Huawei tried to steal the Mobile World Congress show with a long-rumoured smartphone based on Google's Android platform. But it was just a mock-up and it is not going to be introduced until Q3.
Better-known vendors like Samsung, HTC and Sony Ericsson decided not to show their Android phones although they all presumably have development well advanced as they announced their backing for Android over a year ago
The casual visitor to MWC could be forgiven for thinking that everyone will soon be walking around with a Android or iPhone, and its an impression that the industry does little to discourage. They will not, of course, for the simple reason that their cost is prohibitive for most consumers and likely to remain so for some time.
But hope is at hand for the rest of us. Access China struck a deal with NEC of Japan to develop a reference design for smartphones aimed at “price-sensitive and emerging markets.
This reference design supports 2.5G/2.75G/3G mobile wireless technologies, as well as touch-panel access to a wide array of functions including web browsing. It also includes a complete set of development tools to enable mobile phone vendors, handset manufacturers and design houses to achieve faster time-to-market.
Access China is the Chinese arm of Japan's Access, which makes software for mobile phoes.
In similar vein, chip designer Marvell announced that several of its OEM and ODM customers in China have selected Marvell application processors to develop smartphones aimed at the “cost-sensitive” China market, as well as other emerging markets. These smartphones are based on both Windows Mobile and the Android platform, and many run on TD-SCDMA, China's homegrown 3G technology which was recently licensed to China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator.