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Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics shipped 10.3 million smartphones and had higher company revenues, but profits declined for the first quarter, ended March 31.
The smartphone unit sales in the quarter were the highest for LG since it entered the category, the company said, and its better-than-expected performance in LG’s mobile operations offset weaker results in the home entertainment business.
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New York — AT&T reported it added 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers, and the company’s net income rose 3.2 percent to $3.7 billion during its first quarter.
The company posted operating revenues of $31.4 billion for the three months, ended March 31, compared with the same period last year.
The 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers equated to 290,000 wireless postpaid net adds for the company, which resulted in a postpaid churn improvement to 1.04 percent, the company reported.
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New York — Gartner is forecasting double-digit worldwide growth for mobile phones, tablets and ultrathin laptops for the next four years.
The only category expected to decline during this period is desktop PCs and laptops.
The research firm reported that 2.4 billion connected devices will ship this year, up from 2.2 billion in 2012. This figure will climb to 2.6 billion by 2014 and hit 2.96 billion by 2017.
Framingham, Mass. — More than 1 billion smart connected devices shipped worldwide in 2012, a 29.1 percent increase, according to IDC’s “Smart Connected Device Tracker” report.
The category, which encompasses desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, will continue its hockey-stick-growth curve with shipments hitting 2.2 billion by 2017. This is expected to generate about $814 billion in revenue, up from $576.9 billion in 2012.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Getting faster cellular-data speeds is the top reason cited by consumers who are buying a smartphone and considering a change of cellular carriers, an NPD Group survey found.
Network speed exceeded network reliability and better coverage for the first time as the top reasons for considering a carrier switch, the latest survey found.
Framingham, Mass. — The rest of the world with catch up with the U.S. in 2012 when global shipments of smartphones will exceed feature-phone shipments for the first time, IDC forecast.
In the U.S., smartphones first outsold feature phones in 2011, with the first quarter of that year marking the first quarter that smartphones dominated, the research and consulting company said.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Listening to music on a tablet or smartphone is increasing, according to The NPD Group.
A new study of 2,300 mobile device owners has found that 56 of smartphone and 40 percent of tablet owners use these mobile devices to listen to music. About 39 percent of smartphone users said they listen to music at least one a day on their device, with 54 percent saying the amount of time they listen to music in this fashion has increased since last year.
Port Washington, N.Y. – It is becoming more obvious that consumers are moving their online activity away from their PC and onto mobile devices.
The NPD Group issued a report today stating that 37 percent of those who used to access online content via their PC — whether desktop or laptop — are now using their tablet or smartphone.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC posted double-digit percentage declines in sales, operating profits and net profits in the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2012.
During the quarter, net profits fell at a double-digit percentage rate for the fifth consecutive quarter, and revenues fell at a double-digit rate for the fourth consecutive quarter.
Egham, U.K. – Worldwide mobile sales edged down slightly in the third quarter, but the smartphone segment saw an almost 50 percent increase.
The research firm Gartner latest report had overall worldwide mobile phones sales dipping 3.1 percent, but smartphone flying off shelves to boost sales 46.9 percent. Smartphone sales accounted for 39.6 percent of all mobile phone sales for the quarter.