Yes, it’s this time of the year and we ended up in Barcelona last week checking out the latest and greatest in mobile telephony.
Barcelona is usually more about infrastructure, LTE rollouts and lately Smart phone Apps (Go up Hall8 and you’ll see all of them).
So we did not expect any big announcements but went there to see some of our customers and keep in touch with what’s happening.
So in short, what did we see (except for a lot of cool gadgets that we might post on later posts).
1) Smart Bluetooth: Smart Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy is on everybody’s lips and arms for those who have seen the Casio demo. Cambridge Silicon Radio was demoing a concept model on show linked a prototype Android phone with a Casio NEC wrist watch – and the low energy Bluetooth means there are new and exciting ways to ignore phonecalls or emails.
2) Qualcomm was showcasing 802.11ac (Yes, 230 Mbits/s in a crowded radio area). It’s the single spatial stream running on an MDP MSM8960. It will be in production by the end of the year and uses a 28nm process. Impressive!
3) Many vendors semiconductor companies were starting to demo Wi-Fi display. This is one to watch as it is gaining momentum. For example, look at Marvell announcement (http://audiodrivers.info/marvell-showcases-total-solutions-for-mobile-devices-smart-tvs-cloud.html). Below a picture of a TI demo of the same technology (source: Anantech). Interesting.
3) Wi-Fi Direct. We went round to see if Wi-Fi direct was now more user friendly. So we went to the Samsung Note and the new LG and tried to get two handsets to connect to. We will spare you the mess we did at LG where we had 6 people form the stand trying to get it to work. A small badly taken video is MWC-Vid. But bottom line, if Bluetooth is difficult to use, Wi-Fi direct still has to mature a little bit. The technology will succeed with all the momemtum it has to become easier to use for people to adopt it. On the picture bellow, it said wait 2min to connect (Who wants to wait 2 minutes to connect?).
4) RIM was demoing a one touch NFC Bluetooth pairing between any Blackberry 9900 (They all have NFC) and a beautiful Porsche (picture below, I had a hard time getting out of the car!). Since QNX is running on both ends, they made this scenario work well for them. (a) Touch the phone on a tag and (b) Voila, within what seemed like less than 2s, you are paired. Nice work!
5) A bunch of new phones were announced (not as many as usual. Samsung did not announce the Galaxy3). Nokia 808 PureView was the main one with a 41Megapixel camera! A list can be found at (http://www.esato.com/phones/mwc2012.php)
Will send more in a later post. Share with us what you have seen on connectivity as this is quite interesting…