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World mobile expo focuses on tablets

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For those lucky enough to attend, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) was recently held in Barcelona. Thailand was represented with John Nuvo seen wandering the halls collecting information. Ironically there were not as many new phones announced this year compared to previous ones. The focus was more on tablets and operating systems. MWC was larger in area this year and showcased plenty of devices; the problem was that not many of them were brand new. The existing phone range this year was, of course, quite broad _ from low-priced versions right up to large, fully functional fast-connectivity units like the Huawei Ascend P2 and everything in between. 

There was a lot of attention on 7-inch tablets, probably because Apple has now entered that market space. There were no Windows or Google booths this year, and the Chinese were the big players in terms of new stands and devices. Nokia, Samsung and LG showed off their new mid-range devices, but all eyes will be on the next event in New York where the Galaxy S4 is expected to be announced.

Asia and the US are leading in the implementation of 4G but those in Europe need not worry because they will be leading in the race to implement 5G. This is according to Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission, who said so at the MWC. Since the definition of what 5G is or will be is still somewhat vague and, for the moment, not that distinguishable from 4G, I guess Europe could get around to implementing 4G and simply call it 5G and declare victory.

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