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Android’s phablet reign to last through 2013 as Apple, RIM and Nokia fail to compete

Android Phablets

Apple (AAPL) and Research In Motion (RIMM) will continue to sleep on the emerging “phablet” market in 2013, according to a new report. Android vendors including Samsung (005930), HTC (2498) and Sony (SNE) will capitalize on strong demand for 5-inch smartphones in 2013, Digitimes claims. Meanwhile Apple, RIM and Nokia (NOK) have no plans for 5-inch smartphones this year according to the site’s unnamed industry sources. How big is the opportunity these companies are missing? Digitimes cites research suggesting 60.4 million smartphones with screens measuring 5 inches or more will ship this year, and that figure will climb to 146 million units in 2016.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.