CES: Wireless Reprise
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) all talked up new wide-area technology such as content delivery systems and WiMax respectively. While many other mobile companies were focused on content such as mobile mapping and other "useful" applications. (See CES: Cisco's 'Human Network' Has Bones, CES: Moto's Wild WiMax Ride, and CES: Sprint's in the XOHM.)
These Prisoner-esque balloons welcomed you into the show proper:
Inside the "wireless zone" in the south hall, many of the big names you'd expect were there: from Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) to Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) and BlackBerry . Nokia didn't have its newly introduced U.S. version of 8GB N85 phone at its booth on Wednesday. The world's No. 1 device vendor, however, was showing off its mobile mapping capabilities at the show.
RIM, meanwhile, didn't have any new gadgets but was showing off some design-savvy variants of its Pearl phone.
Qualcomm displayed various tablet and "ultra-mobile"-style PC designs at its stand.
Sprint also had some concept Xohm WiMax devices on display.
Design touches from the ever-popular Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone turned up in a number of places too, even the new Magellan GPS navigator had a touch screen. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung