By Frank Bisono, Teleca North America
Hello from CTIA 2011 in sunny Orlando, FL! As the Teleca team wraps up yet another successful industry event, we wanted to take the time to recap some of the best parts of the show. First, we had a number of great meetings at our suite across from the convention center at the Peabody Hotel. It was a great opportunity to meet up with some of our valued clients, new and old. We are feeling some great energy and excitement about what’s?coming in 2011…stay tuned for more success stories throughout the year. The show floor was also buzzing with excitement. Although a smaller?footprint than in previous years, there were a number of vendors showcasing their latest warez and plenty of industry announcements?of interest. If there was one theme for the show (aside from wireless andmobile), it was tablets, tablets, tablets and yes, 3D(again). Apparently 3D on the TV is not enough, it’s now coming to your mobile devices in a big way. The industry is absolutely obsessed with tablets and 3D at the moment and the pace of new releases doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Google’s Android Honeycomb OS made a big splash on several new tablets at the show. Big announcements came from Samsung, with new form factors in 8.9 and 10.1 inch offerings, in addition to the 7 inch tablet currently on the market. The final hardware wasn’t available for us to touch, but they had it on display and let me tell you, they are sexy. Even the pre-production test units (although chunky) felt quite nice. At just a hair thinner than the new iPad 2, the Samsung 8.9 and 10.1 inch tabs are a thing of beauty. In an unusual move, Samsung announced pricing for these new tablets starting with the 10.1 (16GB WiFi only) model weighing in at $499, exactly where the iPad 2 starts. The 32GB WiFi only model will run $599. The 8.9 inch (16GB) Tab will start at $469 and the 32GB model will come in at $569. LG hit the market with their T-Mobile ready G-Slate,offering the latest HD & 3D stereoscopic onboard cameras. Yes folks, 3D Cameras on a TABLET! Not to be left out of the tablet wars, Sprint surprised everyone with their new HTC Evo View 4G tablet on Tuesday, as well as their new HTC Evo 3D smartphone. For myself, the hottest release of the show was Verizon’s 4G (LTE) HTC Thunderbolt mobile phone. It’s a fantastic display of hardware running on Android 2.2 with LTE blazing fast data connectivity, 1GHz Processor, 4.3″ display, 8MP rear camera, 1.5MP front-facing camera, dual flash, 720p HD video, HTC Sense technology and even it’s own DLNA stack. Keep your eye on this phone; it’s going to be a scorcher! Last, but not least, there were plenty of examples of the latest emerging technologies. Everything from VMware’s entry into the mobile virtualization world, Qualcomm’s Augmented Reality to immersion haptics, which provide a more lifelike experience when using applications on mobile devices. The User Experience world is about to get incredibly interesting with so much capability in our design war chest. The mobile future is looking incredibly bright and Teleca is well positioned at the center of the mobile universe to take advantage of all these new technologies and experiences. Keep your eye on our blog throughout the year for more exciting news and innovations coming from Teleca’s world class Design and Engineering teams.
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