Panasonic Eluga Smartphone For Europe Announced

Panasonic recently announced its first smartphone for the European market, the Panasonic Eluga. This handset features a 4.3 inch qHD display as well as a 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor. This device will run on the Android 2.3.5 at launch, however the handset will be updated to the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS from June 2012. The Panasonic Eluga is a IP57 certified waterproof and dustproof smartphone.

panasonic eluga

Panasonic Eluga features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Digital zoom, Image stabiliser, Video recorder, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, NFC (Near Field Communication), DLNA connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, G-sensor, Ambient light sensor, GPS receiver, Accelerometer, up to 240 mins of talk-time, up to 300 hrs of stand-by time and a 1,150 mAh battery.

This handset will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The price of this handset is still a mystery. The Panasonic Eluga will be available in the European market from April 2012.

LG Unveils The Optimus L3, L5 And L7 Android Smartphones

Earlier this week, LG announced the LG Optimus Vu and LG Optimus LTE Tag. Now, the company went ahead and announced 3 new smartphones, the LG Optimus L3, LG Optimus L5 and LG Optimus L7. These devices belongs to the LG’s L-Style series of smartphones. The LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

“Design is consistently the top or second most important factor for customers when choosing a mobile phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “With smartphones, we sometimes took a more functional approach to design but with L-Style we’re going back to our roots as a company focused on how our products fit into the lifestyle of our customers.”

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According to the company, L-Style’s design is comprised of ‘five aesthetic elements’ – Modern Square Style, Floating Mass Technology, Seamless Layout, Harmonized Design Contrast and Sensuous Slim Shape. The Optimus L3, L5 and L7 are the company’s first smartphones to feature the L-Style look.

LG Optimus L3 is basically an entry-level smartphone with a 3.2 inch display and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. On the other hand, the LG Optimus L5 and Optimus L7 are the high-end smartphones with a 4 inch display and 4.3 inch display respectively. These high-end smartphones will also run on the latest Android 4.0 OS.

LG Optimus L3 will be launched in March, followed by the Optimus L5 and Optimus L7 in the first half of 2012. The complete specs of these devices are expected to be available next week at the MWC 2012. The price of these smartphones will be announced later.

ZTE Unveils The PF200 And N910 LTE Smartphones

ZTE recently announced two new smartphones, the ZTE PF200 and ZTE N910. These handsets run on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The ZTE PF200 and ZTE N910 features a 1.5 GHz and 1.2 GHz processor respectively. These devices will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

“These LTE devices are the fore-runners of a wide range of LTE devices ZTE will bring to the market in the coming months, and as more and more LTE networks come on stream,” said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminal Division of ZTE. “They will be feature products – among a very wide range of devices on display at the ZTE stand at Mobile World Congress 2012.”

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ZTE PF 200 features a 4.3 inch qHD capacitive display, 1.5 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA, Android Market, A-GPS, MHL and much more.

zte n910

ZTE N910 features a WVGA capacitive touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera, front facing camera for video calls, LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS, Android Market, DLNA and so on.

ZTE has not yet revealed the full specifications and price of these smartphones. The complete specs of these handsets will be available next week at the MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Stay tuned for more updates.

MWC 2012 Schedule, Keynotes & Press Conferences

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is one of the biggest mobile event of the year held annually in Barcelona. MWC attracts some of the biggest mobile manufactures and vendors who create mobile hardware and software and exciting new mobile accessories as well.

Mobile World Congress 2012

MWC 2012techi will be held at Fira Montjuïc, in Barcelona from 27th February, 2012 to March 1st, 2012. This years schedule and keynotes are filled up with some great press conferences and keynote speakers. You will find a schedule of MWC 2012 below.

Please note that all times are in Central European Time (CET) which is +1 UTC, so you might want to click on the Time mentioned below to find your local time.

