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The Weekly Thread | January 8th – January 14th



CES, CES, CES! This week we saw the first major electronics show and all the techie goodness that it had to offer. The carrier wasted no time this week showing off what it is the works for the first few months of 2012. We saw MetroPCS’s first dual-core phone, Sprint’s first LTE phones, and the second Nokia making its way to the US! There was a strong showing from most of the major manufacturers and even some that are hoping increase their presences this year. Like every week I will run down some of the top mobile news of the week but sum up each story in 130 characters or less.



– Sprint announced that the LG Viper will be one of their first LTE phones. It will feature a1.2GHz dual-core processor & NOVA display.



– The Galaxy Nexus was confirmed as one of the first LTE phones to hit Sprint later this year. It will support Google Wallet out the box.



– AT&T may have left some Skyrocket owner wishing they waiting with the Skyrocket HD. Same Galaxy S II goodness but with a HD display.



– The Samsung Galaxy Note is on its way to the US. It and it huge 5.3″ screen will be hitting AT&T soon



– Nokia & AT&T announced that the Lumia 900 will be the US’s first LTE Nokia phone. Comes sporting a 4.3″ AMOLED screen & front-facing cam.



– Motorola Razr owners may be upset at Verizon with the announcement of the Razr Maxx which will offer more storage & longer battery life.



– MetroPCS’s first dual-core phone will be the LG Connect 4G. It features 4G LTE, a 1.2GHz processor, 4″ screen, & VGA front-facing cam.



– The LG Marquee will hit Boost Mobile Jan. 23 bringing with it a NOVA display, 2MP front & 5MP rear-facing cam. Plus a $280 price tag.



– The first Nokia Windows Phone hit the US this week with the Lumia 710 on T-Mobile.



– T-Mobile showed off the Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G. Still keeping a lot of the info about it on the hush.



– The Sony Xperia ion will be the companies first phone in the US market without long-time partner Ericsson. It will hit AT&T this this year.



– The HTC Titan II adds a second core & 8 extra mega pixels over the first. It & its massive screen will be hitting AT&T later this year.



– Huawei looks to make a big splash this year with the Ascend P1 & P1s. Both with ICS, dual-core processors, & qHD Super AMOLED displays.



– California has passed a law requiring electronics to ship with energy-efficient chargers starting in February of 2013.



– Score one for Motorola as the US ITC ruled that they did not violate 3 Apple’s patents including one for multi-touch.



– HP updated Pre phones to webOS 2.2.4 this week. The update adds  MAP Bluetooth profile, and improves messaging, contacts, & Skype support.




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About Yossarian Norman

Yossarian Norman is a nerd. He knows it, everyone that knows him knows it, and now you know it. His love for technology was nurtured by his parent who did their best to indulge him as he collected phones, took them apart, and studied them. He has spent years learning and working with mobile phones and the ever changing mobile industry.

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