MWC 2009: Android Forgets To Join The Party

Mobile World Congress 2009 was thought to be the real coming out party for Google’s Android mobile platform. So far, it’s a bust.

Nokia’s new phones don’t run Android. HTC also failed to announce any new Android gear. Instead, it focused on announcing two new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.

Samsung said that it will announce a Samsung phone sometime «this year.» It didn’t announce anything at this show.

LG already has picked a a smartphone platform for its future, and it isn’t Android.

Huawei said it will launch two or three Android phones later this year, but didn’t say when those launches would be, nor did it share any specifics about the handsets themselves.

There are still several large press conferences to go today, but given some of the embargoed news I’ve received, I am not aware of any Android phones being announced.

Um. What gives? Many manufacturers have committed to the Android platform. Where are the handsets? Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest mobile events of the year. Android’s failure to show up makes me very nervous about the platform’s future.

Android, where are you?

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and after that

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MWC 2009: Android, Windows in Smartphone Showdown

An army of Androids will march on Barcelona next week, and Microsoft hopes to stop them. This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2009) trade show, the biggest mobile-phone show of the year, promises to be a mobile OS battle royale, with a glut of Google phones aiming for total world domination.
Like the rest of tech, the global mobile phone market is suffering the effects of the global financial crisis. Research firm Strategy Analytics said the global market will shrink 9 percent in 2009. Competing research firm ABI estimates the drop as more like 2.5 percent. But that still means mobile firms will sell more than 1 billion phones next year, far more units than the PC industry will sell.
Smart phones are a very bright spot in the market. ABI said that the 171 million global smart phones shipped in 2008 will increase to 203 million in 2009. So as the mobile-phone companies descend on the Fira de Barcelona to flog their wares, there’s understandable excitement about everyone trying to grab a bigger piece of the growing smart phone pie.
The biggest story of MWC will undoubtably be a flood of phones running Google’s Android OS. General Mobile and Huawei have already said they’re bringing Android phones to the table, and we’re pretty sure we’ll hear something about Android at the Samsung, LG and HTC press conferences. All three companies have vowed to bring more Android products to market in 2009.
Attempting to blunt the Android onslaught, Microsoft will have a press conference at 9 AM ET on Feb. 16, where the company is expected to announce Windows Mobile 6.5. We don’t know much about Windows Mobile 6.5 so far, other than that it apparently has a new, much more finger-friendly home screen layout for touch-screen devices. If this announcement takes Microsoft’s traditional road, it will be months before any Windows Mobile 6.5 phones hit the market. But their press conference is a chance to steal some mind-share back from Google, Apple and RIM, all of whom have been gaining ground recently at Microsoft’s expense.
MWC will serve as the coming-out party for some new mobile manufacturers. Garmin and Asus have allied to create Garmin-Asus, and we’ll see if their new nuvifone GPS phone can actually get us to our hotel from the airport. Meanwhile, Acer has swallowed the former E-Ten and will transmute it into a new, Acer-branded smart phone line. We’re sure to find other new brands popping up around the Fira de Barcelona, too, though most of them are unlikely to ever see U.S. shelves.
Other major players will try to get a word in amongst all the madness. Palm isn’t holding a press conference, but we expect they’ll announce a GSM/UMTS version of their Pre smart phone and a European carrier to go with it. And Nokia, the world’s number-one mobile phone company, is keeping their announcements close to their chest. Their latest flagship product, the N97, got a very lukewarm reception recently, so they’ll have to do something to recapture mobile mind share.
Sick of mobile phones? We’ve got word that a few netbooks will appear for the first time at MWC, too. Mobile-phone component makers like Freescale, Marvell, ARM and Qualcomm are trying to loosen Intel’s hold over the hottest segment of the notebook world, promising that their chips can provide just as much computing power with less power consumption.
There are a few big names missing from the show. Apple, of course, never attends any event that anyone else might be headlining. RIM, makers of the BlackBerry, are doing just fine, but aren’t anticipated to announce anything new. Motorola is also laying low, as they seem to be perpetually retrenching.

