MWC 2010

Marvell 1GHz ARMADA 618 mobile chipset & $99 Pantheon smartphone platform outed

Marvell 1GHz ARMADA 618 mobile chipset & $99 Pantheon smartphone platform outed

Marvell have announced their latest strategy to corner both the high and the low end of the smartphone market.  Up at the flagship end comes the Marvell ARMADA 618 [PDF link], a 1GHz ARM v7 Sheeva chipset with support for 1080p HD decode/encode together with 16-megapixel image processing and four simultaneous displays, while at the entry-level point is the Marvell Pantheon platform, a $99 smartphone design suitable for Android, Windows Mobile and other OS'.

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Opera Mini for iPhone at MWC 2010: Will it ever get released?

Opera Mini for iPhone at MWC 2010: Will it ever get released?

Browser developer Opera have revealed that they plan to launch a version of Opera Mini for iPhone at Mobile World Congress 2010 next week.  As in other versions of Opera Mini on different platforms, the iPhone app will support the company's compression system which shrinks down webpages and results in faster load-times and reduced data traffic.  It will also throw in tabbed browsing (something still absent from Safari on the iPhone) and a password manager.

However, while Opera may be previewing the new app, that doesn't mean users will be able to download it post-MWC.  Apple have previously shown themselves to be resolutely opposed to permitting third-party browsers in the App Store, which means iPhone and iPod touch owners won't actually be able to get it, at least not legitimately.

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Windows Phone 7 details leak: No multitasking, UI lock-down & Zune/Xbox integration?

Windows Phone 7 details leak: No multitasking, UI lock-down & Zune/Xbox integration?

Microsoft have already confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 is going to make at least a partial debut at Mobile World Congress 2010 in a little over a week's time, but so far all we've had is rumors as to what exactly they'll be showing off.  Now, according to PPCGeeks' sources, more details are known: they reckon the new Windows Phone 7 UI will be the main draw at MWC, with Microsoft holding off on specific functionality, but they do have a run-down of what we can expect from the updated smartphone platform.  Unfortunately, not all of it fills us with glee.

As we've heard rumored, there's a lot borrowed from the Zune platform injected into Windows Phone 7.  The smartphone UI - apparently codenamed "METRO" - looks much like that of the Zune HD we're told, with a fresh new Start screen; it's described variously as "very clean", "soulful" and "alive".  Hopefully it really will be, since third-party or OEM UIs are apparently not to be permitted; that means no HTC Sense and no other apps such as SPB Mobile Shell.

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Garmin-ASUS M10 gets early reviews

Garmin-ASUS M10 gets early reviews

Garmin-ASUS' M10 may no longer be the only Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone we know about - what with the Sony Ericsson Aspen launching this morning - but it's one of the first to be caught in the wild.  Two Chinese sites have managed to acquire the M10 and put it through its paces, mPro and GPC, including comparison shots with other handsets and photo samples from the 5-megapixel camera.

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Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Texas Instruments OMAP4 hands-on

Mobile World Congress 2010 is fast approaching, but here at SlashGear we thought we'd grab a head start on our coverage. We caught up with Texas Instruments at their Dallas office to take a look at their latest OMAP3 and OMAP4 chipsets and some of the development hardware they've been producing. Most interesting, perhaps, is the OMAP4-based device you see here, capable of simultaneously driving three independent displays and packing a pico-projector module.

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Zune Phone set to debut at MWC with Tegra

Zune Phone set to debut at MWC with Tegra

The rumors of a Zune phone have been bandied back and forth around the web since the iPhone launched years ago. It's hard to believe that after all this time Microsoft still hasn't rolled out a Zune Phone. A new rumor is circulating that claims the Zune Phone will hit this month.

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Windows Mobile 7 UX concepts tip native multitouch

Windows Mobile 7 UX concepts tip native multitouch

Is it time to start getting just a little bit excited about Windows Mobile 7?  The OS has been going through something of a slump recently, but these purported WM7 user experience concepts do have us curious.  They're the handiwork of Jeremiah Whitaker, a freelance designer whose LinkedIn profile indicates he worked on UX design for Windows Mobile 7; while he's prevented from sharing his work because of an NDA, his portfolio does include some screenshots.

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NVIDIA Tegra 2 tablets and “other” devices headed to MWC 2010

NVIDIA Tegra 2 tablets and “other” devices headed to MWC 2010

There was no shortage of NVIDIA Tegra 2 tablets at CES 2010 earlier this month, but the latest rumors suggest that the company will be bringing along even more hitherto-unseen hardware to Mobile World Congress 2010 next month to show just how special the 1080p-capable chipset is.  Fudzilla's sources have tipped not only a couple of new tablets but "other" devices, and their presumption is that these might include smartphones.

Windows Mobile 7 arriving Q4 2010, HTC Obsession work-in-progress?

Windows Mobile 7 arriving Q4 2010, HTC Obsession work-in-progress?

Confusing rumors regarding Microsoft's Windows Mobile plans for MWC 2010 probably aren't going to become clear until the February show itself, but according to DigiTimes the Seattle firm expect both Windows Mobile 6.6 and Windows Mobile 7 to take the stage.  They're quoting the usual unnamed sources, who reckon Microsoft will deliver WM7 to handset manufacturers in September 2010, with initial devices expected in Q4 2010 or early Q1 2011.

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