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Low Price Smartphones Dominate the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

BY Julia Wetherell | Monday, February 25 2013

The 2013 Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona today, with representatives from over two hundred countries congregating to see what the next year will bring in apps, hardware, and initiatives.  With mobile firmly in place as primary communication platform of the developing world, the focus now turns to bringing next-generation technologies into the hands of these millions of subscribers, by creating cheaper smartphones. 

The BBC reported on Saturday that, while the big names like Android and Apple’s iPhone will have a quieter presence at the MWC, it’s going to be an important year for smaller operations offering lower-cost platforms – and hoping to take the coveted third spot in the mobile market.  Chinese mobile companies like Lenovo and Huawei are expected to create a major buzz.  In a press conference on Sunday, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P2, a smartphone with download speeds purportedly so fast that they won’t be able to operate on current networks. 

In today’s sessions, Mozilla offered an update on the Firefox mobile OS platform that the company announced last yearZDNet reported that the OS will roll out Alcatel, LG, and ZTE devices later this year.  The company is eyeing consumers in South America and Eastern Europe, outside of the target Apple and Android markets.

The MWC is ongoing through Thursday this week. 

Personal Democracy Media is grateful to the Omidyar Network for its generous support of techPresident's WeGov section.

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