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Mobile World Congress 2012 roundup: All you need to know from Barcelona

March 02, 2012 6:00 AM EST
The enormous Mobile World Congress is done for another year. Here are your MWC12 highlights from around the Web. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers nurse their sore feet with Cava and tapas.
 
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: New Warnings About Statin Safety (or lack thereof)...
 
 
A punchy-sounding Stephen Lawson reports:
The final keynote session...may be remembered...as The Bruce Lee Keynote. ... Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse and ZTE President Shi Lirong invoked the legendary kung fu master in speeches...as the world's largest mobile trade show came to a close.
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This week's conference has hosted a flood of new developments for...traditional macro cells, Wi-Fi hotspots, and femtocells. ... The multiple parts allow carriers to get the most out of their finite spectrum.
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Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson and Arm Holdings CEO Warren East discussed two other mobile network challenges. ... Johnson said applications...will demand the same speeds upstream from handsets...as they do downstream. ... East said power consumption is a major cost for carriers. ... Arm can extend [its] efficient, integrated system-on-chip designs...into cellular base stations...he said.    M0RE
    
Sascha Segan stalks Google's "crazy" booth:
Google...is using its share of expensive tradeshow floor...as a place...to hang out, do business, get nourished, and have fun [and] is showing off its dominance as the unquestionable number-one smartphone operating system provider.
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There have been dozens of Android phones released in the last two days alone...along with scores of Android tablets. ... Android activations have topped 850,000 per day. To say that Google is dominant at MWC is an understatement.
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[T]here are...non-traditional trade show booth elements including...an Ice Cream Sandwich-centric snack bar, a conveyor belt rotating an...Android phones, fun claw machines stuffed with cuddly Androids, and a whimsical two-story slide.    M0RE

But JR Raphael is "having a tough time getting excited" about tablets:
Just look at some of the tablets that've surfaced lately. Now, I know: The specs on some of these devices do vary. ... But plug 'em all in and throw 'em up on a store shelf, and most folks...will be hard-pressed to tell them apart.
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Unlike other mobile platforms, Android isn't a "one-size-fits-all" kind of ecosystem. ... Differentiation is a good thing. ... But in order to have differentiation...you have to have products that, you know, are actually different.
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As the Android tablet market continues to expand, standing out from the pack is becoming increasingly important. ... Ultimately, the manufacturers that succeed will be the ones that manage to create something compelling.    M0RE

And Ricardo Bilton lists "four companies that stood out":
An obvious winner is Nokia, whose 808 PureView...won it the “Best New Mobile Handset”...award from the GSMA.
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Google [chairman] Eric Schmidt’s impressive and insightful look at the future...was as impressive as a keynote gets.
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HTC is slowly to coming to its senses on the Android front...which, one hopes, will only increase the quality of [its] devices.
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With both Windows 8 and the Nokia Windows Phone deal maturing...2012 is a major year for Microsoft’s mobile efforts.    M0RE

Meanwhile, Patrick Conroy calls the show "a blast":
The Android, Samsung and Nokia displays are the most consistently populated while the BlackBerry stand...was pretty sparse. ... There is still a lot of evidence of applications becoming more location sensitive. ... Both Nokia and Samsung are following Apple’s lead by taking education a lot more seriously.
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With all of the genuine innovation...around it was incredible to see how...Angry Birds is still...dominant.    M0RE
   
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Richi Jennings, your humble blogwatcherRichi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He's the creator and main author of Computerworld's IT Blogwatch, for which he has won ASBPE and Neal awards. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can read Richi's full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.