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Highlights from Mobile World Congress 2013

Highlights from Mobile World Congress 2013


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
Firefox OS to Debut in Five Countries in June, 11 More by End of the Year

Firefox OS to Debut in Five Countries in June, 11 More by End of the Year

NEWS / 16 Apr 2013

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs told AllThingsD that the first-wave rollout of the Firefox OS will begin in June.

Gemalto Adds the LinqUs Mobile Wallet App to Its Software Portfolio (Updated with video)

Gemalto Adds the LinqUs Mobile Wallet App to Its Software Portfolio (Updated with video)

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.

Introducing the NVIDIA TegraZone Fantastic Five

Introducing the NVIDIA TegraZone Fantastic Five

NEWS / 27 Feb 2013

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.

ASUS Announces Open Cloud Strategy and New Mobile Devices at MWC

ASUS Announces Open Cloud Strategy and New Mobile Devices at MWC

NEWS / 27 Feb 2013

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.

ZTE Announces 5.7-inch Grand Memo at MWC 2013(Update)

ZTE Announces 5.7-inch Grand Memo at MWC 2013(Update)

NEWS / 27 Feb 2013

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.

Hands-on: LG Optimus G Pro

Hands-on: LG Optimus G Pro

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.

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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.

Huawei Showcases the MediaQ M310 at MWC 2013

Huawei Showcases the MediaQ M310 at MWC 2013

NEWS / 26 Feb 2013

Measuring only 14mm slim, the Huawei MediaQ M310 cube connects content from smartphones, tablets, and TVs, bringing the living room into a smarter era.

Ubuntu for Tablets Announced, Developer Preview Available for Nexus Devices on 21st (Updated with Video)

Ubuntu for Tablets Announced, Developer Preview Available for Nexus Devices on 21st (Updated with Video)

NEWS / 26 Feb 2013

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!)

Firefox Phones to Hit Market Later This Year, First Commercial Build of OS Debuts at MWC 2013 (Updated with Video!)

NEWS / 26 Feb 2013

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 Introduces New Affordable Range of Devices at MWC

Nokia Introduces New Affordable Range of Devices at MWC

NEWS / 26 Feb 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 Announces Lumia 720 & Lumia 520 at MWC

Nokia Announces Lumia 720 & Lumia 520 at MWC

NEWS / 26 Feb 2013

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.

Sony Joins in, Firefox Handset Already in the Works

Sony Joins in, Firefox Handset Already in the Works

NEWS / 26 Feb 2013

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.

Dual-screen NEC Medias W Mobile Device Seen at MWC 2013

Dual-screen NEC Medias W Mobile Device Seen at MWC 2013

NEWS / 26 Feb 2013

The NEC Medias W dual-screen Android smartphone prototype has been spotted in the wild again, this time at MWC 2013.

ASUS Unveils 7-Inch Fonepad with Voice Call Capability

ASUS Unveils 7-Inch Fonepad with Voice Call Capability

NEWS / 26 Feb 2013

ASUS joined the ranks of Samsung and Huawei in offering a tablet with voice call capability. Known as the Fonepad, the 7-inch ASUS tablet is powered by Intel Atom Z2420 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Hit the link to find out more.