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Mobile's 3D renaissance revealed in Barcelona

posted 17 Feb 2011, 14:48 by Mpelembe   [ updated 17 Feb 2011, 14:51 ]

This year's must-have phones go on show at the the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

BARCELONA, SPAIN (FEBRUARY 13, 2011) REUTERS - The 2011 Mobile World Congress closed in Barcelona on Thursday (February 17) after four days, with a whole host of new models on display to excite those keen to buy the latest phone.

James Cameron reinvented 3D for the big screen. Now LG is hoping to kickstart the 3D mobile movement.

The South Korean company's Optimus 3D phone has been one of the most talked about devices at this year's Mobile World Congress.

"It's the world's first 3D smartphone. More than just a 3D smartphone. It's a very powerful smartphone, powered by Texas Instrument OMAP 4 giving you dualcore, dual memory, dual channel in order to render that 3D content on the handset," said LG's UK Product Manager Shaun Musgrave.

Japan's NTT Docomo also showed off a range of 3D phones from Sharp, as well as a concept currently being worked on in Tokyo that brings a new form of interactivity to the 3D screen.

"I think the big technology trend is clearly 3D. So it feels like a renaissance. We are entering an era of big transformation. We get perspective. We get new technologies. So in the renaissance we got oil. Now we're getting 3D toolkits, we're getting 3D displays, we're getting 3D utility. So, essentially what's going to happen is we're smashing the frame," opined Christian Lindholm, director of the digital design agency Fjord.

2011 will be remembered as the year of the Android invasion at the Mobile World Congress. Samsung is one of many handset manufacturers to create buzz with its latest Android devices, in this case the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Tablet 10.1.

"We have the Galaxy 10.1 which is the newest Android device with a 10.1 inch (screen). We have a front camera that's two megapixels for Google Talk and on the back we have an 800 megapixel with an LED flash and autofocus. We can see here that this texture is plastic with curves on each side, so it's easier for us to hold," explained Samsung spokesperson Peter Yang.

Earlier in the week, Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Blackberry maker Research In Motion, spoke about how the company's forthcoming Playbook tablet computer stacks up against the competition.

"When you look at the Playbook, we're really lapping the field in terms of power of the engine and speed, and multiprocessing and multitasking and web fidelity. So if you want to play a performance game, we can play that. If you want to play a segmented consumer services game we can play that so we feel very good about how we're doing and where it can go," stated Balsillie.

However, it's clear that in the battle of the ecosystems, the Androids are multiplying.