Mobile tech conference kicks off in Barcelona
Negative growth is the name of the game in Barcelona this week as the biggest mobile technology conference, held by the Mobile World Congress, begins Monday.
Nonetheless, some big application developments, tech partnerships, and new smart phone announcements have already been made:
Adobe and Palm Pre
Adobe has finally announced that the Palm Pre will run Flash software (Adobe's animation and video software) as part of the "Open Screen Project" which will open the doors to application development for mobiles.
It could be easier for people to build apps for Palm phones than some other platforms, such as Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. Lots of people know Flash -- Web designers, developers, the ad world, etc
Samsung launches solar-powered green phone
Samsung launched five new phones Monday, the most interesting being the previously announced "Blue Earth", a solar paneled smart phone constructed almost entirely from PCM (plastic extracted from recycled water bottles).Samsung said in a statement its "Blue Earth" solar-powered model had a touch screen and was made from plastic taken from used water bottles. It did not give pricing information or say when the phone would go on sale.
Microsoft and Nokia announce their app. stores
Both companies are attempting to fight back against the heaviest of heavy-hitters in the mobile world today, Apple, and their AppStore release last July.
Nokia's application store, Ovi Store, will begin carrying mobile application content in May.
Users of Nokia phones will be offered personalised content on the site based on their location and preferences and developers will also be encouraged to write applications for download.
"Content providers will be able to get their work into the store via a single channel, Publish.Ovi.com, which will be open for content from February 16," the company said in a statement.
Likewise, the Windows Marketplace for Mobile (keeping with classic Microsoft naming fashion) was also announced.The site will be "an integrated marketplace for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications," the company said, adding that developers would have "unrestricted ability to offer applications."
What? No iphone announcements?
Apple, it seems, felt their products speak for themselves and need no representation in Barcelona this week.
Executives at the major phone makers made absolutely no mention of Apple in their speeches, but they clearly appeared to be moving to address the perceived gap in lovability between their phones and the iPhone. Nokia and Samsung had nearly identical mesages, suggesting that they alone were capable of producing a mobile phone for every lifestyle—including all you old-timers who (shudder) simply want a phone to make calls.