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February 26, 2013 by Dan Grose
Mobile World Congress 2013 kicked off yesterday in an explosion of handsets, tablets and lord knows what else, and boy, what a day it was.
Day two proved looks to have been no different either, with events in Barcelona bringing forth even more delicious tech goodies for us all to enjoy. So as you’ve probably guessed, we’ve gone and done our thing and stuck it in a nice, handy round-up for you again. Here goes…
Just when you think it couldn’t get any easier to lug your music library around with you, American car manufacturer Ford has rocked up and whipped the covers off Ford Sync, a new way to integrate your Spotify account with your automobile.
In a similar way to how users can sync contacts and suchlike to their in-car systems, Ford Sync will transport tunes from your phone to your dashboard, allowing them to be played out in all their majesty through your car’s speakers. Of course, safety is of paramount concern, and as such the service will be fully operational with voice controls. Clever.
It’s thought the service will be up and running by the end of March, which gives music lovers more than enough time to save up for a Spotify Premium account. Oh, and a Ford car as well. Yeah, you’ll need one of those.
It’s been a few months since we were blessed with the Motorola RAZR i, and we’re starting to miss those lovable Americans from our mobile lives. Luckily, they’ve been showing off another device at this year’s event, and in typical style, it looks like a good’un.
The Motorola RAZR HD is, well, pretty similar to its predecessor but for a few subtle differences. Along with a sumptuous edge-to-edge HD display – the clue’s in the name – there’s also a much larger frame and suped-up battery performance, putting it slightly more in line with that old trooper; the RAZR Maxx. Unlike the RAZR i however, there is to be no Intel processor, yet a dual-core offering looks pretty tasty to us.
Pleasingly, it also comes fully 4G enabled, meaning it’s somewhat future-proofed and all. Unfortunately there has been no word on pricing or a UK release, but we shall be keeping our eyes peeled for further news on this tantalising Moto prospect.
Bucking yesterday’s trend of the super-frugal, it seems manufacturers have splashed the cash a little more today. One such example of this is the Asus Padfone Infinity, a jack of all trades with a niche market all of its own.
Like its predecessors, the Padfone Infinity takes the phrase “combining abilities” to the next level, comprising a mobile device that slots neatly into a tablet. Far from quantity over quality, both devices boast a top quality 1080p display, whilst the handset comes fully equipped with a tidy Snapdragon 600 processor. It looks to be a decent phone, with the aforementioned 5-inch display proving more than capable, even if you’re not in a position to combine the two devices.
Of course, the audience for a phone that slots into a tablet may be pretty small, but if dual-whatever devices are your thing, it certainly looks darn cool. But, at £800, it will need to be pretty special in almost every department to justify such a hefty outlay.
So that wraps up our coverage of day two, but don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see what other exciting tech gadgets have gone down in B-Town.
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