MWC 2012

Neonode supercharges multitouch

Neonode supercharges multitouch

Multitouch touchscreens are set to get significantly more immersive and responsive, if Neonode is to have its way, with the company's new Multi-Sensing technology that can identify objects, respond to gloved fingers and more. Based on the same zForce system as already implemented by several devices, the Neonode Multi-Sensing system can track the size, pressure, depth, speed and proximity of an object to a surface, opening the door to more advanced art and notation apps on tablets, more safely navigated content-rich car dashboards, and more.

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NVIDIA Icera: Why so special?

NVIDIA Icera: Why so special?

NVIDIA had already stepped up its challenge to mobile processor stalwarts, with the Tegra 3; now, the company is looking to oust its rivals modems from phones and slates. The new Mimosa X - although unusually high-end for ZTE - is interesting for reasons beyond ZTE flexing its product range: it's the first device on which NVIDIA has revealed its Icera modem tech and, vitally, its rising challenge to Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and others in the smartphone and tablet segment.

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Panasonic teases oversized Android flagship for MWC [Updated]

Panasonic teases oversized Android flagship for MWC [Updated]

Panasonic's oddly named Eluga smartphone will be just one of at least two Android smartphones the company brings to Mobile World Congress it has confirmed, ahead of more ambitious consumer tablet plans in 2012. The company had never been shy about its European ambitions for the next three to four years - aiming for 1.5m sales in Europe this year alone - and there will be at least two devices to help carve out a place in the Android marketplace, Panasonic told Pocket-lint. However, details on the second phone are limited.

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LG Optimus L Series borrow PRADA style

LG Optimus L Series borrow PRADA style

LG can't stop announcing phones ahead of MWC 2012, and next up is the LG L Series, a trio of Android devices spanning price and spec points, and borrowing liberally from design language seen on the PRADA Phone 3.0. The LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 mark the debut of the company's so-called L-Style design language, wrapping a choice of 3.2-, 4- or 4.3-inch touchscreens respectively.

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Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm to double data speeds with HSPA+ Multiflow

Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm to double data speeds with HSPA+ Multiflow

Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm are teaming up to introduce a new HSPA+ Multiflow technology at next week's Mobile World Congress. The enhanced broadband technology promises to double current 3G HSPA+ data speeds by allowing mobile devices that are close to the edge of one mobile base station to connect with a second base station simultaneously. Currently, devices can connect only to one base station at a time.

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Panasonic ELUGA fully detailed

Panasonic ELUGA fully detailed

The folks at Panasonic have released information about an Android smartphone that'll be as slim as it is waterproof, with full high specifications in tow. This device goes by the name Panasonic ELUGA and is another way of saying "elegant user-oriented getaway." With a massive 66% of the phone's body dedicated to display, the entirety of the device being waterproof, and the whole unit weighing in at 103g total, we've got to expect that this will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012.

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Sony Xperia U caught with oversized S

Sony Xperia U caught with oversized S

Sony's mini-Xperia has leaked, the dinky 3.5-inch dual-core previously known as the ST25i but tipped to launch as the Sony Xperia U. Running Android on a 1GHz processor with a WVGA display and 5-megapixel camera, the Xperia U doesn't exactly deliver hyperbole like the Xperia S it's shown next to in the photos HDBlog unearthed, but could be a welcome alternative for those that don't want to give over an entire pocket to an oversized smartphone.

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Fujitsu readying phone flagships for European restart

Fujitsu readying phone flagships for European restart

Fujitsu is readying Android and Windows Phone smartphones for Mobile World Congress next week, it's reported, ahead of the company's re-entry into the European market and challenge to Apple and Samsung. Described as high-end devices, the new Fujitsu phones will pack LTE 4G, NFC and biometric security, the FT reports, and be so-called global phones with support for multiple networks.

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LG Optimus LTE Tag pushes NFC

LG Optimus LTE Tag pushes NFC

LG has announced another new smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress, the LG Optimus LTE Tag, to go with the LG Optimus Vu revealed over the weekend. A 4.3-inch Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with a bright, 650 nits IPS LCD display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, as the name suggests the Optimus LTE Tag prioritizes both 4G LTE connectivity and Near-Field Communication (NFC) with various sticky NFC labels used to switch the handset between different modes.

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ZTE PF200 and N910 LTE phones revealed

ZTE PF200 and N910 LTE phones revealed

ZTE has jumped the Mobile World Congress gun and unveiled two new Android 4.0 smartphones, the  PF200 and N910, each toting LTE and running at up to 1.5GHz. The ZTE PF200 is the company's new flagship, it seems, with a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen, an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1080p Full HD capable front-facing camera. It also gets NFC and MHL-HDMI output. Going by ZTE's press shot, it looks like the company has reskinned Ice Cream Sandwich, too.

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LG Optimus Vu official: Galaxy Note gets competition

LG Optimus Vu official: Galaxy Note gets competition

LG has officially revealed its new 5-inch LG Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet hybrid, challenging Samsung's Galaxy Note with a stylus-enabled 1.5GHz dual-core LTE handset. Teased earlier this month - and now revealed a week ahead of MWC 2012 and its official official debut - the Optimus Vu mimics a mini-iPad with its 4:3 aspect 1024 x 768 screen; like the iPad it uses an IPS panel, too, here with 650 nits brightness. At launch, the Optimus Vu will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but LG is promising Ice Cream Sandwich within three months of that.

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SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project Update!

SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project Update!

This week and next we're running our Spring Developers Project with none other than WIMM and their WIMM One developer preview kits. This is the same kit we reviewed in full a few weeks ago, now here ready to distribute to you! All need in exchange is your awesome ideas for mini-apps for the future of this watchface-sized Android device! We've chosen several winners already and the project is set to continue through until right before the start of Mobile World Congress 2012 - check below to see our first winners and their awesome contributions!

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