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The World Mobile Congress 2012
« on: February 26, 2012, 10:42:13 AM »
The World Mobile Congress 2012 officially gets underway tomorrow. In the link below you can see what's rumored to be announced. Some good stuff in here!!  8)

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/24/mobile-world-congress-2012-preview/

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Re: The World Mobile Congress 2012
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 02:34:49 AM »
Mobile World Congress day 1:

Summary:
The first day of the Mobile World Congress smartphone expo in Barcelona didn't disappoint, with plenty of newly announced superphones raising the technology bar.


The HTC One X: HTC's entry in the quad-core smartphone arms race.

Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest technology trade shows on the planet. Focusing solely on mobile phones, it's also a smartphone-lover's dream. So far the first day of the MWC definitely delivered.
The two overarching themes of the day: the ramp-up to phones with more powerful quad-core processors, and the continued march toward Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In other words: Android phones are getting better hardware and newer software. Of the three major phone makers to unveil products, only one didn't jump on the quad-core bandwagon.

Huawei
The first official announcement of the day was from Huawei Chairman Richard Yu, who unveiled the Ascend D series of smartphones. Headlining the new line is the Ascend D Quad, which boasts a quad-core chip built not by Nvidia but by Huawei itself. Other devices in the lineup are the Ascend Quad XL and Ascend D1; both are mere dual-core phones, but they will run the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system.

LG
LG is also talking up a new quad-core phone, the LG Optimus 4X HD, which uses a veritable Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and massive 4.7-inch HD display. The company confirmed plans for another device, the Optimus Vu, that is designed to go head-to-head against the Samsung Galaxy Note--complete with a stylus as well.

Samsung
Not to be outdone, Samsung showcased its new Samsung Galaxy Beam, which actually rocks an internal projector. The company also indicated that its new Galaxy Tab 2 line of Android 4.0 tablets will be available in a 10-inch version as well as the previously announced 7-incher. (Expect more Samsung product news later this week.)


The Galaxy Beam boasts a built-in pico projector.

HTC
HTC dropped plans for a quad-core phone of its own, the HTC One X, plus the less robust One S and One V. Look for the One S to arrive on T-Mobile's U.S. network, while the One X will hit AT&T--unfortunately for American Android fans, it will be a less powerful dual-core version, however. Thankfully, all three are expected to run Android 4.0 as well.

Sony
Sony is relaunching its cellphone brand, having finally completed its divorce from Ericsson. But the first Sony-only products felt a bit underwhelming: the Xperia P and Xperia U phones are powered by dual-core (not quad-core) chips and run outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread software. (Sony is promising upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of 2012.) That said, the Xperia P and Xperia U are crafted with the same deliciously stylish industrial design first flaunted by the Sony Xperia S.

More to follow over the coming week!!


See for additional info below:
HTC One X is HTC's quad-core, ICS, Beats Audio powerhouse (hands-on): http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57382792-78/htc-one-x-is-htcs-quad-core-ics-beats-audio-powerhouse-hands-on/?tag=mncol;posts

Samsung Galaxy Beam flexes projection power: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385309-78/samsung-galaxy-beam-flexes-projection-power/?tag=mncol;posts

Sadly, AT&T's HTC One X won't be quad-core (and here's why): http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385088-78/sadly-at-ts-htc-one-x-wont-be-quad-core-and-heres-why/?tag=mncol;posts

Sony shows off stylish new Xperia P and U: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385408-78/sony-shows-off-stylish-new-xperia-p-and-u/?tag=mncol;posts

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Re: The World Mobile Congress 2012
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 02:38:48 AM »
Mobile World Congress Day 2:

Summary:
It's the second day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and the phones just keep on coming. Nokia announced a whole slew of models, as did Samsung, LG, and a few others.


Huawei's MediaPad has a 10.1-inch screen and a quad-core CPU.

BARCELONA, Spain--Even though the first day of Mobile World Congress rolled out some nice phones that we're still talking about, the handsets that debuted the very next day did not fail to impress.
While LG, Samsung, and Huawei still had enough tricks up their sleeves to announce more new products, it was Nokia's unveiling of five phones that took up most of the chatter for the second day of the show.

