MWC 2011

Texas Instruments OMAP4 Gesture Recognition

Texas Instruments OMAP4 Gesture Recognition

Texas Instruments was showing gesture recognition back at MWC 2010, but with OMAP4 the system has really come of age. The chipset - to be found at the heart of the LG Optimus 3D and the BlackBerry PlayBook - uses the camera support to track hand and arm movements; TI showed a demo where a Blaze developer unit could respond to waves to navigate through a photo gallery.

Video demo after the cut

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Intel Shipping XMM 6260 HSPA+ modem, Introduces LTE XMM 7060

Intel Shipping XMM 6260 HSPA+ modem, Introduces LTE XMM 7060

Intel announced on Monday that it will begin shipping the XMM 6260 platform to key partners. The plaform supports HSPA+ networks with download speeds up to 21Mbps and upload speeds up to 11.5Mbps. The platform is said to use less power than competitor's products (especially ARM). XMM 6260 is built with the 40nm manufacturing process, and is based on the X-GOLD 626 baseband processor and the SMARTi UE2 RF transceiver.

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Acer Iconia Tab A100 hands-on

Acer Iconia Tab A100 hands-on

Earlier we reported from MWC 2011 with a hands-on of the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Well, now we have a hands-on with its little brother, the A100. Again, unlike the Iconia Smart, which is more of a phone and tablet hybrid, the A100 focuses on being a full tablet but smaller with a 7-inch display.

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T-Mobile G-Slate hands-on [Video]

T-Mobile G-Slate hands-on [Video]

After a brief on-stage appearance at CES 2011, T-Mobile has brought along the LG G-Slate to MWC 2011 to launch alongside its European Optimus Pad cousin. As we've already seen, it's a slick 8.9-inch slate running Tegra 2 and Android 3.0 Honeycomb; it also has support for T-Mobile USA's HSPA+ network for high-speed connectivity on the go.

Video after the cut

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Samsung Dumping Own Processors in Future Super Phones?

Samsung Dumping Own Processors in Future Super Phones?

Yesterday Samsung announced that their latest tablet the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be running NVIDIA's dual core Tegra 2 processor.  However at the bottom of the press release we observed an interesting concluding point. The last line of the joint company press release states:

" The companies are also partnering to bring a new Android-based super phone with a dual-core CPU to consumers, for never-before-seen experiences."

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LG Partners with YouTube 3D

LG Partners with YouTube 3D

LG announced at their press conference this morning here at Mobile World Congress 2011 their new Optimus 3D smart phone.  This device's claim to fame is that it can capture and play back 3D content without the need of 3D glasses.   They also announced a partnership with YouTube's 3D channel for easy upload and sharing of captured 3D content from the Optimus 3D directly to YouTube's dedicated 3D channel.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 hands-on

Acer Iconia Tab A500 hands-on

Acer's Iconia Smart was something of a hybrid, but the company also has a number of new slates for MWC 2011 that are definitely all tablet. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a 10.1-inch rival to the XOOM and Galaxy Tab 10.1, powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 and offering 1080p HD playback.

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LG Optimus Pad hands-on [Video]

LG Optimus Pad hands-on [Video]

Another day, another Honeycomb tablet. After the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 there's a certain sense of familiarity about the LG Optimus Pad, aka T-Mobile's LG G-Tablet. Running Android 3.0 on a Tegra 2 processor, the Optimus Pad differs somewhat in that it uses an 8.9-inch panel, slotting in-between the spate of 7- and 10-inch slates we've seen recently. Check out our hands-on impressions after the cut.

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LG Optimus 3D hands-on [Video]

LG Optimus 3D hands-on [Video]

LG is the first to admit its 2010 range of devices wasn't exactly the most inspiring; as the company said to us at MWC 2011 today, "we sat there and watched our rivals bring out smartphone after smartphone." For 2011 the Korean company's plans are far more ambitious, hence the LG Optimus 3D and the play for the nascent 3D smartphone market. Hands-on impressions after the cut.

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Sierra Wireless AirCard 753S and 754S debut at MWC 2011

Sierra Wireless AirCard 753S and 754S debut at MWC 2011

Sierra Wireless has announced a pair of new WiFi hotspots at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The two new hotspots are the AirCard 753S and the 754S. Both of the devices are about the size of a deck of cards and are made to be lightweight for portability. The hotspots are easy to use and allow the user to connect in under a minute.

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MWC 2011: SwissQual’s Diversity Ranger is the Backpack of the Future

MWC 2011: SwissQual’s Diversity Ranger is the Backpack of the Future

Looking to do some network benchmarking in the Swiss Alps? Want to test which wireless network gets the best signal in isolated volcano islands? Probably not. But it's nice to know the option exists. After a few hours of playing with tablets and playing with more tablets, I decided to drop by SwissQual's booth to see just how tough their new Diversity Ranger network benchmarking pack was.

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Acer Iconia Smart hands-on [Video]

Acer Iconia Smart hands-on [Video]

When does a phone become a tablet? The Dell Streak 5 blurred the boundaries with its 5-inch WVGA display, and now the Acer Iconia Smart is doing its part to make categorisation complicated with its 4.8-inch, 21:9 aspect smartphone. Powered by Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon and Android Gingerbread, the Iconia Smart seems almost tailor-made for web addicts with long, narrow pockets.

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