Mobile World Congress has ended and as everyone looks forward to catching up on some sleep and digesting those Ice Cream Sandwich shakes, Google and the Android team take us on a farewell ride through MWC 2012. Take a look at all the hard work that went into this year’s Android Booth and all the fun that resulted from it. As always, Google did an impressive job and we’re already looking forward to next year. Farewell MWC 2012, you gave us quite a show.
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The GSMA has announced the winners of the 17th Annual Global Mobile Awards which took place yesterday at Mobile World Congress. The top mobile products and services were showcased and there was even some entertainment with comedian/songwriter Tim Minchine as the host. Categories ranged from Best Consumer Mobile Service to Best Mobile Innovation for Publishing and while we love hearing about innovative products, it’s really the hardware categories that had us talking.
Panasonic earlier announced they would re-enter the European smartphone market with their Eluga smartphone. If you thought that was going to be the end of that, you were wrong. Panasonic has also unveiled its beefier, larger screened Eluga Power. The Eluga Power joins the phablet club by offering a 5’ 1280×720 HD LCD screen. That puts it up there with the Galaxy Note and LG Vu as far as screen size goes. Other specs include:
-Eric Schmidt is about to take the stage at Mobile World Congress and it’s anyone’s guess at what he will say but we’ll be here to give you up-to-date coverage just in case he spills the beans on the latest Jelly Bean rumors or the 7’ Google tablet. Stay tuned as we’ll have more for you as it develops.
NVIDIA had a slew of new games to show off for their Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad-core platform at Mobile World Congress today. They’re pretty proud of these titles and have been working with the developers for years to ensure optimization. Mobile gaming is slowly creeping up on console gaming and these titles are proof of how far it has come. If you’re a mobile gamer who’s excited about Tegra 3 devices, stay tuned after the break for what’s to come for Tegra 3 gaming.
ZTE isn’t your household manufacturer name but prepare to hear it a lot as they unveiled quite a large lineup at MWC. Most notable is their flagship ZTE Era. The Era joins the quad-core cool kids’ table by rocking NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 processor. Interestingly enough, it also features NVIDIA’s Icera 450 HSPA+ modem. Other specs include:
Mobile World Congress is undoubtebly one of the premiere places to see smartphones, but how about 3,500 smartphones fashioned to metal rods to create a 19-foot tall mythical winged horse? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll find guarding this year’s MWC thanks to Huawei and London’s Machine Shop.
To show just how fast Android has grown, Andy Rubin busted out a few numbers from last year’s Mobile World Congress and wasn’t shy about sharing them. Year-on-year growth rate for Android has exceeded 250% with more than 850,000 Android devices being activated each day. That’s an astounding number, and with over 300 million Android device around the world, users are going to be looking for apps. Last year at Mobile World Congress, Android announced the Android Market had reached more than 150,000 available apps. Now, they have announced over 450,000 apps available with over one billion app downloads happening every month!
We’ve heard rumors, seen leaks, and now — it’s finally official. HTC has taken the wraps off their new high-end One series of smartphones and is kicking the series off with the HTC One X, One V, and One S. Of course the big boy is the HTC X, and I’m sure you’re all planning on making it your next device so I’ll get right to it and give you the specs.
We knew there would be a few surprises at MWC and it turns out Samsung is the first to catch us off guard with their new projector smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Beam. This cool little device has a built-in projector with a nHD (640 x 360) resolution and 15 Lumen brightness for those moments when you feel like projecting Angry Birds onto the bathroom stall door. It’s definitely not your run of the mill smartphone, which is refreshing, and we can’t wait to try it out. For all of you wondering, the Galaxy Beam features: