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Conference attendees get a look at BlackBerry smartphones and tablets at the 2012 Mobile World Congress.
Photo: Official BlackBerry/Flickr
The Mobile World Congress, put on annually by the GSM Association, is mobile computing’s big night out. Mobile device hardware and software makers, no doubt fresh from the 2012 CES, met in Barcelona, Spain, as they do every year in February, to discuss and debate the latest and greatest in mobile technology.
On the software side of mobility, with Apple absent from the show in any official capacity, Google (with its Android mobile operating system) and Microsoft (with its Windows Phone platform) both shined brightly. Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, gave a rousing speech about the power that mobile computing will unleash upon the world in the future, and the responsibility that that will entail.
“The smartphone revolution will be universal,” Schmidt says. “The web is more than a network of machines. It's a network of minds that are evolving into a global consciousness.”
Among mobile-hardware makers, Samsung had a lot to show off, including its new stylus-wielding “phablet,” the Samsung Galaxy Note; as well as an intriguing new twist on the smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Beam, which includes an integrated pico projector.
Here are a few highlights we snagged from the Twitterverse from people attending the 2012 Mobile World Congress.
— Seyi (@sheyite) February 27, 2012
— Chris Lewis-Jones (@chrisl_j) February 27, 2012
the asus padfone should get more attention at #MWC its not as impressive specwise as the HTCone but atleast its something a bit different
— Alex Barron (@Barron240) February 27, 2012
At #MWC. Quote of the day: From a Telefonica RF tech exec: Small cells need to come down from $2-$5K euros to less than $1,000 euros.
— Rick Merritt (@rickbmerritt) February 27, 2012
Can a phone survive the next 12 months without NFC? #MWC
— Hem (@HemRaheja) February 27, 2012
— Mayank Rawal (@mayank_rawal) February 27, 2012
So every Android 4.0 smartphone at MWC that I have seen has capacitive buttons instead of on-screen virtual ones.
— Dan Seifert (@dcseifert) February 27, 2012
— Pedro Custódio (@pedrocustodio) February 27, 2012
— Lukas Velush (@luvelush) February 27, 2012
— Joel Espelien (@espelienjb) February 27, 2012
Is anyone else excited about all the quad-core phones coming out this year?I know I am!#mwc
— James Lewis (@Lewjam05) February 27, 2012
73% consumers use their smartphone when shopping; 2% claimed use of mobile wallet/NFC. Shopping apps as fastest growing apps category #MWC12
— Nielsen (@NielsenWire) February 28, 2012
— Marc Kleinmaier (@gadgetman) February 27, 2012
— Jay Oatway (@JayOatway) February 27, 2012
— Angela Baker (@bakerac1) February 27, 2012
I'm a little disappointed that no one announced a smartphone that docks in a tablet that docks in a laptop that docks in a submarine.
— Zach Epstein (@zacharye) February 27, 2012
— TabTimes (@TabTimes) February 27, 2012
— Patrick Spence (@Patrick_Spence) February 27, 2012
— Simon Sage (@SimonSage) February 27, 2012
Fun. Just as Eric Schmidt is taking the stage at MWC word leaks that Apple's iPad 3 will be announced next week.
— Damir Tomicic (@Damir) February 28, 2012
— Daniel Steve Decu (@theapplenerdy) February 28, 2012
The queue for the Eric Schmidt keynote at the #MWC12 is enormous. The guy sure seems to be popular. :P
— Matjaz Ropret (@mropret) February 28, 2012
— Miguel Sánchez (@miguemito) February 28, 2012
At Eric Schmidt MWC conference! Amazing! twitter.com/fzhidalgo/stat…
— Fernando Fernández (@fzhidalgo) February 28, 2012
The future, most easily, belongs to “ultra connected people” who can embrace the future of technology...Eric Schmidt, Google
— jeffjessen (@JeffJessen) February 28, 2012
Barcelona, Then and Now: A visual history guide to the home of Mobile World Congress: If you are attending Mobil... tnw.co/xrWLiu
— Subhasis Chakraborty (@subhasisishere) February 27, 2012
— Sergi Cardona (@txetxi) February 27, 2012
Bill Ford envisions the future of transport as a single, connected network. Very interesting. bit.ly/wUr09b
— Josef Conning (@josefc) February 28, 2012
Geeking out over all the new gear coming out of #MWC in Barcelona. Good to see all the manufacturers finally addressing battery life.
— DJ Hanik (@DjHanik) February 27, 2012
Mobile transforming into a powerful commercial tool:In the US, more than half of mobile users are repeat visitors to daily deal sites #mwc12
— Nielsen (@NielsenWire) February 28, 2012
From providing better coverage thru small cells & wifi to solutions for managing the data tsunami – Innovation is hot at #MWC
— John Jacobs (@TIAjohnjacobs) February 27, 2012
Great first day at #mwc : connected house pretty interesting, small cell forum presentations good and cool m2m devices on korean pavillon !
— mp_odini (@mp_odini) February 27, 2012
— Antón Román (@AntonRoman) February 27, 2012
Samsung's device naming has reached new heights. Forget commas and ™s, its new tablet names actually include parentheses.
— Zach Epstein (@zacharye) February 26, 2012
— Simon Field (@Fieldy6961) February 27, 2012
— karentruitt (@karentruitt) February 27, 2012
— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) February 26, 2012
The amount of tweets about how awesome it is to have ethernet at Mobile World Congress shows me how far wireless technology needs to go.
— Stefan Constantine (@WhatTheBit) February 27, 2012