Mobile World Congress day three wrap-up

Things are winding down in Barcelona, the fellows are enjoying some of the local delicacies and getting ready for the trip home. But just because Mobile World Congress is finishing up doesn't mean they didn't work their collective tails off today, making the final sweep of the show to make sure no stone was left unturned, no device left un-handled,  and no hors d'oeuvre was left uneaten.  We're thorough like that.  While Phil and the gang pack up their belongings, hit the break with me and see what they found today.

We all love the live blogs -- both running them and sitting in on them. But sometimes, you just want to see what's going on, especially when it's exciting new Android hardware being shown off. HTC did us a solid and put up a 5-minute highlight reel of their Mobile World Congress press event, and we can watch how they harness the power of fire to create that lovely finish so many have been talking about this week. Check it out. 

This just in! Samsung wins Smartphone of the year with the Galaxy S II at MWC. Did anyone really not see that coming? There's a reason they sold so many of them -- it's a damn good phone. One of the finest we've ever used.

Let me just drop this here... Dancing Androids are always a crowd favorite

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HTC and Intel weren't the only ones posting video from Mobile World Congress. Google has posted up the entire Eric Schmidt keynote speech. It's a great way to spend an hour and see inside the mind of a Google Icon.

3D in your stylus?!? You betcha. Simon checked out this neat trick from Texas Instruments that looks like something straight out of Star Trek. As a former engineer, and current nerd, I'll be all over this if we ever see it.


Phil and Alex ran from one end of the show to the other and brought us some great hands-on with an assortment of Android tablets. We see the 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 from Samsung, as well as it's full sized 10-inch sibling, and they both look really nice. Huawei brought their A-game with the MediaPad 10FHD, and even ASUS' "budget" model Transformer Pad 300 looks damn nice, and shows that ASUS is serious about Android. Toshiba also did the impossible and announced that they're going to start selling the Excite 10 LE on March 6, mere days after it's announced. That's something we'd like to see more of.

Last, but not least, we got a demo of what Phil calls the "best vehicle experience yet" with HTC's new car dock app and their cool new dock. Can't wait to get these here in the states and play with one.

So that's a wrap. Wish the fellows well and a safe trip home, and after they have some time to digest it all they'll have plenty to say. Until then, Adios Barcelona!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.