Mobile World Congress 2011

Mobile World Congress 2011 News

AT&T CEO: Native app stores bad for consumers [We hate Verizon’s now selling the iPhone, too]

During a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that platform-specific app stores like Apple’s AppStore and Google’s Android Market are bad for consumers. Before you slap us with some serious hate comments (which BTW I can understand), read these words from Mr. Stephenson first: “You purchase an app…

GSMA: 2011 Mobile World Congress hits the new high: 60,000 visitors, 1,400 exhibitors, 2,900 media companies

As we wrap up this year’s Mobile World Congress we picked up a press release from GSMA. According to the organization, more than 60,000 visitors from 200 countries attended the show, “marking a record for the mobile industry’s premier event.” Here are the key figures: 51% of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level…

ROUTE 66 launches TomTom-powered navigation app for Android

ROUTE 66 is another GPS navigation services provider that used the Mobile World Congress to announce its mobile app offering. Called ROUTE 66 Maps + Navigation, it relies on TomTom’s maps and location content to deliver navigation solution for both drivers and pedestrians around the globe. Aside from “classic” features found in pretty much any…

Samsung bada OS 2.0 detailed at the Mobile World Congress

Although most of us are still skeptical on the prospects of Samsung’s bada platform, the Korean company doesn’t give up pushing it forward. During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung talked about plans for bada OS 2.0, highlighting the upcoming updates. Among the things we should expect in bada 2.0, we find multitasking, push…

Hands-On: ViewSonic V320 Runs Android, Has Two SIM Slots

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At Mobile World Congress 2011, we got a chance to play around with the upcoming ViewSonic V320, which promises to bring two SIM card slots to the table and mid-range specs. ViewSonic also had their new Viewpad 10Pro tablet at MWC, which dual-boots into Windows 7 and Android, but it was still very early software…

RIM Confirms NFC is Coming to BlackBerry

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Back in an interview a few months ago, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said they “would be fools not to” include near-field communications in their next batch of handsets. In addition to reiterating their stance at the Mobile World Congress 2011 keynote with him saying “many, if not most” future BlackBerry smartphones would have NFC, RIM…

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