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Dual screen YotaPhone2 unveiled

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While the first generation of the twin-screen device has only recently launched outside of Russia, the second generation of the device has been shown at MWC, and it looks waaay more slick.

Nokia to release 41 megapixel cameraphone.
Nokia have shown off their 808 PureView smartphone at MWC, with a huge 41 megapixel resolution.

The Verge notes that while the phone is billed at 41 million pixels, “as you might have surmised, this handset doesn’t #mce_temp_url#take full 41-megapixel stills. Instead, it oversamples — taking the image data from seven neighboring pixels and consolidating it into one pixel’s worth — and generates pictures roughly 5 megapixels in size. That’s still plenty of dots for most uses, and the image quality you can obtain from such a system is frankly ridiculous.”

The camera has a Carl Zeiss lens, 1080p video, and an HDMI out port. 
Surprisingly, it features Nokia’s Symbian Belle OS, instead of the Windows Phone OS which is on some of their newer phones.

Nokia to release 41 megapixel cameraphone.

Nokia have shown off their 808 PureView smartphone at MWC, with a huge 41 megapixel resolution.

The Verge notes that while the phone is billed at 41 million pixels, “as you might have surmised, this handset doesn’t #mce_temp_url#take full 41-megapixel stills. Instead, it oversamples — taking the image data from seven neighboring pixels and consolidating it into one pixel’s worth — and generates pictures roughly 5 megapixels in size. That’s still plenty of dots for most uses, and the image quality you can obtain from such a system is frankly ridiculous.”

The camera has a Carl Zeiss lens, 1080p video, and an HDMI out port.

Surprisingly, it features Nokia’s Symbian Belle OS, instead of the Windows Phone OS which is on some of their newer phones.

More details on Huawei’s new quad-core mobile chip.
Huawei came out with an early surprise announcement at MWC this week, unveiling a new quad-core chip which will be used in their new smartphones (earlier story here). The K3V2 chip was an unexpected announcement, and along with being used in new Huawei phones it will also be offered for sale to other handset makers, which will provide competition from the quad-core Tegra 3 chip from NVIDIA.
In fact, Huawei officials claim their chip is 30-50% faster than the Tegra 3 across a range of benchmarks. Along with 1.2-1.5Ghz speeds, it features a 64 bit memory bus - twice that of Tegra 3.

The graphics block handles 2-D and 3-D work and helps a handset deliver 35 frames/second video compared to 13 fps for Tegra 3 and 8.4 for a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, according to Huawei’s tests.

While the K3V2 uses a 40nm manufacturing process, the company already has plans to release a new design in 12 months based on 28nm technology.

More details on Huawei’s new quad-core mobile chip.

Huawei came out with an early surprise announcement at MWC this week, unveiling a new quad-core chip which will be used in their new smartphones (earlier story here). The K3V2 chip was an unexpected announcement, and along with being used in new Huawei phones it will also be offered for sale to other handset makers, which will provide competition from the quad-core Tegra 3 chip from NVIDIA.

In fact, Huawei officials claim their chip is 30-50% faster than the Tegra 3 across a range of benchmarks. Along with 1.2-1.5Ghz speeds, it features a 64 bit memory bus - twice that of Tegra 3.

The graphics block handles 2-D and 3-D work and helps a handset deliver 35 frames/second video compared to 13 fps for Tegra 3 and 8.4 for a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, according to Huawei’s tests.

While the K3V2 uses a 40nm manufacturing process, the company already has plans to release a new design in 12 months based on 28nm technology.

Samsung announces projector phone.
Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Beam smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, capable of projecting images up to 50 inches wide on any surface. The phone runs Android and measures 12.5mm thick and 4 inches wide. Pity it’s a couple of months too late, I had been predicting more devices like this to be released in 2011!

Meanwhile the first of the quad-core smartphones have been shown off. Huawei announced the Ascend D Quad range, which surprisingly didn’t feature the expected Tegra 3 chip from Nvidia. Instead the line features a new Huawei chip called the K3C2, and has a huge 4.5 inch, 720p screen.

Samsung announces projector phone.

Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Beam smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, capable of projecting images up to 50 inches wide on any surface. The phone runs Android and measures 12.5mm thick and 4 inches wide. Pity it’s a couple of months too late, I had been predicting more devices like this to be released in 2011!

Meanwhile the first of the quad-core smartphones have been shown off. Huawei announced the Ascend D Quad range, which surprisingly didn’t feature the expected Tegra 3 chip from Nvidia. Instead the line features a new Huawei chip called the K3C2, and has a huge 4.5 inch, 720p screen.

