Every year in February, the mobile industry and tech fans turn toward Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress. In the past, this event has introduced the latest and the greatest––the QR code, for example, and last year, near-field communications. This year is no different––major mobile companies will be unveiling their newest wares. (Unfortunately, one of the most anticipated smart phones will not be there. The Galaxy S III, which is generating a lot of buzz because of its AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display and promises to be flexible and 3-D, will be shown at a Samsung-hosted event later this year.)
Here are some new products that will be presented at this year’s Mobile World Congress:
- HTC is introducing two new phones running Ice Cream Sandwich: the Ville (dual-core) and the Edge (quad-core).
- Nokia is back with its 900 Windows Phone.
- RIM is expected to introduce the BlackBerry 10 OS.
- One of the more interesting rumors concerns Tizen, a Linux-based open-source mobile operating system.
I predict the thing that everyone will be talking about is cloud-based mobile computing: a cloud-based app behaves like any other app, but the processing power comes from the cloud. There are a couple of cloud-based apps out there, like Mobile Gmail and Google Voice for iPhone, but expect to see more.
Author: Susan Hallinan