On March 2, 2015 Mobile World Congress started in Barcelona. Mobile World Congress is an annual event where many popular manufacturers announce their latest technology.
This year, Mobile World Congress was filled with news and announcements. New flagship devices were announced alongside new services and accessories.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the newest addition to the galaxy line and has made significant changes to the typical Samsung style. There is also an alternative version called the Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge. Reviewers have cited the Galaxy S6 as having a build quality that is very similar to the iPhone. Unlike previous Samsung models, the Galaxy S6 will not have a removable battery or removable storage. Instead, the Galaxy S6 features a unibody design. The glass front and back are encased in metal. The Galaxy S6 Edge is identical aside from having a screen that curves over the edges for some additional features.
Samsung Pay is the official name of Samsung’s new mobile payment system. With the new Magnetic Secure Transmission, owners of the new Samsung phones should be able to pay at existing terminals without merchants needing to upgrade.
The HTC One (M9) is the latest version of the HTC One and does very little to differentiate itself from its predecessors. In previous models, HTC focused on providing strong camera performance in low lighting situations via the UltraPixel branding. This time, HTC has decided to use a 20 Megapixel camera on the back.
The front camera will use a 4 MP UltraPixel sensor that users may be more familiar with.
Sony announced the Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone. The Z4 tablet is a 10.1” tablet that is IP68-certified (dust-tight and waterproof). According to the official specifications, it is supposed to be able to survive 30 minutes in fresh water almost 5 feet deep. The M4 Aqua is a midrange smartphone with similar waterproof features.
Microsoft announced two new Lumia smartphones. The Lumia 640 will have a 5 inch display and a larger version called the Lumia 640 XL will be available as well. Neither of these devices will launch with Windows 10, but Microsoft intends to provide it in a future update.
These were not the only manufacturers present at Mobile World Congress. However, most of the names are less familiar. For Android and Windows fans, Mobile World Congress is usually an exciting time of the year.
New devices provide users the opportunity to experience new features and new versions of Android.
American carriers are not guaranteed to get any of the devices announced at Mobile World Congress, but the Galaxy S6 and HTC One (M9) will certainly be available here in the United States.