Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: Mobile World Congress: 9 Hot Topics

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 02-18-2011

Microsoft-Nokia Partnership
What about it?

Microsoft and Nokia are teaming to bring Windows Phone 7 to Nokia devices. Both companies say it will be good for all stakeholders. But as one might expect, Google isn't too pleased.

Microsoft-Nokia Partnership<br/>What about it?

Why you should care:

Microsoft's market share in the mobile space could explode once it starts getting Windows Phone 7 on Nokia devices. With such a presence in the mobile space, you can expect to have many more worthwhile smartphone options available to you from Microsoft.

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Motorola Xoom
What about it?

Motorola's Xoom tablet makes use of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. The 3G version will be priced at $799. The company also will sell a $600 Wi-Fi-only model.

Motorola Xoom<br/> What about it?

Why you should care:

The Motorola Xoom might be your best alternative to the iPad. It offers an improved interface and browsing experience (including Flash support) via the new its operating system, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, could be a better option for your employees.

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Mobile Security
What about it?

Security experts are saying that mobile devices will be targeted quite readily by cybercriminals. And the onus will be on users to engage in practices that keep their devices safe.

Mobile Security<br/> What about it?

Why you should care:

You'll want to be out ahead of this growing mobile threat before sensitive data is taken from your company's smartphones and tablets.

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Samsung Galaxy S
What about it?

The Galaxy S II line of smartphones offers a 4.3-inch display, 1080p video capture, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and much more.

Samsung Galaxy S <br/>What about it?

Why you should care:

Android is gaining ground as an operating system for enterprise customers. And Samsung stands towards the head of the pack in that space. If you want to try out Android devices this year, keep a close eye on the Galaxy S II.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab
What about it?

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab tablet runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The device comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor. Pricing and release date have not been announced.

Samsung Galaxy Tab<br/>What about it?

Why you should care:

The original Samsung Galaxy Tab has been the most popular non-iPad tablet on the market. But with a 7-inch display and Android 2.2, it did little to appeal to enterprise customers. With a 10.1-inch display and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the new Galaxy Tab should be on your radar if you want to bring tablets to your operation.

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RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook Gets 4G
What about it?:

In addition to asserting that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is on-track for its release in March or April 2011, Research In Motion also revealed 4G models at Mobile World Congress. The options will be able to run on LTE and HSPA+ networks.

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook Gets 4G<br/>What about it?:

Why you should care:

The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook is designed specifically with enterprise customers in mind. 4G connectivity just sweetens the deal.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500
What about it?

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablet boasts a 10-inch display and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It also supports 1080p HD video.

Acer Iconia Tab A500<br/>What about it?

Why you should care:

The Acer Iconia Tab A500, with its 1080p, seems a bit more entertainment-focused than its competitors in the tablet space. This might make it less attractive for the enterprise.

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Nvidia, Qualcomm to Deliver Quad-Core Mobile Processors
What about it?

It might not be long before smartphones and tablets boast quad-core processors if Nvidia and Qualcomm have their way. The companies said that the chips will deliver far better performance than upcoming dual-core options, and could be put into devices as early as next year.

Nvidia, Qualcomm to Deliver Quad-Core Mobile Processors<br/>What about it?

Why you should care:

Mobile devices with quad-core processors could represent a significant step-up in performance. You won't need to worry about quad-core chips this year, but keep them in mind as you plan future mobile deployments.

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iPad 2, iPhone 5
What about them?

Even though Apple didn't make a showing at Mobile World Congress, the company's iPhone 5 and iPad 2 were hot topics. Speculation abounds that the new iPhone will have a 4-inch display. Rumors suggest the iPad 2 will have several major improvements, including front- and rear-facing cameras.

iPad 2, iPhone 5<br/>What about them?

Why you should care:

Even as Android-based tablets and smartphones gain ground, Apple continues to innovate. As you consider all your mobile and wireless options, it's always worth checking out what Apple has planned.

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