What are the next big things in mobile? Our mission was to answer that question at CTIA Wireless 2012, where more than 40,000 attendees and more than 1,000 exhibitors gathered in New Orleans this week. After meeting with dozens of companies, several products rose to the top, from a smartphone that sends sound directly through to your ear drum to a security service that can protect a family full of phones. Here are the best products that made our list in seven categories–Smartphone, App, Security Service, Enabling Technology, Accessory, Car Tech and Mobile Payment Service.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the kind of device that reminds you that someone is still taking the "smart" part of the word "smartphone" seriously. Yes, this sequel to the hugely popular Galaxy S II steps things up in the specs department with a bigger and sharper 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a swift, quad-core Samsung Exynos processor. But it's what you can do with all that power that has us excited about this device, which made its U.S. debut at CTIA Wireless 2012.
The Galaxy S III can respond to spoken commands with S Voice (watch your back, Siri), keep the screen lit by tracking your eyes and switch between texting and calling someone just by lifting the phone to your ear. And that’s just scratching the surface of what this Android 4.0 handset can do, which will be heading to U.S. carriers starting this summer.