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San Francisco — Leef Technology unveiled a portable flash drive that can be used with smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Leef Bridge has a slide-and-lock tray design with a full-sized USB connector on one side and a MicroUSB connector on the other. It is compatible with devices operating Android 4.1 or higher and can also be used with Macs.
It’s currently available in 16GB and 32GB capacities for $17.99 and $28.99 suggested retails, respectively. A 64GB version will ship in July at pricing to be announced.
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.
Basking Ridge, N.J. – Verizon Wireless will offer its first LTE-equipped ruggedized phone on June 27 when it launches Casio’s G’zOne Commando Android smartphone at $99.
The carrier currently offers the 3G version of the Commando smartphone at $49.
“This is our first G’zOne with 4G LTE,” a spokesman told TWICE. And “it’s our first ruggedized 4G LTE smartphone.”
The G’zOne features glove mode, enabling users to manipulate the touchscreen while wearing gloves.
Overland Park, Kansas – Sprint shareholders approved SoftBank’s purchase of a 78 percent stake in Sprint following a competing bid from Dish Networks.
The deal is still subject to the approval of the Federal Communications Commission. Sprint expects the deal to be consummated in early July.
“The transaction with SoftBank should enhance Sprint’s long-term value and competitive position by creating a company with greater financial flexibility,” said Dan Heese, CEO of the financially ailing Sprint.
Shanghai, China — Sony Mobile unveiled a premium Android LTE smartphone said to offer the world’s largest FullHD display at 6.4 inches.
With a chassis depth of only 0.26 inches (6.5mm), it’s said to be slimmer than any other phone with FullHD display.
Alpharetta, Ga. — AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless has added 4G LTE service to complement is HSPA+21 service and has added retail stores in two more geographic markets.
The subsidiary, which launched operations in early May, markets no-contract 4G wireless-phone service under the Aio Wireless brand. The subsidiary sells Aio service only through Aio-brand stores operated by third parties and at Aio’s website in the markets where Aio is available.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — LG Electronics continues to expand distribution of its Optimus series of smartphones with a launch of the premium LTE-equipped Optimus F7 through no-contract service provider Boost Mobile.
The Optimus F7 rolled out earlier this month through U.S. Cellular with that carrier’s postpaid plans.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish Network said it was unable to make a binding revised offer to purchase Sprint by yesterday’s Sprint-imposed deadline, paving the way for a June 25 vote by Sprint shareholders on a competing takeover bid by Japan carrier SoftBank.
London – Huawei is promoting its newest smartphones as the world’s thinnest with only 0.24 inches (6.18mm) in depth.
The Android 4.2.2 Ascend P6 features 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB embedded memory, 32GB MicroSD slot, metallic body, 4.7-inch high-definition in-cell display, and 8-megapixel main BSI camera with f2.0 aperture, 4-centimer macro view and 1080p video capture. Other phone features include 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2,000 mAh battery, and MagicTouch technology that enables consumers to use the touchscreen while wearing gloves.
Bellevue, Wash. — Sony’s flagship water-resistant Xperia Z smartphone, which launched amid great fanfare at International CES, will enter the U.S. market in the coming weeks exclusively on the T-Mobile network.
The phone is already available in other parts of the world.