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MWC: Earliest Android 5.0 Will Arrive Is Fall 2012

Last year at Mobile World Congress during Eric Schmidt’s keynote address he spoke about slowing Android releases down.  Android releases were coming in rapid fire succession, and while Honeycomb threw the schedule off a bit, the two phone releases, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, had about a year of separation.

Google keeps the Android details lock and key for as long as they can. Of course we get rumors here and there, and then there’s obvious things like bowls of jelly beans at the Android booth-0-fun this year at Mobile World Congress, but concrete details rarely leak until one of the executives leaks them out.

Having said that, we’re not sure what is going to come with the next iteration of Jelly Bean, but at last year’s Mobile World Congress Keynote we all left feeling like not just Android 4.0, but future versions of Android would be compatible with both tablets and phones. This would mean we could get to a one annual release schedule, which ultimately slows down that awful F word, Fragmentation.

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MWC: Shazam Shows Off Super Fast Tagging And Sharing With Beam At MWC

Everyone’s favorite music and tv tagging app, Shazam has done it again. This time they took to MWC to show off the fastest tagging and the ability to share via Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich’s, beam feature.

Shazam has already updated their Android and provided enhancements to make the fun music, tv, and content recognition app quicker. They plan to release another update to their Android and iOS apps this week that will enable users to search and match content in under one second. ]

Shazam has also optimized their app for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While many of the top app development companies have released updated apps to work with Ice Cream Sandwich, Shazam has taken that one step further and started utilizing Android’s Beam feature. With Beam, users can simply touch two NFC enabled, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones together and share the song, or information from Shazam with the other phone.

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MWC: ZTE Releases Four Multi Core Android Tablets

This is definitely the year for ZTE. We aren’t quite sure yet if they’ve “stolen the show” but they are darn close. In fact China as a whole may have stolen the show between the combined efforts of ZTE and rival Huawei.

In addition to the data products and Android phones ZTE has announced at MWC, they’ve also introduced four new Android tablets. The ZTE PF 100, ZTE T98, ZTE V96 and the ZTE V9S.

The ZTE PF100 is the first of two quad-core tablets. This tablet is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. In addition it has Nvidia’s Icera 450 HSPA modem on board. The Icera modem is optimized for better network performance and better battery life. It features a 10.1″ WXGA display, 1GB of RAM and 16gb of onboard storage.

The ZTE T98 is the other quad-core beast. This is a 7″ tablet and at the moment the first 7″ tablet introduced at MWC with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. Everything else, aside from the screen size, is the same as the PF100.

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MWC: Samsung Plans To Double Smartphone Sales In 2012

Samsung Telecommunications’ ever so vocal leader, JK Shin, made a statement to reporters at Mobile World Congress on Monday morning that has reverberated throughout the mobile community.

Last year was a record year for Samsung. The S. Korean global electronics giant sold 97.4 million smartphones, edging out Apple by 3.4 million units for the year.  On top of that they sold 327.4 million handsets total, up from 280.2 million the previous year.

The Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy S II drove their smartphone sales. Some considered the Galaxy S II one of the best smartphones ever made.  Samsung has been pushing their new 5.3″ phoneblet, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Note.  They kicked off U.S. marketing with a 90 second commercial during the Super Bowl.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has sold over 20 million units in the last 10 months alone.  Samsung is expected to officially announce the follow up to the Samsung Galaxy S II, of course called the Samsung Galaxy S III, within the next couple of months which should help carry Samsung along to Shin’s not so lofty goal.

source: Reuters


Asus Announces The Transformer Pad Infinity Tablet

Asus is having a rather good show here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain.  We reported earlier in the day that Asus finally unveiled the re-tweaked Padfone and is preparing it for market. Now up for your consideration is the new Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.

The Transformer Pad Infinity will come in three varieties: Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G.  The Wi-Fi version will sport the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The two versions with cellular connectivity, 3G and 4G, will have the 1.5ghz Qualcomm MSM8960 dual core processors. So far from what we’ve seen at the show Qualcomm has been doing a great deal of business because Nvidia couldn’t integrate 4G/LTE with the Tegra 3 processor.

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MWC: Lumigon T2 Is The Sexiest Android Phone Yet Plus It has Bang & Olufsen Audio

Danish company Lumigon has taken the wraps off their super sexy T2 Android phone. Just stop and look at that beautiful phone for a minute.

Scandinavian companies are often known for beautiful and stylish designs, the T2 is no exception. The T2 is manufactured from stainless steel and glass, while keeping the design refined, elegant and chic in it’s simplicity.

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MWC: Sony Officially Introduces The Sony Xperia U (Not Sony Ericsson Xperia U)

Sony’s new Sony Mobile Communications unit is up, running and releasing devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain today. Now that they’ve completed their buyout of partner Ericsson they’re dropping the “Ericsson” from their new phones and going just under the branding of Sony.

The Sony Xperia U builds on the style and design of the [easyazon-link asin=”B0061JP41Y” locale=”us”]Sony Xperia S[/easyazon-link]. The Xperia U has a 1.0 ghz dual core processor (I wish I could type the way British people say processor it’s my favorite part of trade shows abroad).

It’s coming out with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That’s not too bad because they’ve pledged to upgrade their Xperia line of phones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich quickly. The screen is a 3.5″ FWVGA Reality Display powered by Sony’s mobile Bravia engine.

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