HTC cuts One M8 price for Mother's Day; DoCoMo to test 5G with Ericsson, Nokia

Quick news from around the Web.

> LG has all but confirmed that its forthcoming G3 flagship Android smartphone will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (QHD) AH-IPS LCD display. Article

> Samsung shuffled its executives in charge of handset design--moving vice president Min-hyouk Lee to head of design team, and allowing Dong-Hoon Chang to focus more on his role as head of the design strategy team--after negative reviews of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone. Article

> HTC cut the price of its flagship One M8 Android smartphone to $99 with a service contract for Mother's Day. Article

> Research firm Strategy Analytics ranked BlackBerry's Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as "the most cost effective multi-platform enterprise mobility management solution," BlackBerry said. Release

> The chief of Apple's public relations department, Katie Cotton, is retiring. Article

> The head of Apple's North American sales is leaving the company. Article

> According to Yahoo's CEO, the company's desktop traffic will soon be eclipsed by its mobile traffic. Article

> OTT messaging app Line now counts 400 million users. Release

> Japan's NTT DoCoMo announced a 5G trial with Ericsson. Release. The operator also said it will work with Nokia on 5G. Release

> Amazon and Netflix are among the companies urging the FCC to uphold net neutrality guidelines in a new letter. Article

> FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is urging the commission to delay a vote on net neutrality. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Competition in the U.S. managed public Wi-Fi hotspot industry just keeps growing. The latest player is Italian startup Cloud4Wi, which has expanded its managed Wi-Fi business to North America, announcing a new partner program for the region that the company says will enable managed service providers (MSPs) to create custom-branded Wi-Fi offerings and value-added services for their customers. Article

> Kineto Wireless said a new suite of voice services riding on its downloadable Smart Comms application will enable carriers to leverage their voice over LTE (VoLTE) or fixed IMS-based voice networks to offer voice-over-Wi-Fi calling, international VoIP calling, home line calling and second line service. Article

> The First Responders Network Authority is preparing two future requests for proposals (RFPs) related to the rollout of the national public-safety broadband network, according to TJ Kennedy, FirstNet's acting general manager. Article

> Google's Project Loon airborne Internet project will rely on telecom operators' licensed spectrum to deliver wireless Internet service to rural and remote areas, said Astro Teller, "captain of moonshots" at the secretive Google X labs. Article

Telecom News

> In this new Hot Seat, Colin Doherty, CEO of BTI Systems, looks at 100G metro deployments. Article

> Lumos' aggressive fiber build strategy will help it overcome TDM transition growing pains. Editor's Corner

Cable News

> Barbecue season continues for Comcast as the House Judiciary Committee is next in line to put the MSO on the spit and apply a little heat about its plan to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. Article

> Dish Network had a successful first quarter when it came to adding subscribers to the fold and generating revenue. The company wasn't quite as successful when it came to net income. Article

And finally… As the summer travel season heats up, a new eMarketer forecast projects travel purchases via mobile devices will surge 60 percent this year to $26.1 billion. Article

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