HTC has been busy sending out invitations to a major launch it’s holding on Sunday, March 1, in Barcelona. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t specify what exactly will be unveiled at this event, but my money’s on the arrival of the One M8’s new and eagerly-awaited sibling, expected to be named the One M9.
Well, it’s quite apparent what HTC is doing on their FB page now. Yesterday the company displayed a pic of a device showing off the number “5” causing the world to speculate as to what the heck it could be. Well, today they’re showing off a similar image but this time with the number “4“, so it’s pretty safe to assume this is a count down. And while yesterday’s FB post stated “This Sunday you’ll discover something fast.“, today the saying goes “This Sunday, you’ll hear something authentic“. Hmm… is that a Beats Audio reference? We’ll see Sunday.
In addition, thanks to the folks over at Pocketnow, we’ve got a press shot of the HTC One X and all of its glory. Take note that the device looks slightly different than previous shots we’ve seen such as the button layout on the bottom of the device. Where before we saw a four button layout, there are now only three buttons. In addition, you can see the Tegra 3 device’s HTC Sense 4.0 home screen from the shot as well. We’re highly looking forward to checking out HTC’s debut on Sunday so stay tuned to Talk Android while we attempt to decipher whether or not the show will offer a live stream. If it does, you can bet your first born we’ll get it for you. There’s been no mention yet as to who or what network the device will be launching on but my money is with T-Mobile in the U.S. So, we’ll see Sunday when the device launches along side a few other big boys who want to play such as the One S and One V and who knows, maybe even a tablet. HTC’s event will begin at 8:30 pm Barcelona time which translates to 11AM PST and 2PM EST for U.S. folk.
ZTE is stepping up their game a notch and rather than waiting until MWC to show off their new flagships, they’ve spilled the beans a little early. The company has just announced two devices to cater to the high and low-end’s of the mass mobile market. The two devices will sport Android 4.0 right out of the gate and we should be able to get a hands-on in Barcelona soon enough. The high-end device, dubbed the PF200, comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU (unknown manufacturer), 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 meg camera and 2 meg front facing camera for video chatting and portraits. It’s also capable of recording 1080p video and comes locked and loaded with radios supporting LTE, UMTS and GSM technologies. Add DLNA, MHL (mobile high-def link) and NFC and we can see how serious ZTE wants to be/stay relevant in the mobile market. As for the N910, the device is touted as a low-end, more budget friendly and economically sound device sporting LTE FDD, CDMA/EVDO radios, a 5 meg camera, 1080p front facing camera (2 mp), an 800 x 400 res display and a 1.5 GHz processor as well. We don’t have pricing or a release date yet, obviously, but we can tell you this, according to ZTE these devices are just the beginning for what’s yet to come:
“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.”
Can we speculate that a Tegra 3 device is on the way? I sure hope so. Check out the full presser and another press shot after the break.
Here at TalkAndroid, it would be an understatement to say we’re excited about the forthcoming World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. We’re also extremely jealous of you lucky people who will be over in Spain enjoying the event as it unfolds. We do however have one word advice before you hit the road for Barcelona, you might want to pack a map with your sun-cream.
The main public transportation operator in Barcelona, the TMB is set to strike from 27th February to 1st March. The strike is set to effect all major bus and metro routes in Barcelona and with an expected 60,000 attendees, the strike will surely have a significant impact on travel for the week.
World Mobile Congress organizers GSMA are confident that the show will go on without too many problems. There is a comprehensive contingency plan in place that can be quickly implemented should the planned strikes go ahead.
For those who don’t already use it, perhaps now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the wonderful Google Maps Navigation. You just might need it!
Check out the statement from GSMA.
The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012.
The GSMA has senior executives in Barcelona and they have been meeting regularly with government officials from the City of Barcelona, Catalonia Regional Government, Spanish Ministry of Industry, the Fira and the various police authorities since the strike was first announced. The GSMA has advised the government authorities that they should do everything to avert the strike and we have been assured that negotiations are ongoing in order to try and resolve the issues.
