As Kent and Bonnie enjoy their last few days in Barcelona, Nicole invites Tom Merritt from Buzz Out Loud and Donald Bell from MP3 Insider to join her in a discussion of what happened at Mobile World Congress 2010. It turns out, quite a bit. We go over Windows Phone 7, Samsung Bada, Symbian 3, app store mania, and few new handset announcements as well.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
BARCELONA, Spain--It's no secret that we weren't huge fans of the Garmin Nuvifone G60. How could we be when half of the product (the smartphone half) barely worked? So when we heard that Garmin-Asus would be showing off its latest Nuvifone models, the Android-powered Nuvifone A10 and Windows Mobile-based Nuvifone M10, at Mobile World Congress 2010, we didn't have the highest of hopes. However, after getting some hands-on time with the devices, we may just be changing our mind.
To start, the hardware is much improved. Both the Nuvifone A50 and M10 have sexier, slimmer designs that … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--They say good things come in small packages, and when it comes to gadgets, smaller is usually better. Then you get a case like the HTC HD2.
This gargantuan smartphone isn't a dream to carry around, but then you take a look at its gorgeous and luxuriously spacious 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, and you might be willing to reconsider. Then you take another gander at its size again and think otherwise. Well, HTC understands that dilemma and has heard your cries, thus resulting in the HTC HD Mini.
BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft isn't the only one showing off a revamped operating system this week. The Symbian Foundation also made the trip to Mobile World Congress 2010, where it took the wraps off its open-source Symbian 3 platform.
Symbian 3, marketed as "Symbian^3," brings a host of much-needed improvements and enhancements in three key areas: user interface, multimedia, and performance. It won't be "feature complete" until the end of the first quarter, and then it will be another four to six months from that point until we see actual devices, but the outlined … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Google CEO Eric Schmidt extended an olive branch to wireless-network operators as he took the stage Tuesday afternoon here at the GSM Association's Mobile World Congress.
Schmidt delivered his speech hours after the CEO of the world's largest mobile operator, Vodafone, suggested in his own keynote address that Google was getting too powerful in the mobile value chain. Earlier in the day, Vittorio Colao warned the telecommunications industry that companies controlling 70 percent to 80 percent of a market, such as Google in mobile search, should raise the attention of regulators.
Schmidt, whose company has had a … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--The HTC Legend is legen- ... wait for it, wait for it ... dary. Any "How I Met Your Mother" fans out there? No? OK, fine. What we're trying to say here is that the HTC Legend is pretty awesome.
Though we had to run to another meeting after HTC's news conference, we stopped by its booth afterward for some brief hands-on time with the … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--In addition to introducing two new Android phones, HTC revealed on Tuesday that it will release an Android 2.1 update for the HTC Droid Eris as well as the Sprint and GSM versions of the HTC Hero.
The company said the devices should be getting most of the features of Android 2.1 as well as the enhanced HTC Sense user experience that was announced today. However, it will ultimately be up to the carriers to determine which features make it onto the device. Unfortunately, HTC did not give any time frame for when the update might be … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--On Tuesday, HTC announced three new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2010: the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire, and the HTC HD Mini. The trio represents some of the first devices that really showcase the efforts of San Francisco-based design firm One & Co since it was acquired by HTC back in December 2008. In addition, they offer an enhanced Sense experience and expand HTC's Android and Windows Mobile offerings. Let's meet each of them, shall we?
BARCELONA, Spain--During its press conference on Tuesday morning, T-Mobile revealed that it will ship the upcoming HTC HD2 with an array of entertainment applications to really take advantage of the smartphone's 4.3-inch WVGA multitouch screen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and to provide users with a robust multimedia experience.
To start, the HD2 will be the first handset to support Blockbuster's On Demand video download application, which lets you preview and download movies on the go. Once purchased, you can watch the video on another other connected device, such as a TV, a Blu-Ray Disc player, or a … Read more