Was it just me, or was there very little substance coming out of Spring CTIA this year? It’s getting harder and harder to differentiate the show when five major shows (depending on what you cover) are crammed into the first three months of each year- CES, Mobile World Congress, Game Developers Conference, DEMO Spring, and Spring CTIA.
The National Broadband Policy discussion was of course going on among mixed company, and Apple’s iPad delivery date was on the minds of everyone, and Google had already rolled out the Nexus One. So the show added up to a little more than a handful of new handsets and smart phones. The most notable ones seemed to be the Motorola i1 on Sprint Nextel and the first Android-based push to talk phone, Samsung’s i9000 Galaxy S but not yet picked up by an operator, Kyocera finally catching the Android boat offshore with its Zio M6000, and AT&T officially puting something out on the Dell Aero (the Mini 5 as we used to call it).
There were calls for more spectrum (when is there not?), more on the debate between HTML5 and Flash, and app store developments. But things seemed to just inch along. No real progress made. Most friends of mine that attended (I did not) were very underwhelmed.
There seemed to be more mobile buzz at GDC (Game Developers Conference) where Google gave out Nexus One’s to mobile game developers that at the premier US show that focuses on telecommunications. Times have changed…