Friday, February 24, 2012
The eyes of the consumer electronics community are set to descend upon Barcelona this week as Mobile World Congress gets underway. This convention will likely set the tone for the year ahead in smartphone and tablet innovations as manufacturers discuss faster data transfer rates, sleek designs and several unexpected revelations.
Approximately 60,000 industry professionals are expected to attend throughout the week, according to MarketWatch, as they track the developments of the mobile devices, applications and services that make up the "nearly $2 trillion wireless complex."
"There's been talk of all parts of the fixed, portable and mobile worlds, as well as hardware and software services, colliding and inter-competing for years. But it really hasn't happened in the real world. Now it is," Strategy Analytics telecommunications observer Neil Mawston told the news source. "Almost every device on Earth right now is either computerizing or mobilizing."
While manufacturers are sure to be eagerly displaying their latest lines of thinner and more compact smartphones and tablets, experts insist that the most significant announcements will relate to the processors and networks powering these devices.
Quad-core may be remembered as the buzzword of MWC 2012, as tablet manufacturers usher in the next generation of high-speed mobile computing. Promising previously unimaginable data transfer rates, LG, Samsung and Research In Motion are expected to provide additional insight on their devices' multi-core processing capabilities. The first to win this digital arms race may emerge as the top contender to the iPad's overwhelming popularity.
Conference guests will also be anxiously awaiting any news on the 4G LTE front. The next evolution in wireless connectivity has only been seen on a few devices to date, according to MarketWatch, but the updated deployment schedule for LTE networks around the world could force a shift in focus.
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