Solar batteries at Mobile World Congress 2011


Mobile World Congress (MWC) ended with no surprises: Android and Android-based devices dominated the buzz this year. Android was present in all of the hottest topics and was one of the most talked-about. However, it is important to point out that while Apple wasn’t officially represented at the MWC, Apple devices (both iPhone and iPad) were, by far, the most common devices on the floor.

For the sixth time, MWC took place in Barcelona which offered a warm welcome to the 60,000 people from 200 countries who attended the congress this year (record crowd). The event featured more than 1,400 exhibiting companies and hosted more than 10,000 app developers in 2011 making App Planet the centre of the Apps Universe.

Inspiring and well known speakers took part in more than 40 conference sessions at MWC. Keynote speakers included Wnat Jianzhou (China Mobile Chairman), Eric Schmidt (Google Chairman and CEO), Stephen Elop (Nokia President and CEO) or Carol Bartz (Yahoo! CEO) among many others.

A sheer number of new devices were revealed, both tablets and phones. Maximun expectation to hear about phones such as the HTC Desire S, LG Optimus 3D, XPERIA Play or Samsung Galaxy S II. Within the tablets field the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Optimus Pad or HTC Flyer were some of the most popular devices.

Regarding to Apple updates, it is expected that the iPad 2 will be unveiled within the next month and the iPhone 5 will probably be ready by next summer.

Apollo Umeox, green technology.

Special mention deserves the official presentation of the Umeox Apollo, a solar-powered Android smartphone designed by Umeox. Solar-powered phones are not very popular in Europe or North America. In fact, not many green devices have been successfully introduced in the market. However, emerging economies have put their eyes on this example of sustainable (and affordable) technology.


The way it works is really simple. According to its designers, 1 hour of natural light is enough to get 16 minutes of talk-time. Presumably, the device is aimed to be launched within next spring and it will be available initially only in South America and India. The Apollo will feature 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen, 3G, 3.5mm headset jack, stereo Bluetooth, 3MP camera, 1GB of on-board memory, and MicroSD card support (up to 32GB).

Something important to take into account when using it is not to kill the battery completely since it will require 17 hours of sunlight to charge it up completely.

So, to wrap it all up, this has been a record-breaking year. Clearly, the year of “MORE”, with more attendees that ever before, more exhibitors, more CEOs giving more presentations, etc., which goes to show just how well this sector is doing.

Photo credits:

MWC hall: mobileworldcongress

Umeox Apollo: umeox


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