After Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 7 Series, the next version of this company’s smartphone operating system, on the Mobile World Congress 2010 opening day, new devices which use the current version have fallen slightly in the background. With next-generation Microsoft devices close to a year away, many attendees have focused their attention on new phones that use Android OS 2.1, as well as Samsung’s Wave which will use the Bada operating system.
Xperia 10 Series
There is great interest in Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 as well as two new, smaller versions: the X10 mini and X10 mini pro. The original has a 4-inch, WVGA+ display, while to minis have 2.5-inch, QVGA touchscreens.
For a first look these three: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 mini, X10 mini pro Preview
Motorola Cliq XT/Quench
MWC visitors were also quick to try out the new Motorola Quench with Android OS 2.1, which will be released by T-Mobile USA as the Motorola Cliq XT.
It will feature Adobe Flash Lite support, as well as Motorola`s MotoBlur interface, making it more personal and socially smart. It is a solution to sync contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more from sources such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail and Last.FM and automatically deliver them to the home screen.
To learn more about this model: T-Mobile Will Launch the Android-based Motorola Cliq XT in March
A crowd has also gathered at Samsung`s stand, because everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of the Samsung Wave, which promises unprecedented screen sharpness thanks to its Super AM-OLED technology.
This will also be the first device running the bada OS, but this seems a bit unfinished due to occasional instability.
For more on this smartphone: Samsung Wave Will Sport a Super AM-OLED Display and the New bada OS
Compaq AirLife 100
HP caught the visitors`attention with its Android OS-powered netbook, called the Compaq AirLife 100.
It will come with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 92% size keyboard and a 16 GB solid state drive, while the user interface has been modified to provide faster application switching and mouse use.
On first use, the AirLife 100 seems quite solid, and the applications run smoothly, but the screen display could be a bit brighter.
Skype and Verizon
The announcement that Verizon Wireless and Skype will forces resounded powerfully in the background of the Barcelona exhibition today. This has the aim of creating a service which will enable unlimited free Skype-to-Skype calls, as well as sending and receiving of instant messages.
The service will be available on many Verizon phones, including all BlackBerries and Motorola`s Droid.
This is the first operator in the world that has thrown its weight behind VoIP use, counting on the fact that data revenue will largely surpass voice revenue. It’s possible many other global operators will follow this example, because the mobile communications market has reached a point when most users expect to have all their Internet services on their phones as they do on their desktops, including Voice-over-IP.
For additional information: Verizon Teams Up with Skype, Will Bring VoIP Service to Android, BlackBerry Smartphones