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Barcelona, Spain — LG unveiled a mid-tier LTE smartphone with Android 4.4 OS, 4.5-inch WVGA IPS display and 1.2GHz quad-core processor.
The F70 also features removable 2,440 mAh battery, said to offer the largest capacity in its class, and Knock Code, which appeared first in the upper-tier G-series phones and tablets. Knock Code lets users power on and unlock the phone by tapping the screen using one of 86,367 “knock” combinations. A knock pattern using from two to eight taps can be entered on any area of the screen, even if the display is off.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Rovi said Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Veveo, a provider of personalized entertainment discovery solutions based in Andover, Mass.
Rovi said it will pay approximately $62 million in net cash at the closing and up to $7 million in additional cash payments based on achievement of certain agreed-upon milestones.
Barcelona, Spain — Lenovo unveiled its Yoga 10-inch HD+ Android tablet, a trio of quad-core Android smartphones, and a family of DoIt Android apps intended to protect and manage data.
The Android 4.3 Yoga 10 HD+ multimode tablet will be available from major U.S. retailers as a Wi-Fi-only model at $349. A version with 3G W-CDMA voice and data will be available outside the U.S.
Lenovo launched its first Yoga multimode Android tablets last October in the U.S. in 8- and 10-inch versions at a suggested $249 and $299.
Barcelona, Spain — Samsung unpacked its fifth-generation flagship Galaxy S smartphone, adding stepped-up Wi-Fi and LTE performance, faster CPU, enhanced camera capabilities and fitness tools.
The Galaxy S5 is also Samsung’s first phone with fingerprint scanner, which appears on the display screen to unlock the device, unlock user-selected content and make secure mobile payments.
Barcelona, Spain — Sprint will be the exclusive U.S. outlet for the $399-suggested Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Bluetooth speaker, Harman announced at the Mobile World Congress.
Selling the disc-shaped portable speaker marks the first in a series of initiatives from Sprint this year to step up its audio assortment, Sprint said. The Onyx Studio will be available Feb. 25 for $399 exclusively in Sprint stores, the carrier’s online store, and through Sprint telesales for the speaker's launch, Sprint told TWICE.
Barcelona, Spain — HTC hopes to fuel its turnaround in part with the launch of the first model in a new-look HTC Desire family, which is designed to strengthen the company’s presence in the mid-tier market.
Chester Springs, Pa. — Azione Unlimited, the two-year-old education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has added Sennheiser to its vendor-member roster.
Under terms of the agreement, Azione dealers will have access to Sennheiser’s entire line of consumer products, including its premium audiophile headphones and amplifiers.
Barcelona, Spain — Microsoft announced an expanded roster of smartphone vendors supporting its Windows Phone OS.
During the Mobile World Congress, the tech titan said Lenovo, LG, ZTE, Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo) and Longcheer are its nine new Windows Phone partners. They join HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Samsung.
Amherst, N.Y. — Samsung Techwin America, manufacturer of consumer video monitoring and security products, has appointed Stampede Presentation Products to serve as a U.S. distributor of its advanced video surveillance solutions.
According to Stampede president and COO Kevin Kelly, the distributor will bring Samsung's industry-leading consumer security and surveillance products, including its high-performance surveillance and security solutions for home and SMB use, directly to customers through select dealers in its distribution network.
Los Gatos, Calif. — Netflix took a strategic step Sunday to ensure that its subscribers who use Comcast broadband service continue to receive unimpeded movie and TV program streaming.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal Sunday, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network, eliminating the need to go through backbone service providers, which have been under pressure to pay ISPs like Comcast for improved access to their broadband users.