Now that MWC is officially over, let’s take a look at some of the biggest takeaways to come out of Barcelona at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
If you weren’t able to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 this year in Barcelona, let me just tell you – it was a blast. We (Tekoia) had a booth there, and it sure is an exciting time to be in the field of mobile technology and IoT.
But not everything was about the hardware this year; there was a big focus on things like virtual reality, 5G connectivity, and more.
Let’s take a look at a few key takeaways from our experience at MWC 2017.
1. IoT Was a Central Focus
The Internet of Things (IoT) was a central focus at MWC this year. For those of you new to IoT, it’s a way to connect smart devices to the internet – and each other.
For example, our SURE Universal remote app lets you control many smart appliances like your air conditioner, lighting, monitoring cameras, and more – and traditional devices like your TV, Roomba and media streamers.
It’s predicted that there will be 50 billion IoT devices by 2020.
Connected and autonomous (self-driving) cars also made an impact on the floor. There were over 20 new vehicles from different manufacturers such as Ford, Jaguar and BMW.
Ford has said they will be the first car to integrate with Amazon’s Echo.
2. Virtual Reality Made a Splash
If you were at MWC, then you know that VR was a big hit with everyone.
The hottest gadgets in VR were featured in Barcelona, and select partners who were invited by Samsung to preview a new device suddenly forgot about the missing Galaxy S8 when Samsung demoed their new Gear VR headset.
It’s their first VR headset that doesn’t require the processing power and display of a compatible Samsung phone – its powered by the newly-announced Exynos 9 chip.
Although released a bit earlier than MWC in November 2016, Google’s new Daydream VR showed us that virtual reality and VR headsets are here to stay.
3. Nokia Didn’t Disappoint
Big things were expected of Nokia at the conference, and they didn’t disappoint.
Along with releasing an expected line of mid-to-high and mid-to-low range Android handsets – the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 – Nokia also had a big surprise.
They unveiled a rebooted version of their classic 3310, and it was the talk of the conference.
Yes, you heard it right – a non-smartphone that’s a throwback to the mobile phone that started it all.
While the updated phone comes with a modern, non-touchscreen display, Bluetooth, a 2MP rear camera, all-month battery life, and a revamped version of everybody’s favorite iconic game, Snake, you’ll have to get by with a traditional telephone keypad and lack of often vital connectivity apps like WhatsApp.
4. Samsung, LG, and Motorola Unveiled New Products
Like expected, the Galaxy S8 was a no-show. We were hoping for a surprise, but the Nokia 3310 announcement will have to hold us over until March 29th for the unveiling of the S8 (although the name hasn’t been officially confirmed).
Samsung did, however, release the Galaxy Book, a Windows 10 tablet hybrid that is similar to the Surface line from Microsoft – and they released the Galaxy Tab S3.
LG released their waterproof, Google Assistant-enabled, flagship G6 smartphone – in the 18:9 aspect ratio as predicted – with dual rear cameras and a Snapdragon 821 processor.
5. 5G Internet
The upcoming 5G internet – fifth-generation wireless technology – was talked about at MWC, but it’s a few years away until it’s mainstream.
It is predicted, however, that this connectivity technology is the future of wireless communication. Currently, there are some technical issues to sort out as well as standards to iron out.
Why is everyone excited about it?
“It’s easy to see why the notion of 5G gets the industry’s adrenaline pumping. The leap from 3G networks to 4G, with a top theoretical speed of 100 Mbps, was giant. But it would be nothing compared to 5G, which must provide a minimum of 20 Gbps and be capable of connecting 1 million devices within a square kilometer.”
With 5G coming into play, it will propel IoT even more, and technology like self-driving cars will likely rely on it.
Wrapping It Up
It was exciting to see how IoT was the main focus at MWC this year. With messages like Connect Everything, IoT is surely becoming mainstream right now.
And we are totally on board with IoT here at Tekoia – we’re working hard to make sure our SURE Universal remote app is constantly being updated and on the cusp of it all.
Did you go to MWC this year? What were your key takeaways from the event? If not, what new invention or device are you looking forward to?