The 3rd annual World Mobile Congress is meeting in Barcelona Spain this week from February 27 to March 1. The main sponsor is the GSMA and because of that there is a rather large effort to promote the latest and greatest in new hardware to the telecom companies who will eventually roll them out to us as consumers. With only just a few hours into the day though I was impressed to hear that Mozilla has had a letter of intent signed with the 3rd largest Global Mobile Provider Telefonica to roll out B2G (Boot to Gecko). This is a radical and game changing event for a company who sells mainly feature phones to its 200 million plus subscribers in Europe and Latin America.
Also signing on with Mozilla is Deutsche Telekom’s Innovation Labs who will be providing dedicated development resources. This is a big deal for Mozilla in a very crowded space but more importantly the cost for development and deployment and the move to a more Open Handset market is upon us…imagine having the hardware available when you walk into the mobile store…there is no real wading through this provider or that provider because they have this phone or that phone. The concept of the Open Handset has a custom OS that is flashed onto the device at the time of purchase that links directly to that provider so if you were to decide to switch from AT&T to say 02 (because you were heading over to Europe for 6 months) then you would just flash the handset and Bob’s your Uncle.
The real appeal for B2G though is in its affordability. Carlos Domingo, Telefonica Digital’s Director of Product Development and Innovation:
Telefonica’s objective is to drive HTML5 adoption across the industry. For the first time the capabilities of HTML5 and the open Web have been fully leveraged to create an entirely new mobile platform. From our experience in Latin America we know that a huge part of the market is not being catered for by current smartphones. With new open Web devices we will be able to offer a smartphone experience at the right price point for these customers.
But as one can expect, a conference put on by the organization that supports handset manufacturers and Telecom Providers equally…the show has also been about new handsets from LG, HTC, ZTE, Huwaei, Asus and Samsung. The best new idea to hit the floor so far for me is the new Samsung Beam:
While the world really does not need another Samsug Galaxy Clone the inclusion of a 15 Lumen Projector inot the mix for this phone does ad an interesting dyanamic to the mix. Imagine being able to project that presentation where every you go or share the family photos at any gathering you see fit. It is estimated that the phone can project out to 50 inches wide which by my calculations is the equivalent of a 57″ TV…now that is impressive from a 145 g package!
Well that is it for me…good thing I have a good memory as the first attemp to save this resulted in the loosing of the post…now to try again.
Chris J Powell