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Mobile World Congress 2011 - We're here. Now what we expect...

Well our plane(s) have landed and some of the vast SmartphoneExperts staff are here at Barcelona getting ready to cover Mobile World Congress 2011 aka the biggest mobile phone/technology conference and show on the planet.

Head editor Dieter Bohn (also, PreCentral), Phil Nickinson (ex-WinMo, Android Central) and myself will be here for the full show, covering every aspect.

For Windows Phone 7, we'll have plenty of things including Steve Ballmer's keynote speech tomorrow, events with HTC, Samsung, LG, SPB, Qualcomm and a Microsoft developer day on Wednesday, with Brandon Watson giving a "State of the union" address on WP7.

Things we can expect:

  • More on the NoDo update, specifically timing of release
  • CDMA support? Sprint & Verizon hopefully announcing their devices
  • Updates on the chassis requirements for WP7 (Chassis 2?)
  • Oh and probably some talk about that Nokia thing

We'll have plenty of video, photos, interviews, etc. on hand in the next few days, so stay tuned. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @wpcentral (or me personally @malatesta77 if you want behind-the-scenes shenanigans) and on Facebook for all the latest. Also the tag "mwc11" will bring you just Mobile World Congress content.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Will you be covering the Nokia press event at 17:30 GMT today as well?
  • Come on already WPC! Don't ALWAYS make me go to that other site for my WP news...Once again the fellas at Engadget showed you up and live-blogged the whole Nokia event. Haven't seen a whisper from your site and it's been over for a while now. I am officially taking you out of my RSS...
  • Engadget is one of the biggest tech blogs around. It's really not fair to compare them to a site that's smaller, focused on one platform that's frankly not that popular at the moment, and recently went through a name change.Also, there's far more tactful ways to register your displeasure than as you've shown here.
  • Thanks Rico,Couple of things here: everyone's MiFi went down at MWC congress today, making "live blogging" very difficult...even for Engadget. (Even Wifi is just awful or barely available here, it's really bad).Second, there are multiple events going on and we're covering for multiple sites--we happened to be at the Samsung event for AndroidCentral. Thirds--yeah, this stuff is tough, so take it easy on us.
  • My apologies about the connectivity issues (Engadget didn't seem to have a problem). Good to know Android takes priority over an such an important event in the future development of the Windows Phone platform.Let's see...should we cover Samsung's latest Android offereing (yeah, an update to their Galaxy line, ho-hum hardly a secret), or the CEO of Nokia talking about the Nokia/Microsoft it even close????
  • I'll be honest and say that I'm an avid Engadget reader as well. But I'm perfectly OK with reading the important groundbreaking news there first, because they have the resources to get it out as fast as possible. What I really enjoy about this site though isn't necessarily the ground breaking news, its the focus on my mobile OS of choice. I enjoy reading the reviews on specific apps, because the big sites like Engadget and Gizmodo, which do app reviews for other mobile OS', haven't picked this one up in that category. I've downloaded quite a few of the apps reviewed on this site, that I never would have come across on my own, making my WP7 experience much more enjoyable.
  • Dont hold your breath for any WP7 news from the likes of htc, samsung, etc, this is going to be just like CES, an all android show. Only nokia is going to represent WP7 and this is why i like their decision, they will have no choice but to bring their best hardware as WP7 is their main OS. We will have to be patient but we will soon have some of the best hardware running the best smartphone OS!!
  • All i want the hear is a release date for CDMA phones. A date. Not a ambiguous future period of time. I really want to get my hands on this OS but I've been rocking a HTC Hero since it launced and I have to have a new phone, I cant take it any more. Its laggy, hardware problems galore and forget about any more official updates or probably even bug fixes. I can hold out but I have to have a date. I need a different phone and I will just go get an EVO and try again next year with WP7. Please don't let me down Sprint/Microsoft. I'm pulling for you.
  • @MadGaffler...If there are no new devices announced for CDMA, since you are considering an EVO on Sprint, maybe you could also consider a prepaid plan - Virgin Mobile (which uses the Sprint network) has an LG Optimus V and minimum plans costing on $25/mo for unlimited data and text; and the benefit is that it is a no contract phone, so when the Nokia devices are released, you don't having to worry about paying an ETF. Just a thought for an interim solution....
  • Exactly, so why didn't WPCentral cover it?