Converged Devices Come on the Scene

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-02-27 Print this article Print


5. Fresh new designs aren't needed

It's hard to find many new designs at Mobile World Congress. For the most part, all the vendors believe that consumers still want the prominent touch screen with few physical buttons in both their smartphones and tablets. Last year, Sony tried to offer something fresh with its S1 and S2 tablets, but based on the devices shown off at Mobile World Congress, those products failed on design.

6. The "converged" device matters

Attendees at this year's Mobile World Congress are getting drawn in by so-called "convergence" devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, for example, bridges the gap between smartphone and tablet, and could very well be a suitable solution for many enterprise users. Even more exciting, the Asus Padfone does what others don't: converts the smartphone to a tablet and then, if consumers so choose, a notebook, with additional accessories. Not bad, eh?

7. There's no changing carriers

Those hoping to hear a different tune from wireless carriers at Mobile World Congress were disappointed this year. Executives from a host of companies, including AT&T, China Mobile and Vodafone, cautioned the industry on regulatory issues and competitive problems that could hurt all parties. When will these companies wake up and realize that improving customer relations is what they should be focusing on?

8. Companies think there's room for other operating systems

Although Android and iOS are dominating the marketplace, Mozilla is among the few firms that believe they can change that. In fact, Mozilla announced its own mobile operating system at Mobile World Congress with the ultimate goal of taking on Android. That follows Samsung's Bada operating system, which has been around for a while but is playing backup to the more well-known operating systems, especially Android. Can these platforms really win where others have failed?

9. iPad 3 fear reigns supreme

Although Apple isn't at Mobile World Congress, the iPad's long shadow is being cast over Barcelona. Just about every tablet maker is trying to determine what Apple will do with the iPad 3 and best that. Even Google's Android chief, Andy Rubin, admitted that his platform is behind iOS, and he hopes to change that in 2012. The iPad might not be at Mobile World Congress, but it's on the minds of everyone in attendance.

10. The enterprise is an afterthought

Make no mistake: Consumers matter most at Mobile World Congress. The enterprise, while mentioned among some vendors, doesn't appear to be their real focus. Companies like Apple, HTC, Samsung and Sony are trying to target consumers first. The enterprise is still an afterthought€”unfortunately.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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