Those that like to keep their business and personal lives separate know that two SIMs are better than one. To that end Viewsonic
has unveiled the world’s first Dual-SIM Android Froyo smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2011
. The Viewsonic V350 is aimed at businesses looking to provide staff with a device that can offer separate numbers and bills for personal and business use, travelers looking to reduce roaming costs while retaining access to their regular number, or just regular consumers looking to take advantage of different deals from different network providers.
As you might expect, Taiwan's HTC didn't just bring a new tablet
to the Mobile World Congress
in Barcelona. A brood of five new phones also managed to break away from the nest, including a couple with one-touch Facebook access. The company's popular Desire, Wildfire and Incredible models also get a new lease on life.
You may not have heard of Chinese mobile phone maker Umeox Mobile, but odds are you’ve come across one of their handsets at one time or another without realizing it, as its phones are generally re-branded and sold by operators around the world. The company's latest offering announced this week at Mobile World Congress 2011
is due to hit stores later this year. Named after the Greek god of the sun, the Umeox Apollo sports a built-in solar panel on the back for keeping the phone running when you can’t get to an outlet – provided you can get to some sunlight, of course.
Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC
has joined the increasingly crowded tablet market with a 7-inch tablet called the Flyer. The device features a 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage packed inside an aluminum unibody case. The 7-inch LCD multi-touchscreen sports 1024 x 600 pixels with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. Instead of opting for Google’s tablet-centric Android 3.0 (Gingerbread), HTC has gone with a tablet-focused Sense UI over the top of Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) providing a 3D home screen and widgets carousel.
The latest wireless technology finding its way into mobile phones alongside Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is near field communication, or NFC
. It has taken a few years but the short-range wireless technology is gathering speed, with the number of NFC-enabled handsets on the increase and numerous trials of the technology being carried out around the world, mainly aimed at contactless payments and public transport ticketing
applications. But if you’re worried you’ll have to throw out your current mobile phone to take advantage of the convenience of NFC then relax, because Simlink has teamed with Morpho to develop a key fob that brings NFC technology to any existing mobile phone.
Last week Verizon Wireless
announced that it had successfully placed its first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call over its 4G wireless data network using an LG
Revolution 4G smartphone. This week at Mobile World Congress 2011
, LG is demoing not only VoLTE calls on the device, but also video calls over LTE. And because the calls are made over the 4G Web, much like VoIP calls, users are able to use the Internet while they’re on the phone – something that Verizon hasn’t been able to offer previously, unlike its competitors.
Outdoor types who need power for mobile devices away from the grid may find themselves carrying solar chargers or battery packs but, as we reported last year
, hydrogen fuel cells offer instant juice benefits and zero degradation. Now, Stockholm's myFC and SiGNa Chemistry have teamed up to launch the PowerTrekk, a pocket-sized, portable charging solution that combines the convenience of a battery pack with the instant power of a hydrogen fuel cell.
Just when you thought Skype couldn't be any more useful, the company has announced a partnership deal with leading Wi-Fi hotspot providers around the globe. Skype Access, the company's pay-as-you-go service, will now be available through mobile networks in over 500,000 locations including airports, cafes, trains and offices. And the announcement comes with a sweetener – the company is offering free access throughout Spain during Mobile World Congress 2011
Sony Ericsson finally showed the world the new Playstation gaming smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Spain today. The PlayStation-certified Xperia Play runs the Android Gingerbread OS and will be available next month, accompanied at launch by 50 titles downloadable from Android Market, but with a lot more coming. The phone has a slide-out gamepad that features a PlayStation-style D-pad, thumb sensors and X, O, square and triangle action buttons and combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2011
, which officially kicks off today, Samsung
has unveiled the successors to its Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab
tablet at its Unpacked event in Barcelona. At just 8.49 mm thick, Samsung is touting the Galaxy S II as “the world’s thinnest smartphone,” while thanks to its larger 10.1-inch TFT display, the next iteration of the Galaxy Tab will be known as the Galaxy Tab 10.1.