Mobile World Congress was held at Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain this year from Feb 24-27, 2014. Arguably, it is World’s largest mobile event where all the major players in mobile and technology reveal new devices and announce new business ventures. It is the event where the mobile magic happens.
72,000+ attendees, 41,000+ C-Level leaders, 4,300+ CEOs and 1,700+ Exhibitors attended this year’s Mobile World Congress. Also, 3,400+ press members representing 1,500 media outlets from 79 countries provided coverage.
Following are some of the highlights of Mobile World Congress 2014 so far:
Samsung Launches Galaxy S5 Flagship Smartphone
5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, water and dust-resistance and fingerprint scanner are some of the highlighted features of S5. According to Samsung, it will be available for public on April 11, 2014, in 150 countries. In his keynote, Samsung’s Head of Mobile Communications, President and CEO JK Shin claimed that they have solved 200 million Galaxy phones so far.
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Revealed
Samsung announced that they will release a new version of Galaxy Gear as well. As we were already expecting from Samsung so they came with a few surprises along the way. The biggest surprise from Samsung is that Gear is running Tizen; or, as Samsung tells us, a Tizen-based OS for smartwatches.
HTC Desire 816 Revealed
It has 1080p recording feature and built-in amplifiers as standard. It will be available for public on March 15, 2014, and this time, users will get a decent mid-range device that comes equipped with some rather impressive specifications.
HTC also plans to release a smartwatch by December this year. Focus will be on better battery life, use Bluetooth to connect to a phone and will have aesthetics to please any fashionista.
Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL Android Phones Revealed
Seems to be one of the best news for smartphone users particularly Nokia lovers. Nokia is no more only Windows Phone and it has decided to release three Android phones. Nokia revealed the Nokia X on stage, with CEO Stephen Elop saying that: “The Nokia X is built on Android open source software. We have differentiated and added our own experience.”
Nokia XL is a 5-inch Android-based almost-phablet. It has 5MP camera with flash and auto-focus, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Nokia Android phones do not contain Google’s Cloud services. Instead, it has Nokia and Microsoft’s services like Skype.
Live Keynote by Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, and CEO of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg claims that WhatsApp will offer free phone call feature soon. This feature will be available for Android and iOS users only. BlackBerry and Nokia phones will be able to enjoy this feature later. Mark further said that “WhatsApp is worth more than $19 billion”. We already know that Facebook paid this much for WhatsApp and even boxed out Google, which was seeking an acquisition as well.
Live Keynote by Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive of IBM
Virginia M. Rometty serves as a Chairman, President and Chief Executive of IBM and considered to be the most powerful women in the business. Key points of her keynote were:
- The data will be the basis for competitive advantage in the future. Perspective data users will win
- Cloud decisions are not technology choices; they are business model decisions
- It’s all about speed, personalization, and security
- Mobile success depends on security; mobile and cloud will redefine computing, and mobile will put a premium on culture and analytics
- The impact of cognitive computing will be world-changing
Some of the other highlights of Mobile World Congress includes:
- Motorola is working on a new smartwatch New Moto X will be released late summer this year
- Sony launched Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia M2
- LG launched G2 Mini, G Pro 2, L40, L70, and L90 phones
- Huawei made 4G affordable with new tablets and smartphone. Also launched TalkBand B1 smartwatch, Ascend G6, Media Pad X1, and Media Pad M
- ZTE launched Grand Memo 2 LTE and Open C
- Lenovo launched three Android smartphones and Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
- Acer launched Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4
- Alcatel launched One Touch Pop Fit
- 1st 64-Bit Android will be released later this year
- RealPlayer Cloud takes private video-sharing global
- HP launches Pavilion x360 convertible PC
- Emporia handsets aim to push the right buttons
- SanDisk Ultra microSDXC 128GB proves less is more
- Asus adds two versions to the Fonepad 7
- Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 801, 610 and 615
We congratulate GSMA to conduct such high-quality Mobile World Congress this year.
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