MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS: 2011OVERVIEW By, Bhavya Siddappa
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB II AND GALAXY S II• Galaxy Tab II shows off its 10.1 inch 1200×800 resolution touch screen, powered by a 1 GHz processor which runs on Android 3.0• It features an 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash and Full HD Video Recording and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.• Galaxy S II has been trimmed down to 8.49mm thick• Along with NFC technology, Samsung Galaxy S II comes with the WiFi Direct technology, which allows consumers to connect to wireless enabled PCs and printers without the need for wireless access points.
LG OPTIMUS 3D AND OPTIMUS PAD• Along with the Optimus 3D there is the LG Optimus Pad which is a Honeycomb based Android tablet launched.• The Optimus Pad also comes with dual cameras which allow users to record full HD 3D content and view it back on their HDTV over HDMI .• LG Optimus 3D is a super smartphone which comes with 3D capabilities.• Smartphone comes with a 1GHz OMAP4 processor which brings extended graphics capabilities to the palm of your hand.• The camera unit has dual lenses which enable it to capture 3D content.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1 HONEYCOMB TABLET • Latest Galaxy Tab comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display • Powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) • Tegra 2 dual core processor, • 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, HSPA 3G connectivity, MicroSD card slot. • Expected to release in April 2011.
PLAYSTATION CERTIFIED XPERIA PLAY SMARTPHONE • World’s first PlayStation certified smartphone. • 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, slide-out gaming keypad and so on. • On Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) • Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem. • Play will be available in 2 colors – Black and White.
NOKIA EVENT SUMMARY• Keeping Symbian for the mass market, pitching MeeGo and Windows Phone Software in the high end.• Nokia has been given complete freedom to modify the Windows 7 OS as desired by them.• Microsoft is playing a very important and deep role in resurgence of Nokia with the new OS.Talks are also on to bring Ovi Store content to the Microsoft App Store.The first MeeGo device from the Nokia stable would also be revealedsometime this year.
NOKIA WP7 CONCEPT PREVIEWED• Nokia’s Windows Phone 7• At the nokia event they confirmed that these concepts were a culmination of two months of combined work by Nokia’s hardware engineers and Microsoft’s software engineers.• Combining the best of the Nokia hardware with brushed aluminum hardware and the Metro UI from the Windows Phone 7• However it lacks basic functionality including copy-paste and multitasking.
VIEWSONIC LAUNCHES DUAL BOOTING TABLET• The Viewpad 10pro brings with dual booting capabilities to allow an Android VM running on top of Windows 7.• The tablet is targeted towards the enterprise audience.• Promises over 6 hours of battery life from the tablet.• Powered by Intel’s next generation Oaktrail platform
INTEL• Intel showcased MeeGo tablets• The upcoming Oaktrail , Medfield platforms are poised to provide unparalleled computing performance in addition to great battery life.• Intel claims to be working on improving active usage battery life.• Preliminary Medfield benchmarks show that the OS has double the performance of competing platforms.• The Medfield processor will ship in smartphone products later thisyear and will support both MeeGo and Android.
HTC FLYER TABLET• HTC with its first tablet device - the HTC Flyer• This device runs on the Android 2.4• Later updated to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)• Its with a 7 inch touchscreen• 1.5 GHz Processor, 5 megapixel camera
HTC FACEBOOK PHONES CHACHA AND SALSA • New fancy HTC named phones - ChaCha and Salsa • The new phones have a dedicated FB key which lets you share your information to facebook pretty seamlessly. • Share photos , links , bookmarks , current music track, current location to Facebook with just press of a button.
ZTE SKATE• The Skate is the first high end device by ZTE.• Having fast 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor• Android smartphone• ZTE plans to overtake the mid range marketby selling at very competitive rates.
HUAWEI NEW DEVICES • Huawei announced a smartphone and tablet • The Huawei IDEOS X3 is touted to be the world’s slimmest 3.2″ screen smartphone. • The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread • Their new 7 inch tablet computer running on Google Android. The IDEOS S7 Slim measures just 12.5mm at its thinnest end making it a particularly slim device. • It is capable of detecting multi touch gestures.
TOSHIBA MOBILE REGZA• First ever waterproof smartphone• 125x62x11.9mm (14.7mm at thickest point)• 149grams on Android OS• 12.2 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash,• High Definition Video Recording
MOTOROLA XOOM • First Honeycomb Tablet • Web Browsing with support for multiple tabs • Front facing camera • 5MP camera with Flash on the back along with the speaker and power button. • MicroUSB , mini HDMI and docking pins • Google Maps with 3D Buildings • Google Books • Email app with 2 panes
LG OPTIMUS PAD• The device runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb which has been designed for tablets and it also features 3D Video capture and playback.
BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK GAMEPLAY• Need For Speed Undercover playing on the Blackberry Playbook. The tablet was able to run the game flawlessly.
JAWBONE JAMBOX• Jawbone , the popular accessory manufacturer brought out their latest bluetooth speaker system here in Barcelona.• The Jawbone Jambox as it is called allows you to connect your phone to the device wirelessly and playback your music via the speakers.
VMWAREOver 250,000 VMware customers are moving to the cloud,following a journey that ends in your datacenters, not ours.Our approach is unique. Only VMware offers a unified cloudsoftware platform to support the flexible, low-cost deployment oftoday’s and tomorrow’s applications.And only VMware provides a way for you to offer a cloudworkspace where business users can access applications and dataindependent of network and device.
