The Flixwagon team has just begun recovering from our trip to Barcelona for the 2011 Mobile World Congress, the epicenter of mobile innovation! We were thrilled to see new mobile technologies emerge and gain a glimpse into the future of connected devices. A few things caught our eye at MWC this year but one thing was certain, smartphones, tablets and mobile technology is advancing exponentially..
It’s evident that there is a push for 3D technology and the ability to view these screens without 3D glasses is impressive. LG presented its Android-based 3D phone, MasterImage brought its new 3D displays and immersive 3D user interface and Inmobi displayed 3D adverts and showcased a 3D version of Angry Birds. Not only is 3D technology in demand but it’s wanted across a range of devices. From mobile games, to television and movie screens to tablets and connected devices, 3D technology is going mainstream.
Nokia announced that it teamed up with Microsoft to leverage its Windows Phone 7 instead of Symbian. This partnership will allow both Nokia and Microsoft to compete with the likes of Google’s Android, Apple and other smartphone manufacturers. It will be interesting to see where this alliance goes and how well the two are able to stand against the fierce competition.
Speaking of Android, the OS operating system was the biggest buzz at this year’s MWC. A host of new Android 2.3 smartphones were announced and the 3.0 tablet is in the pipeline. Android took the cake as evident in this graph, which cites the most popular brands, devices and platforms at MWC, according to a few social media sites.
We had some very interesting meetings in Barcelona, and spoke with a range of service providers and mobile operators about Flixwagon’s technology roadmap. It is evident that mobile video broadcasting will continue to evolve, keeping pace with the proliferation of social media, citizen journalism and user generated content.