Mobile World Congress

GSMA releases statement on MWC 2012 public transport strike

Barcelona Spain is the home to million and millions of people but for a week or so it is the biggest mobile event in the world. Something we all know and love as Mobile World Congress. This is where we see the latest and greatest devices for the mobile markets but this year we might have some trouble. The main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, the TMB and their workers have planned a strike during the middle of MWC 2012. If you are a member or part of the press planning to attend you'll want to keep reading.

HTC One X full specifications leaked before MWC

We've been drooling over the newly-christened HTC One X (formerly the Endeavor and/or Edge) for months now, due in no small part to its ultra high-end rumored specifications. Paul "Modaco" O'Brien has got a mostly complete list of specifications from a tipster, including all the nitty gritty details you've been wondering about. First of all, the shiniest jewel in the One X's crown is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia, which should help the phone rocket to the top of the speed charts if nothing else. The Tegra 3 runs at 1.5Ghz, and is supplimented with a full gigabyte of RAM.

HTC One V to be announced at MWC focusing on Beats Audio

As the week continues it appears that HTC's new naming scheme is all but confirmed. Yesterday we reported that the new names for a few of their upcoming devices were the HTC One X and the One S. Today new details have also leaked mentioning a third device to be announced at Mobile World Congress. Previously known as the HTC Primo this Beats Audio focused phone will be the HTC One V.

Huawei to announce quad-core Ascend D1 Q and 10-inch MediaPad at MWC

We know Huawei's got big plans for Mobile World Congress, specifically its brand new "Diamond" line of devices. According to a Webo post spotted by Blog of Mobile, the first phone to get this distinction will e the Huawei Ascend D1 Q. That rather extended product name probably includes "D1" for the first Diamond phone and (wait for it) "Q" for quad-core. If Huawei intends to break out of its bargain OEM shell at MWC, that could be a very expedient way of doing so.

HTC Endeavor RUU leaks with hints of HTC Speak, a Siri rival

Over the weekend a leak for the upcoming HTC Endeavor (HTC Edge) was made available for download and along with it were tons of goodies and surprises. The RUU contained tons of images of HTC Sense UI 4.0 but what is even more interesting is the HTC Speak app that was also included. Possibly hinting that HTC is bringing a speaking and voice-like application to their devices that will rival Apple's Siri.

LG CX2 phone leaks in new render, including 3D screen

Remember that stretch of a few weeks in 2011 when everyone was thrilled about lenticular 3D displays? LG does, and would like you to think that it's still every bit as exciting. That's the inescapable conclusion behind the LG CX2, AKA the Optimus 3D 2, newly leaked by ETnews.  The phone is likely strutting its three-dimensional stuff prior to an official debut at Mobile World Congress. According to the leak, the new screen greatly improves both the 3D effect and legibility, thanks to an IPS-based screen.

Nvidia schedules Tegra 3 event at Mobile World Congress

Nvidia's doubling down on its already successful mobile push with a full press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The gaming giant and lately up-and-coming system on a chip provider has been making waves with its Tegra platform, most recently the quad-core Tegra 3. Nvidia promises a sneak preview of new devices, presumable ones that will be unveiled at the conference itself. The event will be held during MWC in late February and early March, and Android Community will be on hand to cover it live.

HTC makes “Studio” design division under CEO

HTC doesn't look so hot at the moment, at least from a financial point of view. But that doesn't mean they're resting on their laurels. The Taiwanese manufacturer announced a new department, code-named "Studio", which will report directly to CEO Peter Chou. The Studio division (which probably isn't its final name) will be compromised of leading designers and engineers, with the purpose of overcoming some of the company's identified shortcomings in its 2011 devices.

HTC Ville leaks again in new spy photos

HTC just can't keep a lid on its new workhorse model, code-named the HTC Ville. The phone  leaked in render form months ago, then in a surreptitious spy video showed the slinky phone running Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ville has once again popped up before its debut, this time in a series of blurrycam photos from Japanese site Ameblo. They don't show anything we haven't seen before, but the photos confirm the design, including its impressive thinness, a first among HTC's usually chunky smartphones.

HTC posts somber 2011 results, low predictions for 2012

The last half of 2011 wasn't kind to top-tier smartphone manufacturer HTC. After predicting a flat final quarter and negative growth for the first part of 2012, the company failed to meet even those lowered expectations. Now they've published their 2011 financial results in full, and to say the least, it doesn't look good. Year-over-year, the company dropped 2.5% in revenue even while making and selling more devices, with a negative growth of 52.55%. As one of the "Big Three" Android OEMs, this is disturbing news for HTC while Samsung continues to extend its lead worldwide.
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