It's been a hectic first day at Mobile World Congress, with Team Shiny spreading far and wide to seek out new phones, cool services, and interesting mobile people to interview. Feast your eyes on the stories and videos below:
Russian firm CBOSS makes convergent IT solutions for end-to-end automation of telecommunication enterprises. Its services include consulting, turnkey implementation and technical support, promising to guarantee mobile operators' operations quality while minimising operational and capital expenditures.
If you're struggling to get your head round that, don't worry: here's a video explaining the company's raison d'etre through the medium of interpretive dance. Sorry, they're fully dressed this year.
No, your eyes aren't kidding you. That really is the processor-shredding Second Life virtual world running on an iPhone. But how? And why is it so slow? Well, the answer is that it's a concept demo produced by mobile technology firm Comverse.
One of the defining things about Mobile World Congress is the huge number of dreadful stand slogans. Y'know, the lines companies have chosen to sum up what it is they do. Revolutionising the mobile value chain? Driving the convergence zeitgeist? Shattering the usability barrier? Cobblers, all of 'em.
Well, I'm not standing for it. It's time to name and shame the worst examples, starting with perhaps the all-time worst corporate slogan, with more after the jump. Watch out for more throughout the week.
What's this? A 20-foot God sitting astride the stand of mobile messaging firm Zlango? Sounds like a good idea to us: it's not as if there are loads of Catholics in Spain who might get offended and... Oh.
LG has revealed that it'll be the first handset maker to launch a phone with Omnifone's new MusicStation Max service built in. What's that? It involves buying a phone on a monthly contract from an operator, with free, unlimited music downloads bundled into the tariff.
NVIDIA has a big stand at Mobile World Congress, including a concept handset showing off a user-interface powered by the company's new APX 2500 mobile CPU And I'm not getting over-excited when I say it looks awesome. Scrolling, zooming, transparent overlays, the works. Check the demo running on a big screen:
Indian handset manufacturer Spice is unveiling its innovative Movie Phone later today, but I've had a go on it already. It's the first handset to come with a built-in optical disc drive for playing movies, and goes on sale in India this June. The discs are a proprietary format, but they use blue laser technology, and the compression uses the H.264 standard.
Poor old amateur DJs. If it wasn't bad enough being kicked off the decks of house parties by the popularity of iPod playlists, now they're even being usurped by mobile phones. That's the idea behind MixDJ, a new application developed by NXP Software.
The internet is due to collapse tomorrow under the weight of press releases being issued at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, so some companies are being smart and getting in early. Like LG, which has revealed a new GPS-enabled smartphone, the LG-KT610.