By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK – The Christmas selling season will be a season of firsts in the smartphone market, pointing to what analysts expect to be record smartphone sellthrough.
Unlike last year’s selling season, retailers will for the first time offer Windows Phone 8 smartphones that compete with Android phones and Apple’s iPhone, tablet/smartphone hybrids, fast quad-core phones, the first quad-core LTE phones, a more aggressive selection of LG smartphones and the first digital camera with embedded cellular.
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 – Windows 8 and Android tablets, many with built-in 4G LTE, will hit retail in the coming weeks to stir up awareness of competing operating systems while the industry awaits the expected launch this week of a smaller iPad.
DALLAS – Samsung plans a broad U.S. launch of its new Galaxy Note II smartphone/ tablet in time for the Christmas selling season through carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
The hybrid smartphone/tablet with a 5.5-inch screen, unveiled last month at the IFA show in Berlin, will feature 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 cellular technology, Samsung said.
LOS ANGELES – Startup Wikipad, developer of a 10.1- inch Android tablet optimized for gaming, will follow up the tablet’s Oct. 31 launch in 1,600 GameStop stores with November sales through additional brick-and-mortar and online retailers, CEO James Bower told TWICE.
The $499 tablet, which features detachable wraparound game controller, is available to consumers on a pre-order basis exclusively through GameStop.
NEW YORK – HTC and Microsoft are positioning HTC’s first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones as “the signature phones” among Windows phones, and the two companies will closely coordinate promotion strategies “to deliver a single integrated marketing campaign,” HTC president Jason Mackenzie announced here at a press conference.
“We’re going to go big with these phones,” Mackenzie said. Microsoft and HTC have “completely aligned” their marketing messages in TV ads and in-store displays, he added.
NEW YORK – The tablet market promises to get even more competitive in the fourth quarter with Amazon’s expanded selection of Kindle Fire tablets, Kobo’s latest tablet, and the first house-brand tablet from retailer Toys “R” Us.
The new tablets will join Windows 8 tablets already announced by Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Microsoft, which plans this year to ship two Microsoft-brand Surface tablets.
NEW YORK — LG, Motorola, Nokia and other handset vendors unveiled multiple smartphones in recent days to steal some thunder from Apple’s latest iPhone launch.
Nokia, for example, unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Motorola expanded its iconic Razr series with three new Android LTE models for Verizon, and LG launched multiple handsets to regain market share. LG’s models include the company’s first hybrid smartphone/ tablet.