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Qualcomm to demonstrate new super-fast peer-to-peer wireless tech at MWC

8 Feb

Qualcomm has announced that it will demonstrate a new peer-to-peer wireless technology, which will enable users to share data/connect at broadband speeds with each other without requiring any intermediate infrastructure. Some excerpts from the press release:

FlashLinq advances a concept known as proximal communications, whereby users can continuously connect, disconnect and communicate directly with other mobile users at broadband speeds based on their physical proximity. The technology is designed to complement traditional cellular-based services and serve as a scalable platform for new types of applications.

FlashLinq is a synchronous TDD OFDMA technology operating on dedicated licensed spectrum and is distinguished by its high discovery range (up to a kilometer), discovery capacity (thousands of nearby devices) and distributed interference management. By enabling the simultaneous discovery and communication of thousands of proximal devices, FlashLinq can effectively create a “neighborhood-area network,” where fixed and mobile peer applications can interact directly.

Qualcomm plans to collaborate with SK Telecom to trial FlashLinq in South Korea and explore potential commercial uses.

SOURCE: Qualcomm

Sony Ericsson pushes out press invites for MWC, confirms new XPERIA smartphones

24 Dec

Sony Ericsson has started sending out press invites for its annual press conference on the eve of MWC, which happens to be February 13 this time. What’s interesting to note is that the invite specifically mentions there will be new XPERIA smartphones (there will be more than one!). I have been attending Sony Ericsson’s MWC press conferences every year and they tend to be lavish affairs. Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson had announced the XPERIA mini, XPERIA mini pro and the X8 at its MWC press conference. This time around, in all likelihood, we’d get to see the XPERIA Play (aka the PlayStation Phone) and possibly a refreshed version of the popular XPERIA X10. Hopefully, 2011 will be a year when Sony Ericsson catches up with the rest of the Android world and launches smartphones running on the latest OS version. We have a feeling that the lovechild of Swedish and Japanese parents won’t disappoint us this time.

SOURCE: Android World

GSMA announces stellar lineup of speakers for MWC 2011

3 Nov

mwc_logo_11 The GSM Association (GSMA), which organises the Mobile World Congress (MWC) telecom show every year has announced a list of speakers who will be making their keynote address at the show. The list includes the who’s who of the industry and next year’s show seems to be one of the most stellar ones in the past four years that I have attended. What’s more, Google will, for the first time, exhibit at the show and like last year, its CEO Eric Schmidt will make a keynote address. I recall listening to him in a packed auditorium where he announced that at Google, “it’s mobile first.” MWC 2011 will take place in Barcelona from February 14-17. Here’s a list of some of the speakers at the show:


· Paul Otellini, President and CEO, Intel

· Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

· Stephen Elop, President and CEO, Nokia

· Ryuji Yamada, President and CEO, NTT DoCoMo

· Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO, Research In Motion

· Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO, SoftBank

· Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!

· Daniel Hajj, CEO, América Móvil and Telcel

· Randall Stephenson, Chairman, CEO and President, AT&T

· Li Yue, President and CEO, China Mobile

· Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google

· Peter Chou, CEO, HTC

· Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Qualcomm

· Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square

· Evan Williams, Co-Founder, Twitter

· Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone

· Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive, WPP


It will be a tough MWC to cover next year as we will have to make a tough choice of whether to cover all the new product launches or listen to some of the biggest names in the industry.

Facebook hosting a 'mobile event' on November 3

30 Oct


Facebook has sent out invites to the press in the US for a ‘mobile event’ on Wednesday. The event is being held barely a month after rumours of Facebook launching its own phone. So will we really see Facebook releasing its own hardware or will it be just a tie-up with a handset vendor like INQ? Or is this not about hardware at all and we are simply looking at some new mobile-centric feature? All will be revealed on Wednesday, that is if someone does not leak it earlier. We are counting on the latter.



What could HTC be planning to launch on October 7?

30 Sep

HTC is throwing a party on October 7 in Taiwan, where it is inviting the press to see what it has dreamt up. The date seems to be a bit early for showing off Windows Phone 7 gear, but then CEO Peter Chou has done it once before – he announced at his press conference that Microsoft will be launching Windows Mobile 6.5 an hour later at MWC in 2009. Will HTC steal LG’s thunder, which is holding a major press event in Singapore a week later to launch the Optimus 7 and claiming it to be the world’s first commercially available Windows Phone 7 smartphone? Or will it be just an Android Internet Tablet and a couple of Android smartphones? We doubt the latter and are placing our bets on Windows Phone 7 devices and with that goes whatever little chance LG had to stake claim to being the first to launch Windows Phone 7. The million dollar question is, whether Microsoft knows about HTC’s plans!

Samsung to announce Wave successor tomorrow?

14 Jun

Samsung is speculated to announce the successor to its first Bada phone – the Wave – to kick off things at CommunicAsia tomorrow. Samsung Hub is claiming that the company would announce the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro (with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard) at the show. We find that pretty strange timing considering that the Wave has just started hitting shores in different markets (pun intended). The last thing a company could do is announce a successor to a product which hasn’t yet hit shelves.

Other phones on the roster include a couple of Android phones, the i5000 being one of them, and a WinMo-based Omnia Pro 4. Well, we would have to wait for less than 24 hours to know whether all this is for real. Hang in there till then.

Nokia's first MeeGo superphone to be announced on September 14?

14 Jun

Nokia might lift the covers off its first MeeGo device on September 14 in London, which happens to be this year’s venue for the company’s annual event where it announces its best devices that usually hit markets during the holiday season. Last year’s Nokia World event was the setting for the launch of the N900 and the year before that was the N97.

Judging by the precedence, this year Nokia should announce its new MeeGo devices (smartphones/Internet tablets and the works) at this mega event. However, we have seen how the past two devices that were announced at the event have done in the market and hope that this year would be an exception.

Another major happening at Nokia World 2010 would be an opening keynote session on September 15 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web or the Internet as we know it. That certainly should be interesting.

In the meanwhile, start crossing off dates in your calendar as three months from now would mark a new beginning for Nokia. Check here for more details about Nokia World 2010.