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This year's 15 most anticipated mobile technologies

From smartphones to mobile operating systems

We've rounded up the 15 most highly anticipated mobile technologies set to appear later this year.

Opera Mini on the iPhone: wishful thinking?

At the show, mobile browser company Opera demoed a version of its Mini browser on the iPhone.

In my hands-on time with it, I found that pages loaded quickly - faster than on Safari, even - and the interface was a breeze to navigate. But Mini on the iPhone is almost too good to be true.

Opera hasn't submitted the app to Apple yet, and App Store approval may be a bit of a pipe dream: Apple has rejected a number of apps in the past that supposedly duplicate the functionality of the iPhone's built-in applications.

Similarly, a third-party browser alternative to Safari might not go over so well, unfortunately.

Opera Mini renders pages on a server and then compresses them by 90 percent.

It uses relatively little of the phone's resources, resulting in a quicker mobile web surfing experience.

Samsung's Bada launch

Samsung launched its first Bada OS phone, the Wave, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, in what can only be described as a splashy event.

Wall-to-wall videos of waves, blue-coloured cocktails, shark fins (pictured), and sea-creature-like dancers almost made me forget I was at a phone launch.

Samsung sees Bada phones as being accessible to everyone, no matter what your income or tech experience may be.
But can the Bada OS compete with the legions of Android phones now storming the mobile world?

NEXT PAGE: Samsung Wave and the Xperia X10 Mini Pro

  1. From smartphones to mobile operating systems, we can't wait for these products to appear in 2010
  2. HTC Legend and HTC HD Mini
  3. Garmin Nuvifone A50 and HP Compaq AirLife 100
  4. The MeeGo OS and the Motorola Quench
  5. Opera Mini on the iPhone and Samsung Bada
  6. Samsung Wave and the Xperia X10 Mini Pro
  7. Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro and Docomo's eye-controlled earphones
  8. HTC Desire

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