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What we saw at MWC 2018

The most significant mobile technology show, the Mobile World Congress, was held in Barcelona this year from 26th Feb to 1st March 2018. Exciting new technologies were revealed at the event, but mobile phones drew the attention of everyone. Here is a review of some mind-blowing gadgets and technologies that we saw at MWC 2018.

What about 5G?

Huawei has announced its 5G Balong 5G01 cellular chip that will allow mobile devices to access 5G network. The company claims that this chip will support a download speed of 2.3 Gbps. Owing to the size of the chip, it appears like Huawei will deploy these chips in mobile hotspots first rather than cellphones. Ericsson has also signed 38 memos with operators, and it promises to commercialise 5G services in some cities by the end of 2018.

On the other hand, ZTE has stated that it is already working on 5G and they will roll it out late this year or early 2019. Australian giant Telstra also announced its plans regarding the 5G launch. Telstra is preparing to deploy their 5G network to major areas in 2019 via sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum. Their work timeline already includes launch and testing of 5G services in 1000 small cities. T-Mobile has also come up with their plans to start 5G in 30 cities this year, while Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas will receive the services in 2019.

These are the Asian Telcos striving to become the 5G Pioneers

Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+

Samsung released Galaxy S9 smartphone on the very first day of MWC. The new flagship seems more like Galaxy S8 with enhanced features. The smartphone features AR technology that can instantly turn your selfie into emoji. S9 displays a 5.8-inch screen with a price tag of $1,047, while S9+ comes with a 6.2-inch display and costs $1,170.

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Nokia

Nokia revealed 5 new mobile phones at MWC, but the most different one was the slightly bent “Banana Phone” Nokia 8110. This phone is available in black and yellow colour, and it runs a Linux-based Kai OS that supports Facebook, Google, and Twitter. The cell is also 4G supported and will be available in May for $97.

Nokia also brought four brand new Android smartphones to the show. The Nokia 1, Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco are all available with different features and price ranges but are the most affordable ones. Some of these smartphones will be available from May.

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Vivo concept phone

Vivo introduced its concept phone, Vivo Apex that will possess mesmerising features along with all-screen. Just like the iPhone X, it will not feature any home or exit button. Instead, it will have a fingerprint sensor located under OLED. Surprisingly, there won’t be any speakers, and the phone will vibrate to conduct sound during a call or media playback. To keep the screen clean, the front cam is not located on the screen. It pops out of the top of the cell for capturing selfies.

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Huawei MateBook X Pro

Huawei has added a new feature in its MateBook X Pro just like the one in Vivo Apex. It’s apparent that Huawei copied the design and name from Apple’s laptops. But the unique feature is the hidden camera that lies under the F6 key and pops up when you need it. Huawei has presented a new range of its tablets called MediaPad M5. These tabs are available in three variants, and all of them run the latest Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Some other stuff

McAfee keeping you Safe

McAfee is working on Alexa since long, and now it has come up with an exciting feature. With your device connected to your router, you can ask Alexa to find if there are any unknown devices connected to your router and turn those devices off. McAfee is also planning to roll out this update for Google Assistant and Siri too. Pretty nifty!

Google

Google Home will soon add new languages including Hindi, Norwegian, and Thai. However, it has already included the walkie-talkie feature that allows different long-distance Google Homes to connect with each other. A user can talk in one device and his voice is played on each Google Home pod linked. This feature will allow the users to update others about their existence whenever they get back home.

Google revealed that it will also introduce bilingual features to Google Assistant so that users don’t need to change the language settings. French, German, and English will be subjected to Google Assistant, and later on, others will be added.

Sony Xperia Ear Duo earbuds

Sony came up with its Xperia Ear duo earbuds that are exactly opposite to the noise-cancellation earbuds. Xperia Ear Duo will provide dual-listening that will allow the sound from the earphone as well as selected sounds from the surroundings to reach your ear.

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Did you find Forest Interactive at #MWC18?

Forest Interactive also presented four (4) of its products at MWC Barcelona 2018. These products included Wallet Codes, Gamvento, CPA, and m-clicks.

Wallet Codes

Wallet Codes is a portal dedicated to the gamers, where subscribers are able to purchase Steam and PSN game codes/vouchers using their airtime credit instead of paying using a credit card or online banking. It’s fast, convenient and you will get your codes delivered via SMS. It is a mobile-credit based service, and the amount is deducted from the cellular credit rather than credit or debit card. No credit card? No problem!

Content Provider Access – CPA

Content Provider Access or CPA involves a user-friendly self-registration process that allows hassle-free content management, comprehensive monthly tracking performance, real-time transaction monitoring, and automatic customer’s insights.  The platform provides a seamless collaboration from both the mobile operator and the content provider in terms of approval processes, refund handling and even short code requests.

Gamvento

Gamvento is a customisable gaming portal that makes your life easier because you do not have to choose between playing games on either your PC, mobile phone, or even tablet. It can help you monetise from your existing mobile subscribers and turn them into active gamers to your portal that is managed by Forest Interactive. MAximis

m-clicks: Mobile Ads Platform

Forest Interactive has introduced m-clicks that is the new mode of mobile advertising now. M-clicks allows you to establish your role in the mobile advertising economy and utilise subscribers with eccentric network solution. It provides services like mobile advertising & campaign management, ad blocking, in-browser menu & captive portal, big data analytics, insight measurement, and parental control. It enables you to monetise new revenue, improve core offerings, and drive market share.

MWC 2018 has portrayed this year to be technology-rich and innovative. Now, it’s necessary that the companies meet their user’s expectations and prove their claims. Comment below and let us know about things you found most interesting at MWC 2018.

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