One company released details of their new SIM card product with a built in accelerometer. Things like this can add functionality to older phones and keep newer ones cheaper to make as the hardware is built into your SIM. In short, a good thing.
Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 made it’s official debut at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, concentrating on improving the touchscreen functionality of the current system rather, and surrounded by new handsets. The usual suspects announced that they’d be creating handsets, with HTC unveiling their imaginatively named Touch Diamond 2. No surprises there. Acer (the makers of my very cheap and nasty PC) have announced a range of WM6.5 handsets ranging from high end to budget handsets all looking very pretty indeed.
LG announced a deal to create 50 new WM handsets with their S-Class touch interface over the top of the operating system. Strange thing about that is that LG is a member of the Symbian Foundation and has been making S60 handsets for a while now. In fact they have a brand new S60 touchscreen device hidden away in the Other section of their paperwork which didn’t get announced at the show. Sounds like mutiny to me.
The other big news in the Windows Mobile world is that Dell will be developing a smartphone as has long been rumoured. The announcement came from AT&T’s CEO at the show who said that Dell had just announced it. Um, no they haven’t yet which means you’re in a little trouble matey boy.