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Mobile World Congress 2012

Far more than a mere communication device, mobiles now serve as our books, health monitors, payment transfer devices, social connectors and tour guides. Mobile technology is embedded in our cars, homes, appliances, governments and utilities. Mobile is enhancing and expanding education and thus, transforming the world. Mobile World Congress 2012 celebrates the current state of mobile and offer a glimpse into where mobile has the potential to go next. Some of the highlights in Mobile World Congress 2012:

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“With a year-on-year growth rate of more than 250%, 850,000 new Android devices are activated each day, jetting the total number of Android devices around the world past 300 million.”

— Andy Rubin, SVP, Mobile and Digital Content, Google


Windows Phone success recipe gains another ingredient: Skype

Nine months after purchasing Skype for $8.5 billion, Microsoft Windows Phone handsets have a beta version of the audio and video chat service. There are some notable limitations in this first release, but as the software gets refined and integrated, Microsoft’s platform could gain more momentum.

Nokia Announces The 808 PureView And Its 41MP Camera, We Go Hands-On 

Nokia 808 pure viewI think it’s safe to say that the new 808 Pureview handset was a surprise to just about everyone here at Nokia’s press conference. Not only did Nokia manage to squeeze a 41-megapixel sensor (no, that’s not a typo) into a smartphone, they squeezed it into a smartphone that runs on the Symbian Belle OS.

But first, let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way. Ridiculous camera aside, the 808 features a 1.3 single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4-inch AMOLED display, and a curved plate of Gorilla Glass to cover it up.

While I can’t help but wish it was a Windows Phone, the OS choice doesn’t come as a huge surprise. More than a few of Nokia’s recent N-series devices have gained a devoted following of photographers who have fallen for their great mobile optics, and the PureView 808 is geared toward that same set of mobile shutterbugs.


HTC has launched a new flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One X, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

HTC new line in BarcelonaThe majority of mobile giants had their announcements before the actual start of the MWC – including Samsung, LG and Sony. HTC had the last, and perhaps the most glamorous event of the day, held in a huge rounded dome at the top of the Cúpula las Arenas next to Fira de Barcelona, where the main conference is held.

 

Google impresses with new Chrome for Android app. Google’s new Chrome for Android app is now available for Android smartphones and tablets

Google’s Hugo Barra, the product management director for Android, showed off the impressive new Chrome app for Android smartphones and tablets at MWC in Barcelona. Barra was welcomed onstage by Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who was the keynote speaker at the conference today, and spent around 15 minutes running through the features of the new Chrome app for Android. The features certainly wowed the audience, and showed just how slick mobile browsing is becoming.

MTV’s Mobile TV App Lets You Chat and Co-View Content With Your Friends

MTV Mobile has announced a new mobile TV app called MTV Under The Thumb at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The app offers MTV content on-demand with a social twist: it lets users co-view the content and chat with friends in the app at the same time. Users can also share their favorite shows on Facebook and pair their mobile device with a web browser on a computer, which turns the device into a remote control or a second screen.

Windows 8 get Microsoft back in the tablet game

Microsoft debuted its Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The software, already available for download, may be the most important release of Windows to date as mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android have gained a foothold in tablets. Although people think “desktop” when they hear Windows, there are several mobile features to be found in Windows 8 that will get Microsoft back in the tablet game.

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