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Rumors of leaks, leaks of rumors, updates on suppositions of tales of releases.

We're entering something of a lull in tech news. Well, lull might not be the right word. It's not like the end-of-year holiday hiatus slash pre-CES quiet time. No, this is more like that period of time at the restaurant between the appetizer and the main course. In this metaphor, CES was the appetizer, and now we're talking about how much we enjoyed that little taste and how much we're looking forward to the surprises of the main course: MWC. It's still a few weeks out before the Barcelona trade show, but already things are starting to heat up in the kitchen.

On the Android front,
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silly season is in full swing. We've got
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(and might not even be real), and the rumored return of the
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. And in companies not called Samsung, it looks like
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is in testing for both
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and
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. The BlackBerry Priv also started hitting other carriers in the US, with
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.

Samsung's not the only smartphone company making the rumor rounds: the
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is going to be the continued topic of conversation for months to come, but the
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might get here first. iPhone silly season is the longest silly season of all. And in addition to updates to
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and
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, Apple pushed out
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and
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.

And then there's Microsoft, who
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and promptly sold out. At the same time,
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,
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for Windows 10, and
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.

All that and more, this week on Mobile Nations!

Android Central — Something for everyone


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There was a solid mix of news this week, offering a little bit for everyone. On the app front, Pocket Casts
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, Link Bubble has been
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and WhatsApp is
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.

In terms of phone software, Marshmallow updates are in testing or on their way for
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and
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.

The Galaxy S7 speculation is growing a bit, and we're doing our best to analyze some of the available rumors. This week we explain why we
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, and what an
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.

CrackBerry — T-Priv


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This week was unsurprisingly filled with quite a bit of Priv news as BlackBerry continues to expand the device availability. T-Mobile has revealed their pricing, we're expecting a launch in India soon and several other carriers are now offering the device. In other news, BlackBerry has shut down the Built for BlackBerry app program for developers and AtHoc has scored another win.

iMore — iPhones, Apple Watches, and Updates, Oh My!


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This week at iMore, we saw
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and a smaller
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, Georgia Dow gave us a primer on iOS 9.3's new
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feature, and Serenity bemoaned the
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.

We also saw a few new releases from Apple:
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and
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brought security fixes and bug updates, while the new Music Memos app and
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had
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.

On the Apple Watch side, we heard more rumors about
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, and for those willing to drop $1100 on an Apple Watch, the Hermes model is now available online.

Windows Central — Updates wanted


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Microsoft is pushing on with OS updates, Surface news and their Build conference set to kick off at the end of March.

First up is Build, which is taking place once again in San Francisco on March 30. Tickets went on sale for developers but within one to five minutes
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. The $2k tickets went faster than expected and leaving many developers a little peeved. Luckily, the event is streamed, and dev sessions later will be available for online viewing. Additionally, Microsoft won't be giving away any free hardware to attendees and will instead focus on offering more developer sessions at the event.

The Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 picked up
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. Newer Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book owners, however, are still waiting for their fix for ongoing power issues. Additionally,
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of the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 also went on sale. Microsoft also did
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of some Surface AC power plugs.

Dropbox
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that is part of their renewed partnership with Microsoft. HERE Maps and apps
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after a bug fix.

Rounding things out was the Xbox February update, which is
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.




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