Monday, February 16, 2009

Mobile World Congress 2009

The Mobile World Congress is in Barcelona this year. Too bad it's not just right down the street. Wouldn't you like to have an excuse to travel to Spain? It looks like several companies are either announcing High Definition (HD) versions of their touch phones (like the Samsung Omnia HD). Others are moving from VGA to WVGA (like the HTC Touch Diamond 2 and the HTC Touch Pro 2). Will we establish a screen resolution standard for the next generation of smartphones? My prediction is that everything will eventually move to a widescreen format.

I wonder how mobile phone technology will change over the next two years. Right now we see 3G taking off on phones, laptops and notebooks, netbooks, and UMPCs. We see people using their mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot by streaming 3G data through the air. More laptops are coming equipped with a 3G card and built-in antenna. People are using their mobile phones to tether and get connected on their laptops.

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