The Mobile Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Spain this week and there is no shortage of rumors around what might be introduced. Here is a quick look at what we can expect to hear from the show this week:
Opera Mini for iPhone
The world’s most popular mobile Web browser hasn’t been available yet for the iPhone, but that will likely change soon. Norwegian-based Opera Software has already announced plans to offer a sneak peak of the browser, which promises fast Webpage loading and other features to help users reduce their data surcharges. This won’t be the only thing Opera will be showing either. The company has announced plans to demo Opera Mobile 10 beta for Symbian S60, as well as Windows Mobile handsets, and even an Android version.
Google Nexus Two
Considering that Google only unveiled the Nexus One in early January (the day before the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show), we have to wonder whether the company would already unveil a new model? While two months is ages in mobile time, it isn’t an eternity. The rumors of this follow-up have us excited regardless. If true, it could mean a Motorola-produced handset with slide-out QWERTY, but this is the other reason it seems unlikely. Would Motorola really want to shut down the buzz on the Droid? We’ll find out.
Windows Mobile/Phone 7 and Zune
Is it Windows Mobile 7, or is it Windows Phone 7; and is the latter the Zune Phone (also strangely known as Pink)? Let’s hope that this is cleared up this week. It is extremely confusing to say the least. The latest rumors are that Mobile Phone 7 is for consumers and could be the Zune phone, while Windows Mobile 7 is for higher-end smartphones. If this is true it is a dumb move.
Garmin-ASUS Enter Arena
Garmin is a GPS maker, ASUS makes laptops – but one rumor is a Garmin-ASUS handset that could be unveiled running Android. Why? Because the mobile phone market doesn’t have enough players? But the Garmin-ASUS G60 was previously shown so this isn’t really a huge surprise… we just assumed it was dead. Now it could be coming to market. If the Nexus Two is true, then this one might be better off dead.
Sony Ericsson Android Phone
And speaking of too little too late: Sony Ericsson is reportedly looking to introduce an Android phone as well, one that would be mid-priced and with a QWERTY keyboard much like the one on the BlackBerry. This could position the phone away from the rest of the mid-priced Android phones and tap into the BlackBerry market.
LG Shows… Nothing
One of the more interesting rumors, that we’ve been trying to confirm, is that LG could bow out of the MWC this year. That would be a surprise, but it wouldn’t be completely unexpected. This event has been growing in steam in recent years, but it really is just another mid-sized event that is more hype and buzz than substance… and in the end, what does LG lose out on by not showing handsets?