Mobile World Congress 2010 @ Barcelona

At MWC in Barcelona, the largest GSMA conference in the world, Windows Phone 7 and the Samsung Wave + Bada took the most recognition from the show.

Windows Phone 7 Series

Windows Phone 7 (looks similar to Zune OS) being shown on ASUS device

  • Windows Phone 7 came together in about 12 months, though a hard reset of the OS started about two years ago. When creating Windows Phone 7, the team focused on visual design and a more integrated experience for the user. Interestingly, OEM partners will be able to customize the user experience but won’t be able to replace it. In other words, you won’t be seeing the likes of HTC Sense on future Windows phones. Microsoft wants the same user experience on all its phones.
  • The design team created Windows Phone 7 on a number of principles, including user typography, elegance and simplicity, authentically digital, motion, and a mobile OS that’s clean, light, open, and fast.
  • Windows Phone 7 has a chromeless user interface, meaning you no longer have borders or a Start button. Microsoft stripped everything it believed the user didn’t need and only presents the content you want.
  • The OS looks completely different from Windows Mobile but will probably look familiar to people who’ve seen the Zune HD user interface. The Start page now features dynamic tiles that are constantly updated and can be rearranged to your liking.
  • By swiping or panning to the right of the Start page, you get a list of all your apps.
  • Microsoft is not talking about multitasking today, though it did say the phones will have the capability to play music in the background while you’re working in other apps.
  • The company is also not officially commenting on Flash support, though Adobe announced on Sunday that it is working closely with Microsoft to bring Flash to future Windows phones. However, it most likely won’t be ready by the time the phones ship during the holiday season.
  • The OS has the Xbox Live and Zune integration.

Microsoft showed us their WinMo 6.5 last year and now this. You can’t even compare the two. Just like Android OS and iPhone OS, Windows Phone 7 is in the race. You have to give MS a lot of credit for taking this out of their sleeves. Take a look at this revolutionary OS that MS should be thanked for.

Samsung Wave + Bada

Samsung showed us its new touchscreen phone that is sure to compete with the iPhone.  This device comes with an amazing 3.3 inches WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, 5 mega-pixel camera with HD video recording, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, 3G connectivity, Wi-fi, A-GPS and other exiting features. It has more than 512 MB of RAM and is extremely fast. The hardware specs are quite similar to the Nexus One, but the software is not Android. The Wave uses Samsung’s new OS called Bada. The phone looks gorgeous and runs smooth. In short, the Samsung Wave is up to the par with Nexus One and the iPhone.


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