In the event the parties do not reach agreement, comprehensive contingency plans are in place to ensure that all participants of the Mobile World Congress have unfettered access to and from the Fira during all days of the event. We will announce the details of those contingency plans as necessary should the strike take place. The GSMA remains confident that the issues will be resolved and that there will be little, if any, impact to the Mobile World Congress.
Further, the Barcelona government has offered the GSMA its strong assurances that Mobile World Congress attendees will not be affected and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.
With incredible awe and wonder, we’re all still on “Edge” as to what the heck HTC has up their sleeves for MWC this year. As news continues to trickle down the pipeline, according to several other sites, some possible nomenclature has surfaced for these devices. “One X”, “One S” and “One V” look to be possible HTC names to hit some anticipated devices in Barcelona this year. Pocketnow reports that the HTC One X will be the name given to the previously mentioned “Edge” and/or “Endeavor”. And the boys over at SlashGear are claiming that the previously announced Ville will be dubbed the One S. We’re also being told that when it comes to writing the names out, HTC will add the “X” and “S” as superscript in the titles, further showing it to be HTC’s branding. And our friends over at Pocket-lint are claiming that the third handset on HTC’s roster will be called the “One V” and is reported to be a music centric device like the Rhyme. Sources state that the V will house a 3.7-inch display, Android’s ICS 4.0 and a 1 GHz CPU most likely by Qualcomm.
source: The Verge
In the video you’ll see below, T-Mobile created a life size, live action Angry Birds environment, where users could walk up to the booth at the front (seen above) grab a T-Mobile device (looks like a Samsung Galaxy S) and interact with the game. The game on the Android smartphone when played actually causes the live action elements to play out in the background for all to watch, exploding pigs and all!
Have a look below, this is awesome.
Samsung has made it official at Mobile World Congress 2011 that there will be a successor to the popular Galaxy S line of phones. This successor is aptly named the Galaxy S II.
The Samsung Galaxy S II will be loaded with top of the line features. Check it out:
- 8 megapixel camera
- 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display
- 1080p video capture
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Touchwiz UI
- Thinnest smartphone ever
Yes, you read that last spec right; the Samsung Galaxy S II is the world’s thinnest smartphone to date. The device is only about 8.49mm thick, which should make the Galaxy S II ultra-portable and pocketable.
Check out the full presser after the break!
Tons of exciting announcements have been made at the Sony Ericsson press conference this morning in Barcelona. Pictured above is the XPERIA Neo, a 3.7″ device similar to to the XPERIA Pro that was just announced as well. This device will be running Android 2.3 and also boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and come in a variety of colors. There’s no official word on a release date just yet, but Sony did say the XPERIA Neo will be available for ‘selected’ markets at the end of Q1.
Check out the full presser after the break!
Well folks, it’s that time of year again. CES has come and gone and Mobile World Congress is upon us. Easily one of the biggest phonegasm meetings of the year, MWC promises an exceptional show for us. With an expected attendance of 50,000 plus, it’s going to be elbow to elbow trying to report all of the mobile tech news coming out of that venue. So, what Android goodness can we expect to see? Here are a few things we’ll be keeping tabs on at the event:
Pocket-lint has a report that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab2 that we may hear something about at MWC on the 13th, will be in a 10 inch version of the popular tablet, rather than the 7 inch. This would pput it in direct competition with the other 10 inch tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HP Touchpad and Apple iPad, which would be a bold move for Samsung to make.
The tablet is also rumored to be running Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the box upon launch. Some have opinions as to the advantages for a 10 inch tablet versus a 7 inch, but it’s clear Samsung may be leaning towards the 10 inch being a more powerful device, maybe while keeping the 7inch a more mid-range spec’d tablet.We’ll see in a couple of days what Samsung is planning.