150 MWC Round Up – MWC Special
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Mobile World Congress went heavy on the phones (not a total shock) and also sported a glut of tablet news. Over the past week we’ve brought you previews of some of the most exciting products, but there’s a few other things that we’re pretty sure you absolutely definitely should know about.
First up, Steve Balmer made some announcements about the free Windows Phone 7 update slated to arrive an unspecified ‘later this year’. Anyway, when it arrives, it will come with multitasking - you’ll be able to hold down the back button and have the running apps pop up at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to reopen them instantly. This would be more exciting if there was a Spotify Windows Phone 7 app.
Microsoft also previewed the integration of Windows Phone 7 devices into the allegedly controllerless Kinect gaming console. No word on anything as concrete as launch plans, but you can see how much fun these two girls are having pounding this poor boy into oblivion via the medium of Windows Phone 7 and Dodgeball on Kinect.
Samsung launched a load of products, but their flagship mobile, the Galaxy S2, is surely the most super sweet. Dual core, Gingerbread toting, 8megapixel, 1080p video recording and a whole host of enterprise features, it still manages to bag the Thinnest Smartphone title thanks to being a tiny 8.9mm thin. Like I said, sweet.
Finally, Google’s Eric Schmidt previewed Movie Studio on Motorola’s Xoom tablet, which is likely to come pre-loaded on all tablets running Honeycomb. Much like Apple’s iMovie, it’ll allow you to edit videos in a simple timeline format, adding music, transitions and titles, as well as one-click Youtube uploading.
So, there you have it - Mobile World Congress wrapped up for another year. How freakin’ exciting.