This week, the Mobile World Congress is being held in Barcelona, Spain. How I wish someone would fly me there to cover the event! The Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest trade shows and exhibitions for wireless devices. Yep, mobile phones and tablets are the big focus here.
Unfortunately, Apple chooses not to have a presence at this show, but other companies like Samsung, Sony and LG have already made many new product announcements.
Check out Xperia Play, the new PlayStation phone from Sony. It runs Android, but I’m guessing that it must run some PlayStation or PSP type OS as well for game support. I love the slide out PlayStation Dualshock type controls! It sounds like this will be like a PSPGo with mobile capabilities – sort of like how the iPhone is an iPod Touch with mobile functions.
CNET has a review here: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-20031432-78.html. There was also a preview of the Xperia Play done by Engadget last month here: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/26/sony-ericsson-xperia-play-playstation-phone-preview/
Another cool announcement is the new LG Optimus 3D. It uses similar technology to the new Nintendo 3DS to provide the illusion of 3D without glasses. It seems lots of people were playing 3D games on the phone at the expo – but apparently the battery life was extremely poor! It sounds like a bit of a gimmick at the moment, but I’m sure one day, nearly all screens will be 3D – just like how they’re all colour now instead of black and white.
Check out the pics and write up here: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-20031804-78.html, and by Engadget here – http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/14/lg-optimus-3d-hands-on/.
Mobile World Congress official website – http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/ (you can even watch videos from keynotes from Microsoft, Twitter and Google!)
Coverage from CNET – http://reviews.cnet.com/mobile-world-congress/?keyword=MWC+2011&tag=mncol;tags
Coverage from Engadget – http://www.engadget.com/tag/MWC+2011/