Mobile World Congress 2015 is a wrap and 90.000 attendees returned home from Barcelona filled with inspiration and innovative ideas. What did MWC have to offer this year? A lot of new smartphones and tablets of course, but also the newest wearables, including mostly smartwatches and virtual reality headsets. We got a glimpse of the new Windows 10 mobile OS and saw the latest developments in mobile security. This is what we found at the edge of innovation…
Samsung challenges Apple
Samsung stole the show this year. They revealed their newest smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. This time Samsung switched to a metal frame and Gorilla Glass on both the front and the back, giving the devices a sturdy and more mature design than their plastic predecessors. Samsung also introduced their own mobile payment system, called Samsung Pay. With new devices in the same price range as the iPhone 6 and a mobile payment system similar to Apple Pay, Samsung keeps competing with Apple over the same markets.
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Other manufacturers also showed off their newest smartphones, including the HTC One M9 with a 20 megapixel camera, the Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640XL with the Windows Mobile 10 operating system and we caught a glimpse of the new Blackphone entirely focussed on security.
Wearables competing for your wrist
Aside from smartphones, the latest wearable technologies were also introduced to the masses. Wearables are still mainly competing for the consumers wrist. Huawei introduced the Huawei Watch, LG showed the LG Watch Urbane LTE and Pebble revealed the Pebble Time Steel. All of these smartwatches show impressive features and crystal clear displays. It is great to see the diversity in design, materials and user interfaces between the different smartwatches.
Devices are dominating
Looking back on Mobile World Congress we can see a clear trend evolving in the mobile world. It has become clear that the focus of MWC has shifted from mobile networks and carrier services to smartphones and smart wearable devices. These devices are no longer just the sidekick of the event, they are the main attraction.