When you think about which areas of the world are at the forefront of mobile technology, innovative app development, and the ever-expanding capabilities of cloud computing, places like California's Silicon Valley and New York City probably come to mind. But the location of this year's Mobile World Congress, host to visionary keynotes, top-of-the-line product and service exhibits, and App Planet, the "center of the mobile apps universe," may surprise you.
The mobile technology trade show, which began yesterday, February 27, 2012 and runs through Thursday, March 1, 2012, takes place in none other than Barcelona, Spain. The Mobile World Congress' agenda reveals that the four-day event comprises seven keynote addresses, multiple educational seminars, and several networking opportunities.
But what attendees are undoubtedly most looking forward to are the phones and other mobile devices on display. And, according to Fox News, the star players at this year's show are the super phones. "At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the annual coming out party for new mobile handsets, the trend is clear," Fox News reported. "Rather than getting smaller, smartphones are getting bigger -- and more powerful."
The overwhelming presence of large and intelligent phones at this year's conference begs the question: Are consumers really going to buy the bulky new cell phones? Fox News reports that it's almost certain. After all, the latest devices were designed with customer use in mind:
"Super phones are partly an acknowledgement of how people are using smart phones these days. They're making fewer voice calls and making more Facebook posts and text messages. Most people use apps for finding a restaurant, uploading a picture or checking in to a coffee shop rather than calling home."
And the response to the electronics industry trade show promos so far has been a positive one. Guests at the conference are enjoying the products' faster processors and larger screens.
If you're not a fan of the expensive and brawny smartphones that are getting the most attention at this year's Mobile World Congress, don't worry; there are options for you, too. Computer World reports that both Nokia and Intel are displaying "cheap smartphones" for those who refuse to pay for (or simply are not interested in) a quad-core processor and a huge screen.