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Barcelona, Spain — BlackBerry bowed to tradition, saying it plans a second half launch of a BlackBerry 10 OS smartphone with the traditional hard buttons and trackpad of pre-BlackBerry 10 OS phones.
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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.
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 — 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.
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.
Barcelona, Spain — Sony went to the Mobile World Congress to launch its first smartphone and first tablet with 4K video capture.
The company also unveiled a slim midrange Android phone and revealed more details of its first smart band, initially unveiled at International CES.
The company also talked up a new integrated global marketing campaign to support its mobile devices.
The smartphones and tablets run Android and feature 4G LTE. The smart band and 4K smartphone and tablet are also promoted as waterproof.
Barcelona, Spain — Two next-generation Gear smart watches unveiled by Samsung at the Mobile World Congress are its first wearable devices incorporating proprietary Tizen OS.
Tizen is used in a handful of Samsung smartphones available outside the U.S. and its current Gear smart watch uses the Android OS.
Boston — Price wars are breaking out among U.S. cellular carriers, but carriers’ subscriber shares won’t change much between 2014 through 2018, Strategy Analytics contends in a new research report.
In fact, the carrier that started it all — T-Mobile — will show little subscriber-share gains through 2018 because of high churn rates, the report concludes.
In other findings, the research and consulting company forecast that continued growth in U.S. net subscriber additions through 2018.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint will begin offering free Wi-Fi calling, text messaging and MMS messaging to users of select smartphones over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks.
The service is available to subscribers who install an over-the-air update on their Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini smartphones. The update will be pushed automatically to the phones during the next few weeks.
Sprint will expand Wi-Fi calling to additional devices in 2014.
Denver — Arcos will go to the Mobile World Congress with an expanded line of Android smartphones and the company’s first cellular-equipped tablet, which features 4G LTE.
U.S. availability plans weren't announced, but Archos smartphones launched at International CES are targeted to U.S. carriers and for unlocked sales in the U.S.