Technology giants are descending into Barcelona as the Spanish city plays host “Mobile World Congress”, one of the world’s biggest technology events.
From major smart phone manufacturers to telecom operators, app developers and even urban city planners are expected to announce new initiatives that could transform the way we use technology with our smartphone-cum-tablets.
Among the major participants are Samsung, Nokia, Sony and HTC. Although Samsung is not expected to announce the much awaited S4, and HTC and Sony made some major launches only last week, there are hopes that there would be more coming during this MWC.
Some people expect a few new launches from Nokia, Asus and Samsung.
A few weeks ago, Samsung had told Emirates 24/7 that their own Tizen OS is ready and they are planning a few mobile devices with their own operating system on board.
Tech blog Sammobile has released details and screenshots of the new OS and even an SDK download link (http://www.sammobile.com/2013/02/18/tizen-sdk-2-0-screenshots/)
The report says this release could be close to the final version and the first Samsung device using Tizen may be similar to the S3. Hopefully, we will have the answer by the end of MWC.
Huawei’s Ascend P2 will also be officially announced during the show. The Android based smart phone will be powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 3,000mAh battery apart from a 1.3mp front-facing camera. Nokia is expected to throw some light on its Lumia 520 and 720 during the show.
Meanwhile, Acer has announced multiple new devices – Liquid E1, Z2 and C1, all of which will be showcased during the MWC.
The Liquid E1 features a 4.5-inch qHD display, dual-core processor and runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and features a dual-speaker system and DTS Sound and will have dual SIM support. Another dual SIM handset that Acer has announced is the Liquid Z2.
The Liquid C1 is powered by an Intel Atom processor, a 4.3-inch qHD display with a 400MHz graphics engine.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm has announced an LTA chip that works across all networks, easing the enormous confusion among manufacturers, operators and subscribers as well.
The new RF360 chip will work with LTE networks in more than 40 different LTE bands assuring near worldwide connectivity.
Qualcomm also announced its Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors aimed at mid-tier and entry-level smartphones. The quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 200 supports improved battery life and better connectivity for entry-level devices.
The chip supports multi-SIM functionality, CDMA multi-mode and UMTS modem options, HD video playback and a camera of up to 8 megapixels.
The Snapdragon 400 is available in two versions: a 1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 model and a dual krait 1.7HGz version.
The conference has also organised seminars and discussions on how mobile technology can be used to help civic and health authorities in their work.
Emirates 24/7 is here in Barcelona, covering the event and will be bringing you constant updates from the ground on what’s hot and trending.
That won’t limit us to technology alone. Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Sevilla last night was celebrated by cheerful fans in the streets of the city, but the real game is scheduled for Wednesday when Barcelona take on Real Madrid. Tickets for the match are already selling at a premium and at more than double the usual price at about 140 euros.
Meanwhile, despite the freezing cold, Barcelona’s growing crowds are expected to become larger this week. Most hotels are fully booked and the few remaining ones have hiked their room rates by almost 50 to 100 per cent.