MWC 2010

Texas Instruments Blaze is OMAP4 dev device: lands mid-2010

Texas Instruments Blaze is OMAP4 dev device: lands mid-2010

Remember Texas Instruments' OMAP4 development device, which we exclusively showed you earlier this month?  The company have gone OMAP4 crazy today at Mobile World Congress 2010 today, officially launching the HD-capable chipset together with confirming that it will support Flash player 10.1.  They've also officially named the dev-device, which will go on sale to particularly devoted coders as the Blaze.

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Windows Phone 7 to “democritise” the smartphone; TV integration coming?

Windows Phone 7 to “democritise” the smartphone; TV integration coming?

Windows Phone 7 feels like its been a long time coming, and today Steve Ballmer took to the stage complete with some carrier partners to discuss the upcoming smartphone platform. Contrary to previous events, no hardware partners were on stage today - though HTC, LG, Toshiba and other OEMs were all named as developing Windows Phone 7 hardware - but AT&T and Orange were both named as key carrier partners.

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Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on

Windows Phone 7 Series hands-on

Microsoft have officially launched Windows Phone 7 and with it the Windows Phone Series, promising we'll see the first devices on the market in time for the holiday 2010 shopping season.  Windows Phone 7 marks a new, more end-user aware phase for the platform, with Zune and Xbox integration, together with stricter controls over the overall end-user experience: third-party UIs, such as HTC Sense, will not be allowed (though OEMs will be able to add into the new WP7 UI), and while they're not yet revealing the details, Microsoft have a long technical specifications list for handset manufacturers that will better standardize the platform.

There are no handsets debuting today - though HTC, Dell and Qualcomm are among the manufacturers onboard - and all of the demo devices are unbranded, generic models specially built by ASUS.  Still, they're a decent example of what we can expect: a large, multitouch-friendly capacitive touchscreen with a glass front, three front-panel buttons (back, Start and search), GPS and a rear-mounted camera.  They also have a front-facing camera, though there won't apparently be support for it natively in Windows Phone 7, and OEMs are limited to what hardware controls they can add; it's pretty much down to volume buttons, camera shortcut and power.

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Contactless mobile payment system trialed at MWC 2010

Contactless mobile payment system trialed at MWC 2010

The idea of contactless payments using your mobile phone is very appealing. The payment system would let you walk into a store and hold you phone near a payment terminal rather than reaching for your wallet or credit card. Samsung, Telefonica, and Visa are working with several other companies at MWC to offer visitors a trial of mobile contactless payments.

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Emporia debuts Elegance and Solid handsets at MWC

Emporia debuts Elegance and Solid handsets at MWC

Austrian mobile phone maker emporia has had mobile handsets on the market for a while now in Europe that are aimed at older users wanting simplicity in a mobile phone. The devices offer large buttons and high contrast screens for older people with less dexterity and vision than the average mobile user.

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Samsung and ARM team to drive graphics processing on mobile phones and other electronics

Samsung and ARM team to drive graphics processing on mobile phones and other electronics

When it comes to both CPUs and GPUs in the smartphone and feature phone industry, many of the devices out there run hardware from ARM. ARM has been pushing its new Coretex-A9 processors and Mali GPUs for a while. At MWC 2010 ARM and Samsung announced that they are extending their working relationship to bring superior graphics processing to future products.

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