With Mobile World Congress over and done I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring to your attention some of the other notable announcements from the annual trade show. I’ve been following the news over the course of the week, and feel confident that the devices mentioned below are a fairly accurate representation of the other highlights from MWC.
If it’s not, you know what to do.
1. Firefox OS
Mozilla brought to MWC a new version of their mobile OS and some new devices. From a company press release:
The newest Firefox OS devices to join the family include the ZTE Open C and Open II, Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C, Fire E, Fire S and Fire 7 tablet.
Also making waves was a seemingly impossible $25 smartphone. The general consensus on the new OS is that it seems to run a lot better — at least on the more powerful hardware.
More coverage here:
- Firefox OS grows up with bigger, better phones and much faster software
- Mozilla aims for the emerging world with plans for the $25 smartphone
- With Firefox OS, Mozilla begins the $25 smartphone push
Huawei was actually first out of the gate with their press conference Sunday night. New devices include:
Also announced was a new LTE Cat6 MiFi, another type of hardware that Huawei’s really good at.
- Huawei E5786 is world’s fastest MiFi, offering 300Mbps 4G LTE
- Huawei MediaPad X1 is the lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet, plus it’s a phone
- MWC 2014: Huawei MediaPad and Ascend hands-on
3. Project Tango
Awesome? Creepy? Why not both? Google’s Project Tango was demoed at MWC — it’s basically a smartphone tricked out with additional cameras and sensors enabling the device to map everything around it in 3D.
- Google Launches Project Tango Smartphone To Experiment With Computer Vision And 3D Sensors
- Google’s Project Tango: 5 Things You Need To Know
- Visionary: a first look at Google’s Project Tango
4. Samsung Wearables
Taking somewhat of a back seat to the Galaxy S5 was the announcement of the next generation of Tizen-powered Gear wearables, including the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. According to this site the Gear Fit won a best-in-show award from the GSM Association, but there’s no mention of it from the GSMA itself.
- Samsung Gear 2 And Gear 2 Neo Hands-On: Yeah, You Can Probably Stop Caring About These Now
- Quick comparison: Samsung Gear 2 versus Galaxy Gear
- Samsung dives into fitness wearables with the Gear Fit
Sony unveiled three new products at MWC, the Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and the mid-range M2. Sony is looking to build upon last year’s success, but difficulties penetrating the U.S. smartphone market remain.
- Sony finally puts full weight behind Xperia phones
- Sony’s Xperia M2 offers respectable specs at a mid-range price
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: first look
One More Thing…
If you’ve got an hour or so to kill you might also enjoy this MWC debrief courtesy of The Verge Mobile Show. The discussion therein was the inspiration for this post.
And like I said, if there’s anything I’ve missed here feel free to add it below…