MWC 2012 Keynotes Schedule

Monday, 27th February, 2012

Tuesday, 28th February, 2012

  • Eric Schmidt – Executive Chairman, Google at 18:00 CET

Wednesday, 29th February, 2012

  • Hans Vestberg – President & CEO, Ericsson at 18:00 CET

In addition to the keynotes, there are several other high profile speakers who will be speaking at the event. Some of the speakers include:

  • Stephen Elop – President & CEO, Nokia
  • Peter Chou – CEO, HTC
  • Warren East – CEO, ARM
  • Anne Bouverot – Director General, GSMA
  • Brian Dunn – CEO, Best Buy
  • John Partridge – President, Visa
  • Sunil Mittal – Chairman & MD, Bharti Airtel
  • Vittorio Calao – Chief Executive, Vodafone
  • Li Yue – President, China Mobile
  • Dan Hesse – CEO, Sprint Nextel
  • Raplh de la Vega – President & CEO, AT&T Mobility
  • John Chambers – Chairman & CEO, Cisco Systems
  • Vikram Pandit – CEO, Citigroup
  • Rene Obermann – Chairman & CEO, Deutsche Telekom
  • John Riccitiello – CEO, EA
  • John Donahoe – CEO eBay

Please visit this page for the complete list of speakers at MWC 2012 or this page for MWC 2012 Agenda.

MWC 2012 Press Conferences

There will be several press conferences that will be held during MWC 2012, here is a list of the key conferences that will be taking place.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Tuesday, 28 February, 2012

Apart from this, there will be several other events and press conferences spread over the 4 days at MWC 2012. We will update this list with the date and timings of newer press conferences and speakers as they become available. You might also want to keep an eye on our tag for the latest announcements from Mobile World Congress 2012 and visit the official site as well.

Predictions For MWC 2012

Mobile World Congress, popularly known as MWC, is the biggest mobile consumer show held every year at Barcelona. In the last couple of years, some of the best Android phones like the Galaxy S II, HTC EVO 4G and others have been announced at the show.

This year’s MWC promises to be no less exciting than previous years. However, this year’s most anticipated handset – the Galaxy S III – would be missing from MWC, which definitely is a deal-breaker for many. Nevertheless, HTC, LG and even Microsoft have got some major announcements coming up at MWC, and should keep tech enthusiasts intrigued.

Below are my expectations from MWC this year -:

Nvidia’s Tegra 3 – Last year at CES, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC was found powering the majority of Android handsets and tablets announced. This year I expect a majority of Android devices to be unveiled at MWC to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Soc – the world’s first Quad-core processor.

Even though the Tegra 2 was the world’s first dual-core SoC, it was by no mean the fastest. However, Nvidia has learnt from their mistakes, and Tegra 3 does indeed looks promising. The fifth companion core, NEON support, some architectural tweaks will make sure that Tegra 3 is worth the hype. Expect Nvidia to show trailers of some games and apps, which will utilize the full potential of the SoC and demonstrate its graphical prowess to the whole world

Windows 8 – Microsoft had released the WP7 SDK at MWC in 2010. The following year the company announced the NoDo and the Mango update for the platform, which added quite a lot of missing features to the OS. This year Microsoft should, or rather is expected to, announce a new minor update for WP7, dubbed as Tango. The Redmond based company will also announce the next major update for Windows Phone 7, codenamed Apollo. The company will also be providing users with more information about Windows 8 for PCs as well as for ARM based devices, and will be releasing a Consumer Preview version for downloading and testing.

HTC Next-Gen Smartphone – HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. The company’s profit fell throughout the year, and none of the handsets from the company could make an impact on the sale of Galaxy S II. HTC has promised to bounce back in 2012, and will go back to its strategy of releasing a Hero device – which will represent the best of what the company can do technologically.

While not yet confirmed, the leaked Endeavor might just be the company’s flagship phone for 2012. The Endeavor is going to the first HTC phone is quite sometime to come with a non-Qualcomm SoC. It will also be the first phone in the world to come with a quad-core SoC.