Mobile World Congress kicks off tomorrow.
MWC runs from 27 February to 1 March, and is likely to see big announcements from most of the big smartphone manufacturers. Unfortunately, Samsung have already announced that the successor to the Galaxy S II will not be shown off at MWC, with a separate event for that before mid-2012. As usual, Apple won’t be attending.
Bookmark 8 Bit Future for the latest updates from the show, which are likely to include:
More 4G/LTE devices,
Quad-core smartphones,
Many new Android tablets,
News from a keynote speech from Google CEO Eric Schmidt,
NFC/mobile payment systems,
Connected babies (!),
Ubuntu for Android,
Waterproof phones,
And perhaps, flexible devices.

Mobile World Congress kicks off tomorrow.

MWC runs from 27 February to 1 March, and is likely to see big announcements from most of the big smartphone manufacturers. Unfortunately, Samsung have already announced that the successor to the Galaxy S II will not be shown off at MWC, with a separate event for that before mid-2012. As usual, Apple won’t be attending.

Bookmark 8 Bit Future for the latest updates from the show, which are likely to include:

Company hopes to transform your smartphone into a desktop computer.
Software company Canonical is working to develop a system that allows your smartphone to be docked with a keyboard and monitor, allowing your phone to act as the computer.
Because the Android OS is based on the open-source Linux system, Canonical’s “Ubuntu for Android” is able to tap into that underlying software, and run an Ubuntu Linux system straight from your phone. Rather than operating as an App, the system will sit dormant in a phone until it is docked, when it will spring into life. The company says that because it is based on the software already running your phone, it should be unnoticeable in terms of speed and memory usage when you are normally using your phone.
The best part is that all data and services can be shared between the two operating systems, so all of the contacts, files, and photos etc can be accessed and updated either on the phone, or through the Ubuntu interface.

“The desktop is the killer app for quad-core phones in 2012,” said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth in the Canonical announcement. “Ubuntu for Android transforms your high-end phone into your productive desktop, whenever you need it.”

The company is now working with manufacturers to have the system built in to new phones, and will be showing it off at the Mobile World Congress next week. MWC is sure to see the announcement of many other new handsets and innovations, so be sure to bookmark 8 Bit Future for the updates next week.

Company hopes to transform your smartphone into a desktop computer.

Software company Canonical is working to develop a system that allows your smartphone to be docked with a keyboard and monitor, allowing your phone to act as the computer.

Because the Android OS is based on the open-source Linux system, Canonical’s “Ubuntu for Android” is able to tap into that underlying software, and run an Ubuntu Linux system straight from your phone. Rather than operating as an App, the system will sit dormant in a phone until it is docked, when it will spring into life. The company says that because it is based on the software already running your phone, it should be unnoticeable in terms of speed and memory usage when you are normally using your phone.

The best part is that all data and services can be shared between the two operating systems, so all of the contacts, files, and photos etc can be accessed and updated either on the phone, or through the Ubuntu interface.

“The desktop is the killer app for quad-core phones in 2012,” said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth in the Canonical announcement. “Ubuntu for Android transforms your high-end phone into your productive desktop, whenever you need it.”

The company is now working with manufacturers to have the system built in to new phones, and will be showing it off at the Mobile World Congress next week. MWC is sure to see the announcement of many other new handsets and innovations, so be sure to bookmark 8 Bit Future for the updates next week.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview to launch this month.
Microsoft has announced that the “Consumer Preview” will launch at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on February 29. The fact that it is launching at the MWC suggests the operating system will be closely linked to the future of the Windows Phone mobile operating system.
Like the Developer Preview of Windows 8 which launched last September, the Consumer Preview will be a free download to anyone interested. Windows 8 is likely to be released towards the end of 2012.

Not only will Windows Phone 8 share the same Metro style user interface as Windows 8 for tablets and PCs, but developers can reuse the same code for both operating systems. It’s not clear if Microsoft plans to discuss its Windows Phone 8 plans, but a Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch at Mobile World Congress makes it look that way.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview to launch this month.

Microsoft has announced that the “Consumer Preview” will launch at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on February 29. The fact that it is launching at the MWC suggests the operating system will be closely linked to the future of the Windows Phone mobile operating system.

Like the Developer Preview of Windows 8 which launched last September, the Consumer Preview will be a free download to anyone interested. Windows 8 is likely to be released towards the end of 2012.

Not only will Windows Phone 8 share the same Metro style user interface as Windows 8 for tablets and PCs, but developers can reuse the same code for both operating systems. It’s not clear if Microsoft plans to discuss its Windows Phone 8 plans, but a Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch at Mobile World Congress makes it look that way.