Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is the attention grabber this week, where the biggest mobile device and wireless service vendors show of their latest products to an audience of over 80,000 attendees from all over the world. Here are some of the most interesting things we have seen so far.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge unveiled
As expected, Samsung unveiled their newest flagship phones at MWC, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Finally the company removed the plastic and switched to full metal and glass body. The S6 Edge features a curved screen around the phone’s left and right edges, which allows some new opportunities in interface design while some neat features like the removable battery or memory extension, don’t exist on the device anymore.
Sundar Pinchai’s keynote at MWC
The Verge liveblogged the keynote of Sundar Pinchai, Google’s head of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, and whom Brad Stone of Bloomberg Businessweek called â€œthe most powerful man in mobileâ€. He talked about some interesting topics for which you can learn more about on The Verge.
Mark Zuckerberg at MWC
One of the interesting talks of MWC of course included the talk of Mark Zuckerberg about Internet.org, which was live blogged by The Verge here. Mark talked about the 1.2 billion users of Facebook and the expansion of Whatsapp, while he brought to the attention that most of the people in the world don’t have an internet connection. “People often talk about how there are 5 billion phones in the world.
That sort of carries an assumption that people are going to have a connection to the internet. We’re really not on a path to connect everyone unless something pretty dramatic changes” said Zuckerberg. Internet.org works by providing free access to services like Facebook, and Zuckerberg says it’s early days, but promising.
The surprise hit: Huawei Smartwatch
The Huawei Watch is a circular device that looks similar to Moto 360, LG G Watch R, or any other Android Wear product to date, but on the other hand it shows a different vision based on the principles of classical watch design. We’re trying to make Huawei a more fashionable brand, says Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer division.
Unlike Apple’s watch, which is being positioned as an extension of iPhone that lives on your wrist, Huawei is looking to strike a balance between phone-powered functionality and the ease and good looks of a traditional watch. The watch itself is powered by aÂ 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and offers many customization options, while the company is promising market release by the mid of the year.
Stay tuned for more.