CTIA is an international industry trade group that holds several trade shows a year. Traditionally their spring show is held in Las Vegas and then a second show is hosted later in the fall. This year the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2009 show is taking place in San Diego, California on October 7-9, 2009.
We were already planning to attend the Motodev Summit and decided at the last second to hit up the CTIA event since we would be in town. I was told that the CTIA fall show was smaller than the Las Vegas show and not to expect many new product announcements. However, we kept hearing that 15-20 new Android devices would be available by year’s end and I thought maybe a few would make an appearance at this event.
Many trade shows this year were expected to be coming out parties for Android, but they have disappointed so far. CTIA is the last big event of the year and it appears numerous Android phones will be present. All of the major United States carriers will be attending and showing off their latest phones for the holiday shopping season.
Several industry leaders will be giving keynote speeches including some members of the Open Handset Alliance.
- Ralph de la Vega, President & CEO of AT&T Mobilty
- David Ko, SVP of Yahoo! Mobile
- John Donovan, CTO of AT&T
- Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Co-Founder of Qualcomm Incorporated
- Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated
I have no idea what topics they will discuss, but I am really looking forward to hearing what Ralph de la Vega has to say. AT&T has been sitting on the Android fence for awhile, but he said they would consider using Android when it was open and they could remove the Google apps. I expect we will see AT&T update their stance on Android at this event.
New Android phones we are hoping to see include:
- AT&T – ??? (Surprise announcement)
- Sprint – HTC Hero, Samsung phone?
- T-Mobile – Motorola Cliq, Huawei Pulse?
- Verizon – Motorola Sholes
Samsung Mobile tipped us they were announcing a new phone, but we don’t know what it is yet. Motorola is holding their Motodev Summit the day before CTIA and we expect both the Cliq and Sholes will make an appearance. HTC has invited us to a Hero party and I expect someone might have a new Tattoo on hand. I’m also crossing my fingers that some of the new high end HTC phones might be revealed.
Check back later this week for new details on our roadtrip to California and more info on CTIA.