Buzz for 3 Smartphone Makers at the Mobile World Conference

by Brandy Betz | February 22, 2012 3:04 pm

One of the world’s largest mobile technology conference kicks off next week in Barcelona, Spain, and leading manufacturers are gearing up for major presentations. Social media analyzer has parsed the Twitter chatter leading up to the Mobile World Conference and found that HTC, Samsung (PINK:SSNLF[1]), LG (PINK:LGEAF[2]), and Nokia (NYSE:NOK[3]) were the most anticipated brands.

A strong showing at MWC can lead to a small stock bounce for mobile-device manufacturers, although the impact of their product rollouts is somewhat muted by advance leaks about the details. The principal purpose of the presentations is to attract consumers, and encourage investors, with tangible signs that the product release pipeline is in order.

A company that isn’t attracting much attention prior to MWC is Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM[5]). The BlackBerry manufacturer isn’t presenting any new hardware, and its update for the PlayBook 2.0 tablet, originally rumored for release at the conference, has already been introduced. There’s a chance the company will present its long-delayed BlackBerry 10 operating system, but it remains unclear whether that product is ready for public consumption.

The Mobile World Congress will run for four days beginning Monday, Feb. 27, and will wind down on March 1. Expect device manufacturers to have held back some information for release during the conference. As is usually the case, press feedback based on firsthand contact with the products and their performance will factor heavily in shaping consumer interest and investor confidence as the devices near release.


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