The annual Mobile World Congress was held this year in Barcelona, Spain. It is the biggest and most influential mobile event of the year, which had thousands of attendees visiting from hundreds of countries to discuss the latest in mobile technology development. Here are a few highlights from the event:
Samsung Announced Two New Phones:
The Samsung brand is going from strength to strength with its launch of two new phones. The Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge introduced expandable memory and water resistance, just to name a few exciting features. Samsung also revealed their 360-degree consumer video camera to be used in their innovative VR headsets.
There was an Absence of Tablets:
It seems that from the lack of tablets on show at this year’s Mobile World Congress, that these once “hot” items are not as popular in 2016. After the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab – the tablet market has gone quiet owing to many opting for the now larger mobile phones as being their primary personal device.
Facebook Shows Support for Samsung Gear VR:
The headset for the Galaxy smartphones is powered by Oculus, which is owned by Facebook. Zuckerberg was present at the conference talking about the opportunities of 360 video, especially on Facebook. He announced that the company now has a dedicated VR team which is solely focused on exploring the possibilities of this technology.
HP Announced their Phablet:
A combination of a phone and a tablet, HP introduced the HP Elite X3. This 'phablet' can be used as a PC or a notebook and uses Windows 10. The features of this phone is what makes the announcement exciting. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Bang & Olufsen speakers and a 4,150mAh battery, the 'phablet' is certainly a device of the future.
The biggest discussion of the Mobile World Congress centered around mobile innovation. At the forefront of the conversation, one panel questioned if the smartphone industry is 'all tapped out', discussing their ideas of what smartphone innovation means now.