MWC 2017

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

    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 ideally timed to offer a bit a preview of the year to come. Some trends were hard to miss. 5G was a big buzz word at the event, in spite of the fact that no one is quite sure what it means. Read More

  • Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa clash at Mobile World Congress

    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, Huawei announced plans to launch Alexa on the US version of its Mate 9 handset. This week at Mobile World Congress, Motorola followed suit, inviting Amazon on stage to help unveil a… Read More

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

    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 Qualcomm and in-house chips from powerhouses like Apple and Samsung. But the war is far from over. Read More

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

    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 parked cars being used as props by carriers and chip companies keen to flog the 5G future. Read More

  • Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

    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 price. One option is going up market, while the other will probably stay mainstream. Once upon a time Samsung blatantly copied Apple to the point the courts agreed and forced Samsung to pay… Read More

  • This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

    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 image here shows a redesigned Galaxy phone. It lacks physical buttons and still has the wrap-around screen of the Galaxy S7 edge. The bezel is smaller than past models, taking up just a tiny bit… Read More

  • BMW says ‘nein’ to Android Auto

    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 Dieter May, BMW’s senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models (in an i3, of course). Read More

  • Google calls ‘time’ on the Pixel laptop

    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 laptop — Google’s premium Chromebook and the original product bearing the Pixel name — has hit the end of the line after just two iterations. Read More

  • Kado wants to make the world’s thinnest charger

    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 Assis is making the rounds at MWC and is essentially the “world’s thinnest wall charger for smartphones.” Obviously a wall charger isn’t that exciting but the pair raised… Read More

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

    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 detailed yet, citing anonymous sources who state there will be a high-end version of the next iPhone that will sport exclusive hardware. According to the report, at least one new iPhone model will… Read More

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

    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 of net neutrality, a cause, she added, that would likely make him popular with many in attendance at the world’s largest mobile show. Pai started his talk rather humbly, telling the… Read More

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

    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) effort in the area, Google Cardboard. He said that to date the company has shipped 10 million Cardboard VR sets, and it has seen 160 million downloads of Cardboard apps, with 30 individual… Read More

  • A year after Jasper acquisition Cisco expands the platform

    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 at Mobile World Congress related to expanding the platform. When a startup like Jasper gets acquired by a big company like Cisco, the standard line of reasoning goes something like this… Read More

  • Car companies are now coming to MWC too

    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 years. Peugeot is going the furthest in bringing a world-premiere concept car to MWC, the Peugeot Instinct. The car demonstrates the company’s partnership with the Samsung Artik Cloud IoT… Read More

  • Samsung jumps the shark with fake news

    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 Samsung should retract this press release as it’s misleading and disingenuous. GSMA is the trade organizing that hosts Mobile World Congress and every year they host an awards ceremony… Read More

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

    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 was no mention of the fact his former employer is suing his current employer over allegations of IP theft… Read More

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

    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 of Alcatel’s A5 LED, a fun feature on what is an otherwise middling handset. In a mobile show that saw the debut of BlackBerry’s KeyOne, the A5 has the fairly indistinct distinction… Read More

  • Roborace unveils its fantastic driverless race car

    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 chassis for use with driverless systems, the company gave its designers and engineers a blank slate and told them to build the ultimate autonomous vehicle. This is what they came up… Read More

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