South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. regained its spot as No. In the U.S. handset market last month for the first time in a year on Brisk sales of its latest smartphones, a research firm said Sunday.
According to Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research, mobile phones by LG Electronics recorded a share of 13 percent in December in the United States, beating Apple Inc. with 12 percent. The No. 1 player was retained by Samsung Electronics Co. with 33 percent. Please note, it's "mobile" phones, not just smartphones.
LG Electronics had maintained the runner-up position until the third-quarter of 2011 but fell to third place after Apple's iPhone 4S hit the market.
Market Insiders attributed LG Electronics' sales growth to the popularity of its latest Optimus G handset , with over 1 million units sold across North America.
In a move which should surprise nobody, AT&T announced this morning that it will are the exclusive U.S. carrier for Nokia's flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset, continuing its lock-down from the high-end Lumia line. The Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7 handset has also been AT&T-only.
The company additionally announced promises to carry the more mainstream Lumia 820. Both phones will show up on store shelves by using an unspecified November day, though earlier reports pegged the launch for November 2nd.
We were impressed by the Lumia 920's colorful exterior, crisp PureView-powered pictures and its sharp, bright display whenever we saw the product firsthand at Nokia's launch event. The phone packs several particularly nifty features, including wireless charging as well as the augmented reality City Lens app. The Lumia 820, meanwhile, sports an exhibition of slightly lower - however HD - resolution compared to Lumia 920 and interchangeable shells rather than wireless charging. With all these great features, we are wondering, will you buy one?
The Motorola X Phone is rumored to have been benchmarked and is supposedly running on Key Lime Pie/Android 5.0.1 according to a new smartphone benchmark screen shot that came out recently.
The name on the benchmark results is "Google X". However, nothing "official" has come out of either Google or Motorola yet, so don't get your hopes too high. Moreover, the device won't be available until late 2013, possibly 3rd to 4th quarter this year, so we're pretty sure that many rumors of this sort will still come out during the period leading to the date of actual launch.
Next month, though, Google will possibly already introduce Key Lime Pie and some are speculating on the likelihood of a real Motorola X prototype. It will apparently have a 4.8-in display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip and it will work well in wet conditions just like the Sony Xperia Z can.