Next week as wireless fans descend on New Orleans for the annual CTIA Wireless show, we'll get one more peek at how the mobile landscape will unfold over the coming months. Previously held in March, but moved to May for 2012, the three-day event takes a North American focus while including the wireless movers and shakers from around the world.
At previous shows, carriers have pulled back the curtain on high-profile Android smartphones and tablets. In 2010, for example, Sprint announced the HTC Evo 4G and last year we got the . So considering the rapid clip of mobile development, it stands to reason that this year will be no exception, right?
Well, maybe not. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I don't look for too much out of Android when the fun kicks off May 8. In fact, in the four-year history of Android products at CTIA, this may be the least eventful conference yet.
Perhaps it's because of the show's later time frame, but then again Samsung decided to hold atomorrow, May 3, to announce what should be the Galaxy S III. Sammy hasn't said why it's holding its own party, though maybe it just didn't want to share the stage.
Whatever the company's reason, I will have to watch the fun from this side of the pond. But that's not to say that there isn't anything to look forward to in The Big Easy.
Verizon Wireless may come away with the show's biggest new Android announcement if it . As the third release in the series, this model builds on its
Considering just how fast Verizon is growing its network,
Turning to handsets without launch dates, we already know that Sprint plans to offer the
Priced at $199, Sprint's flagship device boasts a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen, dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB storage, and 1GB RAM. I might look for CEO Dan Hesse to announce a shipping date as part of his keynote roundtable on day one of CTIA.
Keeping with Sprint, there's a small chance that the carrier will unveil its
Back to Samsung
I'm not holding my breath, but I'd love to see Samsung bring the to New Orleans. My gut tells me that it will, but may keep it behind glass and just out of reach. Much of this will depend, of course, on when Samsung expects to ship the handset.
Since its debut in January, the Galaxy Note has been rumored to be coming to additional carriers. Whereas CTIA would be a great venue for or to announce support, nothing I've seen lately indicates there will be noise around the subject.
Given that there have not been any major "save the date" e-mails sent out ahead of CTIA this year, I can't imagine any major surprises or announcements. Generally speaking, though, the conference usually acts as a smaller follow-up act to Mobile World Congress and 2012 should be no different.
Even with the later show this year, it's only been two months since we visited Barcelona. Judging by the companies giving keynote addresses at CTIA, I'm guessing that we'll be getting more software, services, and industry trends than products.