Tablets to take backseat at Mobile World Congress 2012
Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile trade show, kicks off next week in Barcelona and will see exhibitors from around the world gather to highlight the latest trends in the mobile industry.
Technology news provider PCWorld reports that tablet computers are unlikely to see the attention they have in years past. Instead, exhibitors will focus more on new smartphone trends, as tablet manufacturers keep their latest developments close to the chest.
This isn't to say tablets won't have a place at Mobile World Congress. PCWorld reports that chipmakers Qualcomm®, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA® will be present to show off their new multi-core processors for the mobile devices.
Microsoft® is also slated to exhibit at the trade show, undoubtedly to tout its Windows® 8 operating system. The software has the unique ability to run on both tablets and traditional desktop and laptop PCs. PCWorld predicts Microsoft will unveil details about Windows 8's pricing and release date.
Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest stages for new mobile developments. Though several of the industry's leaders will not participate in this year's event, the technology unveiled at the trade show is likely to help shape the future of the market for years to come.