Extra-large smartphones: at the MWC, the manufacturers were pulling out all the stops.

High-performance smartphones
Threatened in 2011 by the tablet craze, smartphones fought back at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Faster, more powerful, boasting displays to rival those of the smaller models of slates, 4G/LTE- enabled and even some with NFC chips, the latest devices also have an impressive range of multimedia features.

Some of the most notable features include:

  • The first quad-core processors to appear in smartphones, with the LG Optimus 4xHD, designed for state-of-the-art  multimedia use, and HTC’s One X
  • A 41-megapixel camera in Nokia’s 808 Pure View
  • The built-in projector (15 lumens) in Samsung’s Galaxy Beam, which can project 50-inch HD images (films, photos, etc) onto any flat surface.

Mozilla: about to shake up the mobile OS market?
At the MWC, the Mozilla foundation gave a demo of B2G (Boot to Gecko), an open source HTML5, Javascript and CSS-based operating system targeting mobile devices. According to experts, B2G won’t be available until 2013, despite the fact that Mozilla has already announced to developers that its Mozilla MarketPlace is open for apps submissions.

However, there’s nothing for Google to lose any sleep about: since the end of 2011, Android (all versions combined) holds a 50% market share globally, and some 850,000 Android devices are activated daily.

In Barcelona, Ice Cream Sandwich V4 boasts most of the new features

Microsoft, meanwhile, thanks to its alliance with Nokia and a number of Nokia handsets now running Windows Phone, is attempting to regain market shares (just 2% for Windows Phone) and attract the vast community of Skype uses (with 170 millions users a month, Skype was bought out by Microsoft in May 2011) by releasing a Skype app beta for Windows Phone.

Find out more
> Global Mobile Awards 2012: Samsung won the awards for “Best Smartphone” for its Galaxy S II and “Device Manufacturer of the Year”.
> GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
The industry-defining event attended by the leading telecoms and Internet players took place from 27 February to 1st March this year, and featured:

  • 140,000 m² of exhibition space and conference rooms.
  • 1,400 exhibitors, including the major international players, with the notable exception of Apple.
  • 60,000 attendees.
  • 30 keynote speeches over 4 days, around ten conferences and seminars a day, and a live web broadcast.
  • Ticket prices ranging from €699 to €4,999.

> The official web site