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Dallas – AT&T is building up its smartphone selection for the fall with the Aug. 23 launch of the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid, Motorola’s flagship Moto X and the HTC One Mini.
AT&T will be the first to offer the phones in the U.S. market.
The carrier will launch the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid at $149 with two-year agreement and at $24/month for 12 months (or $288) without contract under the carrier’s Next trade-in program.
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.
Dallas – Samsung is bringing its previously announced 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid to the U.S. market beginning this month.
AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular will carry the device, but Sprint did not reveal the unit’s pricing or specific availability dates through each carrier. Samsung also did not announce which color options – black or white -- that each carrier would offer.
Sprint said it would offer the device “later this year.”
Overland Park, Kan. — The six-transistor pocket radio of the early 1960s is going high-tech with Sprint’s launch of the NextRadio interactive radio app on select Sprint smartphones equipped with an analog FM-radio chip.
Sprint is the first carrier to offer the NextRadio app on smartphones.
Westlake Village, Ill. — Consumer satisfaction with their cellular purchase experience through carrier-direct channels rose among all four national contract carriers in the first half compared with the second half of 2012, a J.D. Power survey found.
AT&T’s customer satisfaction rose the most, putting the carrier in the top spot for the first time in the survey’s 10-year history.
New York — Distribution of HTC’s flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One, is expanding to additional carriers.
The device has been available from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile since April, but Verizon promises on its website to offer the device later this summer. Meantime, regional carrier C Spire of Mississippi launched the device at $199.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint announced Aug. 16 availability of its second Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Samsung Ativ S Neo.
The $150 device, which the carrier previously said it would offer sometime in the summer, will join the $99 HTC 8XT, available since July 19.
The device will be available Friday through Sprint’s direct channels and will become available to Sprint’s indirect sales channels in the coming weeks, a spokesman told TWICE.
Palo Alto, Calif. — A major deficiency of the Android OS is the limited availability of high-quality, tablet-optimized apps in the Google Play store, Canalys determined.
More than 375,000 apps optimized for iPads appear in the Apple App Store, far more than the low tens of thousands available through Google Play for Android OS tablets, the research and analysis company said.
Shenzhen, China — A smartphone incorporating the open Firefox OS will become available in the U.S. for the first time when ZTE begins offering it direct to consumers on eBay.
The 3G 7.2Mbps HSDPA smartphone will be available in orange for $79 unlocked from eBay in the U.S. The phone was recently launched by carriers in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia. It’s one of the first Firefox-OS smartphones available in the world.
ZTE described the eBay availability date as “soon.”
Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has 90 days to decide whether to uphold Friday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) vote to ban the import of select Samsung mobile products that Apple contended violated some of its patents.
Samsung is allowed to continue importing the affected products while the review is underway.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry’s board is exploring joint ventures, strategic partnerships, the possible sale of the company, and other strategic alternatives “to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment,” the company announced.