Mobile World Congress: News Round Up

16. February 2010 at 00:14

The first day of the Mobile World Congress is over and all major announcements have been brought out to the media. We’re going through the key-announcements which are relevant to the Symbian world. Due to the lack of time we’ll cover these and many other topics in the next days. Nonetheless, here are the major announcements:

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro:

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The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is the only symbian-powered device that has been announced at this year’s MWC. On its feature list you can find a 3.2-inch display, GPS, W-Lan and a full qwerty-keyboard. Additionally it records videos in HD quality.

Symbian introduced Symbian^3:

Although Symbian had a tiny stand they introduced Symbian^3 that is entirely open source. Symbian^3 brings with it some key features yearned for by Nokia users for sometime now; multi-touch with support for pinch and zoom, single tap throughout the UI and more intuitive multi-tasking. First  S^3 devices will come out this year. Moreover, Symbian joins the Open Screen Project, more on this in the following days.

Nokia – no devices but services and Meego:

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Surprisingly, Nokia actually didn’t announced any hardware at all, despite of the big event. Rather, the focus was on the services and Meego. Meego is a merger of Maemo and Moblin and is a Linux-based software platform designed to work across a range of hardware architectures and devices including mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems. In terms of services Nokia have showed some interesting stats of their current services. One of which is, that the new Nokia Maps have been downloaded more than 3 Million times, this in less than a month. Ovi Music, that have been launched in Russia and in a few other countries yet, just has been introduced, It includes that the purchased songs will be DRM free(this does not include Comes With Music). All this highlight Nokia strategy as becoming more and more an internet, hardware, software and services company.

More on this and many other topic to follow in due course