3GSM in Barcelona

I’ve now returned from 3GSM in Barcelona. There are of course many trends as always. Which ones become big will only be seen with real deployments some time in the future. Some of my thoughts are:

  • IMS is dehyped, but convergence is not. I think this probably means IMS is finally ready for real life deployments. Technically we know that there is still some way to go before IMS could be succesful.
  • The operator’s own Community of Mobile Instant Messaging is turned more towards a message of SMS Evolution. Colibria has been preaching this for many years, but now many other vendors are also. If the operator is to launch their own IM service, they have to tie it very closely to SMS. The conference had a lot of talk about the demonstration of interconnect between Telefonica and Vodafone.
  • Mobile TV seems to be hot, but it’s not definite which standards will be used, and exactly how it’ll be deployed for more mass market applications.
  • Many other cool niche applications and concepts. For example, I talked to a company that makes a special textile that is push sensitive and can be made into keyboards, built into jackets etc. This will have lots of cool applications.
  • Windows Mobile 6 has been launched. Seems to be better.
  • Nokia S60 are launching Open C (ability to use open libraries in Symbian), which will make development and application porting easier.
  • TrollTech showed their Linux based development phone GreenPhone. Very cool, both the design and the concept.
  • GPS in Mobiles
  • Not as much mobile social networking as I’d expect. Though there were discussions regarding Vodafone’s exclusive deal with MySpace.
  • And lots of other stuff.

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