Huawei
After announcing the Ascend D Quad the day before, Huawei followed that up with a quad-core tablet that features a 10.1-inch touch screen. The company claims that the device, called the MediaPad, is the first of its kind, but we here at CNET were wondering if Huawei ever heard of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. That device has a 10-inch screen and has a quad-core CPU as well. With the Ascend D Quad already being touted as the world's "fastest" phone, perhaps it'd benefit Huawei to take it easy with the superlatives.

LG
The LG Optimus 3D Max is still stuck on Android's Gingerbread OS, but it can record video in 3D that you can see without those funky glasses. It also has a 4.3-inch WVGA display and a 1.3GHz dual-core processor. LG displayed its line of L-Style phones as well, which includes the Ice Cream Sandwich-running Optimus L7 and L5, and the L3 (which runs Gingerbread). To keep track of all the LG phones we got our hands on, be sure to check out the LG roundup.

Samsung
Two handsets have been announced by Samsung, both of which are entry-to-midrange Gingerbread phones: the Galaxy S Advance and the Galaxy Ace Plus. Samsung also debuted two tablets, the 10-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 (a 7-inch model is available as well) and the Galaxy Note 10.1.


On the second day of MWC 2012, Nokia's 808 PureView was the buzz of the town.

Nokia
At first, the company's press conference started out humbly. It announced three new additions to its line of entry-level phones called Asha: the 202, 203, and 302. Later, the company stated that its Lumia 900 will go global and that it will add a fourth member to the Lumia line, the 610, which will be marketed at a lower price for a younger audience. But when Nokia got to its final product, the 808 PureView phone, loud applause broke out. Hey, looking at a 41-megapixel camera, wouldn't you clap, too?
Asus
A few months ago, we were sad to see that Asus skipped out on CES this year, but we're glad that it has come to MWC, bringing with it the PadFone. It runs on ICS and has a 4.3-inch AMOLED touch screen and a dual-core processor. More importantly, however, the PadFone can slide into the Asus PadStation to become a 10.1-inch tablet. Now you can browse the Internet and use your apps in tablet form.

More to follow over the coming week!!

See for additional info below:
Nokia unveils Lumia 610 and the 900 goes global: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385578-78/nokia-unveils-lumia-610-and-the-900-goes-global/?tag=mncol;txt

Skype finally comes to Windows Phone 7: http://www.cnet.com.au/skype-finally-comes-to-windows-phone-7-339332580.htm

Nokia adds Asha 202, 203, 302: http://www.cnet.com.au/nokia-adds-asha-202-203-302-339332577.htm
(Note of interest: What separates the 202 from the 203 is that the former can support two SIM cards. This means that you can load two SIM cards that can be from different carriers in different countries, and make calls or send texts from either line.)

Get more from your mobile with the Asus Padfone: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385002-78/get-more-from-your-mobile-with-the-asus-padfone/?tag=mncol;posts

Nokia's 808 PureView has a whopping 41-megapixel camera: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385592-78/nokias-808-pureview-has-a-whopping-41-megapixel-camera/?tag=mncol;posts

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Re: The World Mobile Congress 2012
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2012, 02:35:06 AM »
Mobile World Congress Day 3:

Summary:
It's the third day of Mobile World Congress. The flood of new handsets has slowed, but that gave us lots of time to handle this fresh crop of smartphone hardware.

BARCELONA, Spain--The first and second days of Mobile World Congress certainly flew by in a whirlwind of smartphone product announcements.
While the torrent of press conferences and gadget news abated a bit, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt notably took the stage at MWC. Schmidt rallied the Android troops touting the exponential growth of the mobile OS while calling for less censorship and increased access to high-tech services saying, "Technology is a leveler. The weak will be made strong, and those with nothing will have something."

The less fever-pitch news cycle also gave the crack team of CNET reporters and editors on site a chance to do what they love best--spend quality time with cutting-edge gadgets. We have lots of pictures and videos straight out of Barcelona to share.

Samsung
Jessica Dolcourt got her hands on the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 while managing to spare a few moments to check out the Samsung Galaxy S II Blaze. The Blaze was announced at CES in January and is expected to land on T-Mobile's U.S. network this spring. The fact that it was on display in Barcelona highlights further that MWC is becoming a truly global event.


Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T-Mobile)

ZTE
ZTE showed off two new devices too, the ZTE Orbit running Windows Phone and ZTE Era, a quad-core powerhouse with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Jessica was able to nab hands-on videos of these phones as well.


