I had a chance to go to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2012 at end February. Here are some pictures and what was interesting from game development perspective.
NVIDIA stand was big as usual and they had TV’s attached to Tablets. I got to see NVIDIA tablets running Tegra 3. I think the tablet was made by ZTE as a prototype.
Huawei Smartphones and Tablet
Interestingly Huawei has started to manufacture Tablets and Smartphones. They looked really nice and polished. Something interesting for future. All running Android 2.3 (for phones) and 4.0 ( for tablets).
ZTE launched its smartphone called ZTE Era as well. Phone runs Android. No pictures for that either.
RightWare wan interesting company. They provide system called Kanzi UI to create 3D UI for mobile platforms. Don’t forget to checkout their demo video. They even had a device that had 3D display without glasses. The UI engine works using OpenGL ES and should be possible to use in-game for creating Menu etc. I was promised a trial licence and will know more when we try ourselves.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon was very interesting. I had a short game (CS like?) with Manish who is Product Manager for Graphics, Gaming and Tools. I hope he forgives me for making him lose the game he was playing all day. I am excited to get hands on the tools they got and see what we can learn and improve for our games.
Blackberry had a big booth as well. Bigger than I was expecting. We have already released BLAZ3D for Blackberry and it was nice to chat with people there. The guys at developer connect section were very helpful and we discussed a few things and got some contacts to stay in touch and updated with RIM world.
The most interesting part was a Porsche running Blackberry Tablet OS (QNX).
Android booth was big as well. I stayed there for quite long and had fun chatting with guys. Complimentary IceCream sandwich and smoothie were awesome. I also took a ride in their slide as seen and got a printed picture from their automatic camera. The whole feel of Android booth was playful and it felt less business like there. Too bad they didn’t have Stickers this time, so no free android goodies. As for tech it was all usual Android tablets and HTC/Samsung phones on display.
Booths for both companies were separate and quite far from each other. Even in separate halls. Booth for Nokia was like whole hall in itself. Probably the biggest booth in the whole conference. There were some phones like Lumia but Iforgot to check on Nokia 808 PureView. We are hoping to release BLAZ3D soon for Symbian.
Microsoft had pretty much just a big blue wall. I am not sure if it was some sort of secondary booth but it hardly had anything. One interesting thing was a scoreboard where comparison of phones was made based on speed. Not sure exactly what it was but I think it was similar Smoked By Windows Phone challenge. Got some Windows Phone stickers only.
These are really interesting times for mobile game development. The processing, graphics and resolution is increasing rapidly for smartphones. There are more players entering the market that would shake things up. There are even more uses of mobile OS than just being on Mobile and Tablets (Porsche example).