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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – LG Electronics provided more details about the flagship quadcore smartphone that it built from the ground up with three other LG companies to deliver longer battery life, a thinner profile and a brighter display compared with previous LG models.
The Android 4.0 phone, called the Optimus G, rolls out first in Japan, followed in September in South Korea and later in other unnamed markets worldwide.
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.
NEW YORK – Sprint no-contract brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are expanding their selection of Samsung phones with the combined launch of six new Samsung phones, including three models bearing the handset vendor’s high-profile Galaxy subbrand.
Virgin also said it would launch a new advertising campaign to boost Virgin’s awareness among a broader consumer base.
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal jury’s finding that 25 Samsung smartphones and tablets infringed on one or more Apple patents could, if upheld, put a temporary dent in Samsung’s and Android’s market share and delay future Android smartphone and tablet launches as vendors pore over their designs to ensure that none infringes Apple patents, analysts said.
NEW YORK – Tablets with smaller screen sizes account for a growing share of U.S. tablet sales, and although the majority of current owners prefer screens of about 10 inches in size, some analysts see the smaller form factors dominating sales in the coming years.
NEW YORK — Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone not only delivers higher performance and more features that its predecessor, but it also outperforms the iPhone 5 in many ways.
NEW YORK — The launch of the Galaxy S4 smartphone puts Samsung in a stronger position to unseat Apple as the dominant seller of smartphones in the U.S., but the launch of the flagship Android phone also highlights challenges that Samsung faces in fending off competitors, multiple analysts said.
BARCELONA – HTC didn’t wait for the Mobile World Congress to launch its new flagship HTC One smartphone in February. And Samsung is waiting for March. 14 to launch its new flagship, the Galaxy S4.
But the international trade show was the venue for the launch of big-screen superphones from other companies, new developments in the upstart Firefox and Tizen smartphone OSs, and Ericsson’s demonstration of an end-to-end infrastructure solution that promises to expand the appeal of live-TV services over cellular.
BARCELONA – Tablets with 7- and 8-inch screens dominated the handful of tablet introductions here at the Mobile World Congress, and they’ll likely be followed by many more as sales of small-screen tablets accelerate, analysts said.
At the show, Hewlett Packard used a 7-inch display to launch its first Android tablet; Asus showed a new 7-inch tablet; and Samsung unveiled the first 8-inch model in its Galaxy Note line.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — The Optimus G Pro smartphone launched by LG is the company’s biggestscreen phone to date with 5.5-inch IPS display, the company’s first smartphone with FullHD 1080p display, and one of the industry’s first LTE smartphones with quad-core 1.7GHz CPU.
HTC’s OneX+, available in the U.S., already sports LTE and a Tegra quad-core 1.7GHz CPU. LG’s phone sports Qualcomm’s quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor.
MARION, IND. — The Cellular Connection, the 28-state wireless specialty chain that exclusively sells Verizon Wireless service, has redesigned its flagship store in Indianapolis and will roll out the design to its other locations.
The chain, which operates more than 800 stores, is the largest Verizon-exclusive wireless retailer by store count in the U.S., the company said.