ZTE Era

Nokia and HTC
Despite all the buzz about quad-core mobile processing, phone makers also showcased more modestly equipped handsets. Kent German took both the Nokia Asha 302 that runs Symbian and Nokia Lumia 610 Windows Phone Tango device for a spin. Nokia targets the Asha line at developing markets and first-time mobile phone buyers. Jessica Dolcourt managed to track down the HTC One V, a spitting image of the venerable HTC Legend but with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Beats audio.


HTC One V

More to follow over the coming week!!

See for additional info below:
Samsung: 'We're not doing very well in the tablet market': http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385739-78/samsung-were-not-doing-very-well-in-the-tablet-market/?tag=mncol;posts

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G a good fit all around (hands on): http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57386756-78/samsung-galaxy-s-blaze-4g-a-good-fit-all-around-hands-on/?tag=mncol;posts

Samsung: 'We're not doing very well in the tablet market': http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57385739-78/samsung-were-not-doing-very-well-in-the-tablet-market/?tag=mncol;posts

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Re: The World Mobile Congress 2012
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2012, 02:26:23 PM »
Mobile World Congress Final Day:

A Summary: The who, what, huh of Mobile World Congress 2012:
For the last week, the tech world was all about an event: Mobile World Congress. In recent years, it’s become an important place to launch new mobile devices companies want consumers to get excited about.

So what is Mobile World Congress?
Simply put, it’s an exhibition. It’s a place for the world to see the latest in mobile technology through displays, keynotes, product launches and previews.
 
With the ubiquity of smartphones, you may think they’re the only game in town, but tablets are in the game too. You won’t see Apple at a show like this, though they picked a fine time to announce their latest tablet event.

This year, the show in Barcelona was, as usual, Android-heavy. And with 300 million activations so far , it’s hard to wonder why there wouldn’t be a strong presence at MWC. There was a little Microsoft in there, but we’ll get to that.

With Android, most companies bring the same: More power, more features, latest software. There were tons of phones running the latest version of the Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. Dual-core? Please, that’s so last year. It’s all quad-core now! As you’ll see, more is not necessarily better.

Samsung flashed their Galaxy Beam . The selling point? It’s a phone…with a projector on it. The Beam is a 15 lumen (a lumen is the measurement for how well something gives off light) mini projector designed to mirror anything that’s on the device. What’s not as illuminating are the specs for such a device. Old operating system, this year’s internals. Fortunately, it’s got a huge battery to be burning so bright. You can look for it to launch sometime in the second quarter of this year.

Samsung’s Galaxy branding was so popular in recent years, that it’s going on everything. Learning from that singular branding is HTC. It launched its One series, with 3 variants. The X, the S and V. I don’t think this is going to lessen confusion over what phones they’re selling. However, the most notable one…or One…was the One X . It’s a quad-core, 4.7 inch (these phones are getting huge), high-resolution display phone with an awesome camera and a unibody shell, running the latest version of Android, albeit tweaked by HTC. The Verge has a great post showing off all 3 if you want to take a look.

LG, determined to not be left behind, also took a note from Samsung…a Galaxy Note, if you want to be “punny” with it. (I do. I really do.) The company showed off its LG Optimus Vu at the show. And like Samsung’s Galaxy Note, it’s a huge 5-inch phone designed to be used with a stylus. It’s not running anything great on the inside, or the latest version of Android…but it’s big, if you’re into that sort of thing.


The Galaxy Note next to LG Optimus Vu

Finally, as mentioned, Microsoft held a huge keynote to talk about the consumer preview of its operating system. No, not Windows Phone 7, the company’s mobile operating system. Windows 8. The next iteration of what is known the world around as the thing that runs on a keyboard and mouse. So why show this off at Mobile World Congress? Because Windows 8 is aimed at being used on tablets and desktop computers. Microsoft showed off how the OS behaved, including how it integrates with your Xbox and that fancy new Start Menu–which takes a huge Metro design cue from its cousin, Windows Phone 7.

Definitely some exciting things coming down the pipe from a lot of different companies. But will these new features sell or are they just gimmicks from companies trying to stay relevant in an ever-changing mobile field?

Guess we’ll know by MWC 2013.

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