Hasta luego to GSMA
After four days at the GSMA World Congress, CNET takes a final look at the news from Barcelona.
It's Valentine's Day and the GSMA World Congress is coming to a close. It's been a busy few days for the CNET team. Bonnie Cha and I journeyed from San Francisco with CNET TV's Ariel Nunez, CNET UK's Andrew Lim flew in from London, and John Chan of CNET Asia came all the way from Singapore. As one of the biggest mobile shows on the planet with more than 55,000 attendees, GSMA produced a lot of interesting news, from new smartphones to the first prototypes of the Android platform. , which is impressive considering just how the show took over the town. So as we pack our bags and escape for a few days of rest, we're proud to bring you the highlights of the show. And be sure to check out our full GSMA coverage and watch the GSMA videos.
Handset news dominated the show, of course. Sony Ericsson and Nokia battled it out for the most high-profile announcements. Sony Ericsson unveiled a new Walkman phone, the , two new Cyber-shot models, the , and it introduced its new line with the G700 and G900. The latter two models are especially noteworthy as they make interesting use of their touch screens. And last but not least, Sony Ericsson showed off the , which is a super slim flip phone with an emphasis on Web browsing.
Meanwhile, Nokia wasn't any slouch, either. It rolled out the
Samsung wasn't a wallflower, however. The company did its best to make its new the talk of the show (posters advertising the phone were all over town). The Soul also has a navigation touchpad that takes a cue from the . As you move through different functions, the icons on the touchpad change. Samsung also introduce the , and also the . On the other hand, Motorola had a quiet show. It only introduced a new Wi-Fi phone, the , and two entry-level phones, the . It was certainly a change from CES last month where Moto dominated the mobile in Las Vegas with the Rokr E8 introduction.
We also got the chance to check out some carrier and service news.
GSMA 2008 saw plenty of smartphone action. Nokia released two new additions to its N series of multimedia computers: the geotaggingand, to everyone's delight, the , which now comes with 16GB of internal memory and a revamped design. Sony Ericsson stole some of the spotlight when the company revealed that it will start developing Windows Mobile smartphone and debuted the first such device, the . If you had to judge by the number of people swarming around the X1 at the Sony Ericsson booth, there's plenty of interest in this phone. Speaking of Windows Mobile, Microsoft announced that it will acquire , the manufacturer of the Sidekick handhelds, and made available services on Windows Mobile phones. And last but not least, HTC came out with a couple of new devices: an updated HTC Advantage and the GPS-enabled .
GPS was also big at the GSMA Mobile World Congress. We saw a number of handsets with integrated GPS at the show, including a number of the previously mentioned smartphones and the Symbian-based . In addition, Nokia released a beta version of its mobile mapping and navigation application. adds even more navigation capabilities with a pedestrian mode and multimedia city guides. Finally, we got a hands-on look (sort of, anyway) at the with full video for your viewing pleasure.