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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.

Samsung, Apple Looking To Broaden Their Strategies
As the high-end smartphone market begins to slow following a period of breakneck growth, the companies that drove much of that growth are starting to broaden their strategies. Apple (AAPL) is eyeing emerging markets, while Samsung (005930) is looking to boost its enterprise presence while also increasing tablet sales. Samsung Mobile EVP Y.H. Lee recently told CNET that the company hopes to double tablet shipments in 2013 to about to about 40 million units. The 40 million-unit mark is also being eyed by LG (066570), which told The Wall Street Journal it hopes to cross that threshold with smartphone sales this year, representing 51% growth over 2012. “The market is saturated, but with good products, [we] can take away others’ share,” LG’s mobile boss Park Jong-seok


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