Wrapping up Mobile World Congress 2013
BARCELONA—Mobile World Congress has closed its doors for another year, and we’re departing Barcelona to head back to our San Francisco offices. But before we skipped town, we wanted to take one last look at some of the products making headlines at the world’s largest mobile event.
More than a few products caught our eye at MWC, led by the YotaPhone, a smartphone out of Russia that features n LCD touchscreen on one side and an e-ink screen on the other. My colleague Armando Rodriguez was also taken with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z in his hands-on time with the 10-inch Android tablet.
Speaking of size, that happened to be a big issue at MWC — specifically, the size of smartphones. Giant smartphones ruled the day at this year’s MWC, with the Fonepad from Asus catching our eye with its 7-inch screen. (We’d be even more impressed if the Fonepad were actually coming to America, but alas, it’s not; the similarly named PadFone Infinity is, however.)
It may be a show dominated by smartphones and tablets, but smartwatches also enjoyed some time in the MWC spotlight—even if I think the Android-powered i’m Watch could come up with a better name. We also spent our time in Barcelona examining cool-if-weird phone accessories from Japan and a do-it-yourself visual app builder from AppMachine.
MWC is as much about coming attractions as it is the here-and-now. Something we think you should keep an eye on is Atmel’s flexible touchscreen technology which can turn the sides of your phone or tablet into active areas of your screen. I was also taken by a preview of a mobile version of the Ubuntu OS, even if smartphones running Ubuntu won’t arrive until October.