The center of the mobile world’s attention is going to be on Barcelona next week, as that’s where the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) will bring the big names in smartphones together with tens of thousands of tradeshow attendees.
The star of the show is almost certainly going to be Android OS 4.0. New models running this latest version of Google’s mobile operating system are expected to be announced by a range of companies.
At the top of the list is HTC. It will reportedly take the wraps off a pair of smartphones running OS 4.0: the HTC One X and One S. If unconfirmed reports are correct, the One X will be this company’s first phone with a quad-core processor, as well as a number of other high-end features.
But it won’t be alone. LG is also on the list of companies allegedly almost ready to take the wraps off new Android models. This includes the LG Optimus 3D 2, which might or might not have the latest version of Android.
The Chinese company ZTE has jumped the gun a bit by pre-announcing two handsets with Google’s new OS. Although this company is still mostly a cypher in America, it’s much better known in parts of Europe.
A smartphone that won’t be making a splash at MWC 2012 is the Samsung Galaxy S III. Even though its predecessors were announced at this tradeshow in previous years, Samsung decided to hold this model for a later debut.
Microsoft is going to get its time in the limelight next week, as well. This will be courtesy of its partner Nokia, who is rumored to be prepping three Windows Phones for this show. Perhaps the most anticipated of these is the European version of the Nokia Lumia 900 — the American version of this was unveiled at CES in January.
LG also reportedly has a new Windows-powered device up its sleeve, the LG Miracle. Despite its name, this will reportedly be a mid-range device.
RIM has scheduled a developer day in Barcelona next week. The company might use this to give the world its first official look at BlackBerry 10 OS, which will bring a complete redesign of the user interface to RIM’s smartphones.
There won’t be any BlackBerry 10-based hardware announced, however. The first handset running this version isn’t scheduled until the second half of this year.
Although Android OS 4.0 is the latest and greatest, device makers are still bringing out models with the previous version, OS 2.3 (Gingerbread). A good supply of these will likely be premiering at MWC 2012.
We can be certain of this because a few companies couldn’t wait. For example, the LG Optimus Vu was pre-announced over the weekend, revealing some of the details of this super-size smartphone.
Brighthand will have reporters on the show floor in Barcelona next week, with the latest news and hands-on reviews from Mobile World Congress. Be sure to check back to see the newest smartphones for 2012.