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Michael Crider writes primarily for Android Community and covers Windows for SlashGear. A native-born Texan, Michael's previous careers include graphic design, TV and movie blogging and technical writing. You can follow him on Twitter (@MichaelCrider ) and Google+ for geeky insights on sci-fi, detective noir and Big Band music.

HTC Mobile World Congress wrap-up

HTC Mobile World Congress wrap-up

LG and Samsung have been dropping pre-Mobile World Congress hints all of last week, but it would be hard to argue against the fact that HTC has owned the opening night of Mobile World Congress. Their three-pronged HTC One line isn't just a new series of phones, it's a dividing line for the the company, signifying the beginning of a more centralized strategy and (hopefully) a clean break from their rather disappointing second half of 2011. They're hitting the high, middle and low end of the smartphone market with three extremely targeted models, all sharing the same design DNA. Naturally, SlashGear was there to cover it all.

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HTC One S Official

HTC One S Official

It's finally here: HTC has just unveiled its latest workhorse phone, the One S. This model slides in just below the One X, using a smaller 4.3-inch screen with a 960x540 resolution, the same as most of HTC's phones for the last year. Instead of the screaming Tegra 3 on the X, the HTC One S gets a standard Qualcomm 1.5ghz dual-core processor. On the software side, it gets the same treatment: Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC's updated Sense UI 4 as a topping. The phone is getting its worldwide unveiling at Mobile World Congress.

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Xbox 360 gets 10th Anniversary Edition in Europe with extra games and accessories

Xbox 360 gets 10th Anniversary Edition in Europe with extra games and accessories

Ah, the Xbox 360. Has it really been ten years? Well, no, it hasn't, but come March 14th it'll be the 10th anniversary of the original Xbox's debut in Europe. To help celebrate that (and perhaps distract you from the fact that the 360 could really use a refresh) Microsoft is readying a new bundle for Europe, revealed by Amazon France and spotted by The Examiner. The collection includes a load of goodies including an extra controller, both physical and digital games, and a little free Xbox Live time for your trouble.

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Huawei Ascend D Quad and D Quad XL get official with custom quad-core processor

Huawei Ascend D Quad and D Quad XL get official with custom quad-core processor

Chinese manufacturer Huawei intends to stake its high-end claim at Mobile World Congress 2012, and they're off to a good start. The previously indicated Diamond line of devices will begin with the Ascend D Quad, featuring Huawei's very own ARM-based quad-core processor, the K3V2. We had expected them to rely on Nvidia's Tegra 3 architecture, but it looks like they're keeping it in the family. The company claims that this bit of 1.5ghz silicon helps it perform 49% faster than conventional devices (making it the "world's fastest smartphone") while improving battery life. Other major specifications include a 4.5-inch 720p touchscreen and Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung's hitting fast and hard with a gamut of press releases just hours before Mobile World Congress. The latest is the update to their flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which has been somewhat lazily christened the Galaxy Tab 2, 10.1 inch version. From a hardware perspective it looks like an updated version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, the German variant introduced to curb Apple's enthusiasm for patent litigation. On the inside, it gets Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung's TouchWiz UI skin.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam combines Android smartphone and Pico projector

Samsung Galaxy Beam combines Android smartphone and Pico projector

It's been a while since we saw Samsung try the whole projector-phone combination, but now that it's on top of the smartphone world it looks like they've got the resources and guts to try again. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a new Android smartphone with a Pico projector integrated into the housing. The Beam is getting a special pre-Mobile World Congress unveil, making it the first Samsung device to be officially announced at the event - just over 24 hours before it starts.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 spotted in pre-MWC ads

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 spotted in pre-MWC ads

Well well well: this would appear to be some pretty solid evidence that Samsung's latest stylus kick is getting even more plus-sized come Monday. Swedish blogger Anders Frick spotted a couple of large-scale advertisements in and around the Fira de Barcelona, where the first pre-show events for Mobile World Congress are set to begin in just a few hours. While he was clearly doing a little surreptitious snooping, what he caught with his camera is pretty clearly the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, a full-sized tablet version of the original Galaxy Note. The device itself should get a proper unveiling sometime on Monday.

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Temple Run Android gets yet another delay

Temple Run Android gets yet another delay

Bad news, would be archaeologists-slash-aerobics enthusiasts: those of you with Android phones and tablets will be waiting a while longer to play iOS smash hit Temple Run. While previously indicating that the game would be available sometime this month, developer Imangi posted on their Facebook page that they're still in the final stages of development. The game is in beta at the moment, but it'll be another week - possibly more - before it hits the Android Market. Bummer.

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LG’s MWC big guns: Seven Android Torrent

LG’s MWC big guns: Seven Android Torrent

Most manufacturers wait until a major show like Mobile World Congress to show off their latest and greatest. HTC is jumping the gun a little with a press conference the day before, likely showing off their new flagship. But LG just couldn't wait to show us a gaggle of its latest and greatest, all officially debuted this week and escorted by smiling models. Just to save you some time in the hubbub next week, here's all the new LG phones we know of - so far.

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HP profit falls 44% in first fiscal quarter

HP profit falls 44% in first fiscal quarter

In case the rocky road that was HP's 2011 wasn't an indication, they aren't doing so hot lately. Today the company reported the results for its first fiscal quarter (November through January) saw revenue drop an eye-popping 44% over the same time period last year. That's mostly due to falling shipments in the PC industry: corporate customers ordered 7% less, while consumers ordered a whopping 25% less than they had the previous year. Hewlett Packard's printer business, normally a steady source of reliable income, fell 7% in the first quarter.

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