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04/03/2013 - The Engadget Interview: Sony product marketing manager Stephen Sneeden at MWC 2013

The Engadget Interview Sony product marketing manager Stephen Sneeden at MWC 2013

After wowing us at CES with the Xperia Z, Sony enticed us at Mobile World Congress with the Xperia Tablet Z. Both devices combine top-notch specs with beautiful industrial design -- pure rectangular forms with a mirror-like finish packaged in thin, light and water-resistant shells. We sat down with product marketing manager Stephen Sneeden in Barcelona to talk about these iconic products. We discussed the "omni-balance" design and the common user experience shared by both devices, which was spearheaded when Kuni Suzuki became Sony Mobile's president and CEO. He explained that some of these design elements will likely be incorporated into future (non-mobile) products and that the both the Xperia Z and Tablet Z are premium, aspirational devices which will become reference points for more affordable models. We then chatted about the Tablet Z's specs, in particular its impressive thickness (6.9mm / 0.27 inches) and best-in-class weight (495g / 0.99lbs). Mr. Sneeden mentioned the TV SideView app, an electronic programming guide with voice activation that's available from the Play Store and takes advantage of the Tablet Z's built-in IR blaster -- he also pointed out that Sony's Music Unlimited and Walkman Player apps will be fully integrated by summer. We touched upon a few other topics, including the Xperia Play and PlayStation Certified program for phones. Check out the full video interview after the break.

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03/03/2013 - The Engadget Interview: Jolla CEO Marc Dillon at MWC 2013

The Engadget Interview Jolla CEO Marc Dillon at MWC 2013

Jolla launched its Sailfish SDK at MWC 2013 and we got the chance to chat with CEO Marc Dillon about the company's history and to find out how things have been coming along with Sailfish OS since our hands-on late last year. We also discussed the time frame for Jolla handsets (still on track for H2 2013) and what the Sailfish SDK brings to the table for developers today. You'll find a full transcript of the interview along with our video after the break.

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26/02/2013 - The Engadget Interview: Qualcomm's Raj Talluri talks Snapdragon at MWC 2013

The Engadget Interview Qualcomm's Raj Talluri talks Snapdragon at MWC 2013

Qualcomm finally detailed its Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors here at MWC, and we got the opportunity to discuss the new chips with Raj Talluri, SVP of product management. While the Snapdragon 600 and 800 SoCs are geared towards high-end devices, the 200 and 400 are targeting sub-$100 and $200-300 phones. He explained that the software remains as close as possible to what's available on the 600 and 800, but the hardware is scaled down to support lower-resolution displays and cameras by using ARM cores instead of the company's own Krait architecture. We then talked about the Snapdragon 800, which was decoding 4K video at CES but is being showcased here in Barcelona handling 4K playback with Dolby and DTS in Qualcomm's movie theater (sans popcorn, sadly). He also mentioned some of the other demos at the company's booth -- 4K encoding and streaming (via TransferJet), realtime video editing, voice activation, games (Mortal Combat 4 and Need For Speed) and more. Don't miss our video interview after the break.

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07/09/2012 - The Engadget Interview: Nokia's Kevin Shields on PureView, floating sensors and the 'missile' that is the Lumia 920

DNP Nokia's Kevin Shields talks PureView, floating sensors and the 'missile' that is the Lumia 920

A conversation with Nokia's Stephen Elop, as we had earlier this week, is quite an experience. He's kind, friendly, charming and obviously extremely passionate about everything Nokia -- but his PR deflector shields are always full-forward. Ask him a challenging question and you'll be greeted with a very gentle response that sounds like an answer but is actually just a deftly delivered retooling of some standard PR-friendly message you've probably already heard.

Interviewing Nokia SVP Kevin Shields is, as we've seen in the past, a somewhat more... direct experience. Why did Nokia go with a gloss finish on the 920 instead of the matte we loved on the 800 and 900? "Because it's awesome." How durable is the 920? "It's like a missile." How confident is he that wireless charging will take off? "We are all in." Shields was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time after Nokia's event this week to talk Lumia and to explain just what "PureView" means now that it's been applied to a second phone. Click on through to get educated.

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04/03/2011 - MWC 2011: Digital Watermarking from Digimarc
Digimarc is a provider of enabling technologies that create digital identities for all forms of media and many everyday objects. The embedded digital IDs are imperceptible to humans, but not to computers, networks and devices like mobile phones. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we talked to Bruce Davis, Chairman and CEO of Digimarc

03/03/2011 - MWC 2011: Nano-Coating Technology from P2i
At Mobile World Congres in Barcelona we spoke to Dr Stephen Coulson, Chief Technical Officer at P2i, the world leader in liquid-repellent nano-coating technology. The company announced at the show that Aridion, its nano-coating technology for consumer electronics, will soon be available to high-volume mobile handset manufacturers with the launch of the first high-capacity Aridion processing machine.

