This past week, mobile enthusiasts converged on Barcelona for theMobile World Congress(MWC), the largest exhibition of its kind.
Samsung came out swinging with the follow-up to its well-received Galaxy Tab. The 10.1-inch slate will be powered by Google's Android 3.0 operating system and will feature a dual-core CPU and two webcams. Customers will have a choice between 16GB and 32GB of storage.
At a special gathering in Barcelona a day before the Mobile World Congress kicked off, Sony demoed its highly anticipatedXperia Play, informally known as the "PlayStation Phone." A combination smartphone and portable gaming device, the Xperia Play will run Google's Android operating software and will be available from Verizon in April.
HTC announced two smartphones, each with a dedicated "Facebook button." According to the Associated Press, AT&T will carry both devices, which are called theHTC Salsa and the HTC ChaCha.
The Android-equippedHTC ChaCha, alongside the HTC Salsa, created a stir at its debut in Barcelona, primarily because of its "Facebook button."
LG wowed crowds with what is being called the first color 3D smartphone. The Optimus 3D will run Android 2.2 and will be available in sometime in Spring 2011.LG Optimus 3D users will be able to record their own 3D videos andupload them directly to YouTube.
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S II smartphone, running Android 2.3 (Ginerbread) and sporting a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. The device is built around a dual-core processor and features two webcams. Samsung will also include an option to equip theGalaxy S IIwith Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
Reportedly the first solar-powered device to run Google's Android OS, theUmeox Apollofeatures modest specs and will carry a price tag that won't break the bank.
This so-called "micro-display"reportedlysynches with "any Android phone." The next time you go for a bike ride or a long hike, you can access apps, emails and texts without bringing your phone with you.
Shortly before the Mobile World Congress, HP announced its WebOS tablet, theTouchPad. HP also brought the device to Barcelona, where MWC attendees tried it out for themselves. The device's key features include the 9.7-inch display, a 1.2-GHz dual-core SnapDragon processor from Qualcomm, 512 MB of RAM, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm headphones jack, TouchStone dock compatibility, 16 or 32 GB of storage and a microUSB charger.
Motorola showed off itsXoom tablet, running Google's Android 3.0 OS. The 32GB device will reportedly launch in the U.S. next week.