Mobile World Congress (MWC) is a well-known exhibition among the mobile Industries. Every year MWC has innovations to showcase, new ideas to deal with and lot many elements which open a door for industries to move further step ahead.
According to report more than 85,000 visitors across 201 countries have been attendee in Mobile World Congress 2014, which has increased by 18% as compared to previous year 2013. At MWC 2014 giant companies like Samsung, Nokia, Sony, Firefox, Acer, HTC and more has announced launch of their new devices & few companies represented their apps and mobile frameworks, and more.
Below, is a summary of Mobile World Congress 2014, which includes lists of devices announced, applications showcased by companies and introductions of new mobile frameworks.
Nokia has taken new steps further to attract android mobile users. At MWC 2014, Nokia announced X-Family smartphones, which runs android application. Here is a list of applications, which are supported in the Nokia X-Family. Currently, Nokia is not supporting Google play store to download and install applications, user can download apps from Yandex Store.
Nokia has also announced Nokia Asha 230 & Nokia Asha 220 to be added in Asha series phones. Nokia also claims that Nokia Asha 230 is a most affordable touch phone will cost just €45.
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List of devices announced by Nokia
– Nokia X
– Nokia X+
– Nokia XL
– Nokia Asha 230
– Nokia Asha 220
– Nokia Lumia Icon
Samsung Galaxy S5 an attraction point in MWC 2014. Samsung has announced Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo. In addition, Samsung has also unveiled fitness wristband called “Gear Fit”, which keeps displaying quick details along with measuring heart-beats regularly.
A video of Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear Fit
List of devices announced by Samsung
– Samsung Galaxy S5
– Samsung Gear 2
– Samsung Gear 2 Neo
– Samsung Gear Fit
– Samsung Tizen Prototype
Sony represented themself in different ways. At booth of Sony they were exhibiting TVs, and announced devices Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, which are dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes.
List of devices announced by Sony
– Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone
– Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
– Sony Xperia M2
LG announced that more than 40 Million phones of L1 II Tri E475 series have sold worldwide, which was launched a couple of days ago. LG has also announced a low-end, mid – range in cost and mid-range with specification devices at MWC 2014.
A promo video for the L Series III
List of devices announced by Sony
– LG G Pro 2
– LG G2 mini
– LG F70
– LG L90
– LG L70
– LG L40
Last year at MWC 2013, ZTE announced the first smartphone running on Firefox OS. In MWC 2014 ZTE added new smartphones “OPEN-C” and “OPEN-II” running on Firefox OS with 4.0-inch and 3.5 inch screen respectively. ZTE also announced to ship more than 1 million Firefox OS smartphones in this year will add more devices in next year 2015 with 4.5-inch screen size.
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Viewers also added it is similar to Android OS, and also finding good future to take a place in smartphones industries.
List of devices announced by ZTE
– ZTE Grand Memo II LTE (Android OS)
– ZTE Open II (Firefox OS)
– ZTE Open C (Firefox OS)
Huawei has apprehended eyes of attendees at MWC 2014. Huawei announced the world’s thinnest 7-Inch tablet which is just 7.18 mm thick (as compare with Nexus 7 – 8.4 mm & Apple iPad mini 2 – 7.5 mm). Huawei has also announced smartwatch / Bluetooth headset “TalkBand B1”, which can be used up to 6 days with a one-time charge. The TalkBand B1 will be available in the market of China in a month and will be coming in Western Europe, Russia, the Middle east and Japan in Q2 2014.
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List of devices announced by Huawei
– Huawei Ascend G6
– Huawei MediaPad M1
– Huawei MediaPad X1
– Huawei TalkBand B1
Other major ventures like HTC, ASUS, HP, Acer, Blackberry and Lenovo have also announced a wide range of smartphones and tablets which suits in budget too.
List of devices announced by giant ventures
– HTC Desire 816
– HTC Desire 610
– Asus PadFone Infinity 2
– Asus Padfone mini
– HP Slate6 Voicetab
– HP Slate7 Voicetab
– Acer Liquid E3
– Acer Liquid Z4
– BlackBerry Q20
– BlackBerry Z3
– Lenovo S860
– Lenovo S850
– Lenovo S660
– Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Apart from announcements of Mobile & Tablet devices, Mobile applications have also become a point of attraction. Big companies like PayPal, Volvo, Opera and more have introduced their mobile applications at Mobile World Congress 2014.
PayPal will have an app for its account holders to make payment from their wrist. Yes, it is true. Stacy General, a PayPal customer experience advocate said “With customers using mobile devices more and more every day, it’s critical for us to innovate in the payments space. At the end of the day, it’s about making it easier for consumers to pay”.
With this thought PayPal has announced that they will support fingerprint authentication as an alternative to passwords via their new app and it will be compatible with Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 smartwatch. With this app consumers will be allowed to manage their accounts, redeem offers and authorize payments from their wrist.
Volve cars created a new “Roam Delivery” application with digital key technology. This application allows consumers to elect their cars as a delivery option of their shipments (for online purchased only). Consumers will be informed via their smartphones or tablet that at what time delivery company wants to drop-off or pick-up shipment from the car. With an accepted delivery schedule, the car owner handovers a digital key and can track when the car is opened and locked again. After the drop-off or pick-up took get complete the digital key will automatically destroy itself.
We can say this will is an innovation for the car manufacturing companies. Currently “Roam Delivery” runs on a pilot program of 100 users and among them 86 users agreed that this app is saving their time.
Opera has introduced its most realistic application “Opera Max”. Opera built this application with a one goal and it is to save bandwidth. It compresses the data on their server before sending data to the end users. Via this app data like, web pages, video, audios and images get compress and sends to users in the best possible quality.
These days, Opera Max is only available for Android users and can be downloaded from Google Play.
PrivatBank announced the “Liqpay App” host card emulation (HCE) based mobile NFC payments service. This application is in beta version compatible with android OS 4.4 Kitkat. Users can integrate their MasterCard or Visa Card with this application and can make payments with a tap of their smartphones.
PointGrab Selfie app “CamMe” won the “most innovative app” award at Mobile World Congress 2014. This app relies gestures and control camera shutter of an IOS device to take a snap. To take a photograph, user simply raises a hand and tap to screen and CamMe will prompts 3 seconds a shutter timer.
From all above mentioned applications, there were also few innovative apps were introduced during MWC 2014, which are ranging from fitness analytics, Music jukebox, ticket crowd sourcing, mobile printing to preventive health and lots more.
At Mobile world congress 2014, SAP has announced the new tools “SAP Mobile Platform” to build Android, IOS and Windows 8 apps to create in same developing building environment and with the same code. To serve this tools SAP, Xamarin, Service2Media are working together to provide a better application building platform to the developers.
At the exhibition SAP was having a fantastic framework of live analytics of FIFA. Find the video of the entire presentation below.
At the end few words to be added by Mr. Naresh Prajapati, CEO of Azilen Technologies, who have personally visited Mobile World Congress.
“New Learning, New thoughts, New innovations”, I have seen at Mobile World Congress 2014. I will be classifying MWC 2014 in three sections: Devices, Applications and Frameworks, which were major area of focus especially for me. I experienced the happiness on the attendees’ faces for being a part of such great exhibition. Overall, I experienced great potential at MWC, where learning will be nurtured further into a vision of practical approach.