2016 Mobile World Congress Takeaways

Mobile World Congress 2016

This year’s Mobile World Congress surpassed 100,000 visitors for the first time in the history of the event. This shows that more companies are getting involved in mobile technology, more people are interested, and there are still many improvements that can be made in the world of mobile technology. This was the first time in the 29 year history of this event. The conference took place February 22-24 and included over 2000 companies. In addition, it consisted of visitors from over 200 countries. John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA said “This year’s Mobile World Congress incorporated a diverse range of events, spanning multiple sectors and interests, reflecting the expanding role of mobile around the world.”

This year, the focus at the Mobile World Congress was smartphones and to some extent, how it can impact IoT. Some other takeaways include the modularity of smartphones, 5G, virtual reality.

Your phone is so much more than a phone due to all the addons that have been created in the last few years. Of course, we know a phone is no longer only a phone, but some of the capabilities are still unknown to many. These addons let users transform their phone into a powerful camera, high powered speaker, or a laptop substitute. These add ons are not apps, they are actual addons for a smartphone.

Another big takeaway is how 5G can revolutionize the phone industry. This will allow devices to respond faster and get online faster. Many companies have been getting into the 5G game lately and for good reason. Not only is it great for smartphones, it is due to the surge in the recent surge in IoT. According to Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, “There were demonstrations of 5G at very fast rates that literally could replace cable”.

Virtual reality has been big in the smartphone industry recently. We are seeing more and more devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. These devices allow for a relatively cheap way to experience virtual reality. We expect more and more devices to be released like this soon. These devices use smartphones to ensure the virtual reality device works properly.

Similar to CES, there were a lot of cool devices that were on display at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Here are some of those.

Huawei MateBook
This is similar to the iPad Pro. It includes a folding keyboard and stylus. However, it also comes with a laser pointer making it better for presentations. This device will range from $699 to $1599. So it is similar to a laptop in pricing with the added portability features.

LG 360 VR
This virtual device may change the game as this allows users to plug the phone in rather than having to place your phone in the device. This works for the LG G5 only as of now, but this may change in the future.

Sigfox Networked Trash Can
These low power trash cans are being installed all over Barcelona. They can report when they are close to full so they can be emptied. Trash Collectors will no longer go trash cans when they are full saving time while being better for the environment.

The Mobile World Congress showcased so many great devices that we will probably see in the near future. We at Vensi work on creating mobile applications like many of these companies and hope to be part of the Mobile World Congress sometime soon.

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