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The best of Mobile World Congress 2010

MWC is the premier global event for the mobile phone industry. Here's the latest in mobile innovations, from Barcelona this week.

  • Sony Ericsson announced two new Android-based Experia touchscreen smartphones: the X10 mini and X10mini pro. Both have a 2.55-inch capacitive touchscreen display, resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The pro model adds a backlit sliding QWERTY keyboard, making it slightly bigger and heavier than the mini model. It includes Sony Ericsson's Timescape app for keeping track of text messages, missed calls, and Facebook and Twitter updates. Several Google applications are pre-installed, including Maps with Street View, Talk and Voice Search. GA: Later in 2010 for the U.S.; Q-2 for other locations.

  • Texas Instruments is getting into 3G HD, too. TI unveiled the OMAP 4 processor, which supports 1080p video recording and playback, up from the 720p OMAP 3 chip announced just a year ago. The new silicon can support 20 megapixel imaging and about one week of audio playtime, according to the chipmaker. Based on the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore for SMP, the new OMAP chip is one of the first to support symmetric multi-processing on a mobile platform. TI promises more efficient power use and better performance with SMP, but didn't provide details.

  • Bug Labs announced the Bug 2.0 hardware platform, a set of snap-together electronics modules (communications, camera, etc) that you let create the mobile device of your choice. The 2.0 product runs on the Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor and supports the Android operating system, for the first time. With partner Accenture, the company is demonstrating at MWC a range of mobile Bug applications for healthcare monitoring, vehicle fleet tracking and home automation.

  • Samsung's new GT-S8500 Wave smartphone has two distinctive features: a -AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screen that's brighter than traditional AMOLED even in sunlight, in a 3.3-inch screen with 480 x 800 pixels; and the company's recently-opened Bada software platform, with the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. HSDPA at 3.6Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

  • With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has radically redefined the mobile user experience. A clean, minimalist design combines easy to read text and Web-linked icons, called "smart tiles." Tiles can be grouped in "hubs" with common navigation and functions: people, including social networks and contacts, photos, music and video, and so on; a productivity hub includes Microsoft Office and SharePoint. GA: "for the holidays" apparently in Q-4, from various handset makers, on all major U.S. mobile operators.

  • Qualcomm demonstrated a concept smartphone that can connect to and play video content on TVs. The MSM7630 was shown linked via an HDMI cable to a flatscreen TV, displaying videos at up to 780p, with 1080p support due later. The device can show up to four HD streams at once. ST-Ericsson, in a similar demonstration, promised wireless HD connectivity via 802.11n and the Digital Living Network Alliance standard, which defines content sharing among consumer electronics products.

  • Bitstream observed the one-year birthday of its Bolt server-enabled mobile Web browser by releasing Version 1.7. New features include Twitter integration, enhanced download manager, additional usability and streaming video features, and support for widgets. Bitstream claims it's the only mobile browser that can let all mobile phones run streaming video from sites such as YouTube and MySpace

  • MWC is the premier global event for the mobile phone industry. Here's the latest in mobile innovations, from Barcelona this week.

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