Cheap Android Tablets and Smartphones – Expect companies like Acer and LG to announce new Android tablets and smartphones, equipped with a high-resolution screen, an improved 3D technology, and a faster – possibly quad-core – SoCs. Pictures of Acer’s A700 tablet with a Full HD screen, and a Tegra 3 processor had also leaked on the Internet, quite a few months ago. Hopefully, these companies will also price their tablets competitively against the iPad, instead of charging an arm and a leg for it.

Nokia’s Major Announcement – Many of the loyal Nokia users are expecting the Finnish giant to announce its next-generation camera flagship and the successor to the N8 at MWC this year. Nokia announced the N8 nearly 2 years ago, and it still has the best camera ever found in a handset. Rumors suggest that the N8 successor will come with a 4-inch screen, a faster processor and more RAM, and an improved camera sensor as well. The handset will also come with an NFC chip, and will be running on the latest version of Symbian – Belle.

I hope, and am pretty much sure, that we will definitely see some more innovative products, and gadgets which are pushing the boundaries of engineering.

Sony Xperia Nypon And Lumquat Leak!

Sony announced the Xperia S and the Xperia Ion at the recently concluded CES in Las Vegas. Both the handsets are similar to each other, except that the Ion is meant only for the AT&T network in the United States and comes with a bigger — 4.6-inch — screen.

Now, it looks like Sony is preparing to releasing a couple of more handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. In a leaked group pic of quite a few Sony (Ericsson) handsets, two mysterious handsets have shown up as well – arguably codenamed Xperia Nypon and Lumquat.

The Nypon looks similar to the Ion but comes with a smaller 4-inch Reality Display. Internally, the Nypon is rumored to be powered by a NovaThor U8500 SoC and packs an 8MP camera at its back.

The Xperia Lumquat is the successor to the Xperia Mini, the world’s smallest phone capable of recording HD videos, and will come with a much bigger 3.5-inch FWVGA Reality Display.

Sony will be announcing both these mysterious handsets and hopefully, a few more at MWC next month. Hopefully, the company will release handsets which can compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S3.


Nokia’s Qt on RIM’s PlayBook

Nokia’s defunct Qt software stack is headed to RIM’s dead PlayBook tablet. Will 2 wrongs make a right?

In an email to the Qt Project mailing list, Nokia’s Strategic Account Manager, Adam Weinrich has voiced his plans to coordinate a Qt keynote at RIM’s BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam, as well as developer outreach at Mobile World Congress in February 2012.

There is a Qt port for QNX/BBX/RIM devices.

Lets get this ecosystem involved in the Qt-Project!

Yes, I know, the code is not yet in the Qt-Project repository but it should be forthcoming. The QNX/BBX/RIM ecosystem are very open to engaging with the Qt community and the Qt Project.

I am coordinating a Qt keynote and training at the Blackberry DevCon in Amsterdam in February as well as doing outreach to their developers at Mobile World Congress. They are offering discounts to these events to Qt-Project community.

The Qt Developer Experience team will also be showing off Qt on the current playbook at the Qt booth at CES and MWC. Those who already owns a playbook, develops for Blackberry devices or are interested in becoming involved are encouraged to get involved with this new Qt port.

Let me know if you have any insight or interests in making this a win-win for Qt and this new community.

Cheers, Adam

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. It’s available for Nokia’s past platforms – Symbian and MeeGo, with unofficial ports for iOS, webOS and Android, as well as solid support for Linux, Mac and Windows on the desktop. While this is a good way to increase the footprint of Qt on embedded and mobile devices, the PlayBook has seen less than enthusiastic sales.

With RIM rumoured to be releasing new  BBX BlackBerry 10  devices in late 2012, there is a very good chance that Qt on QNX will be polished and highly functional; with apps and games in tow, hopefully. Although the PlayBook has hit an all-time low of $199, the BlackBerry development team are said to be providing hardware at a discounted rate for developers who are interested in the platform.

Is this a move from Nokia to make Qt relevant? Is this a push from RIM to make the PlayBook relevant, while selling devices to bolster sales numbers? Either way, it’s an effort from both companies and it’s sure to make Qt enthusiasts rejoice.

