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CNET UK Podcast 224: The best of Mobile World Congress

This week on the podcast, we take a look at some of the important products to come out of Mobile World Congress and we talk about firmware updates. Exciting times.

This week, the podcast takes on a distinctly mobile phone-related theme as Ian catches up with Rich and Flora about everything that happened last week at Mobile World Congress. And when we say 'catch up with everything' we actually mean a tiny percentage of what went down at the show. For much, much more, check out our special MWC coverage page.


Apple plans to charge 30 per cent on all in-app purchases, including recurring subscriptions.

MWC 2011

In our round-up of Mobile World Congress, Ian asked Flora and Rich about some of the more interesting products they saw in Barcelona. Talk started with the HTC Flyer, moved on to the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and then flitted around the usefulness of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Then it was up to Rich to explain what's been going on at Nokia and if the company is really about to be swallowed up by Microsoft.


LG Optimus 3D
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Panasonic 3D Blu-ray recorder


There's a lot made of the fact that Android phones don't always get the updates users think they deserve. So we ask the question, how many updates do we deserve when we buy a phone? Should users accept that once they've bought it, they won't be seeing any more improvements, or are we all entitled to functionality improvements over the life of our device?

Perhaps we should set a minimum support time, in which manufacturers should be forced to keep the phone up to date. But how do you enforce something like that?

As always, we welcome your thoughts on this via the comments below, or on our Facebook wall.


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