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New York — Samsung took its battle for U.S. smartphone supremacy to Manhattan Island, where it unveiled a flagship product that it hopes will vault the company ahead of Apple in the U.S. smartphone market after having gained the lead in global smartphone share.
Hoping to boost sales in a smartphone market whose growth is slowing, Samsung executives took to the Radio City Music Hall stage, here, to unveil the Galaxy S4, the first phone announced to date with global 4G LTE roaming. The presentation was also broadcast live to an outdoor digital display in Times Square.
Seoul, South Korea — A new feature that LG Electronics will add to its flagship Optimus G Pro smartphone will automatically pause video playback when a user’s eyes stray from the screen.
The feature, called Smart Video, uses the Android phone’s front-facing camera to detect when a user’s eyes wander.
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless will follow AT&T in launching the BlackBerry Z10, one of two new smartphones that BlackBerry unveiled in January to turn around its declining fortunes.
Washington — The merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS was given official green lights from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday.
The DOJ noted in a statement: “Like many local and regional providers, MetroPCS faces limitations, stemming from its lack of nationwide spectrum, networks and scale, and therefore exerts little influence on these aspects of mobile wireless competition.”
Dallas — AT&T’s Blackberry Z10 presale begins tomorrow, preceding the official launch date of March 22, at a price of $199.
The presale will include a two-year agreement. The smartphone will be generally available for all customers, including corporate customers or those receiving a corporate discount, through all AT&T channels on March 22, the carrier said.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone to launch with the redesigned, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform.
Westlake Village, Calif. — 4G LTE networks deliver the best overall wireless-service quality in the U.S., and Verizon Wireless, the carrier offering the broadest LTE coverage, is tops in wireless-service quality in five of six regions in the U.S., J.D. Power and Associates found in a consumer survey.
LTE carrier U.S. Cellular came out on top in service quality in the North Central region, where Verizon placed second.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – Revenues at smartphone market HTC continued to decline in January and February following double-digit sales declines in fiscal 2012.
January sales fell 6.5 percent compared with the year-ago month to NT$15.5 billion ($522.8 million), followed by a February year-over-year decline of 44 percent to NT$11.4 billion ($384.5 million).
For the year to date, revenues are off 27 percent to NT$26.9 billion ($907.3 million).
Bonn, Germany — The proposed merger between T-Mobile and regional no-contract carrier MetroPCS cleared one hurdle when the U.S. Department of Justice let expire a deadline for objecting under U.S. antitrust law, Dow Jones Newswire reported.
The development was revealed in a statement by T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom.
The merger must still get the approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the federal Committee on Foreign Investment, and MetroPCS shareholders, who will vote April 12 on the matter.
Framingham, Mass. — The rest of the world with catch up with the U.S. in 2012 when global shipments of smartphones will exceed feature-phone shipments for the first time, IDC forecast.
In the U.S., smartphones first outsold feature phones in 2011, with the first quarter of that year marking the first quarter that smartphones dominated, the research and consulting company said.