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Samsung Galaxy S II First to Flaunt MHL Port

Written on February 23, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The Consortium has spoken and the Samsung Galaxy S II heralds the arrival of the MHL.

We’re already impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S II as it is, but one tiny detail about Samsung’s latest Android phone went under our noses during the Mobile World Congress that’s probably just as important as the next feature, and that’s the MHL port. The Samsung Galaxy S II is the first smartphone to ever have the said port which switches the phone into USB data or MHL audio/video modes. A special 5-wire micro-USB to HDMI cable is provided to let you send video and audio to HDMI displays. The MHL cable also allows you to charge your smartphones to HDMI-enabled televisions, although no television is capable of doing that yet, perhaps in Q2 of 2011.

The MHL project was first announced way back in 2008 with the approval of a consoritium that is composed of Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Silicon Image, and Sony. Hit the break and watch the video to know more about the MHL.

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Mobile World Congress: Infographic of the Most Buzzed Gadgets

Written on February 21, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Which among the participants from the recent MWC caught the most attention of techies? See here.

The Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona concluded last week. The mass explosion of technology news and surprises spread all over the world. It ranged from the wide varieties of smartphones to the huge arrays of tablets. Talk about technology overload!

Gadg came across an infographic that tallies down the specifics of the event. The graphic described which company got the best tablet or smartphone. The tallies gathered on the graph came from social sites like Twitter, tech blogs, and other media which covered the event from February 13 to 17.

See the infograph after the skip.

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The Global Mobile Awards at MWC 2011

Written on February 18, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The MWC 2011 ended as a host for this year's Global Mobile Awards. Check out the list of well-deserved winners below.

The Mobile World Congress 2011 draws to a close with the Global Mobile Awards. The ceremony named notable applications and mobile brands because of their superb performance, innovative features and benchmarking services. And yes, even Apple’s iPhone 4 is included in the list.

The recipients at the Global Mobile Awards 2011 is listed after the break.

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Sanjay Jha Explains Motorola Xoom $799 Price Tag with 4G Feature at MWC 2011

Written on February 17, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Motorola's got some explaining to do about the whopping price of the Motorola Xoom tablet.

We were as surprised as you are when the Motorola Xoom was tagged $799, but Motorola Mobile Chief Sanjay Jha immediately tries to extinguish the fire as he explains over at the Mobile World Congress, MWC, in Barcelona that people will be getting their money’s worth with the 32GB 3G Motorola tablet thanks to its secret ingredient: the 4G.

The tablet market leader, the 32GB 3G Apple iPad tablet currently has a price tag of $729 in the US. Jha shares that people that a 4G device compatible on the Verizon network is worth the extra $70.

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Mobile World Congress 2011 Reveals ASUS Interest to Windows Phone 7

Written on February 15, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Are we going to see the mythical ASUS-Windows Phone 7 partnership again?

ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Devices Unit, Benson Lin, has expressed their rekindled interest of supporting the Windows Phone 7 for their next line of smartphones over an interview at the Mobile World Congress 2011. Whenever we hear the name ASUS, what’s the first thing that comes into mind? Laptops right? Well apparently, the Taiwan-based company has a phone series as well, but they’re more popular in Europe and Asia. But perhaps things might change this time.

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Samsung Reveals Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II at MWC 2011

Written on February 14, 2011 by Adam Eve

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New Samsung devices - the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II - were unveiled during the MWC 2011 conference in Barcelona, Spain yesterday. Wondering what's ticking insider?

Yesterday at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung unveils the next-gen Galaxy S II and their newest Galaxy Tab 10.1. The latest versions of Android OS powers these new devices, and gives a stand against featured gadgets at CES 2011. Though no pricing and release dates were announce, the new devices are likely to hit the streets in just a matter of time.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II features are listed after the break.

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Xperia Play: “Android is Ready to Play” On February 13

Written on February 07, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Get ready to "Xperiance" Xperia Play.

Finally guys! Sony Ericsson stopped teasing us with the whereabouts of the rumored “PlayStation Phone” also known as the Xperia Play.

Xperia Play is now a real deal and we’ll be seeing it right before Valentine’s day. It’s one of the devices announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. If you want to be the first to see the new Xperia Play, wear your best suit on February 13 at 6PM GMT. Meanwhile, we’ve embedded a teaser video from Sony which bordered between creative and morbid.

Hit play. Video after the break.

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HTC Desire 2 Picture Leaked; Phone Goes Gingerbread

Written on February 07, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Is HTC Desire 2 coming soon? Only HTC can tell. Good thing Mobile World Congress 2011 is almost here.

If it’s one thing we learned from leaked pictures, is that they’re real. This phenomena occurred with the Sony Xperia Phone aka PlayStation Phone, and now we’re guessing the same thing will happen here with the leaked picture of the HTC Desire 2.

According to the Rastaman_FB via Android forums, the HTC Desire 2 is running on a superAMOLED screen and an Android Gingerbread 2.3.1 OS. It is also rumored to support 4-point multitouch though no word on what kind of processor and battery power the device will have.

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LG Teases First 3D Smartphone, Optimus 3D; Will Make Debut at the MWC 2011

Written on February 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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From movies, to television, to handheld consoles, and now we have 3D smartphones. It was just a matter of time until we see one, and now LG is here to grab the spotlight.

It’s just a matter of time until 3D comes into the smartphone category, and Korea-based company LG draws first blood into the business. The LG Optimus 3D is touted to be the world’s first 3D smartphone and will make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress or MWC in Barcelona.

According to the official press release, the LG Optimus 3D will feature a dual-lens camera, which will allows 3D recording. It will also feature an LCD panel where glasses-free 3D viewing will be allowed. But what’s daunting and bold for LG is that the Optimus 3D is bound to address the lack of 3D content in the market, which leaves us little to no clue as to how the company will figure that out.

If you want to know more about the Optimus 3D, stay tuned to Gadg.com as we deliver news hot off the press once the Mobile World Congress or MWC 2011 kicks in this February 14 to 17.

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Nvidia to Reveal Tegra 2 3D Chip at Mobile World Congress?

Written on January 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Things are starting to heat up as Nvidia might catapult the mobile and tablet device market into the third dimension.

Reports have leaked a snapshot from Nvidia’s presentation for the Mobile World Congress or MWC. And if the rumors and the picture is for real, then it seems Nvidia will be launching Tegra 2 3D processor later this year for future mobile gadgets that will be having, you guessed it, a 3D screen. Based on a Dual Cortex A9 that’s generously clocked to 1.2 GHz, the Tegra 2 3D processor seems to be up to the challenge of setting the trend for future mobile and tablet devices, which may spell trouble to the Nintendo 3DS, Intel and perhaps even the juggernaut we call Apple.

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