This weekend the mobile world (including thedroidguy) is heading to Barcelona Spain for the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress. This is the biggest event for mobile technology in the world. It’s almost a CES sized show dedicated to mobile.
We’ve heard a ton of rumors and leaks in the past four weeks about what we will see at Mobile World Congress.
The leakage started with the Samsung Galaxy S III that evaporated after Samsung released a statement saying that they would not be releasing the follow up to last years ginormous Galaxy S II until later this Spring. What we are expecting is a new tablet running on Samsung’s Exonys Processors.
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Then, after the invites went out the world was a buzz with HTC. We’ve heard the names HTC Ville, HTC Edge and HTC Endeavor repeatedly. We then started to hear about a new naming structure for HTC and now we’re expecting the HTC One X. Not only that but with this next generation HTC device we are expecting an announcement that they’ve gone with the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor over their usual Qualcomm SnapDragon processor.
Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE started leaking out information next. We’re expecting a 10″ tablet “Media Pad” follow up from Huawei and the Huawei D1Q. ZTE announced a pair of Ice Cream Sandwich phones on Sunday and then turned around the next day and announced a dual core phone with not only Nvidia’s Tegra processer but their modem chip as well for HSPA+
Motorola is reportedly bringing the first Intel powered Android phone to Mobile World Congress. Mums been the word on any other goodies Motorola may be bringing to MWC.
Samsung’s biggest rival from their home country of S. Korea, LG, is taking on Samsung’s Galaxy Note with the 5″ LG Optimus Vu. They’ve also released a new logo that will accompany their Optimus brand and have promised thinner sleeker handsets.
Nvidia has sent a press invitation out boasting “more quad-core firsts” we are pretty confident that HTC will have a quad-core phone and we’ll see more quad-core phones and quad-core tablets.
Last year the big thing going into MWC and then CTIA was 3D and it appears that most, if not all, manufacturers have abandoned the idea of 3d on mobile phones.
Our friends at Androidandme, and specifically Android guru Taylor Wimberly, has a sharp mind for analytics. They’ve been monitoring the Mobile World Congress buzz in their comments and community at Androidandme and found that HTC has the biggest buzz by far heading into this weekend’s press event.
Information released by analytics firm Anltyk validated Wimberly’s thoughts by researching and confirming that HTC has the biggest MWC buzz by far, followed by Samsung, LG, Nokia and then Android over all.
There’s been wide spread rumors that Google will make a significant announcement about Android at Mobile World Congress. While it’s possible, they usually save big announcements for their own Google IO event. Google still participates in conventions, unlike rival Apple, and at Mobile World Congress they do a crazy bang up job in pure Google style. Last year for instance they had all their vendor partners giveaway limited edition Android pins. They also had a gigantic Android slide and deserts to compliment their sweet Android version names.
We’re now just days away from the fun and festivities in Barcelona Spain and we’ll have complete coverage for you here on thedroidguy.com and on AOL and Slacker Radio here.