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The 25th Mobile World Congress in pictures

by Doug Drinkwater

March 3 2012

The four-day Mobile World Congress 2012 is now over. To give you a quick visual tour of the themes of the show, TabTimes presents a slideshow of our top pictures from the event.

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  • 1 Welcome to Mobile World Congress
    Slide 1

    This year's Mobile World Congress ran from 27th February to 1st March, and was once again hosted in Barcelona, the capital of Spain. The exhibition, which has been running since 1987, used to be held in Cannes, France up until 2006.

     
  • 2 Fujitsu tries to stay afloat
    Slide 2

    Fujitsu showed off its waterproof Arrows tablets at Mobile World Congress. The Japanese company told TabTimes that it is currently in talks with carriers about bringing the tablets to US and Europe.

     
  • 3 Samsung launches the 10-inch Galaxy Note
    Slide 3

    As rumored prior to the show, Samsung took the wrappers off the new, larger Galaxy Note. Samsung executives told TabTimes that the Galaxy is a 'new category' device, so separate from smartphones and tablets, and said that the device could be used in schools and hospitals.

     
  • 4 Firefox ramps up HTML5 app store
    Slide 4

    Firefox revealed at the show that it will start accepting developer apps for Mozilla Marketplace, its new HTML 5 app store, in the next two weeks. The group said that subscribing developers will eventually get as much as 95% of app revenue.

     
  • 5 A bigger iPad? Not quite...
    Slide 5

    No, Apple hasn't added a significantly larger iPad. This demo unit was used by app developer Roambi to show off its latest BI solutions. Roambi's BI apps only work on the iPad at present, and the firm says that the apps have been downloaded 1.3 million times from iTunes.

     
  • 6 BYOD comes into focus
    Slide 6

    Consumerization and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) were both tackled at the Mobile World Congress, and one of the talks (‘Mobile Enterprise: Maximising Workforce Productivity In The Age Of Consumerisation’) featured speakers from RIM, VMware and Quickoffice.

     
  • 7 Google traffic spikes in Barcelona
    Slide 7

    There was a huge crowd for Google chairman Eric Schmidt's keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Shortly after the talk ended, attendees quickly rushed out as they tried to beat the traffic.

     
  • 8 Cisco's John Chambers ponders the cloud
    Slide 8

    Cisco CEO John Chambers delivered an interesting talk on how network operators need to keep up with the combined growth of smartphones and tablets, as well as the mobile cloud. However, he has warned that 'there is no mobile cloud' without network support.

     
  • 9 Nokia's Stephen Elop talks OS
    Slide 9

    In a talk on mobile operating systems and applications, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop questioned how long Android will stay open for, and said that local relevancy holds the key to future mobile applications.

     
  • 10 Planet of the Apps
    Slide 10

    Mobile World Congress wasn't all about keynote talks and tablet manufacturers - there was a huge hall dedicated to all kinds of smartphone and tablet app developers.

     
  • 11 Microsoft launches Windows 8...
    Slide 11

    Microsoft introduced the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to a selection of journalists at a separate event a few blocks away from the MWC exhibition.

     
  • 12 ...And shows off the new Metro UI for tablets
    Slide 12

    Microsoft's Julie Larson-Green, corporate VP for Windows program management, showed off a range of Metro applications running on an unbranded Windows 8 tablet.

     
  • 13 Windows 8 is 'fast and fluid'
    Slide 13

    During the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event in Barcelona, an array of Microsoft personnel, including Steven Sinofsky, promoted Windows 8 as offering a 'fast and fluid' experience between both desktop and tablet.

     


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