Mobile World Congress means different things to different people. To marketers, it means reaching new audiences, to company execs, its their chance to make us of those public speaking lessons. For us gadget nerds, it means one thing: shiny new toys! What are you most looking forward to adding to your personal arsenal of gadgets? A shiny new HTC One device? Do you have a need for a projector phone that's gone unfulfilled until now?
Things are winding to a close in Barcelona, but the effects of what happens at this event will ripple out through the tech industry for the rest of the year. We gadget nerds do enjoy our idle speculation. Who do think made the biggest impact this year? Is it Samsung with its Galaxy Note 10.1 that's nipping at Wacom's heels? Or is HTC poised to take back the high-end smartphone market with its HTC One series?
The Verizon support docs were recently updated with information on a new OTA that should start hitting Droid 2 Global devices within the coming days (if not sooner). While the update isn't anything major, it still brings some notable enhancements to the D2G:
You're busy. We get it. You don't necessarily have time to keep up with the flood of stories coming out of MWC this year. You've got things to do. Well, this is all we do. So allow us to make things easy for you. Here's a roundup of all the best, most interesting things that happened at MWC this year.
Samsung Galaxy Beam And Galaxy Note 10.1
Continuing Samsung's recent foray into niche markets, the leading Android manufacturer announced the Galaxy Beam, a 4" Gingerbread phone with a built-in projector.
Back in December, we told you about a new launcher called TSF Shell that was set to raise the bar for custom launchers. After two and a half months of waiting, that app is now available in the Android Market, albeit for a ridiculously high price of $17. For a launcher. These people have lost their minds.
Still, if you can get past the immediate shock due to the high price and start reading the Market description, you'll immediately realize that, well, it's not all that easy to follow.
If you're anything like me, you're not so good with keeping track of charging cables or their corresponding adapters. Either that, or every cord ends up together, looking like a bowl of spaghetti with no discernable beginning or end. Looking to end our charging cable woes, the folks at iDapt have created the iDapt i4 universal charger.
The charging station is actually one in a family of devices. iDapt also offers the i2+ which can charge up to three devices at once, and the i1 Eco which sports a totally different design, can charge two devices, and heavily touts the fact that it is "ecological," being made of recyclable materials.
Update 2/29/12: The Galaxy S II is now available for sale.
Regional carrier U.S. Cellular just announced its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is basically a clone of Sprint's Epic 4G Touch in terms of spec:
- 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage with microSD card slot
- 8MP rear shooter
- Front camera
- Android 2.3.x with Touchwiz
Unfortunately, the device is not one of U.S.
While HTC just officially announced the One X at Mobile World Congress and AT&T shotgunned exclusive rights in the U.S. to the beast for its LTE network (albeit packing a Krait chip instead of the Tegra 3), there's now a rumor floating around that Sprint could be getting a device similar to the One X, codenamed the Jewel.
Details on the Jewel are scarce right now, but rumor has it that the device is packing a large HD display (similar to the One X) and should be one of the flagship devices on Sprint's upcoming LTE network.
We got a look at the Excite 10 LE's at CES when it was called the Excite X10. Now, Toshiba is bringing the thinnest and lightest tablet* to the US market. The Excite 10 LE is identical to the Excite X10 aside from a couple of letters being rearranged. The slate still packs a "multicore" OMAP processor under a 10.1" LED screen. Unfortunately, the device will be launching with Honeycomb (3.2), but is "upgradeable to Android 4.0."
Here's the spec sheet:
The Excite 10 LE is set to land on March 6th.
The New York Times just released a new app to the Market that exclusively covers anything and everything going on in the world of politics, with a focus on the upcoming election. The app, simply called "NYTimes Election 2012" is a must have for NYT subscribers who want to keep up with the latest political happenings, as it offers some useful features:
- News grouped by topic so you can quickly and easily find the topics that you care about
- Latest stories are highlighted with a red dot, making it easy to find the latest news at a glance
- Live election results and country-by-country maps
- Vote projections
- A database of polling results
- Candidate pages with updates, bios, and stats
- Primary calendar
- Editorials, etc.