MWC 2009: Kick-Starts With New Mobile Handsets And Mobile Apps

Nokia and Sony Ericsson seems to bring a new foray of mobile handsets at the Mobile World Congress, which is being held at Barcelona.

Nokia, world’s largest handset manufacturer launched two new E series mobile handsets, namely E55 and E75, featuring a new service called Nokia Messaging, an email user interface and targeting corporate users. The manufacturer also unveiled two more user friendly navigational handsets the 6710 Navigator and 6720 Classic. The recent integration of Maps with Ovi allows 6710 users to pre-plan their journey at home on their PC and synchronize with their mobile device. The maps have been updated to include high-resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks for over 200 cities, terrain maps, weather service, premium travel and events content and traffic and safety warnings.

Sony Ericsson, came up with a new strategy called ‘Entertainment Unlimited’, which reportedly enables the users to share and access media across various products like mobile phones to PCs to Television, a strategy which is a bare weapon to sustain itself against its competitiors like Apple and Nokia. Sony Ericsson also unleashed two new mobile handsets the 12mp, Sony Ericsson W995 and Sony Ericsson Idou, which is a 8.1mp.

LG Electronics and HTC joined the relay mobile handsets launch with the LG-GM7300, HTC’s Touch Diamond 2 and HTC Touch Pro 2 respectively.

Samsung, which seemed to offer services with a cause, launched a solar powered mobile with a body made of recycled water bottles called Blue Earth sporting a special energy-efficiency mode. It even has a large touch screen. The company’s launched UltraTouch S8300 as the flagship phone for Mobile World Congress, a slim slider phone with a 2.8-inch touch screen and an 8-megapixel camera. Samsung also unveiled its high definition handset – the Omnia. The manufacturer aims at growing sales during global recession as it has already shipped 200 million units in 2008.

Microsoft, the software firm, unveiled a voice search software, Recite, capable of recording quick bytes and can also act like a voice sticky note.

LG Electronics and Microsoft teamed up to bring in a large number of Windows mobile phones. Additionally, LG is also closely working with Intel for Mobile Internet Devices. New Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) will be based on Intel’s next-generation processor, codenamed “Moorestown,” and will reportedly run on Moblin 2.0, a variant of Linux.

Opera’s mobile browser Turbo was showcased at MWC. The browser flaunts advanced compression technology which accelerates page download rates even for devices with limited hardware capabilities.

Adobe presented the Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 Distributable Player – a new, over-the-air mobile runtime and the Adobe Reader Mobile SDK. Adobe and Nokia together plan to set up a $10 million Open Screen Project fund designed to help developers create applications and services for mobile, desktop and consumer electronics devices using the Adobe Flash Platform.

ZTE revealed two datacards: the MF662, and the MF645, USB TV data card enabling the viewers to watch digital TV from a laptop over a mobile broadband connection.

Atheros exhibited mobile connectivity over Android. Atheros’ mobile Wi-Fi soft access point enables up to four notebook computers to have access to Internet applications such as email, web browsing and multimedia downloads via a single handset’s 3G connection.

Mapping firm Navteq demonstrated its product Discover Cities, which takes navigation outside the car and to 86 cities, showing walkways, pathways, cross-walks, tunnels and even public transit systems.

Omnifone, the UK based firm, unleashed a music service which allows the consumers to download and stream music via Internet. Named as MusicStation Next Generation, this service lets the broadband provider to offer unlimited music services to their users legally.

Samsung revealed a new certification dubbed as DivX Theatre Profile for mobile licensees to certify their handsets with the studio requirements for premium DivX video playback support.

Nimbuzz, social messaging client developer, joined hands with Toshiba on its latest handset TG01.

Huawei instigated the world’s smallest 3G modem, named the iMo. The USB modem or data card, as it known as, also acts as a WiFi hotspot.

Nvidia built a $99 Mobile Internet Device Platform and DotMobi launched its Instant Mobilizer service for SMBs.

Microsoft Advertising partnered with eight new mobile advertising firms including Belgian operators MobiStar and Base, Dow Jones arms eFinancialNews and Private Equity News and Wayn, a mobile travel site.

A ’single-click’ option has been showcased by Mojiva and Billing Revolution, which allows merchants and consumers to buy items by just clicking at the advertisements over Mojiva’s mobile ad network.