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Famed Apple columnist dumps iPhone for Android
Revered Apple (AAPL) columnist Andy Ihnatko has decided to dump his iPhone in favor of an Android smartphone. Ihnatko, who has penned popular Apple columns for Chicago Sun Times and Macworld, explained earlier this week that he got rid of his iPhone 4S more than a month ago, opting instead for a Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III. In the first part of a three-part series on TechHive, the columnist explains why he made the leap from Apple handsets to Google’s (GOOG) mobile platform. Among the reasons Ihnatko lists for switching to the Galaxy S III are the phone’s larger display and the availability of better keyboards. Two more key items that factored into his decision will be covered in the second installment of his

Verizon may offer LG Optimus F5
The new mid-range LG smartphone introduced at Mobile World Congress could soon find a home at Verizon Wireless. [Read more]

iPhone 5 found to dominate all other smartphones again in February
A recent report suggested Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 reclaimed the title of top-selling smartphone in the world last quarter, and the popular handset apparently maintained its momentum in the U.S. last month. Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley issued his monthly handset sales estimates for the month of February early Monday morning, and he found that Apple’s iPhone 5 was the best-selling smartphone at each of the three major U.S. carriers where the phone is sold. At AT&T (T), which sells more smartphones than another other U.S. wireless company, the iPhone 5 topped Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III and the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 920, which is impressively still AT&T’s No.3 smartphone according to Walkley. The iPhone 5 also took top

ABI: Android Will Top iOS In Smartphone App Downloads This Yea
There are a number of ways to measure a mobile platform’s relative success, but if you’re looking at the number of mobile app downloads as the metric of choice, then the analysts at ABI Research have just predicted that Android will win it in 2013.


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