MWC 2012

Global Community of Equals foretold by Google’s Schmidt

Global Community of Equals foretold by Google’s Schmidt

Eric Schmidt spoke this week at MWC about the growth of the mobile world, focusing on the developing world, the "digital oasis," where access to the internet is still a rarity, but where technology will bring it to them at an exponential rate. "Smartphones do not have to talk to a central hub," he said, "they can just talk to each other." Using Bluetooth and other technologies you can use Mesh Networks to connect - "Mesh is a stepping stone for connectivity." Schmidt continued hoever that "Noone is suggesting that technology will suddenly transform the social political and economic situations of peoples lives. But it certainly can improve them."

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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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Best Buy begins HTC One X pre-orders

Best Buy begins HTC One X pre-orders

HTC's new One X phone is the most sophisticated and technologically powerful phone by HTC yet (and HTC has put out some pretty monstrous phones). Because of that, Best Buy thinks customers will be all over it and has decided to already begin taking pre-orders for the device. You'll need to specifically ask a Best Buy employee for the pre-order, as it isn't advertised in the store.

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Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Microsoft plans Windows 8 ARM presentation at Mobile World Congress

Perhaps the biggest addition out of the many new features in Windows 8 is its new ARM-based flavor, which Microsoft is calling Windows 8 WOA. They don't want anyone to forget it, either: they've planned a showcase event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the tech world is currently checking out the latest and greatest in smartphones and tablets... running on ARM. The press conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon local time, putting it between 6AM (PST) and 9AM (EST) in the United States.

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LG Optimus 4X HD priced and dated

LG Optimus 4X HD priced and dated

LG only revealed the Optimus 4X HD officially at Mobile World Congress this week, and already the quadcore Tegra 3 smartphone has been priced and dated for the UK. The handset will be priced at £380 ($602) pre-tax and subsidies, according to retailer Clove, and is expected to be in stock come June. However, there's bad news for lovers of glasses-free 3D, with word that the UK won't be getting LG's Optimus 3D Max.

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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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Google putting dividers between Android team and Motorola

Google putting dividers between Android team and Motorola

Google is looking to the completion of its massive purchase of Motorola Mobility with the needed approvals in the US and EU granted. The company is also looking to replace the existing CEO with its own. Google is making moves to put walls between its Android team and Motorola Mobility according to Andy Rubin. Rubin says that he did "sponsor" the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but that he won't have anything to do with the company once the deal closes.

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