Clear winners and losers were
emerging as the first day at Mobile World Congress came to a close.
The news from Nokia was
that ‘there was no news’, according to one analyst. The manufacturer announced
a new platform called MeeGo, confirming its services ambitions, and sealing its
retraction from the manufacturer market.
Acer looked ‘a bit
desperate’, after launching six new handsets, said analysts. The company is struggling
in its core market of computers. One analyst said: ‘Acer appears to be throwing
out as many smartphones as it can and seeing what sticks.’
Meanwhile, for Motorola,
Sony Ericsson and Samsung, things were on the up. Motorola announced it would
launch 20 smartphones this year, and unveiled the Backflip and the Quench. The
manufacturer is also looking for retail partners in the UK, with
Carphone looking to be a frontrunner.
Samsung launched its first
Bada phone, the Wave, while Sony Ericsson launched its X10 Mini and X10 Mini
Last night, 24 international
operators announced a love-in in a bid to topple Apple off its perch astride
the apps market.
The operators have come
together, along with the GMSA, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and LG to create the
Wholesale Applications Community, which aims to launch an open platform to
deliver applications to all mobile phone users whatever handsets they are
some analysts are already pointing out flaws in the relationship.
Mawston, analyst at Strategy Analytics, said: ‘Trying to get together more than
20 carriers with big egos in the same room to hammer out a difficult time
consuming complex project like this is going to be a challenge, to say the
in operator land, Vodafone made an app for use on Android phones, including
non-Vodafone handsets, as it looks to make 360 an open platform. Analysts
pointed to the weakness of 360, saying that the platform itself needed to be
more open. 360 users can only communicate with each other, and are themselves limited
Orange made a number of announcements
today, including a new partnership with Microsoft for Windows 7, which will see
the two come together for services such as Xbox Live – a clear move to take on
contactless payments were given a welcome boost at the event, when industry
body, the GSMA announced this morning that it was trialling contactless
payments at MWC, with a number of partners including Samsung, as well as