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Latest phones give you the web and 3D at your fingertips, writes Jennifer DudleyNicholson
THOUSANDS gathered in the shadows of Barcelona’s historic National Palace of Montjuic to see something thoroughly modern.
Fresh handsets, neverbefore-seen tablets and lifechanging innovations were on show last week at the world’s biggest mobile phone show.
Forget phone keypads and download delays, Mobile World Congress delivered 3D phone screens and a new generation of phone networks, including one destined for Australia this year.
Switched On looks at the fresh tech that could affect you, and that gadget in your pocket, this year. NEED FOR SPEED AMID the global announcements at MWC was one for Australia: Telstra revealed a plan to deliver 4G – or fourth generation – mobile internet access.
All major Australian cities and some yet-to-be-selected regional areas will receive the network upgrade this year.
Telstra chief executive David Thodey has revealed the network will typically deliver download speeds between 60 and 80 megabits a second, in addition to reducing the phone network’s reaction time.
‘‘The improvements are not purely about speed,’’ Thodey says. ‘‘It will increase the responsiveness of handsets by three times. For the total user experience, from the time you press the button to the time you actually get something that’s meaningful to you, we expect a three-fold improvement on what we’re getting today.’’
The 4G network, delivered using Long Term Evolution upgrades, will not replace the existing Next G network, but will work alongside it on an old phone spectrum.
To access the new speeds, users will need to buy a handset capable of using the new signals.
Australia will be one of a handful of countries to embrace 4G phone networks this year — a development Google chief executive Eric Schmidt says will ‘‘provide the platform for a set of new mobile applications that we can only begin to imagine’’. MOBILE INNOVATIONS THE mobile phones of 2011 will ring up new milestones. LG launched a rebirth of sorts at MWC this year, revealing the first glasses-free 3D phone to launch in Australia.
The Optimus 3D could arrive as soon as June and will offer something different in a crowded smartphone market, LG telecommunications general manager Nathan Dunn says.
‘‘Next year we expect all post-paid phone sales are going to be smartphone sales,’’ Dunn says.
‘‘With the Optimus 3D, we’re really signalling to the market that LG is back in the tech space.’’
The flagship Optimus 3D will deliver 3D movies, games and animations to the naked eye. Its 4.3-inch screen features a parallax barrier filter with angled slots that deliver different images to each eye, tricking the brain into seeing 3D images.