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Mobile World Congress 2012

Panasonic named its two new Android handsets ELUGA, an acronym of sorts for "elegant user-oriented gateway," to symbolize the slim pair of phones that aim to combine both design and function. The electronics manufacturer introduced the ELUGA and ELUGA Power handsets this past week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, extending the number of Android devices unveiled at the show from the likes of LG, Samsung, HTC, Sony, Viewsonic and Huawei, just to name a few. Read More
Wireless charging of mobile devices is all the rage if the number of wireless chargers hitting the market is anything to go by. Until now, most of the units on offer follow the flat slab design ushered in by the Powermat and WildCharge that sees recharging devices laid down flat on the charger. LG followed that form factor with its WCP-700 Wireless Charging Pad but has come up with something slightly different for its successor, the WCD-800. The new unit is designed to hold the mobile device upright so you can watch a video or make a video call while the charger goes about its business. Read More

The days of having to hang up and start another call to switch from voice to video calls look to be numbered with LG demonstrating seamless switching from voice to video over an LTE network at Mobile World Congress 2012. The system also allows the real-time sharing of videos over an LTE network as they are being recorded, which should prove handy for newshounds. Read More

Quad-core smartphones are stealing the show at MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Spain this week. We've already seen LG's first model take center stage, with HTC's One X snapping at its heels, and now China's Huawei Device is hoping to trump the competition by launching what is claimed to the be the fastest smartphone in the world - the Huawei Ascend D quad. Read More
Those looking for a little more screen real estate to scribble on than offered by the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note now have the Galaxy Note 10.1. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is a little more powerful than Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 thanks to a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor vs the Tab's 1 GHz. It also has a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera to the Tab 2's VGA snapper and tops out storage-wise at 64 GB - double that of the Tab 2's maximum 32 GB storage capacity. It is also both slightly thinner and lighter than the newest Galaxy Tab. Read More
Sony Sony has chosen this year's Mobile World Congress to announce two new Android-powered additions to its Xperia NXT line: the Xperia P and Xperia U. The new devices slot in below the Xperia S announced at CES 2012 in Sony's NXT series, which is designed to allow easy connection to other devices, allowing the viewing of content from your phone on not only the smartphone's screen, but also a TV, laptop, or tablet. Read More

Samsung has unveiled a new 1/3.2-inch 8-megapixel CMOS imager, the S5K3H7, which utilizes 1.4um backside illuminated (BSI) pixel technology for capturing photos in low-light situations. The sensor is designed to be used in high-end smartphones, and promises zero shutter lag, along with the ability to capture 1080p video at 30fps while using less power than the sensors that came before it. Read More

ViewSonic has taken a new range of dual-SIM Android smartphones to Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, that includes the successor to last year's V350 smartphone - the ViewPhone 3. Two of the brand new phones will run on the latest flavor of Google's Android mobile operating platform, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. The company hasn't given away too much in the way of detail, but read on for what we do know. Read More
At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia announced the 808 PureView, a smartphone with an astounding 41-megapixel image sensor. The Nokia 808 will be the first smartphone by Nokia to include its new PureView imaging technology, which combines a high-resolution sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia-developed algorithms. Read More
A smart system for charging electric vehicles known as ELVIIS may leave the electric car industry all shook up - and for the better. The ELVIIS cross-industry research project would not only enable EVs to be recharged from any available outlet, but also use mobile and smart grid technology to establish the best energy deal for the consumer. Read More
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