The new and latest of Mobile World Congress- 2014
Mobile World Congress is the show where all the latest in Mobile Industry takes place. It’s a renowned event for companies to reveal their hottest devices for the first time to the world. Most of the major launches have taken place in the first few days of the show. Let us follow everything big that has happened in the show so far..
Samsung launches Galaxy S5
Samsung unveiled its latest device for the famed Galaxy flagship which is set for release on April 11. While there is no caption feature to announce, the device comes with a host of great features focusing on durable design and performance, fast connectivity, great camera and fitness features. The phone comes with 5.1-inch HD screen, heart rate sensor and boasts of a water-and-dust resistant surface following the footsteps of Sony. As expected by most of the techies, the phone comes with a fingerprint scanner as displayed by iPhone 5S earlier.
Even though the latest Samsung release does not boast of any characteristic that is different from its Galaxy line, the ardent followers are expected to lap up the phone when it will go on sale in April.
Samsung adds new members to Gear family
Samsung made a splash at MCW 2014 by introducing new wearables namely Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The surprise edition of the launch was the fact that the new gears moved away from the Android OS and are running on the new updated open-source OS of Tizen.
The devices boast of improved battery life, IR blaster that allows controlling the TV without the remote, and has nifty technology that will allow users to embrace these new gears better than their predecessors. Its latest fitness gear called ‘Gear Fit’ embraces the company policy of focusing on health and fitness. The fitness device, lets you keep count of your calorie burn, change the mode of exercising (hiking, walking, and running) and also comes with an optical heart rate monitor to check your heart rate accurately.
However, Samsung is not disclosing the cost and release dates of these latest wearables.
Nokia revealed its Android phones
Nokia announced its first ever Android running smartphones – the Nokia X and Nokia X+. However, the move has not surprised anyone because there were countless leaks about Nokia joining the bandwagon of Android to release its latest phones.
The phones are part of the family of low-end devices; thus there are no major headline features to push. CEO Stephen Elop was heard as citing, “The Nokia X is built on Android open source software. We have differentiated and added our own experience.” Nokia has added its own style to the Android system to give the phones its own personalized flavor.
YotaPhone 2 launches with dual screen
Yota device has launched the second version of its dual-screen smartphone. Like its previous iteration, the phone has an e-ink display on the back which is ‘always on’. The display allows the user to respond to mails and text, tweet, browse and call even when the primary mode is off.
The 4.7-inch display on the back is now touch-responsive which will allow the user to use several features without even starting the primary screen which in turn saves a lot of battery life.
Sony creates buzz with its host of smart devices
Sony unveiled three new devices- Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet and an affordable Xperia M2. The Z2 comes with an astounding 20.7 MP camera, 4K resolution, 5.2-inch HD display and is backed by Android KitKat. Like its previous generation, it is evidently waterproof.
The Z2 tablet comes with better power, live color screen and lighter version than its previous iteration. The tablet comes with improved speakers and uprated CPU and of course it is waterproof. The tablet does manage to outclass its competitors on every feature. However, it will be up for debate whether the features will justify its expected high price.
Xperia M2 will attract the users looking for a low-cost s smart phone with excellent features.
WhatsApp creates a stir with free phone call feature
At a press conference, CEO Jan Koum laid out the map for adding voice calling feature to its popular messenger app. Android and iOS will be the first two OSes to receive this updated feature.
However, the company did not divulge the exact day of the release of this feature. In the wake of its latest deal with Facebook of its acquisition at a staggering amount of $19M, the news lost some of its sheen. In yet another conference at MCW, Mark Zuckerberg took the stage and disclosed that he felt that he has acquired WhatsApp at a fairly cheap price. Zuckerberg feels that, with this partnership, it will be on its way to connect more than one billion people.