Mobile World Congress has companies exhibiting from all over the World in a huge space of around 45 football fields! Here’s the top news from day 1.
MasterCard has launched MasterPass in-app payments solution, enabling card payments inside mobile apps without the consumer having to store them in each and every one. Companies like Forbes Digital Commerce, Fat Zebra and Starbucks Australia will be first to launch support for it. If you want to support it in your app, it will be available to developers from Q2.
LG G Pro 2 – 5.9″ screen, dual browser, one watt speaker, 13MP camera with a vast 4K Ultra HD video recording capability most consumers aren’t ready to edit or watch on their old 1080p screens at home – it also takes two photos simultaneously.
Samsung Galaxy S5 with a 5.1″ Super AMOLED touchscreen, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, ANT+, microSD slot, 16MP camera, home button fingerprint scanner, water/dust resistance and 16GB or 32GB storage options. Out in April.
Samsung Gear Fit wristband, 1.84″ screen, 210mAh battery, Bluetooth, accelerometer, gyro and heart rate monitor. Needs a Galaxy smartphone to accept incoming calls, emails, SMS alerts and download apps.
In an unexpected twist, giving that Microsoft is buying Nokia, the new Nokia X phones (incl XL, X and X+) use Android rather than Windows, with Microsoft One Cloud and Nokia Here maps. These are budget priced for growth markets. The 4″ Nokia X will cost less than $100 which is one of the cheapest smartphones available. Free Skype Unlimited for a year in Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine
HTC Desire 816, adopting the design of the award winning HTC One in a variety of colours with a 5.5″ 720p touchscreen, 1.5GB RAM, 2600 mAh battery, 8GB storage and 13MP camera. Also launched, the HTC Desire 600 has a 4.7″ screen, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 2040 mAh battery and 8MP camera.
For privacy lovers, created by PGP legends Callas and Phil Zimmerman, the Android Blackphone will sell for $629 and feature 4.7″ screen, 2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8GB camera and 4G LTE. Question is whether governments will allow such devices – remember the Blackberry challenge in the middle east over security?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg focused on Internet.org – he said we need a free tier of Internet service with upgrades for subscribers to pay for a higher speed/level. In the Philippines, Globe offered free Facebook access and charged to access to other sites. He asked for more carriers to join the organisation as it clearly needs the likes of Orange, Vodafone and Telefonica to get the remaining 4.3 billion people online.
Mobidia Technology reported that across the global markets it studied, Wi-fi carried 78% of all data consumed on smartphones. Also data consumption is going up with 4G subscribers who used 1.9GB in December 2014 versus 3G subscribers who used only 894MB.
Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 615 at MWC 2014, the first 64bit, 8-core processor with 5-mode global LTE.
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