mobile world congress

  • Don’t Miss The TechCrunch Mini-Meetup During Mobile World Congress, Feb. 24!

    Don’t Miss The TechCrunch Mini-Meetup During Mobile World Congress, Feb. 24!

    We are planning on holding a mini-meetup in Barcelona during MWC, offering you a chance to pitch TC writers as part of a pitch-off. Winners get free tickets to Disrupt New York. But we need your help. We have a venue, but we need more sponsors. Things are still in the planning stage but we will hold the event on Wednesday, February 24 in the evening. Sponsors would be responsible for… Read More

  • Post MWC: Total Immersion's Augmented Reality Sunglasses Demo

    Post MWC: Total Immersion’s Augmented Reality Concepts Assist E-Commerce

    Another Augmented Reality update from Total Immersion popped up on my radar at this year’s Mobile World Congress. This nifty app, demoed at the Texas Instruments booth, is loaded with retail potential for e-commerce situations. This is not the first AR tool we’ve seen to assist with retail apparel purchases, however it is one of the best. Excellent AR tracking. Read More

  • Aurasma Augments Reality Anywhere — Even Waiting For A Cab

    Aurasma Augments Reality Anywhere — Even Waiting For A Cab

    At many conferences, like the Mobile World Congress, it seems the best demos usually end up happening while waiting in line for lunch or for a cab. While rolling through the pile of video content I collected at the MWC this year, I ran back across this Augmented Reality demo by Aurasma. It is a perfect example of the “elevator demo” and in one way illustrates the portability of many… Read More

  • Map Your Own 3D Space With Metaio Creator Mobile

    Map Your Own 3D Space With Metaio Creator Mobile

    Yesterday, Metaio CTO Peter Meier ran a small demo for me that describes how their new Creator Mobile software allows any user to map a 3D space with a coordinate system, so they can then add their own digital, Augmented Reality content to that space. This mobile app will work in conjunction with their desktop solution called simply Metaio Creator (video description at this link), which is… Read More

  • Google’s Mobile Sales Head: US Smartphone Ownership Grew 7% Last Year — Plus, Predictions

    Google’s Mobile Sales Head: US Smartphone Ownership Grew 7% Last Year — Plus, Predictions

    Jason Spero, Google’s head of mobile sales and strategy, will be taking the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later today, where he’ll be revealing new research about smartphone growth and making some predictions about what we’ll be seeing in the mobile world over the next year. In advance of Spero’s talk, Google is publishing a blog post that previews some… Read More

  • On The Eve Of MWC, LG – yes, LG – Is Getting The Most Buzz

    On The Eve Of MWC, LG – yes, LG – Is Getting The Most Buzz

    In the world of mobile handsets, LG has been steadily losing market share to companies like Apple and ZTE in their collective march to catch up to market leaders Nokia and Samsung. But in the world of Twitter, LG is apparently winning. According to some number crunching from Twitter analytics firm, LG in the last week has blown away competition from rival handset makers, and even… Read More

  • GSMA Says It Has ‘Contingency Plans’ In Place For MWC Strike. I’m Getting A Bike

    GSMA Says It Has ‘Contingency Plans’ In Place For MWC Strike. I’m Getting A Bike

    This is definitely one way for unions to get some attention for their cause: as of this time of writing, public transport employees in Barcelona will be striking during the Mobile World Congress trade show, due to take place between February 27 and March 1. That means no buses and no metros (subways) for an event that last year attracted more than 60,000 people to the city — many of whom… Read More

  • Video: Connected Medical Devices At The GSMA Embedded Mobile House

    The Embedded Mobile House at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011? It sounded like science fiction to me or like one of those old IBM commercials hype-ing RFID for transportation logistics. It sounded painful…just where exactly was it embedded? Seriously, I figured it would be a “flying cars/kitchen of tomorrow” type thing where all the devices in the house were controlled by… Read More

  • GSMA to host first ever Macworld Mobile at Mobile World Congress 2011

    GSMA, the organizers of the annual, massive Mobile World Congress, have announced a couple of new developments this morning. For one, the organization is to expand the developer-focused programme at the event to include new elements such as Macworld Mobile and the Brand App Challenge. In addition, the organization has announced new speakers, including Sir Martin Sorrell, chief exec of WPP and… Read More

  • Acer is blowing up with neoTouch and beTouch, more Android and Windows on the way

    Acer isn’t showing any signs of slowing down at Mobile World Congress this week. Just this morning, the manufacturer announced the Liquid e and now we have the neoTouch and beTouch. A little strange with the name scheme, but let’s see just what these devices are packing, shall we? Read More

  • BUG 2.0 platform adds support for Android

    If you’re interested in getting into mobile development, you should probably check out Bug Labs. Their BUG system is a modular collection of snap-together components to rapidly prototype a new mobile device. The BUGbase is the backbone — think of it like the mainboard of a traditional PC — into which you can connect a GPS, touchscreen, accelerometer, etc. It runs Linux, and… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson announces Vivaz pro at Mobile World Congress

    While you love birds are busy being smitten on a lazy Valentine’s Sunday, Sony Ericsson is busy dishing out new goods from Barcelona, Spain. Mobile World Congress is sure to bring some interesting news in the mobile space this week, and SE is kicking things off with the pro version of the Vivaz. What makes it “pro,” you ask? Read More

  • Verizon Wireless and Skype slated for a duet at MWC

    I’ll admit that I love me some Skype. I get to call and video chat with all my buddies from overseas without hefty fees, except I was accustomed to doing it only where Wi-Fi was available. While AT&T and Apple have made some recent policy changes to allow VoIP over 3G, it looks like Verizon and Skype are partnering up do to a little of the same. Read More

  • Microsoft gearing up to announce Windows Mobile 7 on February 15, project Pink moves forward

    It’s finally happening. Maybe. According to sources close to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is going to make a pretty big announcement at Mobile World Congress on February 15. After acknowledging that Windows Mobile isn’t exactly where it should be in terms of development and progression, Microsoft appears to be ready to announce and unveil Windows Mobile 7. But what happened… Read More

  • Microsoft to introduce Zune Phone with Windows Mobile 7 at MWC

    If there is one rumor that tends to come and go and agonizes Windows Mobile fans, it’s the one about a Zune phone. Although it’s not officially confirmed, Gizmodo has it on good word that Microsoft will be introducing a Zune phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year. More specifically, it will be a Windows Mobile 7 phone with Zune features and capabilities, so… Read More