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Steve Jobs is Mobile Industry Personality of the Year

At the Mobile World Congress, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs was named the Mobile Industry Personality of the Year.
The award was voted for by the media.

Awards were given in 19 categories including Mobile Marketing and Advertising, Best Mobile Contribution to Social and Economic Development, the Green Mobile Awards, and Mobile Industry Personality of the Year, among others.

Neither Jobs neither Apple attended the mobile conference.

In December, Jobs was also named CEO of the Decade by magazine Fortune.

Easy translation with Google Goggles

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Googhle CEO Eric Schmidt presented  the new Google Goggles, a program available for Android smartphones.  It allows to take a picture of an object, building, monument,… and it will search for more information on this object (which sounds like a static version of Augmented Reality to me).  Goggles now comes with an additional feature: it translates the text it finds on the photographed object. 

Sounds really interesting, but I fear that the translation will be of the same poor quality as the average web translations, like Babelfish, which literally translates word per word, but doesn’t give a correct translation for a full sentence.  Still, it could be handy if you’re travelling and you need to have just a few words translated to understand the context of something (for example, the menu of a restaurant).

Mobile World Congress Barcelona: a first view

All eyes of the mobile industry are directed to Barcelona this week, where the annual Mobile World Congress (formerly 3GSM) is taking place. 
Here are already some interesting news bits:

– Microsoft Corp. unveiled the latest version of its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, adding video-games and music features in a bid to stop market share losses to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Read more

Check here for an overview of some of the newest and most popular handsets on the market from a dozen leading vendors.  Many large players, including Sony Ericsson, Samsung and HTC, have presented at the start of the Congress yesterday new devices.  Surprisingly, Nokia didn’t bring any new toys…

– With Apple and Google stealing most of the limelight the past few months, other mobile manufacturers are gearing up to face the competition. Many are announcing new models of smartphones and marketplaces to compete with the iPhone and the App Store and their likes.
Ericsson announced its eStore mobile application store. 
Meanwhile, an alliance of 24 operators (including China Mobile, Britain’s Vodafone, the U.S.’s AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Spain’s Telefónica, France’s Orange), dubbed the Wholesale Applications Community, are collaborating on an “open platform” that delivers applications to all mobile phone users. 

Keep updated on the Mobile World Congress via their official website, and ofcourse via the MobileWeb blog.