The best of Mobile World Congress 2014, the world’s biggest mobile technology show in Barcelona for the latest gadgets and innovations.
Just months after being sold to Microsoft, Nokia chose to launch its first Android phones. The devices, all dubbed Nokia X, will run Android but be packed with Microsoft services like OneDrive and Skype. The company says the budget phone will enable Microsoft to enter emerging markets it currently can’t reach, but whether they still feel that way when Microsoft takes control in March remains to be seen.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung launched a much more sensible, more cohesive smartphone than previous Galaxy S devices. There’s a finger print scanner, a heart rate monitor, new camera tricks, and a clever way of making your downloads faster by combining Wi-Fi and signal coverage together. Samsung also announced a fitness band with a curved OLED screen as it continues its push into wearables. Expect to want the gold one come April.
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z1 was very well received. However, the Z2, is Waterproof, sports the latest Qualcomm processor, bringing with it a stack of improvements. That’s the main takeaway here for Sony. Harder, better, faster, stronger, as Daft Punk would say. Early reports and a my own “hands-on” test suggest this is going to be one of the best Android phones released this year.
A Bluetooth battery
Mobile World Congress is not all about state-of-the-art handsets. One gadget that caught my eye is the Tethercell. It appears to be an AA battery, but it’s actually a case for a AAA battery. The case is also Bluetooth enabled, so after placing it in your child’s noisy toy, you can shut it off with your phone when playtime gets too much to bear. Peace and quiet. How lovely.