Mobile technology professionals and enthusiasts have descended on Barcelona, all in hopes of catching a glimpse at the future products and technologies the 1,300 companies at Mobile World Congress 2010 have to offer.
Last year’s MWC attracted more than 47,000 attendees, and organizers expect this year’s to be just as successful, with big announcements expected concerning Microsoft, Android, Samsung, and a host of other major mobile technology players.
Microsoft made the biggest splash of the day with Steve Ballmer\’s Windows Phone 7 announcement. Brighthand has all the details, Windows Phone 7 Officially Unveiled, Merges Zune and Phone.
Samsung also made waves, literally, with their new device, the Samsung Wave (pictured below). The Wave sports a type of AM-OLED screen and is the first smartphone running Samsung\’s new bada OS. Find out more at Brighthand, Samsung Wave Will Sport a Super AM-OLED Display and the New bada OS.
For an overview of the pivotal first day at Mobile World Congress 2010, including news on Nokia\’s MeeGo, read Brighthand\’s day one recap, MWC Day 1: Big Operating System Announcements from Microsoft, Nokia, and Samsung.
Banners for the Samsung Wave are all over Barcelona.
HTC unveiled two new Android-powered devices, the Legend and the Desire (pictured below). Find out more, HTC Prepping Two Android-Powered Smartphones: Legend and Desire. HTC also announced the HD mini Windows phone, HTC Shrinks the HTC HD2, Makes the HD mini.
The major MWC day two highlight was GSMA Association CEO Rob Conway\’s keynote address. In it, Conway announced an alliance of 24 large global mobile operators in partnership to produce an open platform for distributing applications across all operating systems. Conway pointed out that in telecommunications this will be the year of the developer, as evident by MWC\’s popular \”event within an event,\” App Planet. For more information, read Brighthand\’s day two recap, MWC Day 2: Apps and Developers in the Spotlight, Plus New Smartphones from HTC.
The Compaq AirLife 100 was also on display at MWC. According to Brighthand, it could be the same Android-based netbook HP displayed at CES, HP\’s Android-Based Netbook May Be Released by AT&T.
Brighthand\’s Dragan Petric spent some time with two new Android-powered smartphones, the Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro. Both of these Sony Ericsson devices are smaller versions of the Xperia X10, which was released last year. Read his thoughts on these new smartphones, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro Preview.
Mobile World Congress was slowly winding down by day three, with Brighthand contributor Dragan Petric getting closer looks at a handful of new products, including the Xperia X10 mini, Samsung Wave, and HP\’s Android-powered netbook, the Compaq AirLife 100. Read his thoughts on these new devices, MWC Day 3: Attention Turns to New Android OS and bada OS Smartphones.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt addressed the Mobile World Congress crowd with a keynote address where he summed up Google\’s new operating mantra: Mobile First. Schmidt went on to stress the important of the cloud, something Google has been utilizing with its Android operating system and upcoming Chrome OS. Read all about it on Brighthand, Google Adopts a New Strategy: Mobile First.
In his MWC wrap up, Brighthand\’s Dragan Petric reviews the show\’s highlights and surprises. Of note, Nokia did not unveil a single new device, though it did announce MeeGo, its new Linux-based OS. Also, 4G technology was not the hot topic many thought it would be at MWC. Google, Microsoft, and Samsung really stole the show. Read his recap here, Mobile World Congress 2010 Wrap Up: New Operating Systems and Smartphones.
Other Mobile World Congress 2010 news:
- T-Mobile Will Launch the Android-based Motorola Cliq XT in March
- Toshiba TG02 and K01 Will Offer Large High-Res Screens, a Choice of Designs
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro: New Variations on an Android Phone
- Bluestreak Bringing Flash Platform to Android OS, Java Device
- Verizon Teams Up with Skype, Will Bring VoIP Service to Android, BlackBerry Smartphones
- NetFront Web Browser Coming to Google\’s Android OS