Sonntag, 13. Februar 2011

Mobile World Congress coming up

With the MWC coming up tomorrow the tablet and platform "fire" will continue to burn and hit the markets. Even if Nokia still had its unique audience announcing the Windows Mobile 7 Microsoft cooperation and more or less dumping Symbian as the platform of choice there is lots of hype going on on the fact, that the mobile handsets are getting more and more the place traditional PC had to leave over to laptops and netbooks recently as the primary "device of desire" for the masses.

TI has announced their next generation dual ARM OMAP 5 platform and I just found an ice video directly delivering visual visions of the things to come. I just wanted to share the video clip with my audience.

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Even if some of the scenarios might never become as simple to use as shown it is fun to see what is going to be possible soon, if the mobile devices become as powerful as laptops are today.

This will be the next step towards touch devices become the real center of our digital lifes. We will enjoy to control everything directly from our smartphone. Even the big screens, the TVs and we just use it as a smart display. The software apps will have to keep up with the speed of hardware innovations. But they always did in the past and will drive these usage patterns further ahead. It might feel a little bit like having your laptop in the pocket only needing some link to the big screen, may it be wired HDMI or a wireless connection.

So, what will be the drivers at this years MWC?
  • Smartphones will go mass market
  • the ecosystem and portable OS platform battle will continue
  • multi core mobiles get spread to all major brands and 
  • the tablet flood will continue to swallow the market of announced devices to be available soon
I cannot remember a similar situation in the past for so many comparable new devices being just announced and not available in the stores, like this plethora of tablets. And the announcement of the second generation iPad still to come in a few month. The rumors get louder and louder but this will not be part of the MWC news stream.

So this years presentations and announcements will be relevant for our coming summertime vacations and we all love to share this vision of more coloured and blinking touch devices being in our hands making our digital life becoming more and more integrated into our day to day experiences. Lots of fun to come, be it videos, photos, games, locations or whatever we might get interested in.

Not to forget, that mobile communications like Facebook recently were driving the political change more than any other medium. But thats another story.

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