Android smartphone vendors expect poor sales numbers for second half of 2014

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While LG seems to be relatively bullish on the rest of the year’s outlook, it may not be the case for the rest of the industry.

According to the DigiTimes, major Android smartphone vendors including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC are expecting slow sales for the rest of of 2014, as China-based manufacturers expand their portfolios to include budget-based smartphones for the mid-range market. Other consumers are simply in wait-and-see mode on the upcoming iPhone 6, which is sure to make waves upon release.


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LG forecasted to hit 60 million smartphones in worldwide sales for this year

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LG’s G-series devices have been quite a success for the company, which expects its sales numbers to boom by the end of this year.

Two Korean brokerage firms, Kiwoom Securities and Korea Investment, forecast roughly 60 million smartphones in sales this year, while Daewoo Securities expects LG to sell over 62 million smartphones.

Between the years 2011 and 2012, the company only shipped between 20 and 26 million units, while last year, it shipped 47.6 million devices.

Since last year, LG has become more of a staple in the market, so 60 million units may not be too much of a stretch. This all bodes well for stockholders, and hopefully for the consumers as well.

Source: Korea Times

[Deal] Best Buy selling the Moto G 4G for just $180

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If you’ve been considering picking up a Moto G but have been holding off due to lack of 4G connectivity, you might want to take advantage of the deal Best Buy is running today. For just $179, you can buy the 4G version of the Moto G, which is what the standard unlocked 8 GB Moto G currently runs. Plus, the 4G also has a microSD card slot that the original did not have.

The only catch is that the deal is only available in store, so you won’t be able to place an order online. Aside from that, it’s a great phone at a very affordable price.

source: Best Buy

[Deal] Motorola offering up to $125 off Moto X — deal expires next week

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With the Moto X scheduled to become a relic later this year, Motorola has some devices to get rid of.

To clear out stock, the company is offering a discount on the device through its website. Just add a Moto X of any color/storage size/etc. to your shopping cart, and add the coupon code “MBXISMOT.”


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Best Buy now carrying Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch

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There is one more place to purchase an Android Wear device from. Best Buy is now carrying smartwatches from both Samsung and LG. Prior to this, the only places to get such devices from were Google Play and Amazon. Through Best Buy, the G Watch is ready to ship; however, the Gear Live is currently listed as only a pre-order. Both colors of the G Watch are available (Titanium Black and White Gold) and Best Buy has the Gear Live in Black and Wine Red.

Hit any of the links below to order one today.

Source: Best Buy [LG G Watch - Titan Black] [LG G Watch - White Gold] [Samsung Gear Live - Black] [Samsung Gear Live - Wine Red]

[Deal] Expansys offering close-out deals on Google Play Edition devices

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Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out.
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WiFi versions of Samsung Galaxy Tab S to hit stores in U.S. next week

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available for purchase at major retailers starting June 27th. Some of the retailers include Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, and Sears. However, Best Buy is the only location that has units available on the sales floor at Samsung Experience Shops for consumers to spend some hands on time with the devices before placing a pre-order or next week’s general availability.

The WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will sell for $399.99 while the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will go for $499.99. Both versions will be available in either dazzling white or titanium bronze.

Samsung indicates LTE versions of the tablets will be available later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.