01/03/2011 - MWC 2011: Solar Power Solutions from Intivation
At this year's Mobile World Congress Intivation has announced that they have partnered with Umeox to unveil the world's first solar powered smartphone: Apollo. It runs on Android 2.2, has a touch screen and all the bells and whistles, and still comes at a super affordable price.

17/06/2010 - Mobile Technology for Social Change: Interview with Katrin Verclas, Co-Founder of MobileActive.org
Smartphone.Biz-news.com spoke with Katrin Verclas, co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of people using mobile technology for social impact.

03/05/2010 - No More Phone Numbers: Interview with Micha Benoliel, CEO of Digitrad
“This is the future, this is the next big thing: save money on international calls and merging online social places with voice on your cell phone. You will never use your cell phone the same way!,” says Micha Benoliel, CEO of Digitrad, when asked by Smartphone.Biz-News.com about CallbyName, the company’s flagship product.

21/04/2010 - Symbio: Providing Software Services Globally
Symbio designs and develops feature-rich products for companies. We met Konsta Hansoon at the Mobile World Congress and he told us about the company and their future plans.

21/04/2010 - Motion Portrait: Converting Photos Into 3D Animated Models
Casually at the Avenue of the Mobile World Congress we met Daichi from Motion Portrait. They are a Japanese company that has created a most fun application, you can take the photo of any person and animate the image, have it talk and even dress it up with the simple touch of your finger.

21/04/2010 - ooVoo: Taking Video Chatting Further
ooVoo is a video communication service focused on delivering first class video communications through the internet, delivered anywhere and at anytime with up to 6 people simultaneously. We met with Marty Walker who told us about the company and how their system works.


21/04/2010 - InternetQ: Mobile Marketing Solutions
InternetQ specializes on mega mobile promotions; they are a one-stop-shop for socializing, e-shopping, gaming on web and mobile. We met George Kontos at the Mobile World Congress who told us about the company and its future plans.

19/04/2010 - DOQO Battery Charger at MWC 2010
At the Mobile World Congress we met with Jan Hoffmann, CEO of Mobil Power Europe, the sole, worldwide representative of the DOQO battery charger. It allows you to recharge the battery of your mobile phone or digital camera in a wink.

19/04/2010 - MWC 2010: Interview with Li Wei of SIM Technology
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we talked to Li Wei, Deputy General manager at SIM Technology Group, a leading mobile handset and wireless communications module developer in China.


19/04/2010 - RealVNC: The Original Cross-Platform Remote Control Solution
At the Mobile World Congress we spoke to James Weatherall, Chief Scientist at RealVNC, a company that provides remote control software which lets you see and interact with desktop applications across any network.

16/04/2010 - DxO Makes Mobile Cameras Smaller and Cheaper
At the Mobile World Congress we met Rémi Lacombe, VP of Business Development at DxO Labs, a company whose business model is based on developing and licensing intellectual property of optics and silicon architectures. They are focusing on making cameras for smartphones smaller and cheaper.


16/04/2010 - Simply Phone with hagenuk
At the Mobile World Congress we spoke with Ralph Kimmig, General Manager of ITM Einkaufs, an internationally operating manufacturer and marketer of telecommunication and electronic devices located near Karlsruhe/Germany.

16/04/2010 - Moovade: Ideas on the Move
Moovade is a startup that was created to further develop iNTERACT - the award winning mobile platform that enables a new level of interaction between mobile phones and kiosks.

At the Mobile World Congress we talked to Frédéric Feytons, CEO & Co-Founder of the company.


16/04/2010 - Rennes Atalante Science Park at MWC 2010
Rennes Atalante, science park of Rennes - Saint-Malo (Western France), is part of the French Media & Networks cluster.

It gathers 178 companies (12,660 people) working on wireless technologies, telecommunication services, image technologies, digital and mobile TV, information system security.


16/04/2010 - Praxedo Offers SaaS Work Orders Management Platform
At the Mobile World Congress we spoke to Stéphane Groud, Business Developement Manager at Praxedo, a France-based dynamic and innovative software developer.

Their flagship product, Praxedo Mobile, is a SaaS work orders management platform connecting dispatchers and field staff through their mobile devices.


15/04/2010 - Gypsii: Another Way to Stay Connected
Gypsii is a location based social media platform, they connect people, places and communities across networks and devices. At the Mobile World Congress we met with Tom Schuyler who told us about the company and gave us a demo of how their platform works.

15/04/2010 - Genera Interactive: Apps for Mobiles
Genera Interactive specializes on mobile content, it does applications for mobiles. Anna Abraham told us about a sports application that they recently launched.

15/04/2010 - mxData: Interactive City Transport Maps
mxData develops cross platform mobile applications for the transport and travel sector. Gordon Anderson gave us a demonstration of how their technology works with the Barcelona tube system.

15/04/2010 - N4D: 3D Screen on Your Phone and No Glasses Needed
N4D is involved in 3D software creation and also manufactures 3D screens which don’t require special glasses. They have adapted this technology to mobile phones and can do so for any hand held device.

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