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January 08, 2010

Wireless Week: Gadget Overload at CES Suggests Rise of Mobile Video, Super Smartphones


Didn’t get the nook e-reader or Android (News - Alert) phone you wanted for Christmas? Consider starting your list 11 months early.

 
A new breed of wireless gadgets made their debut this week at the 2010 CES (News - Alert) show in Las Vegas – with some of the companies behind them trying to beat show announcements a few days early. What tops the 2010 hot list? When it comes to wireless, we say super phones and mobile video.  
 
Many magical, technological wonders took center stage in Las Vegas this week, but media analysts and press bloggers got just as fired up about a pre-CES announcement from Google (News - Alert).  
 
At its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, the Internet search behemoth on Tuesday unveiled Nexus One -- its first-ever Google-branded smartphone -- plus a new way for consumers to purchase an Android mobile phone.
 
Weighing just 130 grams, the 11.5-millimeter-wide touchscreen cell phone manufactured by HTC features an Android Version 2.1 operating system, a Qualcomm (News - Alert) Snapdragon 3G QSD8250 chipset (delivering speeds up to 1GHz) and a trackball with tri-color notification LED (plus alerts when new e-mail, text and chat messages arrive).
 
On the same day, Apple announced it reached the three billion mark. That’s how many applications have been downloaded from its App Store by iPhone and iPod Touch users worldwide, according to the Cupertino, Calif.-based computing giant.  
 
Also this week, rumors about the long-anticipated Apple Tablet release ramped up, as several sources reported that Apple Inc. plans to release the new multimedia device later this month. However, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Apple (News - Alert) doesn’t plan on shipping the product until this spring.
 
Back at the CES, Motorola demonstrated its wireless HD video streaming over a Verizon Wireless pre-commercial LTE network with 4G LTE data cards in mobile devices.
 
The LTE network Verizon Wireless plans to roll out in 2010 will support high-quality, high-definition web experiences. Motorola technology utilizing this network will deliver video and mobility solutions capable of supporting customers’ new business models.
 
Speaking of Verizon, we also hear the wireless operator will soon be offering the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, the latter of which will have WiFi access.
 
But with all these exciting new devices, should you really be making that holiday wish list now? The way things are going in the smart-gadget world, it’s only bound to get better the longer you wait.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri





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