Photos: 4G cars, Androids and dancers at MWC 2010

Photos: 4G cars, Androids and dancers at MWC 2010

Summary: This year's Mobile World Congress had a lot to offer, from innovative user interfaces and hardware to a 4G-connected car

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  • There was no shortage of Android phone launches at Mobile World Congress, most of them far more standard than Sony Ericsson's tiny implementation of the Google OS.

    Motorola's Quench is a prime example. The latest of eight Android phones launched by Motorola over the past six months, it supports Flash Lite and multitouch.

    The handset also has interchangeable covers, perhaps in a bid for the youth market.

  • Symbian had a slight presence at MWC, despite being in a transitionary period between the old, proprietary version of the OS and the forthcoming open-source version.

    Sony Ericsson's Vivaz Pro, pictured above, was one of the few handsets using the OS to be launched at this year's show. It is the first of the company's phones featuring a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and based on the Series 60 platform.

  • One particularly interesting handset on show at Mobile World Congress was the Else phone, a device made by an Israeli design company of the same name.

    The handset, which uses Sharp hardware, is based on the Access Linux Platform — itself a descendent of what was once called Palm OS. In common with Sony Ericsson's X10 Mini and Mini Pro Android phones, the Else phone is designed to be used with one hand. Unlike those handsets, though, it uses a completely different user interface from anything else in the market.

    The Else's UI is based almost entirely on thumb movements. The user swipes up and down in an arc to access various menu items, then pushes their thumb further in to access submenus or files within a folder.

    Else first showed off the handset at a London event a few months ago, but the version it showed at MWC had undergone a lot of tweaking since that first launch. More fine-tuning is on the cards before the handset gets a commercial release, although no operator has picked it up yet.

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Topics: MWC, Networking

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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