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We’re Live at the MWC 2012 Keynote featuring Google

We’re Live at the MWC 2012 Keynote featuring Google

Android is dominating here at Mobile World Congress 2012, and that means Google's taking center stage for the bulk of the conference. In addition to their massive booth, the search giant also gets a keynote presentation all to itself, and it's starting in just under half an hour. SlashGear is here to bring the latest news - whatever that might be. Google's been pretty tight-lipped on the conference so far, though they might have some interesting surprises in store for us.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

The newest Snapdragon processor is bringing its A-game to the tablet with the Mobile Development Platform smartphone MDP8660, and the benchmarks are in. This device represents the first hardware preview of the S4 processor made by Qualcomm and is in full working order in a reference platform design not unlike the other development devices we've seen from Qualcomm in the past. What we're looking at here mostly is the processor itself, PCmag comparing it to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 and the TI OMAP 4, Anandtech comparing it to the previous model Qualcomm MDP with a dual-core Scorpion processor instead.

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MTV Under The Thumb Social TV hands-on

MTV Under The Thumb Social TV hands-on

Streaming TV is about to get noisy, with the launch of MTV's new "Under The Thumb" app promising social entertainment targeted at the perpetually-connected, co-viewing regardless of distance, and super-streamlined multi display interactivity. Hitting iPhone and Android today, the app offers access to an on-demand catalog of MTV shows like Jersey Shore, 16 & Pregnant and Death Valley, which can be viewed on your smartphone - complete with instant messaging between viewers - and the ability to restream it direct to your internet-connected TV or computer, turning your phone into a remote control. Check out our hands-on first impressions after the cut.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and Gobi 5th generation updated

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and Gobi 5th generation updated

The chipmakers are coming out swinging this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, and as Qualcomm is proving today, they're all going to bring us undeniably excellent devices throughout 2012 and beyond. Speaking on both the Snapdragon S4 processor and the Gobi modem, Qualcomm spoke this week on how their set of chips is able to out-do the competition with an integrated experience. Rob Chandhok, Senior Vice President and President of Qualcomm Internet Services and President of Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., as well as Serge Willenegger, Vice President of Technology spoke about both the upcoming S4 platform and

FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

Now that smartphones are getting bigger, PC's are getting smaller and FXI Tech's Cotton Candy "world's smallest PC" is here at MWC and has just received a small design change, new features, and Android 4.0 is up next. Coming in at about the same size of a pack of gum this dual-core powered PC will be available this March so we snapped a few photos of the new design and it streaming games using Ubuntu.

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Neonode 3D touch headed to tablets and phones: Hands-on

Neonode 3D touch headed to tablets and phones: Hands-on

Touch tech is gaining an extra dimension, if Neonode has its way, with the company demonstrating its brand new Multi-Sensing system for 3D phone, tablet and other gadget manipulation at MWC 2012. Announced last week, the new finger-tracking kit uses light rather than physical touch sensors: in Neonode's demo, you can reach through the frame and control on-screen graphics. However, Neonode envisages special cutaway sections showing up on tablets, phones and laptops, allowing us to more precisely interact with the device UI.

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Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu had a prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone safely hidden behind a glass wall at CES in Las Vegas, but here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress we were able to get up close and personal with it. This new waterproof quad-core powered prototype smartphone was out in public and all they are calling it is "quad-core prototype" until further notice. More details and video below.

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ZTE Orbit Hands-on

ZTE Orbit Hands-on

One of the first devices to be revealed with Windows Phone Tango on it right out of the box is the ZTE Orbit, a device revealed this week in ZTE's torrent of smartphone releases. This device is set for a second quarter release and is just about as basic and low-end specification having device you can find, it being part of Microsoft's initiative to bring more Windows Phone to the whole world, including areas where an inexpensive smartphone is the only sort of smartphone that's a reality for the general population. With ZTE at the helm of one of the first devices in this Tango line, will Microsoft have a winning combination on their hands?

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Intel Orange “Santa Clara” Medfield phone hands-on

Intel Orange “Santa Clara” Medfield phone hands-on

Intel has been talking up its Atom Z2460 Medfield processor at MWC 2012, and the Orange "Santa Clara" is the latest carrier win and a confirmed attack on the European market. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the 1.6 GHz x86 processor, with a 4-inch WVGA display and 8-megapixel camera, the Santa Clara tries to convince us that ARM isn't the only company with skills in the cellphone market.

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Panasonic ELUGA Power hands-on

Panasonic ELUGA Power hands-on

The original Panasonic ELUGA gained a bigger sibling this morning in the shape of the ELUGA Power, an oversized, faster version of the slimline Android smartphone. We grabbed some hands-on time with a very early prototype, and while Panasonic wouldn't let us dunk it underwater as we did with the ELUGA, it was still enough to get an idea of where the company's smartphone strategy is headed.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on

Samsung has another Galaxy smartphone for the world, only this time it comes equipped with a 15 lumen pico projector and might even land in the US. We saw this earlier in the week but were able to get some quick hands-on photos of the little projector today. It might not be the brightest but for those unique situations where it's needed it seems to work great.

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