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LG announces its new flagship Android smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress

LG Electronics has announced the LG G Pro 2 smartphone today.

It’s a successor to the LG G Pro, which was revealed in February last year. South Korea is currently the only market confirmed for the LG G Pro 2, although wider availability is expected to be announced during or after Mobile World Congress.

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One billion smartphones were shipped last year, according to IDC

Figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) show annual smartphone shipments passing the milestone of one billion units in 2013. A new report from the market intelligence company shows worldwide smartphone shipments reaching 1,004.2 million smartphones in 2013, up 38.4% from the 2012 total of 725.3 million units.

Smartphone shipments in 2011 were 494.4 million units, which means these shipments have doubled in the past two years.

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LG financial results improve for 2013 despite loss in final quarter

LG Electronics has announced its financial results for 2013, along with figures for the final quarter of the year.

Annual revenue reached KRW 58.14 trillion (£32.4 billion) with net profit of KRW 222.70 billion (£124.2 million); an improvement from the previous year. Operating profits were up to KRW 1.28 trillion (£714 million) from KRW 1.22 trillion (£681 million).

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The Apple iPhone first appeared seven years ago

Mark Bridge writes:

In a way, it’s hard to believe that the first Apple iPhone wasn’t seen in public until this day seven years ago. It - and the trend towards one-piece smartphones with hardly any buttons - seems to have been with us for much longer.

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BlackBerry Messenger to be pre-loaded on some LG smartphones

BlackBerry says its BBM instant messaging application will be pre-loaded on the LG G Pro Lite smartphone in certain markets.

It’s part of a deal with LG that’s expected to see the app installed on other LG handsets in the future.

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