Best Android Phones of MWC 2011

If there was one theme that dominated the Mobile World Congress this year, it was Android. Android reigned supreme at MWC 2011, with a series of Android powered devices including smartphones and tablets being launched by almost every major player in the industry.

MWC 2011 also saw the unveiling of some of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones of 2011. Many impressive Android phones were showcased there, but these three are definitely the best Android phones which were announced at MWC 2011.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S was the most popular Android smartphone of 2010. Samsung was expected to launch the successor to the Galaxy S at MWC 2011, and it did.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is twice as better as the Galaxy S and is bigger, faster and slimmer. It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also offers 32 GB internal storage and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. It is also slimmer, at just 8.5 mm and has a powerful 1650 mAh battery. It comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and is capable of recording 1080p videos.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D was the best LG Android smartphone unveiled at MWC 2011. As the name suggests, it comes with a 4.3 inch, 3D capable capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is the first phone to support a 3D display and comes with a dual core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM with 8 GB internal storage.

It has dual 5 MP cameras which can capture 3D videos at 720p. It can record 1080p HD videos at 1080p. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and has 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as GPS support. It comes with a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus 3D

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Besides these two, there was another mind blowing announcement at MWC 2011, but this one was no surprise. It was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, or the Playstation Phone, details of which had leaked out way before MWC started.

The Xperia Play is modeled after the PSP Go, and comes with a sliding gamepad with gaming controls, and a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.

It comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM, along with the Adreno 205 GPU. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI and has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

It is a Playstation Certified smartphone, and will come with a library of more than 50 PSP games, exclusive to the Xperia Play.

Xperia Play

Rumor: HTC Revolver, An Android Smartphone Powered By Honeycomb Coming to AT&T?

HTC RevolverDespite being overshadowed by Samsung in the past few months, HTC has put up quite a show at the Mobile World Congress this year. It has unveiled its Android tablet – the HTC Flyer, as well as Android smartphones like the Incredible S, Desire S and the Wildfire S. It also unveiled two Facebook phones – the HTC ChaCha and the Salsa.

However, if the latest rumor by Engadget is true, it would probably be the most interesting, and definitely the most unexpected development at MWC 2011.

Apparently, HTC is working on a new Android smartphone which will be headed to AT&T in Q3 2011. It will be powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb which is supposed to be the tablet version of Android. If true, the HTC Revolver will be the first phone to run Honeycomb, which will be coming on all major Android tablets later this year.

The hardware specs of the HTC Revolver are also quite impressive. It has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come with a 4.3 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display. It will have 16 GB internal storage capacity and will sport an 8 MP camera, as well as a 3 MP secondary camera. It will be available exclusively on AT&T.

Word of caution: The rumor seems too good to be true, and probably is.

Update: This rumor is a fake

Samsung Unveils Bada Powered Wave 578 at MWC 2011

Samsung Wave 578Looking at the series of Android powered smartphones and tablets unveiled by Samsung at the Mobile World Congress, one would think that Samsung had probably dumped the Bada OS, which it had launched about 6 months back. The Bada powered Wave was a good smartphone, but compared to the Samsung Galaxy S, it was just a blip on the radar.

Apparently, Samsung hasn’t yet given up on Bada. At MWC 2011, Samsung unveiled a new Bada powered smartphone – the Samsung Wave 578.

The Samsung Wave 578 will be a budget Bada smartphone. It has a 3.2 inch WQVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display. It is powered by Bada 1.1 and offers the TouchWiz UI.

It is quite compact with dimensions of just 107.9 x 54.9 x 12.5 mm and weighs just slightly less than 100 gms. It has a 1200 mAh battery and will come with a 3.2 MP camera. It will also have Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and NFC.

It comes with 100 MB internal storage and support for up to 32 GB microSD cards. The Wave 578 is the first Bada phone to offer NFC support. Samsung hasn’t released any pricing or launch details yet, but if priced right (read: lower than its Android counterparts) , the Wave 578 could be a very attractive budget smartphone option.

via BGR