MWC 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 16, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 16, 2012

It's a very Mac morning with more updates on the next version of Apple's desktop software than you can possible handle! The next version will be called Apple OS X Mountain Lion and you'll be able to check out our very full guide on it in the post Meet Apple OS X Mountain Lion. Next be sure to check out the brand new Messages for OS X which you can download in beta right this second! Apple is also making some vast privacy changes that could affect 1000s of applications, and Chris Davies has a featured column by the name of Apple Gatekeeper is the Game-Changer - straight from the Mountain Lion's mouth!

Continue Reading...

HTC: Hero or Bust

HTC: Hero or Bust

HTC has a lot to prove in 2012, and already its first major event of the year, Mobile World Congress later this month, is shaping up to be a very interesting show. The first step in what the company has described as its new "Hero Strategy", we're expecting at least two high-end smartphones, the HTC One X and One S, a new tablet and, as of earlier today, the possibility of a streaming music service that could take on Spotify. Certainly ambitious, if it all pans out, but what will it take for HTC to turn around its ailing fortunes?

Continue Reading...

RIM sets PlayBook 2.0 release for MWC 2012 [Updated]

RIM sets PlayBook 2.0 release for MWC 2012 [Updated]

According to Research In Motion, the folks who bring you BlackBerry, we're likely going to see a second iteration of the infamous PlayBook tablet's own unique operating system at Mobile World Congress 2012. Though the company saw less than stellar sales with the PlayBook tablet thus far, they do continue to support it through software updates and promotions such as the Free Tablet Per App program offered to Android developers just this past month. BlackBerry senior brand manager Jeff Gadway spoke at a meeting with PCmag today saying that this new operating system update will bring email, contacts, calendar, and the ability to run the Android apps just mentioned on the tablet.

Continue Reading...

HTC One X and One S coming to MWC

HTC One X and One S coming to MWC

Official branding for HTC's Mobile World Congress smartphone line-up has emerged, suggesting that the quadcore device codenamed Edge/Endeavor will launch as the HTC One X, while the dualcore Ville will be the HTC One S. Insiders confirmed the impending One X branding to Pocketnow for HTC's flagship, fitting with information SlashGear has heard independently about the mid-tier Ville's launch name.

Continue Reading...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tipped for MWC 2012 debut

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tipped for MWC 2012 debut

Samsung has apparently confirmed a 10.1-inch tablet version of its Galaxy Note pen-enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, with an S-Pen developer event to be held at MWC 2012 later this month. Mention of the device - presumably a version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with stylus input - is made on Samsung's official blog, and while it's possibly a mistype, other signs point to it being a legitimate product.

Continue Reading...

HTC streaming Spotify rival tipped

HTC streaming Spotify rival tipped

HTC could take on Spotify and Pandora with a streaming music service for its mobile devices, sources indicate, building on its Beats Audio investment with more unique features to differentiate its smartphones. The company is working with music producer and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine on the unnamed streaming service, GigaOm's sources claim, in addition to new music-centric hardware such as Bluetooth-connected speakers that might debut as soon as Mobile World Congress later this month.

Continue Reading...

Andrew Bell Android Big Box Edition toys arrive in stores

Andrew Bell Android Big Box Edition toys arrive in stores

Without so much as a "gang-way!" you'll find the Big Box Edition 1 set of Android toys in stores this week, with Android Bell himself having had little to no warning of their release. They're all official, indeed they are the real deal and made by Bell himself, but sometimes distribution lines can do odd tricks in the background, you know? These Big Box Edition toys will not be part of the limited edition lines you've seen thus far, nor will they be part of the special edition lines - and they're not blind boxed!

Continue Reading...

HTC PlayStation certification tipped as Sony opens four-screen strategy

HTC PlayStation certification tipped as Sony opens four-screen strategy

HTC could be the first company outside Sony to offer PlayStation-certified mobile devices, according to the latest leaks, bringing titles previously limited to handsets like the XPERIA Play to future HTC phones and tablets. The deal could be announced as early as Mobile World Congress later this month, insiders tell Pocket-lint, with full certification in the second half of the year. Sony confirmed it was in negotiations with other firms for PlayStation gaming in late 2011.

Continue Reading...