Some time ago, Fujitsu captured the attention of the press by demoing a dual screen phone concept. Sadly, we never heard again from this handset.

However, the booth of the Japanese ACME company NEC contained the following surprise:
1 NEC Medias W – double screen phones never die

It is described as following:
2 NEC Medias W – double screen phones never die

Given that NEC handsets almost never make it to Europe, I am not too positive re ever getting this handset into my hands – stay tuned for further info as we get it!

As always, we try to give you information on the scheduling of next year’s Mobile World Congress – as we have stated before, it will remain in Barcelona.

As can be seen from the picture below, it will be held from the 25th to the 28th of February:
 Mobile World Congress 2013   save the date

So, good booking!

In the last few years, Access Co (the owners of ALP and PalmSource) always had a pretty large booth – exhibiting, among other stuff, ALP.

This year, the booth Access used to occupy was held by IBM:
access 0 Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012

Instead, Access moved into a small hospitality suite. They were in HS18 – but werent even listed on the floor plan:
access 1a Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012 access 1b Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012

Finally, a look at their “booth”:
access 2 Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012

Not much to add here…farewell, ALP!

Good news webOS devs. HP is holding webOS Worldwide Developer Events this fall.

The events will be at Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Madrid, Milan and Mexico City.

You will not only gain knowledge from the veterans and the more experienced developers, but you will also get to share your ideas and have Q&A sessions to have a better understanding on the platform.

Details can found below for the same. The best part is that there is no fee for participation ;) .

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Happy developing…!!!

mobile world congress Mobile World Congress stays in BarcelonaNot much has been hard about the MWC’s future location in the last few months – there were four cities still in the race, one of which being the ever-more deteriorating venue in Barcelona.

The GSMA has now awarded the contest to Barcelona once again:

After an 18-month search, the GSMA today announced that Barcelona has been selected as the Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018.

However, the existing – and annoying – Fira de Montijuc will be history come 2013:

Starting in 2013, the Mobile World Congress will be held at the new, cutting-edge venue, Fira de Barcelona Gran Via. The dates for the 2013 Mobile World Congress are 25-28 February 2013. Mobile World Congress 2012 will remain at Fira de Barcelona Montjuic and will be held 27 February – 1 March 2012.

Let’s see how it all plays out…

 WHYMCA 2011   Qt on Android   slidesThis one is a little help for all those of you who slept through, were eating or were knocked out by a low-flying piece of chocolate during my WhyMCA talk on Qt for Android.

You can download the slides in PowerPoint 2003 format here:
http://tamsandroid.tamoggemon.com/content/2011/May/tamhan-whymca.ppt

P.S. I hope that a video of the talk will be made available at a later point in time…

This is a little service for all those of you who attended, slept through or missed Damien Buhl’s (and yours truly’s) talk at the DroidCon 2011 in Berlin.

Find the 12MB PowerPoint slide deck at this URL:
http://tamspalm.tamoggemon.com/content/2011/March/thadroidcontalk/QtPresentation-5reduxmini.ppt

HP sometimes had a booth at CeBit, and sometimes not. This year, they had a booth – but continued their tradition of not showing any mobile devices.

HP’s booth was part of Microsoft’s:
hp palm cebit 2011 0a CeBit 2011   HP / Palm

Even though the HP / Palm booth area was pretty large, the company didn’t show off anything except for a bunch of cloud solutions:
hp palm cebit 2011 1a CeBit 2011   HP / Palm hp palm cebit 2011 1b CeBit 2011   HP / Palm

All in all, I didn’t see a single webOS device at the CeBit so far – if I see one, I’ll report right back…

Even though Access has all but given up on its Palm OS and ALP platforms, the folks still seem motivated to leech off some goodwill and nostalgic feelings.

One side of their booth contained user comments, many of which praised Palm OS:
 AccessCo and Palm nostalgia

Not much to add here…

More coverage from the event is coming shortly!
Recapitulating many of the speeches and talks with other attendants, it looks like the GSMA’s motto of embracing the transformation was indeed accomplished: we saw little truly new, yet a lot of traditionally high-tech stuff is now on its way to price-conscious consumers.

From a device manufacturers viewpoint, the focus areas were clear: tablets with Android (one webOS) and loads of cheap smartphones using outdated screens. Power users were treated to a few dual core Android phones and a 3D phone from LG.

Speaking of 3D: industry pundits have long stipulated that content would be the the next battle area. This turned out to be true: hundreds of very happy content providers were roaming the scene.

