On a sultry New Orleans afternoon today, AT&T took over a century-old Garden District mansion to open the 2012 CTIA. Yes, the annual wireless confab doesn't formally open until tomorrow morning, but the news already is coming fast and furious. And though I don't arrive in the Big Easy until tomorrow either, a big CNET team is on the ground by the Mississippi. Here are the highlights of what they saw today.
Though trade shows like are about much more than hardware, it's the hardware that excites the most. If you read from last week, you'll know that the 2012 show promises to deliver fewer new phones than in past years. That may still be true, but I was glad to see that we got two new handsets today.
First up is the. After a few weeks of , Verizon Wireless and HTC finally spilled the details early this morning in a press release. The handset runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has an 8-megapixel camera, Beats Audio integration, HTC's Sense 4 software, a 4-inch Super LCD qHD screen, a dual-core Snapdragon S4, a 17,000mAh battery, and a microSD card slot.
Big Red says it will release the Droid Incredible 4G in the coming weeks. We don't know pricing yet, but Maggie Reardon is guessing it will cost $199 with a two-year contract. Oh, and in its press release, HTC also let it slip that
AT&T announced its own new device in the budget-minded. The Windows Phone 7 device supports the carrier's 4G LTE network and comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. The Focus 2 will go on sale May 20 for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement. To see the device up close and personal, from Jessica and Lynn La.
AT&T inside your home
Don't worry, AT&T reps won't be coming over for a visit (that is, unless you want them to), but the carrier is developing new technology designed to almost everything in your home right from your smartphone or tablet. From locking your doors, to lowering your window blinds, to adjusting your thermostat and lights, you'll need only a compatible device and an Internet connection.
Jessica has awith the service and Seth Rosenblatt has a . Also, Roger Cheng an AT&T exec about the connected devices that could come.
Mobile payments and more
Master Card announced it would game with its own digital wallet service called PayPass Wallet Services. Users will be able to store all of their cards and MasterCard will distribute developer tools to allow other digital wallets to work with its network.
Meanwhile, Clarion unveiled a new product for connected-car fans with its
So that's it for the first day of CTIA news. As I mentioned, the show really begins tomorrow, so check back all week for full coverage from CNET.