Android to Take Center Stage at Mobile World Congress, Where Nokia and Apple will be Absent
According to a Reuters (News - Alert) article there will be a ton of Android mobile devices on exhibit – but noticeably absent from the show will be Nokia, which for the first time in memory has opted out of the leading trade show focused on the mobile communications industry.
This is a surprise considering that Nokia (News - Alert) is one of the largest manufacturers of cellphones. On the other hand, it sort of makes sense when you consider – as the article points out – that the mobile industry is becoming more focused on applications and services than on the devices themselves.
Instead, this year’s Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) will have a strong focus on new phones using Google's Android platform, which presents a threat to makers of rival smartphone platforms, including Nokia and Microsoft (News - Alert). Taking center stage will be Google’s Nexus One, a touchscreen smartphone which it sells directly to consumers, bypassing the operators who normally control the sale of phones in Europe and the U.S.
Google's (News - Alert) Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will also be delivering a keynote during which he will discuss how business models continue to shift in the industry.
Patrick Barnard is a senior Web editor for TMCnet, covering call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT, M2M, OCS and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Patrick Barnard