Verizon launches new LTE Motorola Droids; Dish presses FCC on wireless network

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@FierceWireless: RT @JohnPaczkowski: AT&T's De La Vega: Shared Data Plans Still in the Works. Article | [email protected]

> Samsung tablets, Motorola Droids topped Verizon LTE announcements. Article

> AT&T expanded its LTE portfolio, and announced its first Windows Phone LTE smartphones. Article

> Sony Ericsson announced its new Xperia S, its new flagship smartphone and the first of its new Xperia NXT series. Post

> Huawei said it plans CDMA/LTE phones for U.S. market in 2012. Article

> Dish Network's Charles Ergen pressed the FCC to approve the company's proposed wireless network. Article

> Nvidia highlighted the power-saving elements of its new Tegra 3 chipset. Article

> Qualcomm will now provide its Snapdragon chipsets for smart TVs and digital media adapters. Article

Mobile Content News

> AT&T will offer two data plans for the PlayStation Vita when it launches Feb. 22. Article

> Apple's iOS is narrowing the gap on Google's Android after its U.S. market share (by smartphone sales) increased from 26 percent in the third quarter of 2011 to 43 percent in October and November, according to new data published by research firm NPD Group. Article

> Rich media mobile advertising platform Medialets is rolling out Medialets Private Marketplace, promising a fully transparent approach to planning, buying, executing and measuring mobile campaigns. Article

> Sprint Nextel introduced Mobile Accessibility, a suite of applications designed for Android device users who are blind or suffering from visual impairment. Article

> Sales of in-game items will surge from $2.1 billion in 2011 to $4.8 billion in 2016, driven by a sharp increase in smartphone adoption and growing user comfort with the freemium revenue model, according to a new forecast issued by Juniper Research. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Why is mobile app usage gaining and Web consumption waning? Commentary

> AT&T Mobility launched a new API platform today with tools intended to help developers create HTML5 mobile apps that will run more efficiently and save battery life. Article

> General Motors' OnStar unit will open its proprietary Advanced Telematics Operating Management System application programming interface to selected iOS and Android developers during the first half of 2012. Article

> The worldwide market for mobile application development services--including software creation, management, distribution and extension efforts--reached $20.5 billion in 2011, according to new data published by research2guidance. Article

And finally... Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't actually make $378 million in 2011. Article