow at an event in NYC. We take one last look at what to expect from the next-gen[...]

BlackBerry Secure Work Space Extending BlackBerry Balance to iOS and Android

BlackBerry has announced Secure Work Space, which will try to help iOS and Android users separate their personal and work mobile data later this year

PayPal Buys Development Firm To Help Improve Its Mobile Wallet App

PayPal has acquired Duff Research to help enhance its mobile wallet app, which didn't fare too well in a recent pilot test with major retailers at a shopping mall.

Samsung Galaxy S IV: From Rumor to Reality

Samsung went to Radio Music Hall tonight to take the wraps off its new signature smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S IV.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Hands-On Preview

Following Samsung's Unboxed event in New York City tonight, we got to spend some face-to-screen time with its "next big thing," the Galaxy S IV.

HTC Shows Off Its Flagship Smartphone to Crowd Waiting for Samsung’s Big Event

Not to be outdone, HTC had reps on site hawking the new -- but currently unreleased -- HTC One smartphone at Samsung's Unpacked event in New York City today.

Best Beer Apps for Android Devices

Saint Patrick's Day is almost here, and there is no better time for enjoying a good beer. TechnologyGuide has some apps that can help you pick the right one.

Sorry U.S. Samsung Galaxy S IV Users, No Octa-Core Processor for You

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S IV last night, it was a bit vague on one important detail: what processor will its new flagship smartphone use. This is because it[...]

Watch the Entire Samsung Galaxy S IV ”Unpacked” Event Video

Did you miss the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S IV? It's not too late to see it.

Samsung Galaxy S IV vs. Galaxy S III: Should You Upgrade?

The next iteration of Samsung's flagship handset has been revealed. How does the Galaxy S IV compare to its predecessor?

HTC One Is Not Headed for Verizon

Last week, an unconfirmed report indicated that Verizon would be offering HTC's flagship smartphone. This device maker says this isn't true.

T-Mobile To Begin Rolling Out 4G LTE Network This Month

T-Mobile plans to begin offering LTE coverage before the end of this month. Rivals Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint aleady have LTE networks. Get more details from TechnologyGuide.

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note II Getting Upgraded with 4G LTE

T-Mobile is releasing a significant software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which will activate support for the company's 4G LTE network.

HTC One Review: The International Version

The new HTC One flagship smartphone has the potential to make a real splash in the Android market with the way it brings excellence to the table in nearly all[...]


The HTC One is an Android 4.1.2 handset with the Sense 5 UI. It has an aluminum unibody design and is powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other[...]

Yahoo Gives Flickr iOS App Hashtag Support, Starts Photo Challenge

Yahoo has updated its iOS app for Flickr with hashtag support, while also starting a weekly photo challenge called #FlickrFriday.

AT&T Introducing Mobile Share Plans for Big Spenders

AT&T is about to introduce three new Mobile Share plans for those want to use a lot of wireless data, and aren't adverse to paying a lot for it.

Google Nexus 5 Might Live Up to Its Name; Sport Nikon Camera

Some details on the fifth-generation Google Nexus smartphone have supposedly leaked out. This device will apparently join the ranks of large phones, and include an unusually good camera.

Are Flexible Screens Just Three Years Away?

The latest word from Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, is that flexible displays are closer to becoming a reality than we think.

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 to Fix Lock Screen Bug

Today Apple released iOS 6.1.3 in hopes of fixing its lock screen bypass bug.

Verizon Updates Motorola Droid 4 to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Verizon begins rolling out its Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade for the Droid 4 by Motorola today. New features include Google Now and expanded notifications.

Skype Updates Windows Phone 8 App with HD Video and People Hub

A new update to Skype's Windows Phone 8 app brings HD video for higher-end handsets, along with reactivation of the People Hub feature disabled in January.

Nine Helpful Tax Apps for Android Devices

With tax season now in full swing, your smartphone or tablet can act as a helpful mobile assistant. Here are nine Android apps which can ease the tax prep process.

Another Lockscreen Security Bug Found in Samsung Android Phones

A new security flaw has been discovered in Samsung Android smartphones which could let an exploiter bypass the lockscreen and unlock the phone.

T-Mobile Introducing BlackBerry Z10 Next Week

The BlackBerry Z10 is going to debut from AT&T tomorrow, and T-Mobile is going to introduce it just a few later.

Watch Samsung’s Hands-on Video Preview of the Galaxy S IV

Samsung officially unveiled its next flagship smartphone last week, and has released a video of a company rep putting the Galaxy S IV through its paces.

Samsung Galaxy S IV to Cost More to Produce than GSIII

A "virtual teardown" has revealed that the recently-announced Samsung Galaxy S IV has a significantly higher bill of materials than that of its predecessor.

Amazon Rumored To Be Readying Subscription Music Streaming Service

With talks reportedly under way with major record labels, Amazon joins Google and Apple among Intenet giants rumored to be planning services like those of Spotify.

Apple iPhone 5S: Expect an Improved Version of the Current Model

Those wondering what Apple's next-generation smartphone will look like need to look no farther than the company's current iPhone 5, as its replace is reportedly going to be very similar,[...]

Pandora Now Available on Windows Phone 8

The popular streaming internet radio service Pandora is now available on Windows Phone 8, and it's both ad-free and free of charge.