Day four traditionally is rather useless, as most important people leave in the morning. However, the Fira showed an especial lack of talent this time: not only was security onerous as always, but they actually managed to have queues in front of most male toilets (!!!).

WhatAMap.com (the supplier of the on-device catalog) didn’t shine too much, either. Last year, the app was just a disaster to use – this year, it wasn’t even able to display contact information or booth addresses:
mwc fail Mobile World Congress 2011   event impressions

If you add in the normal traffic queues and the onerous waits fort a taxi, you get a very tiresome event. This was echoed by more than one participant, who wished that the next event would be held at another city…

Access Co has the questionable honor of having received the first post before the congress even started – they got it because Access Linux Platform seems to be dead for good.

Nevertheless, they still had a stand this year. It was at the same place as always, but their neighbor changed from Palm to the 3GSM embedded house:
0a Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011

Palm OS nostalgists will be delighted to see that Graffiti is still around. If you look carefully at some of the shots, you can even see the Palm OS fonts of lore:
1a Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011 1b Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011 1c Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011

In addition, a launcher for Android was shown as end user product:
2a Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011 2b Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011

Carriers were offered a variety of solutions ranging from synchronization to video calls:
3a Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011 3b Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011 3c Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011

Finally, something funny – the piano player in front of the booth used an iPad:
ipad Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011 ipad 2 Access Co at the Mobile World Congress 2011

If you ask me, Access is transitioning from an OS vendor to a crossplattform software / solutions company. It remains to be seen how successful they will be…

Last year’s Mobile World Congress brought us the debut of the Developer Day – various manufacturers chartered large parts of the venue and held developer wooing events (with device giveaways) there.

The GSMA has now informed us about the lineup for this year:

Monday, 14 February – WAC App Developer Conference
Monday, 14 February – Nokia App Developer Conference

Tuesday, 15 February – BlackBerry Developer Day by RIM
Tuesday, 15 February – Samsung App Developer Conference
Tuesday, 15 February – HP webOS App Developer Conference

Wednesday, 16 February – Mobile {Dev}Sync
Wednesday, 16 February –Windows Phone App Developer Conference
Wednesday, 16 February – LTE forum

Thursday, 17 February – Macworld Mobile
Thursday, 17 February –WIPJam
Thursday, 17 February – Mobile Cloud Forum with Cisco, HP, Huawei and NEC
Thursday, 17 February – IMGA ADC and Awards Programme

Let’s close this post with a little hint: in the past, both Samsung and Nokia have been very friendly when it comes to giving away devices to developers…

 Open house @ FH Hagenberg   visit us on the 9th of MarchDr. Schaffer’s Mobile Computing facility at the Austrian FH Hagenberg has produced quite a few really amazing projects (think Shaker Racer) in the last years; the knowledge of their faculty staff is top-notch and contains loads of Forum Nokia champions. Cutting a long story short: the price (free) is more than right – I am there for about 18 months now and am happy overall.

In case anyone of you feels like adding a Bachelor of Science in Mobile Computing to his business card, definitely consider these boys. As tuition is free and living in Linz is dirt cheap (900E/month max), interested German-speakers are well advised to visit their open-house day to find out more about how to get great education for a very low price…which is held on Friday:

FH Hagenberg Campus
Softwarepark 11
4232 Hagenberg/Austria

Open: 9h to 18h local time

Yours truly will not be around this time. However, it would be too cool to have a group of Tamoggemon Content Network heads at this university…

 Open house @ FH HagenbergDr. Schaffer’s Mobile Computing facility at the Austrian FH Hagenberg has produced quite a few really amazing projects (think Shaker Racer) in the last years; the knowledge of their faculty staff is top-notch and contains loads of Forum Nokia champions. Cutting a long story short: the price (free) is more than right – I am there for about 6 months now and am happy overall.

In case anyone of you feels like adding a Bachelor of Science in Mobile Computing to your business card, definitely consider these boys. As tuition is free and living in Linz is dirt cheap (900E/month max), interested German-speakers are well advised to visit their open-house day to find out more about how to get great education for a very low price…which is held tomorrow:

FH Hagenberg Campus
Softwarepark 11
4232 Hagenberg/Austria

Open: 9h to 18h local time

Yours truly will be around photographing stuff – if anyone of you happens to drop by, you should have no issues tracking me down! I’d appreciate seeing some of you there…

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