Texas Instruments told us they were more interested in showing what their OMAP processors could do than telling us, and the TI booth at MWC 2011 was bristling with vendors showing what they'd coaxed out of OMAP4 chipsets. Video conferencing companies Pathpartner and Ittiam shared a stand with their offerings, the former pushing 720p HD Skype calls, the latter four-way video calls in which only a single participant need have an OMAP4-based device.
Today at Mobile World Congress 2011 NVIDIA gave myself and small group of media, a demonstration of their latest sampling quad-core chipset code named Project Kal-El. This would be the world first sampling quad-core chipset aimed at tablets and super phones. NVIDIA executives on site stated that they expect Kal-El to deliver 5X performance improvements over their current super chip Tegra 2.
We had quite a rush of HTC news live from MWC 2011 this morning, so here’s a recap in case you didn’t catch everything. Our very own Chris Davies got plenty of hands-on time with the new product line up from HTC including the Incredible S, Wildfire S, Desire S, Chacha, and Salsa smartphones, as well as the Flyer tablet. Other HTC announcements included an updated version of their HTC Sense, a new video chat app, new support for OnLive cloud gaming service, and their partnership with Qualcomm to develop multi-core devices.
Eric Schmidt, while speaking at the special Google keynote series at Mobile World Congress 2011 began by showing a video editing app called Movie Studio. The overarching theme here seems to be control of the technology rather than the technology controlling the user. Using apps to bring you where you want to go rather than just finding results on what time it is in the place you wish you were. He mentioned monetization of provisional software (like lots and lots of money from Google Adsense via Android,) and moved on into disruption. Disruption here is essentially the switch from non-internet commerce to an internet-based economy where supply is essentially infinite.
ZTE isn't generally recognized for its own brand, instead providing low-cost devices - often with Android on them - for carriers to rebrand and push out on cheap pre-pay deals. The ZTE Skate 4.3, though, might actually deserve a little bit more than that; although it's expected to be cheap, it also doesn't stint on the spec sheet. As well as running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the smartphone has a sizeable 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera.
Huawei's IDEOS S7 Slim isn't exactly a tricky proposition to understand: take the original IDEOS S7, shave some heft off the chassis and switch out the unloved resistive panel for a capacitive one instead. As we found with after our hands-on with the slate at MWC 2011, it all adds up to a surprisingly convincing slate.
We're here at the Google presentation speeches here at Mobile World Congress 2011, and the music is loud. After presenting a monumentally impressive moving infographic showing the increase of Android Activations worldwide since launch, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google continued the statistics, everything leading up to "the world's fastest growing mobile platform," a powerful claim indeed. Schmidt notes that he believes that we will eventually grow to serve technology - that we are losing the battle against cold, lifeless contact between real humans. He goes on about how mobile is decimating PC, how connection speeds are increasing, and how the future is serendipity - gaining accomplishments, knowledge, and relationships you did not know about before you hopped on the computer (or here, the phone.) Eventually, after about 15 minutes of rather impressive statistics, the app was revealed in earnest.
Samsung's Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 isn't the only Galaxy S family PMP the company has that's new at MWC 2011 this year; there's also a smaller, 4-inch version - rather predictably called the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 - on show. Based around a 4-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD TFT display, it's actually the same as the YP-GB1 we've seen before, running Android 2.2 Froyo.
Since you're reading SlashGear, you almost certainly don't live in an isolated village in rural Africa. But if you do, you're almost certainly connecting to our site thanks to WorldGSM from VNL. This solar-powered mobile network hub is rugged, green and designed to be affordable in areas with an ARPU of less than $2.
All eyes were on Samsung's larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 at MWC 2011, but if you judge a Dell Streak 5 a tablet by virtue of its 5-inch display, then the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 has to be considered one as well. The 5-inch PMP looks like an oversized Galaxy S - unsurprising, since Samsung considers it a varient with 3G missing - with a WVGA display, 720p HD playback and a pair of cameras for video chat and photography.