If you want to know whether mobile TV is a difficult pitch, just take a look at Qualcomm's FloTV. Still, the promise of digital broadcasting being consumed by mobile users is obviously a tempting one; Dublin-based Solaris Mobile have announced that their own hybrid satellite and terrestrial wireless "S-Band" TV system will launch with a Pocket Gateway Device, pulling in content on the 2.00GHz band and squirting it to a smartphone via WiFi.
What if, rather than buying a MiFi or using a WiFi router app like on the Palm Pre Plus, you could stick a SIM in any device and have a shared 3G connection? That's what Sagem Orga and Telefonica are promising; they've developed the SIMFi, a USIM card with an embedded WiFi radio that, when dropped into any standard handset, can share the 3G HSPA connection with various WiFi clients as an instant access point.
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'.
With Mobile World Congress in Spain, kicking off this month there will soon be lots of new mobile phones being unveiled. A company called AnyDATA is unveiling its new smartphones that will be shown at MWC ahead of the show. The new devices are the ASP-310 and the ASP-518. Both smartphones are multimedia devices.
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.
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.
Nokia weren't tipped to be announcing anything significant at Mobile World Congress 2010, but according to DailyMobile there's at least one new handset on its way to Barcelona. The Nokia C5 has leaked, a Symbian S60v3 FP2 device with HSDPA/HSUPA, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch QVGA display.
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.
Sony Ericsson have begun their MWC 2010 assault early with the launch of their first new smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Aspen, and - incidentally - the first official Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device. The Aspen has a 2.4-inch QVGA touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, UMTS/HSPA (dual or triband, depending on region), WiFi and Bluetooth, along with a 3.2-megapixel camera.
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.