Brief Round-up from CTIA 2010

Posted by at 1:31 pm on April 2, 2010

International CTIA WIRELESS 2010 wrapped up in Las Vegas last week, bringing together all industries advanced by wireless technology for three days of intense business, learning and networking.   This was the show’s 25th year and highlights included:

Announcenment of winners in the fifth annual CTIA E-Tech Awards in 15 categories covering the areas of mobile CE, applications, enterprise, green solutions, luxury mobile and network infrastructure.   Web visitors named Leapwave’s Big Screen Games played via mobile phones by large audiences “Best Online Pick.” At the show, attendees were able to browse entries showcased in the E-Tech Awards display on the show floor and voted for their favorites via text message, naming the Samsung Moment, from Samsung Telecommunications America, Best in Show.

The Moment represents a new generation of portable Internet access complete with built-in Google mobile services. The Moment includes a 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-screen, creating a thinner form factor, crisper colors and wider viewing angles than other display screens. The Moment is powered by an 800 Mhz processor, making this device one of the fastest available in the market. It was recently selected as the first mobile phone to demonstrate Mobile Digital TV in a showcase in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore markets during the first quarter of 2010.

Samsung also took first place in the Mobile CE Phone/Smartphone category with the I8530. The I8530 is a full-featured Android smart phone embedded with a pico projector that removes the limitations of the mobile phone screen by providing a “big pictur”viewing experience for sharing pictures, watching videos, playing games, viewing e-mail attachments and even giving presentations. Content can instantly be projected whether it is stored on or streamed to the phone. Featuring a lightweight and compact design, the I8530 can display images in excess of 60 inches depending on ambient light conditions.

LG Electronics demonstrated three prototype cell phone models that receive the new mobile DTV signals now being transmitted by nearly four dozen broadcast stations around the country. Based on the mobile DTV standard co-developed by LG Electronics, the handsets equipped with mobile DTV include a CDMA phone with twin LCD screens (on the inside, and outside, of the clamshell handset); a CDMA model with a 2.8-inch LCD screen and up to four hours of DTV-viewing battery life, and a GSM phone with a 3-inch LCD screen also with up to four hours of DTV time.

“With more broadcasters adding mobile digital TV transmissions each month, we want to show the wireless industry exactly what’s involved in delivering over-the-air digital TV signals, familiar programs from your favorite TV stations, to mobile phone users. The devices we’re showing here work with the free over-the-air Mobile DTV signals from broadcasters, complementing video services by wireless carriers. In addition to these cell phones running on both the CDMA and GSM networks, we’re also demonstrating how easy it is to receive mobile DTV on a netbook with a plug-in accessory receiver,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, vice president, marketing and innovation, LG Mobile Phones.

Sprint announced the deployment of the EVO their first Mobile WiMax handset.   Manufactured by HTC, it comes complete with a 1GHz-Snapdragon processor, 4.3 inch screen and an 8 megapixel camera. The device also features a Sprint hotspot application that enables it to connect up to eight additional devices to WiFi.   Sprint CEO Bill Morrow spoke of 4G services providing the opportunity to “revolutionis”healthcare, there was been a marked interest in the CTIA’s wireless health programming and exhibitor pavilion, with exhibitors demonstrating a wide portfolio of apps covering remote monitoring and mobile healthcare solutions.

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