MWC 2012

Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer hints Android 5.0 coming this fall

Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer hints Android 5.0 coming this fall

We have talked a bit about Android 5.0 and it sounds like an interesting operating system. There have been rumors floating around hinting at when the new version of the operating system will launch, with early rumors pointing to Android 5.0 as soon as this summer. At Mobile World Congress 2012, a Google VP of engineering for mobile, named Hiroshi Lockheimer has hinted that the launch will not be until this fall.

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Toyota and Samsung to team on smartphone connected car solution

Toyota and Samsung to team on smartphone connected car solution

Car companies are teaming more and more with technology companies to bring new features and more tech inside the vehicles they produce. This is a good or bad thing depending on which side of the distracted driving debate you fall. Some think more tech in cars is an opportunity for more distraction, and more accidents. Others think that more tech inside a car can help reduce distracted driving. Samsung and Toyota have announced at Mobile World Congress that they are teaming up to create a smartphone connected car solution.

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Neonode 3D touch headed to tablets and phones: Hands-on

Neonode 3D touch headed to tablets and phones: Hands-on

Touch tech is gaining an extra dimension, if Neonode has its way, with the company demonstrating its brand new Multi-Sensing system for 3D phone, tablet and other gadget manipulation at MWC 2012. Announced last week, the new finger-tracking kit uses light rather than physical touch sensors: in Neonode's demo, you can reach through the frame and control on-screen graphics. However, Neonode envisages special cutaway sections showing up on tablets, phones and laptops, allowing us to more precisely interact with the device UI.

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Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Ford figures fleets of autopilot cars coming in next decade

Bill Ford Jr, head of Ford Motor Company, thinks over the next decade, there'll be fleets of autopilot cars cruising the highways around the world. That would be no surprise considering the work going into making autonomous vehicles already. Google is already operating autonomous cars that use GPS and a host of sensors to navigate freely from point to point with no human interaction.

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Qualcomm demonstrates Snapdragon S4 3D abilities with MasterImage

Qualcomm demonstrates Snapdragon S4 3D abilities with MasterImage

Mobile glasses-free display technology is about to get a whole lot better very soon, so says Qualcomm with their new quad-core S4 processor and Mobile Development Platform 3D Edition this week at Mobile World Congress 2012. It's a group by the name of MasterImage that's working with them to make a new coming up in the world of 3D technology a reality. Qualcomm has this week presented a video that shows off this Full High-Definition glasses-free 3D display in WUXGA (1920x1200) in action.

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Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone Hands-on

Fujitsu had a prototype Tegra 3 Android smartphone safely hidden behind a glass wall at CES in Las Vegas, but here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress we were able to get up close and personal with it. This new waterproof quad-core powered prototype smartphone was out in public and all they are calling it is "quad-core prototype" until further notice. More details and video below.

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Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress - like many trade shows - is usually punctuated by high-end devices competing for deep Western pockets, but it's devices and services for developing markets that have distinguished the big announcements in 2012. We've seen our fair share of uberphones, certainly. HTC had a trio of relatively high-end handsets, topping out with the quadcore HTC One X, and Panasonic's ELUGA range is definitely targeting more affluent, style-influenced consumers. Yet for every one HTC One Series device sold, several more handsets phones to perhaps first-time smartphone buyers are likely to pass through the cash register, and it's this market that manufacturers have targeted at MWC 2012.

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Nokia 808 PureView samples and tech secrets revealed

Nokia 808 PureView samples and tech secrets revealed

Nokia's 808 PureView has already convinced us of its photographic potential; now you can see the end results with some sample shots from the 41-megapixel cameraphone, as well as see technical details on exactly how the system works. The Finns have shared an oversized gallery of shots over at Nokia Conversations, as well as some extra - though smaller - images for those who want to see the typical 5- or 8-megapixel pictures it's likely to take most often.

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ZTE Orbit Hands-on

ZTE Orbit Hands-on

One of the first devices to be revealed with Windows Phone Tango on it right out of the box is the ZTE Orbit, a device revealed this week in ZTE's torrent of smartphone releases. This device is set for a second quarter release and is just about as basic and low-end specification having device you can find, it being part of Microsoft's initiative to bring more Windows Phone to the whole world, including areas where an inexpensive smartphone is the only sort of smartphone that's a reality for the general population. With ZTE at the helm of one of the first devices in this Tango line, will Microsoft have a winning combination on their hands?

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Intel Orange “Santa Clara” Medfield phone hands-on

Intel Orange “Santa Clara” Medfield phone hands-on

Intel has been talking up its Atom Z2460 Medfield processor at MWC 2012, and the Orange "Santa Clara" is the latest carrier win and a confirmed attack on the European market. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the 1.6 GHz x86 processor, with a 4-inch WVGA display and 8-megapixel camera, the Santa Clara tries to convince us that ARM isn't the only company with skills in the cellphone market.

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