Mobile World Congress 2013 Highlights
Mobile World Congress 2013 Highlights
Mobile World Congress has always been the event for handset manufacturers to launch their flagship devices and battle for the attention of the media. However, this year was different as another major player decided to back out and held its own event a week earlier.
HTC held a bi-continental launch event for its flagship phone, the One in London and New York City a week before MWC 2013 started. LG and Samsung also announced their new devices before MWC 2013 started.
Nonetheless, there were other players in the industry that took the spotlight at the event, which include ASUS, Huawei And ZTE. Mobile operating systems and processors also took centre stage this year as we explored Firefox OS, Ubuntu OS and NVIDIA Tegra 4i.
We round up the news and hands-on articles at MWC 2013 below for your easy reference and reading.
Major Highlights and Hands-on Experience from MWC 2013
NEWS / 16 Apr 2013
Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs told AllThingsD that the first-wave rollout of the Firefox OS will begin in June.
28 Feb 2013
Following last month's announcement of Ubuntu smartphones, MWC 2013 saw the launch of a new version of Ubuntu Linux operating system for tablet devices. We managed to get a neat walkthrough to better understand how the OS functions across both devices and it looks promising.
NEWS / 28 Feb 2013
Gemalto is launching its LinqUs Mobile Wallet, the complete suite of secure software solutions that enables a range of NFC services, mobile banking, mobile payment, and loyalty programs - all integrated in a single wallet.
Five new Tegra 4-optimized games with breathtaking graphics and immersive gameplay are debuting at the MWC 2013 this week. The TegraZone "Fantastic 5" are: Burn Zombie Burn, Carie: Blood Mansion, CODEX: The Warrior, Dead on Arrival 2, and RU Golf.
At MWC, ASUS also announces its open cloud strategy, dubbed ASUS Open Cloud Computing (AOCC), which comprises of four distinct services: AOCloud, AOLink, AOStream and AOHelp.
With the recent influx of 5-inch devices, ZTE has gone ahead and announced an Android smartphone with a 5.7-inch, 720 x 1280 display at MWC 2013. Comparatively, Samsung's Galaxy Note II comes with a 5.5-inch screen and Huawei's Ascend Mate comes with a bigger 6.1-inch screen.
FEATURE / 27 Feb 2013
LG is one of the few phone makers to venture into the 5.5-inch phone segment, where Samsung rules with an iron fist. Can LG's first Full-HD smartphone beat Samsung in its own game? Here's our first impressions of the LG Optimus G Pro.
FEATURE / 26 Feb 2013
Sony announced yesterday that the Xperia Tablet Z will hit global markets from spring 2013. As its availability is still some months away, we decided to drop by the Sony booth at MWC 2013 and explored the tablet further. Hit the link to find out more.
Measuring only 14mm slim, the Huawei MediaQ M310 cube connects content from smartphones, tablets, and TVs, bringing the living room into a smarter era.
26 Feb 2013
At MWC 2013, Mozilla demonstrated its first commercial build of Firefox OS and we managed to catch a working build in action. Firefox phones are slated to launch later this year with five major brands pledging their support, so enjoy the video and watch out for more updates!
Ubuntu for Tablets Announced, Developer Preview Available for Nexus Devices on 21st (Updated with Video)
Following its announcement for Ubuntu smartphones last month, Canonical has also announced a new version of its Ubuntu Linux operating system for tablet devices.
Firefox Phones to Hit Market Later This Year, First Commercial Build of OS Debuts at MWC 2013 (Updated with Video!)
Four hardware makers - Alcatel, LG, ZTE, and Huawei - are set to build Firefox phones, which will start retailing from 17 carriers worldwide, later this year. Mozilla has also announced that it is also demonstrating its first commercial build of its Firefox OS at the MWC 2013.
Nokia hasn't forgotten its affordable range of smartphone devices, and has unveiled two of such devices alongside its new Windows Phone 8 powered Lumia phones. The Nokia 105 and 301 are primarily targeted at emerging markers and are both priced at very compelling prices.
Nokia adds two new Windows Phone 8 device to their current Lumia portfolio. Joining the flagship Lumia 920 are the Nokia Lumia 720 and 520.
The fifth, after Alcatel, LG, ZTE, and Huawei, to announce that they are making Firefox devices, Sony deputy CEO, Bob Ishida, has commented that their engineers are "currently working with Firefox OS Mobile and HTML 5 evolving technologies" for an upcoming device.