Google Updates Gmail App, But Features Vary By Android Version

In a Gmail app update, users of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and up get faster notifications and reply, while other Android customers receive smaller improvements.

BlackBerry 10 Gains 30,000 New Apps

The number of available BlackBerry 10 apps now exceeds 100,000. New additions include big names like Amazon Kindle, Open Table, and the Wall Street Journal.

BlackBerry Z10 Now Available from AT&T

AT&T has just become the first U.S. carrier to make the BlackBerry Z10 available to any customer. This device is the first with BlackBerry 10, a more consumer-friendly operating system[...]

Nvidia Targeting Late Q2 Release for Project Shield Mobile Gaming Console

The unique Project Shield handheld from Nvidia is close to becoming a reality, as the company's CEO revealed on Tuesday that it expects the device to reach the market by[...]

HTC One Launching in the U.S. Next Month

HTC has just announced what most people had already guessed by this point: the HTC One isn't going to be released for at least another week or so.

Olloclip for iPhone 5 Review: Fun and Creative

Perfect for shooting wide-angle, macro and fisheye photography, it's a fun accessory for your iPhone. Get more from DigitalCameraReview.

Satisfaction Among Smartphone Users on the Rise

A recent report done by J.D. Power & Associates has found that, generally speaking, satisfaction among smartphone users is rising, and that satisfaction has increased substantially since 2012.

Top 5 Verizon Wireless Smartphones

With all of the smartphones available on Big Red's network, it could be tough to choose which one is right for you. Here are the ones we think are the[...]

PAX East 2013: Nvidia Project Shield Hands-On Preview

Nvidia's surprise announcement from CES, Project Shield, was available for testing at PAX East this weekend, so we made sure to get our hands on it and give it a[...]

Short Lifecycle Support for Windows Phone Could Mean Upgrades Coming Soon

The rules are different for smartphones, which is why Windows Phone 8 support will end after just two years.

Sony Xperia XL Will Soon Be Available through Direct Sales

Apparently no U.S. carrier is going t pick up the Sony Xperia XL, but those in those country who are interested in this high-end phone will soon be able to[...]

T-Mobile Now Offering New Contract-Free Pricing Plans

T-Mobile unveiled its new contract-free pricing plans. The plans offer unlimited talk and text, and now are available to T-Mobile consumers as part of the telecom's "Uncarrier" initiative.

Apple Requiring New Apps To Display Correctly on iPhone 5

Starting on May 1, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be compatible with the Retina display, and all new iPhone apps must support a four-inch screen.

Apple Buys Indoor Mapping Startup WiFiSlam for $20 Million

With the acquired technology, Apple is expected to build an indoor mapping app to compete with those of Google and Microsoft.

T-Mobile Will Introduce the iPhone 5 on April 12

At a press event this morning, T-Mobile revealed the date many of its customers have been wait for: the iPhone 5 will be released by this carrier on Friday, April[...]

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network Finally Available

In addition to revealing when it will introduce the iPhone, T-Mobile also stepped up to the plate today by introducing its 4G LTE network in select cities.

T-Mobile Announces Contract-Free Simple Choice Plan, Ends Contracts

T-Mobile announced at its Un-carrier event in New York today that it is now offering its Simple Choice Plan, a tiered, contract-free service for its subscribers. This is replacing the[...]

T-Mobile Now Offering BlackBerry Z10

Shortly after its release on AT&T, the BlackBerry Z10 has shown up on T-Mobile's network. The timing seems fortuitous for the carrier, with the simultaneous release of its new LTE[...]

Samsung Galaxy S IV Coming to T-Mobile May 1

It's a big day for T-Mobile. Among a spate of other announcements, the carrier revealed its release date and price for the Samsung Galaxy S IV.

HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z: Flagship Showdown

The HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, two of the biggest flagship handsets of the year, face off in this head-to-head comparison. Which one is best for you?

Verizon Wireless Now Offering BlackBerry Z10

Verizon Wireless has joined the ranks of AT&T and T-Mobile, as the company is now offering the BlackBerry Z10. The new handset runs on the BB 10 OS and offers[...]

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S IV Pre-orders Start in Mid April

Most U.S. carriers haven't even announced when they are going to release the Samsung Galaxy S IV . Still, AT&T took a step closer today, when it revealed when it[...]

Google Translate’s Android App Can Now Be Used Offline, Too

Android users traveling to other countries will no longer need to hook up to the Internet before ordering dinner, due to a new Google Translate feature.

Facebook to Reveal “Home On Android”; Facebook Phone Could Be Imminent

Facebook has sent out an invitation to the press to see the company's new home on Android. Will consumers see a modified OS, or is this a chance for Facebook[...]

Study: Do Smartphone Users View Video with YouTube App or Browsers?

Smartphone users spend much more time viewing videos with apps like YouTube or Netflix than with browsers, but specific viewing tastes vary from country to country.

Sprint Releases Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.1 Update

Sprint has introduced an update for the older Samsung Galaxy S II to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). This is available now over the wire, not over the air.

Scout for iPhone Adds Real-Time ETA Sharing & Calendar Sync

Telenav's newly updated Scout for iPhone will authomatically share your ETA with friends as you drive. The app can now guide you to calendar appointments, too.