While the rest of the mobile world seemed to be living it up in Barcelona, Spain, for Mobile World Congress Feb. 16-18, 2009, we here at Mobile Enterprise remained behind in chilly New Jersey. Since we're guessing most of you, dear readers, were also too busy working last week to make it to the Congress, we've gathered together some highlights from the event.
Verizon announces its plans to deploy 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks worldwide. Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent were selected as the primary network vendors for the U.S. part of the deployment. Commercial LTE services are expected to be offered in the U.S. by 2010.
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer debuts Windows Mobile 6.5 phones from handset makers HTC, LG. Phones are due out in second-half 2009.
Nokia is integrating Skype into its N Series smartphones. The first devices are due in 3Q 2009.
Vodafone will be offering the next-generation Android phone from HTC in key European markets. Dubbed the Magic, the Android-based phone will be available in the U.K., Spain, German, France and Italy in spring 2009.
Samsung will offer smartphones with embedded Pico projectors. They'll be out first in Europe and Korea.
Synchronica's new service is designed to push social networks and news to any model mobile phone handset. It uses industry standards such as Push IMAP, WAP Push, MMS and SMS.
Maximizer debuts a version of its mobile CRM software for BlackBerry users. The product is aimed at the SMB market and offers one-click email integration between BlackBerry email and Maximizer Mobile CRM.
- Sybase iAnywhere and Marvell are developing automotive telematics solutions that use next-gen Bluetooth technology. The goal? An ecosystem that enables the simultaneous use of handsfree operation, data (phone book) synchronization, in-car audio streaming and in-car video streaming to multiple users in the car. High speed Internet access will also enable more sophisticated integration of automated automotive solutions such as toll road payment systems and traffic management systems to help alleviate traffic congestion.
Want more Mobile World Congress news? Here's what some of the major media outlets were reporting from the show:
Microsoft Chief Lays Down Gauntlet On Mobiles -- Financial Times
Microsoft Unveils New Mobile Operating System -- USA Today
Microsoft Revamps Mobile Push -- Reuters
A Look at the New Windows Mobile -- The New York Times
Social Networks are Telecoms' New Best Friend -- Reuters
HTC Abracadabras the Android G2 into the "Magic," But Omits the Sparkle -- Fast Company
Google Phone: Lack of News Is Bad News -- US News & World Reports
Google's Android May Challenge Microsoft in Portables (Update2)
A Confident Path for BlackBerry -- Financial Times