MAJOR OPERATORS CONNECT TO WAC PLATFORMExactly a year on from the formation of the WholesaleApplications Community (WAC), yesterday saw eight majoroperators announce they are now connected to the WAC platform.China Mobile, MTS, Orange, Smart, Telefonica, Telenor, Verizonand Vodafone are the carriers ready to offer services.“We are looking to add at least another eight operators to theplatform this year,” WAC CEO Peters Suh told a press conferenceat Congress.
TWITTER MUST “WORK LIKE WATER” ON MOBILETwitter CEO Dick Costolo used his special keynote address atCongress yesterday to call on the mobile industry to more tightlyintegrate the social networking service into devices.He claimed that every device on show this week – from thehighest-end smartphone to the least expensive SMS-only phone –was currently capable of supporting Twitter but noted that theexperience was often different between platforms.
MOTOROLA UPS ANDROID ANTEMotorola Mobility is showcasing a range of Androidsoftware additions at MWC, including mobile enterprisesecurity software and device management courtesy of itsrecent acquisition of 3LM.Following the 3LM purchase, agreed at the end of 2010 foran undisclosed amount, Motorola says it will be able tomake a bigger push into enterprise and governmentsectors.
GOOGLE BACKS HIGH-SPEED NETWORK EVOLUTIONGoogle CEO Eric Schmidt believes the rollout of LTEnetworks and new cloud based services this year will markthe start of a new era for mobile innovation.LTE will provide the platform for a set of new mobileapplications that we can only begin to imagine.Android phone activations were now running at 300,000 aday with 170 Android-based handsets currently availablefrom 27 device vendors - making it the “world’s fastest-growing mobile platform.”
OPERATOR KEYNOTES CALL FOR OPEN SYSTEMSConsumers want to view or access the same content across anumber of devices, and not be restricted by the particularcharacteristics of an OS, device or network.This openness, according to Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s CEO,should be a powerful message for the mobile industry in terms ofstimulating demand for the capabilities being deployed now bymobile operators.“The customer experience will be OS and device agnostic, evennetwork agnostic,” said Stephenson. “Consumers are notconcerned or preoccupied about which access medium they use -mobile, fixed or Wi-Fi.As LTE networks become available, the cloud becomes a realityand the overall technology matures, the customers’ expectationfor an open and seamless environment is only going to increase.”
TECH GIANTS MAP MOBILE INTERNET FUTUREThe CEOs of Intel and Cisco highlighted how the mobile Internetis driving fundamental changes in the mobile industry, business,individual lifestyles and society at large.
YAHOO TARGETS PERSONALISED MOBILE CONTENT DELIVERYYahoo CEO outlined how the Internet giant was planning todeliver content to its 630 million monthly users via mobiledevices.Yahoo’s new mantra is “content and context,” a goal to deliverhighly personalised content to users.“Everything that is served up to you must be relevant; noisycontent is yesterday’s Internet,”“Content and context is the sweet spot for Yahoo.”In a demonstration of Yahoo’s approach, they showed off a newproduct called ‘Livestand,’ a so-called ‘digital newsstand’ thataggregates content specific to the user. “We have a massiveaudience, and all the publishers want to get to that - but they’renot software developers."
HUAWEI CLAIMS WAC STORE FIRSTHuawei announced what it said is “the first global commercialWAC-enabled app store and mobile phone,” available throughPhilippines operator Smart.The Chinese company said the solution is fully compliant with theWAC 1.0 specifications.
DOCOMMO NFC PHONES9.6 megapixel camera phone that isable to take 3D photos with a singleCCD lens and also had NFC so thatone can make mobile wallet paymentswith itSharp Lynx 3D, a phenomenalhandset that offers gaming,entertainment and 3D contentcreation in a tiny packageTouch wood phone and it wasseriously made from woodMake payments from your phoneconcept was live demonstrated here.
QUALCOMM GENERATION NEXTThey announced their next generation Snapdragon Chipsetscodenamed KraitEvolving Mobile CPU’s, 1 GHz at a timeComing in single, dual and quad-core versions, these chipsets willalso include the latest Adreno GPUs integrated with LTE modern.Paparazzi named as top title in Qualcomm’s Argumented RealityDeveloper ChallengeThe app instead of using GPS and the phone’s compass, the ARplatform utilizes computer vision to deliver the effect
WAC GOES COMMERCIAL, KIND OFIt was years since the WAC was unveiled as a collective operatordream to enable network-enhanced web apps that could workacross any connected operator storeThe vision came true: with eight operators, China Mobile, MTS,Orange, Samrt, Telefonica, Telenor, Verizon and Vodofoneconnected storefronts to the platform.Each can offer 12,000 applications based on the first version ofthe WAC specification.With sep 2.0 has been announced, supporting HTML5 and moreconnectivity to native phone features
TELEFONICA PREPS CLOUD BASED APPS SERVICE“All my stuff, anywhere, anytime”Frigo (as named) service will let customers buy, store, access andmanage apps on mobile, tablet, netbook, mobile PC, set-top boxTV and other homescreen devicesWill work across Android, Windows Mobile, Java and SymbianGives the excitement around cloud-based services and thepotential to bring operators back into the heart of the contentspace.
ORANGE GETTING FIRSTAs enthusiasm for m-payments builds across Europe, orange isclaiming to be the first to announce it would be deploying a newgeneration of SIM cards and handsets to enable mobile contactlessservices.The growing complexity of smartphones has prompted Orange toinvest its R&D resources into making them easier to use.The company claims that users want quicker and simpler methods tointeract with smartphone appsOrange has unveiled Gestures – which enables access to apps orservices by a simple stroke of the touchscreen, and Live Wallpaper –which presents key functions of the handset using live - or smart –wallpaper.