Android Boom at MWC 2012

As the annual World Mobile Congress is almost over in Barcelona, here are our picks for the top Android stories from MWC 2012:

HTC One Series: 4 phones, Android 4.0, 25GB Dropbox, Beats Audio
There’s only so many names you can come up with, so HTC has decided to take a different approach going forward. At the Mobile World Congress, which kicked off today in Barcelona, a new range of smartphones have been announced that will all carry the name HTC One. Although phones released under the HTC One name will vary in size and spec, they will all have common features. They include Android 4.0, HTC Sense 4, and a focus on taking great pictures and hearing an “authentic sound experience.”

ZTE Announces Four Android Tablets at MWC
ZTE is looking to make a
big impact at the Mobile World Conference, not only with smartphones but also in the tablet market. Today, the company announced four Android-powered tablets to be released by the end of 2012: the PF 100, the T98, the V96, and the V9S. The actual prices or release dates have not been announced by ZTE, but the company promised that some of the tablets will be shipped to the U.S., maybe as early as the second quarter of this year.
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The Doro PhoneEasy 740: Finally, An Android Phone For Your Grandparents
Accessibility has become quite the theme here at Mobile World Congress: Nokia and ZTE have announced new low-cost devices to bring push Windows Phone into developing markets, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt highlighted the importance of connecting all people. Sweden-based Doro is trying to help in their own way — the company has recently pulled back the curtain on the PhoneEasy 740, an Android-powered smartphone meant to help the older folks in your life stay connected.

Panasonic Eluga Power is a New Entry into the Smartphone/Tablet Hybrid Genre
During the week before Mobile World Congress, Panasonic took the wraps off the phone with which it would return to the UK and European mobile market. Named the Eluga, it’s a good-looking, dual-core Android phone, if not anything particularly spectacular. The Eluga Power is its name, but despite this it still runs a dual-core processor rather than the quad-core chips favoured by other manufacturers. That said, it is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, so it’s not going to be left behind in the performance stakes.

MWC 2012: Clear Android Differentiation and Other Trends
Bloggers, journalists, some pundits, etc, mostly seem to believe the world would be a better place if Google’s OEM partners simply did not change Android and just shipped a stock OS the likes of the Nexus line of devices. Unfortunately in that reality hardware companies go out of business. Therefore differentiation is key if pure hardware players hope to stay in business. After seeing many of the Android device announcements from the leaders like Samsung and HTC, it is clear they are fully marching down the path of strategically differentiating from the pack.

Android Mobile Gadgets Announced During MWC:
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 [View Videos]
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 [View Videos]
LG Optimus 4X HD [View Videos]
Samsung Galaxy Beam [View Videos]
HTC One X [View Videos]
HTC One S [View Videos]
HTC One V [View Videos]
Huawei Ascend D quad [View Videos]
LG Optimus 3D Max [View Videos]

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