Here’s a brief look at the major announcements made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by the final day.
– Smartwatch maker Pebble, showed off a new version of its watch, Time Steel. This version of the watch comes with a metal frame instead of the plastic frame adorned by its predecessor. The updated device will have a battery life of upto 10 days and will be waterproof.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei also unveiled a watch with a 1.4” AMOLED screen with a 400*400 px resolution. The Watch has a heart rate monitor, a barometer, and motion tracking. Interestingly, the device also sports a scratch-resistant sapphire glass.
– Finnish mobile phone firm Jolla released a tablet with a 2048*1536 px 7.85-inch display and with 32GB and 64GB storage options. The device sports the second version of the company’s Sailfish OS. The firm mentions it will now start licensing its linux-based Sailfish OS 2.0 to device manufacturers. Jolla also announced its partnership with Snapdeal to market its OS in India. More on that here.
Canonical also showed off its Ubuntu-linux based phones. The device sports an octa-core Mediatek SoC, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, LTE support and a 5.3-inch, 1080p display. The device was also relatively cheap compared to flagship phones at $450.
– Sony showcased a range of augmented reality apps that work with SmartEyeglass at the MWC. It also displayed a tiny heads-up display that attaches to existing glasses called the SmartEyeglass Attach. The devices showed of a range of capabilities including translating foreign language to text to English and displaying it to the user.
Security firm AVG showed off different kind of glasses, the kind that prevents facial recognition. These glasses essentially place infrared LEDs around the eyes and the nose area, which are detectable by cameras, breaking down face detection when the lights are on. Panasonic showed off a different kind of security device. The box shaped security camera called Nubo, has LTE capabilities, so it can monitor surroundings without a wifi signal or ethernet cable in place. It supports supports 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless connections, is IP-66 weather resistant for outdoor mounting and can be run off of a USB battery.
– Furniture supplier Ikea unveiled a range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots for mobile phones. The range of furniture included lamps, coffee tables, bedside tables and various individual charging pads for any surface.
– Network supplier Cisco, German telco Deutsche Telekom and chipmaker Intel have teamed up to launch a joint internet of things (IoT) startup accelerator. The accelerator is dubbed Challenge Up!, and will start off with investing in IoT startups in Europe.