Mobile World Congress 2010, the highlight of the event
The Mobile World Congress has ended, the 1,300 exhibitors disappear from the fair, and I hope that the more than 49,000 visitors have left wanting to repeat next year in what will be the sixth edition in Barcelona. For our benefit, I take this opportunity to inform you that it will continue to be the headquarters until at least 2012.
It has been four days full of news, but from my point of view no relevant surprise, which does not mean that there have been things that we liked a lot, and others that less, I hope I can review them throughout this article.
Android even in the soup
The operating system was present throughout the fair, but what many expected did not materialize at the decaffeinated Google conference, not a word about the appearance of Nexus One in Europe, nor about the operators that could get their services, so what little about it.
Despite the presence of Eric Schmidt there was no important presentation either, there was talk about the success of the Android operating system and the projection for this year of takeoff. More specifically, a practical demonstration of the translation possibilities incorporated into Google Goggles was made, and comments were made about the arrival of Flash on the platform.
Fortunately, HTC was at the fair and was in charge of animating the Android community and anyone who had doubts about reaching it, its model HTC Desire will arrive in April with Vodafone, and the truth is that you have little to envy on the Google phone.
On a second step we find HTC Legend, a more than worthy successor to HTC Hero, we highlight some great materials in a hardware nothing revolutionary, but very appetizing. The company also did not want to neglect its relationship with Microsoft with the HTC HD Mini, and with the intention of preparing terminals for the new Windows.
I also really liked what Sony Ericsson had in store for the fair, two versions of its Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 that were undoubtedly more interesting than the signature star terminal itself, and that is that the Mini version of the phone was a real discovery , the keyboard version was also remarkable QWERTY, called Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro.
The manufacturer also did not neglect other operating systems, such as Windows Mobile with the Sony Ericsson Aspen or Symbian S60 with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, a keyboard version of the photographic phone.
Something less interesting was what was presented by Motorola, a whole arsenal of Android phones, but that we already had the opportunity to hear about previous presentations or leaks. We highlight the Motorola Quench, an attractive phone that will arrive in Europe in a month. We could also see an increasingly closer Motorola Motoroi, a terminal at the level of Milestone, without keyboard QWERTY, HD video recording and Motoblur interface.
Microsoft returns to competition
Not that he was gone, but he was certainly losing rope. With the presentation of Windows Phone 7 Series, it seems that the story takes another color, since it is a blur and has a new account in the development of a mobile operating system at Microsoft.
I don't think anyone is in a position to say how good or bad it is in practice, but what they presented to us was refreshing and full of good ideas. Both the interface, the integration of Microsoft services, or the thematic views baptized as hubs they will play a lot in the future and will bring all kinds of users closer to the platform.
Now it only remains for Microsoft itself to prepare a phone that is the banner of the new operating system, in fact the first rumors are already appearing in which it relates to Asus as the manufacturer of the possible terminal.
Nokia and its side event
Nokia gave us a little surprise with the presentation of Meego, a promising open operating system developed together with Intel, bringing together the best of Moblin and Maemo, and prepared to work on new platforms. hardware from the processor company. Incidentally, the operating system that had reached its fifth edition in the Nokia N900 passes a better life in favor of Meego.
Little more from the Finns, since we did not have terminal presentations, so there was no opportunity to meet the first Symbian ^ 3 terminal. We could not see the aforementioned operating system more than in a conceptual video.
Samsung, deployment of technology
At last we got to know the bada operating system and its first terminal on the market, and the result could not have been more promising. As for the terminal itself, the Samsung Wave (s8500) debuts the best screens on the market developed by the Korean company, named SuperAMOLED, the rest of the hardware It is up to the task with a 1GHz processor and other new features such as Bluetooth 3.0 or HD video recording.
If we talk about the operating system, it is clearly superior to the proprietary systems that Samsung used in previous developments, but it is not a revolution either, since its interface and possibilities are quite conventional. The interface will be familiar to us as it is version 3.0 of TouchWiz, full of widgets and multiple desks. In this sense, there is still a way to work, but the potential hardware and development is in your hands.
The other important development of the Korean firm is the Samsung I8520, a complete display of technology, since in a contained size we find a built-in pico projector. To make it more capable, it has a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen and an 8-megapixel camera with the ability to record HD video. What many will like is its operating system, Android 2.1.
The rest and some trends
He expected more wood from LG, they just showed the terminals that they presented before the fair, such as the compact LG GD880 Mini or the interesting LG GT540 with Android operating system. They showed us again the LG GW990 MID, a device based on the Intel Moorestown platform, which I am sure we will have the opportunity to see in the future together with Meego.
Now that most of the cards are on the table with Android 2.1, Windows Phone 7 Series or MeeGo, I would like to see how Apple manages to surprise us with its new iPhone, and although I'm sure it will, the competition is more and more strong.
A conclusion that can be drawn from the fair in terms of cameras integrated into the devices, is that the megapixel race seems to have ended, now manufacturers are focused on HD video recording capabilities, and the main phones have with 5 megapixel cameras.
Another trend that seems to have started is the creation of reduced versions of important terminals in the market, such is the case of the HTC HD Mini, or versions of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The appearance of Smartbooks or small laptops with mobile phone capabilities has also been highlighted, such as the HP Compaq Airlife 100.
I hope this review of the highlights of the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona has been of interest to you, if anything has happened to me do not hesitate to share it in the comments. More next year.
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