MWC 2017

Will the Galaxy S8 let Samsung put the Note 7 behind it for good?

<a target="_blank" href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2017/02/28/this-is-the-samsung-galaxy-s8/">This is the Samsung Galaxy S8. Sure, it’s still a couple of weeks until we get the s

What MWC 2017 tells us about the state of the mobile industry

Mobile World Congress is more than just a product showcase. The event is a handy snapshot for the current state of the smartphone industry, and as with CES, the show’s beginning of the year slot is

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa clash at Mobile World Congress

When Google launched Home at I/O back in May, the software giant was clearly gunning for Amazon Echo. In 2017, however, it’s Amazon that’s begun elbowing in on Google’s territory. At CES, Hu

Intel hopes 5G will breathe new life into its smartphone business

Intel lost the last battle for smartphones. In May, the company quietly announced that it was canceling plans for its Broxton mobile processor, effectively acknowledging that it couldn't compete with

The promise of 5G is still years away

Tech companies are terrible at tempering expectations. Really, really bad. Take last month, when Qualcomm CEO Stephen Mollenkopf told the audience at his CES keynote, "5G will have an impact similar t

Carriers banking on cars to drive 5G, rev up a new growth engine

Wander the flashy hall 3, where smartphone makers have traditionally bagged most of the prime carpet-space to show off their latest glass slabs, and you'll find a sprawling Ford booth and a slew of pa

Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

The latest rumors put Apple and Samsung on a direct collision course. If they pan out, the next iPhone and Galaxy will look very similar with curved screens and thin bezels. But then there’s the

This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

Behold. The Samsung Galaxy S8 a month before you’re supposed to see it. This image comes from professional leaker, Evan Blass, who is responsible for a good chunk of the mobile phone leaks. The

BMW says ‘nein’ to Android Auto

Like CES, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also now attracts its fair share of car makers. Ford was an early adopter a few years ago, and now others are joining the fray, too. I sat down with Di

Google calls ‘time’ on the Pixel laptop

In a small meeting with journalists at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Google's senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh dropped a little bit of news: It looks like the Pixel lap

Kado wants to make the world’s thinnest charger

What can you wrap up in ribbons? Stick in your sock? And what can you take out in public and not get thrown in the dock? The Kado phone charger, of course. This new product by Itay Hasid and Daniel As

Apple to release $1k iPhone with curved screen and USB-C, WSJ says

Apple is said to have something special planned for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and rumors have circulated for months speculating on different features. This report by the WSJ is the most det

FCC Chairman pledges to roll back net neutrality regulations during European address

As Ajit Pai took the stage for a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, CNBC anchor Karen Tso noted that the newly appointed FCC Chairman’s top priority has been the dismantling

Google has shipped 10M Cardboard VR viewers, 160M Cardboard app downloads

Google is putting a lot of its virtual reality focus right now on its Daydream VR framework, but today Amit Singh, the company’s VP of VR, also gave an update on its earlier (and still active)

A year after Jasper acquisition Cisco expands the platform

Just over a year ago Cisco bought Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion, and with that transaction, created the company’s IoT cloud business. This week, Cisco is making a series of announcements

Car companies are now coming to MWC too

There are four automotive manufacturers at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona this year: Daimler, BMW, Ford, and Peugeot. And if CES is any indicator, expect more to follow in the next few ye

Samsung jumps the shark with fake news

Samsung just released a press statement declaring its Galaxy S7 edge as winning the best smartphone award at Mobile World Congress 2017. That didn’t happen. This is what really happened, and S

Here’s what the head of Uber’s self-driving program wasn’t asked on stage today

Uber-owned Otto's co-founder Anthony Levandowski must be mightily relieved after an onstage Q&A here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow passed by with zero awkward moments. For example, there

The back of Alcatel’s ridiculous new phone lights up to display notifications

You know what people like? Lights. Brightly colored, flashing lights. Lights for notifications and lights for fun. Lights for all occasion. So, so many shiny lights. Lights like the lights on the back

Roborace unveils its fantastic driverless race car

This is the race car of the future. It’s an autonomous vehicle, built to be raced by just computers and was designed specifically with that in mind. Rather than retrofitting an existing race car c
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