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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 27, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Mobile World Congress 2012

    Ciara O'Brien

    It’s that time of year again. Mobile World Congress is kicking off this morning in Barcelona for what looks likely to be an interesting few days.


    We’ve already seen some decent announcements. Chinese mobile firm Huawei is touting what it claims is the world’s fastest phone, the quad core Ascend D, while LG is also showing a new quad core Optimus. More on these later, with some photos.

    Telefonica Digital, meanwhile, has just announced a partnership with Mozilla to develop new smartphones on an open platform based on HTML5. At the moment, many apps already use HTML5 features, but the new platform will give it access to core phone APIs. Messaging, web browsing, media players, games etc will all be developed as HTML 5 apps.

    The good news? Cheaper smartphones because the open platform has lower hardware requirements. Good for markets where smartphones haven’t taken off due to the high cost of the handsets.

    Also, it means that users have a truly open platform. So it’s easier for developers to deploy their applications And reach a wider audience.

    There’ll be many ways to access to apps, but there will also be an official marketplace for apps.