CTIA 2010: Hot Trends, Technologies in Mobile Computing

The CTIA Wireless 2010 conference begins today in Las Vegas providing the opportunity for mobile mavericks to show off their newest handheld devices, mobile applications and next-generation technologies and it appears the wireless industry won't disappoint.

Expected to be unveiled are Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Series smartphones, perhaps a 4G device from Sprint and HTC, and Verizon and AT&T will detail developments in their next-generation network build-out. In addition to CEOs from the wireless industry, such as AT&T's chief Randall Stephenson and Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco, "Avatar" director James Cameron will participate in a panel discussion on mobile's impact on business, media and the economy, along with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

The glint of Hollywood celebrity offered by Cameron, however, may not be as newsworthy as the developments unveiled by the likes of Skype, Palm, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Motorola and others.

Reuters last week reported that Sprint will demonstrate the first smartphone to run on a 4G network through WiMax. "Our checks indicate that Sprint will launch a CDMA/WiMax handset at CTIA called the HTC Supersonic," Macquarie analyst Philip Cusick wrote in a research note, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Verizon and Skype on Tuesday are expected to introduce Skype mobile on Verizon BlackBerry and Google Android devices.

With Apple's iPad sale date just days away, tablet PCs are also widely anticipated to make an appearance at CTIA.

There's also a major focus this year on mobile applications, as the show will feature expanded territory on the floor dedicated to the development of these mini-apps.

Additionally, as the nation's biggest wireless conference kicks off today in Las Vegas, there's already some mobile companies hoping Lady Luck will smile on them as they've been nominated for the CTIA Wireless 2010 E-Tech Awards in 15 categories.

E-Tech Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Robert Mesirow, vice president and show director for CTIA, and Tim Bajarin, president of research firm Creative Strategies, on Wednesday. More than 80 prominent media and industry analysts judged the entries based on innovation, functionality, technological importance, implementation and the overall "wow" factor.

The finalists are competing in 15 categories including mobile CE, mobile applications, enterprise, green solutions, luxury mobile and network infrastructure. Many of the nominees have been covered by EnterpriseMobileToday.com and our news service site InternetNews.com, including BoxTone 5.0, Good Technology, Que e-reader by Plastic Logic, Bolt mobile browser, Eye-Fi, the Motorola Backlfip and more.

"We received a record number of submissions for the E-Tech Awards this year, a true testament to industry innovation and the pervasiveness of mobile technology," Heather Lee Landers, assistant vice president of marketing for CTIA, said in a statement.

2010 CTIA E-Tech Awards finalists include (products listed in alphabetical order):

Enterprise & Vertical Market Solution -- Energy

Global Go Green (3G) Energy Efficiency Solution, Top Global USA, Inc.
InnoPath Mobile Update 2, InnoPath Software
L.I.L.I., Solar Communications International, Inc. (SCI)

Enterprise & Vertical Market Solution -- Mobile Health Care, Telemedicine

HealthPAL MA105, MedApps, Inc.
Panasonic Toughbook C1, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company
Personal Health Platform, Montage Systems
Philips Respironics System One Sleep Therapy Device, Cinterion Wireless Modules-Philips Respironics
TelCheck Mobility Blood Glucose Meter, Telcare

Enterprise & Vertical Market Solution -- Mobile Marketing or Advertising

Admeld, Admeld Inc.
FeedHenry's Unified Social Web and Mobile Application Platform, FeedHenry
LTE enabled HumanKiosk, ng Connect Program
Product Embargoed, Tango Telecom
ShopAlerts, 1020 Placecast

Enterprise & Vertical Market Solution -- General Business

AirWatch - Mobile Device and WLAN Management Software, AirWatch
BoxTone 5.0, BoxTone
Good for Enterprise 6.0, Good Technology
TeleNav Asset Tracker from AT&T, AT&T Business Solutions
Telogis Route, Telogis


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