MWC 2012 – Some Things To Watch For

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With CES 2012 over, focus shifts to the next of the ‘big 3 mobile computing events’ – Mobile World Congress 2012, held in Barcelona February 27 through March 1.  While CES covers the wide range of gadgets that we will be buying in 2012, MWC dives more deeply into mobile computing topics including devices, content, applications, network equipment, mobile operator monitization strategies, regulation, vertical markets such as healthcare and financial services, network technology evolution and much, much more.

With more than 1400 exhibitors, you can always count on a large number of announcements at MWC. The rumor mill is starting to pick up speed as we get closer to the show opening.  Remember, these are rumors, but consider the following:

  • Much of the buzz will be around new smartphones.  The rumor trend seems to be around quad processor phones with oodles of memory, higher resolution cameras, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and 4G/LTE network support.  Here’s just a smattering of what is being talked about:
    •  HTC will announce the Ville (dual core) and Edge (quad core) smartphones with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and an updated Sense UI
    • Nokia is back at MWC this year after a brief absence the main event in the Apps Planet section. They announced the Lumia 900 Windows Phone at CES 2012 – speculation is that there will be and improved Lumia 900 with a 12 MP camera announced at MWC
    • Sony has sent out invitations to “find out what’s new and what’s next …. on our  Xperia™ smartphone portfolio and strategy“
    • LG X3 with its Tegra 3 quad processor
    • RIM is expected to launch the BlackBerry 10 OS
    • Huawei alluding to a new ‘smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone yet’
    • Of course, tablets will also be well represented, with the Samsung Galaxy S III and Asus Padfone getting early mentions. (Note that since Apple does not attend MFC, the iPad 3 rumors are not associated with MWC, but with a separate Apple event rumored to be in March)
    • Rumors abound about a new Linux-based Tizen open source mobile OS
    • Cloud-based mobile computing, apps be huge
    • NFC rumors are leaking ‘left, right and center’ – conference keynotes on NFC momentum and mobile payment services should be highlights of this particular topic

With all of this going on in the mobile world, you can also count on the equipment vendors to be responding with platforms based on the latest technologies to help operators and service providers to meet the increasing (and diversifying) workloads brought on by all of the new devices. Look for lots of activity in the platforms for LTE and cloud computing infrastructure.