The world of mobile devices changes every few months with new smartphones and tablet models as well as the technology they feature, evolve into new ways of interacting. The Mobile World Congress of Barcelona offers a great opportunity for the main smartphone manufacturers to present their new devices to the general public.
Facebook on scene
These past few days the mobile world has been shaken with the news of Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp and people have started wondering how this could affect the popular application. For that reason, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has decided to join the world congress to check the future of his newly-acquired mobile application with the main phone-makers.
Although Facebook is very popular on smartphone devices, this move shows the interest of Zuckerberg getting into mobile Internet in emergent markets such as in India and Africa, where the main World Wide Web experience is through a smartphone instead of a personal computer. This way, their users will grow across different markets, hand in hand with the current technology trends.
Blackphone, based on security
With the latest scandals of global companies or agencies spying on Internet users, some kind of uneasy feeling has grown on those who really value their privacy over other interests. To enhance this aspect, Blackphone has been designed to ensure Internet communications for having an advanced encryption of emails, texts, phone calls and web browsing.
The device runs on an Operating System specially developed for this smartphone, PrivatOS. This is a modified version of the popular Android system, which offers a similar User Interface that’s not difficult to control. Internet connection through a Virtual Private Network improves the users’ privacy included in this brand new device.
As we were able to reveal in a previous article , Samsung is keeping on its innovation path towards more powerful smartphones with its Samsung Galaxy S5. This time, the South Korean company tries to avoid the former plastic touch of their smartphones by designing a premium material smartphone. With the power it features, 2.5GHz Quad Core, 3GB RAM, Android 4.4 and a premium 5.25” Super AMOLED display, Galaxy S5 is a real beast in your hand.
Additionally, Samsung keeps its renovation with its Galaxy Gear 2, fixing some previous issues with a slimmer design, battery life for two to three days with a single charge and complete synchronization with your Samsung smartphone. On the tablet side, the return of the Asian company with the Galaxy Tab 4 is something to be expected with specs like a display of up to 20 inches and a battery that increases its daily life.
Nokia, brand new style
The company that ruled the mobile market many years ago wants to reclaim its place on the Android side. Nokia X and Nokia X+ are the new members of the family. Both devices are very similar except for the RAM (512MB for the X version and 768MB for X+). The specs feature a 4” 840x480 resolution screen, 4GB of internal storage, a simple 3 megapixel camera, 1GHz dual-core processor Snapdragon S4 and an affordable price of €89-($122) for X and €99 ($136) for X+. An additional device, Nokia XL, will be released with a 5” screen and 5MP camera for €109 ($149).
Nokia wants to get into the Asian market with Nokia Asha 230, a simple and cheap smartphone for €45 (around $62) and Nokia 220 will be even cheaper with a classic mobile phone design for €29 ($40). These devices feature simple specs for a very affordable price. These new mobile phones have a great future due to their simple way of working and the software collaboration with Microsoft tools and multimedia functions.