MWC 2012

Fujitsu Tegra 3 13.1 megapixel prototype hands-on

Quad-core is the name of the game at Mobile World Congress 2012, and the standard is Nvidia's new 4-Plus-1 Tegra 3 system on a chip. While the device itself isn't quite ready for prime time yet, Fujitsu is showing off a new Tegra 3 Ice Cream Sandwich phone with some tricks up it sleeve, namely an incredible 13.1 megapixel camera and a waterproof design. Officially designated "quad-core prototype" for the time being, expect to see something similar coming from Fujitsu sometime this year - though probably not outside of Asia, at least at first.

HTC One V hands-on

Long live the chin. As the junior member of HTC's new trio, the HTC One V is perhaps the least-covered of the three. But as the cheapest and therefore most accessible of the Android phones, it's arguably the most important piece in the strategy: if HTC can win converts on the low end, it's more likely to garner repeat business. Android Community swung by HTC's booth at Mobile World Congress to get a better look at the budget-minded Ice Cream Sandwich phone, and while it's obviously not the high profile machine that the One X and One V are, it's definitely worth a look.

Google Exec hints Android 5.0 Jelly Bean coming this fall

Google hasn't been giving us much information about Android here at Mobile World Congress, but then their keynote isn't for a few more hours. However, a Google Exec has shared a few details and might have just put those "Summer release" rumors to rest regarding Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. Read on for more details and his quotes below.

Google has built a ‘firewall’ between Android and Motorola

Since before Google's deal to buy out Motorola was approved by both the US and EU, they had stated that each company would remain completely separate from on another. And had stressed that Motorola wouldn't be 'favored' by Google in any way. Recently here at MWC, Google's Andy Rubin had a few words to say on the subject, as many people have been asking why Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha would be replaced by Google employee Dennis Woodside.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 hands-on

Earlier today we got an eyes-only look at Samsung's newest member of its stylus family, the Galaxy Note 10.1. We swung by Samsung's booth later in the day to get a closer look. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is physically similar to the new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (man, they've got to work on those names) but uses a faster processor, an active digitizer stylus and Samsung's customized apps. As an extension of the original Galaxy Note it's pretty compelling - much more so than the lukewarm refresh that the primary Galaxy Tab line seems to be getting.

ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s Hands-on

ViewSonic is making a surprisingly big showing at Mobile World Congress. Up to now they haven't made much of an impact on Android, especially on the smartphone side of things. They aim to fix that with a trio of new smartphones, one of which is the rather temptingly titled ViewPhone 4S. As you might have guessed, it's got more in common with a certain Cupertino phone than a similar name. We took a gander at ViewSonic's MWC booth to see if it could match the goose.

Panasonic ELUGA Power hands-on

Panasonic has been largely silent on the smartphone front for the last few years, at least outside of Japan. That changes at Mobile World Congress, where they're showing off the Eluga smartphone - not to mention its bigger brother, the ELUGA Power. This model differs from its smaller version with a full 5-inch screen, putting it squarely in "phablet" territory. If Panasonic wants to make a splash with the new hardware, that's certainly a way to get people's attention.

ZTE Era hands-on

ZTE is making a splash at Mobile World Congress thanks to a wide collection of smartphones - most of which have been announced in name only. One exception is the new Era, the Chinese OEM's highest-end smartphone due out some time in the next few months. We made a point of seeking out the Era for its take on the quad-core smartphone, since everyone and their parent company seems t have on to show off. Like most of its contemporaries, the ZTE Era uses Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor in its new 4-Plus-1 incarnation.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on

Earlier we got a somewhat subdued look at the Samsung Galaxy Beam, it was from a respectable distance - Sammy wanted to make sure and display the smartphone-pico projector in the best possible light. (Zing.) But later in this first day of Mobile World Congress we were able to get our hands on the device itself, and its unique properties certainly deserve another look. Can you find a reason to want an Android phone that's also a projector, and kinda looks like a walkie-talkie? Read on, and decide for yourself.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G hands-on

Ready for yet another iteration of Samsung's original Galaxy S for a United States network? Ready or not, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G is headed to T-Mobile next month. And as one of the only handsets at Mobile World Congress that's being shown specifically for an American carrier, it's got a certain amount of novelty attached to it. The Blaze is a modest update to the original that puts it well above the more pedestrian Galaxy S, but not so far as to warrant the bump up to the Galaxy S II.
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