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Mobile World Congress Coverage

Buenos dias. Today's note comes from Barcelona, host this week to the Mobile World Congress, an extravaganza described by Fritz Nelson as "an enormous show that cuts across the entire mobile ecosystem, from the die casters to the equipment manufacturers to the mobile operators to the handset makers to a diverse roster of content providers (there's even a developer garage)."

Fritz and his crew are digging in to product announcements of all stripes including Adobe's big Flash news, HTC's Magic Android Phone, and industry pleas for more capital in the form of additional spectrum, finance, and microfinance.

Nokia turned some heads with a whopper of a handset, the latest N Series, which shared the spotlight with the company's next generation of E-Series phones.

But HTC's Magic announcement aside, there has been a dearth of Android gear at the show, which makes me nervous about the platform's future. And very nervous about the prospects of Android developers.

The Windows platform, until Tuesday known as Windows Mobile, appears healthier. LG announced it will release 50 "Windows Phone" handsets, half of them by 2012. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, unveiling the new name at the show, said his company would be redesigning the operating system's user interface, introduce an application store, and offering a content backup service in order to better compete with the likes of Apple, Research In Motion, and Symbian.

As for drama, there hasn't been much, unless you count a high-level slip of the tongue about the long-rumored Dell smartphone, which served only to...prolong the rumors. No, Dell has not unveiled a smartphone, but PC-maker Acer has.

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