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Redwood City, Calif. – First, there were tablets designed for kids. Now there’s a smartphone designed for kids.
Startup MVNO Zact, which launched flexible-plan no-contract cellphone service on June 6, has begun offering a Disney-themed Zact phone preloaded with Disney apps and content. The ZTE Awe, available at an introductory $99, is an Android 4.1 device with 4-inch display and 5-megapixel camera. Regular price is $169.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry unveiled its Z30 full-touch smartphone, which is the company’s first smartphone with a 5-inch touchscreen and first with upgraded BlackBerry 10.2 OS.
The phone rolls out beginning next week in the U.K. and Middle East followed by all other regions “going into the holiday season,” the company said. The BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2 will be available for existing BlackBerry 10 smartphones beginning in mid-October depending on carrier approval, the company added.
With a rapidly shifting contemporary marketplace – from product and share to the ascendancy of so many fresh Asian factories – it’s interesting to recall the face of retail prior to big box and Internet.
In the ‘80s and ‘90s independents dominated the appliance and electronics business to the extent that they were not even grouped into a category as they are today.
Dallas – Samsung is bringing its previously announced 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid to the U.S. market beginning this month.
AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular will carry the device, but Sprint did not reveal the unit’s pricing or specific availability dates through each carrier. Samsung also did not announce which color options – black or white -- that each carrier would offer.
Sprint said it would offer the device “later this year.”
Bellevue, Wash. – HTC launched a national promotion campaign that puts the flagship HTC One smartphone phone into the hands of consumers in 11 major markets to compare against their own phone.
The HTC One Live Experience Tour will be accompanied by a national advertising campaign that positions the phone as “Everything your phone isn’t” and will include a “heavy rotation” in national TV, print, digital media and mobile advertising, the company said. Digital ads include ads in Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and Vevo.
Port Washington, N.Y. – There are now more than 500 million connected devices in the United States, reached primarily on the back of smartphone and tablet sales, according to The NPD Group.
The research firm’s “Connected Intelligence Connected Home” report saw a marked jump in the number of connected devices just during the last quarter.
San Diego – Kyocera Communications and Sprint will launch their first 4G ruggedized smartphone on March 8 at $99 through all of the carrier’s retail distribution channels.
The LTE-equipped Android 4.1-based Torque is targeted not only to enterprise customers but, in a shift, also to consumers interested in a rugged phone. Targeted consumers include outdoor-sports enthusiasts, beachgoers and anyone with a hectic schedule, and they won’t need a $50-70 third-party case to protect the device, Kyocera said.
Framingham, Mass. – When it comes to shipping smart connected devices, Samsung is now the worldwide champ, according to IDC.
Samsung took over the top spot from Apple by shipping 250 million such devices, defined by IDC as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, in 2012. Apple was not far behind, pumping out 218.7 million such products during the same period.
For the entire year, 1.2 billion smart connected devices were shipped worldwide, a 29.1 percent increase over 2011.
Reston, Va. – The Android OS remained the dominant OS among smartphone users in the U.S. at the end of 2012, but Apple’s iOS share is creeping up at a slightly faster pace, ComScore reported.
For the three-month period ending December 2012, an average of 53.4 percent of smartphone users ages 13 and older used the Android OS, up 0.9 percentage points from the average for the three-month period ending in September (see table).
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.