By Lisa Johnston
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – LG is coming to this week’s Mobile World Congress not only with its high-end LTE Optimus G Pro (see p. 32) but with two lower-priced LTE phones to expand its LTE selection.
The two models are the Optimus F5 and F7, both of which are Android 4.1.2 phones. The F5’s worldwide rollout will begin in the second quarter in Europe, followed “soon” by the Optimus F7 in select markets, the company said.
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.
DENVER — Archos will offer its first Android tablets with quad-core CPUs, eightcore GPUs and 2GB RAM with the launch of a trio of models in the Platinum series.
The models are also the company’s first to combine HD displays with IPS technology, and they expand the company’s selection of tablets with HD displays, North American marketing director Craig Terblanche told TWICE.
NEW YORK — Smartphone maker HTC promises its largest rollout ever when its premium One Android phone, touted by HTC Americas president Mike Woodward as “the best phone ever made,” goes on sale beginning in March in more than 80 countries, including the U.S.
The 4G LTE Android 4.1 phone does not reflect “just another set of incremental improvements,” added HTC president Jason MacKenzie during a press conference, here.
BOSTON – Growth in global smartphone shipments slowed to 43 percent in 2012 from the previous year’s 64 percent because smartphone penetration began to mature in such developed markets as North America and Western Europe, a Strategy Analytics study found.
NEW YORK — All four national U.S. carriers have agreed to carry BlackBerry 10 phones, and three of them will offer the full-touch Z10 with 4.2-inch display in mid-March, said BlackBerry president/CEO Thorsten Heins.
All models will feature 4G LTE.
The Q10, which features a physical QWERTY keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen, could be available in the U.S. about eight to 10 weeks later, he said in later press reports.
NEW YORK — BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research In Motion, has improved the odds that it will survive in the competitive smartphone market with the launch of its BlackBerry 10 OS, most analysts said. But no one is predicting success yet.
NEW YORK – Consumer interest in buying multifunction devices such as smartphones and tablets is rising dramatically, and intent to buy single-function devices is waning, an Accenture study found.
LAS VEGAS — Sony turned up at International CES with a new flagship smartphone that boasts the company’s fastest CPU, biggest screen, highest-quality camera capabilities and thinnest chassis to date.
The 4G LTE-equipped Xperia Z is also the company’s first phone with a One Touch tap-to-share feature enabled by nearfield communications (NFC). The feature delivers automatic Bluetooth pairing with other Bluetoothand NFC-equipped Sony products, from headphones to HTiBs and tabletop speakers, the company said.
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – The screen sizes of smartphones are going up, the screen sizes of tablets are coming down, and sales in both niches are going up, IHS iSuppli Research forecasts.
Sales of phablets, or smartphones with screen sizes of 5 inches or more, will jump 136 percent in 2013 to 25.6 million, followed by 33.4 percent growth in 2014, 33.2 percent in 2015, and 20.9 percent in 2016, when shipments will reach 146 million, the company said.
PCD Launches Accessories Web Site HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - Personal Communications Devices (PCD) launched a direct-to-consumer website, http://www.pcdwireless.com/, to make it easier for consumers to find accessories designed for lower volume handset brands.