Flash, Video Conferencing Coming to the iPhone?

During an interview with Bloomberg, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen revealed that his company is indeed working on Flash for the iPhone. In development since June of last year, Narayen had some answers for a Flash-hungry public. “It’s a hard technical challenge, and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating,” said Narayen. “The ball is in our court. The onus is on us to deliver.»

Back in June of 2007, Apple’s iPhone hit the market like a proverbial bull in a china shop. After millions sold, the iPhone 3G improved on nearly everything the original had to offer when it was released in 2008, including the ever-so-popular App Store. Despite the success, there was always something (several things) missing. Cut and paste for text was near the top, but full-fledged Adobe Flash support tops the charts for «most desired iPhone upgrade». Well, Flash may finally come to the iPhone.

Last year, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs called on Adobe to bring Flash to the iPhone. However, he wanted a third version of the software. The original Flash player found on nearly every desktop and laptop on the planet was too demanding for the iPhone’s underclocked ARM CPU. While Flash Lite is a smaller, more nimble cousin of the original, Jobs called it incapable of delivering what he wanted for his smartphone.

As of 3:20pm EST, Adobe stock was two cents off its opening price of USD $19.41, but had rebound from the days low of $18.96.

In other iPhone news, a recently discovered patent reveals that video conferencing may be coming soon as well. However, the feature would likely be part of the next iPhone iteration and not available on current hardware. “The device supports a variety of applications,» said InformationWeek’s Alexander Wolfe, «such as one or more of the following: a telephone application, a video conferencing application, an e-mail application, an instant messaging application, a blogging application, a photo management application, a digital camera application, a digital video camera application, a Web browsing application, a digital music player application, and/or a digital video player application.”

All in all, the device sounds like an iPhone. However, the addition of video conferencing and digital video capturing would definitely be a step up for the Cupertino smartphone. That combined with Flash, and Apple would have yet another hot phone on its hands.

2009 may be the year of the Blu-ray.

 

According to HomeMedia, Blu-ray media sales will overtake digital distribution in 2009. The high definition media is expected to see a 150 percent increase in sales over 2008, from $1.1 billion to $2.9 billion.

Despite the recent success found in digital distribution, packaged media is still the powerhouse force, with DVD leading the way followed by its younger but bigger brother Blu-ray. So what is holding digital distribution back? Bandwidth. “The bandwidth required to stream any type of HD video is way beyond what most households have,” says In-Stat analyst Michael Paxton. “The convenience factor is still not there for streaming media, unless you are watching on a laptop and it is the only option you have. The packaged media business model is one that the consumer is very comfortable with.”

While Blu-ray is expected to see a sharp increase in sales, is it really as strong as some believe? For now, Blu-ray is number two because the U.S. lacks the proper broadband infrastructure to support a massive surge in streaming HD content. If America had the bandwidth capabilities of say, South Korea, streaming HD would be a reality for many. Also, with the economy in its current state, many pressed for cash may not be drawn to Blu-ray.

That said, Blu-ray is dropping in price. The average price for movies on the HD medium dropped 14 percent in Q4 of 2008. However, that drop still leaves the average BD movie price at a very high $28.93, more than thirteen dollars over the price of a DVD, which comes in at $15.74. But, like any media, prices will continue to drop. So what’s a movie buff to do? Compromise! While films like Iron Man and The Dark Knight are certainly worth the Blu-ray premium, leave the comedies and «chick flicks» on DVD. Are Superbad and Sex in the City going to be that much better in 1080p? Didn’t think so.

For those who live and die by streaming HD content – don’t fret. Netflix is still going strong on streaming content. Also, the same analysts who see Blu-ray coming in second in 2009 also see digital distribution representing 15 percent of the market by 2013.