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MWC 2018 : The Best of Tech is Here | Geek Winky

As Mobile World Congress get its kickstart on 26th February, 2018 at Barcelona, Spain. It is the biggest Wireless industry Conference run by GSMA, where manufacturers come together to showcase their latest phones, smartwatches, tablets, and more. We can also consider that its the biggest mobile phone show in the entire Universe.
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We got to see launch of many of the top smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, as well as seeing the emergence of the hottest new trends in mobile, such as 5G.

Broadly saying, all the big brands attend Mobile World Congress in one way or another. The exception is Apple, although the trends outlined at MWC very much include the iPhone while many of the announced accessories are compatible.

A lot of amazing activities happened at MWC'18, lets look at few of them...

Samsung Galaxy S9 sneaks the Show

The Korean tech giant, Samsung officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Under the motto of “Do What Can’t Be Done,” Samsung’s successors to the Galaxy S8 tap into the needs of the social media age, ramping up the capabilities of its camera and speakers while introducing a slew of new features like AR Emoji and Super Slo-mo. The biggest headline, however, seems to be that the S9 has a headphone jack, unlike the iPhone X, Pixel 2, and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

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Based on reports, both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will see upgraded primary lenses with adjustable apertures. Those aren't drastic improvements, but they are meaningful, and the alleged leaked photo samples look pretty impressive. 

Focus on 5G

Recent conferences have been awash with talk and pledges around 5G, the next-generation wireless network technology that promises speeds 10 times faster and lower lag times in transferring data. This will allow for the rise of driverless cars on highways and potentially even surgeries in far-flung, remote places by a doctor in an urban hospital.

While most mobile-phone companies are targeting 2020 to start rolling out the technology, issues like network standards, high spectrum prices, as well as interference from rain, trees and fog continue to pose problems.

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Analysts expect to hear more on how the technology can be deployed beyond the autonomous vehicles at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang or connected refrigerators, and how carriers can turn 5G -- which requires massive investments -- into hard cash. “We haven’t seen a huge amount of specific user cases that say ‘This is what you can do with 5G that you couldn’t do before,’” said Chris Woodland, a partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants in London. “There’ll be discussion about whether there are some more compelling, revenue-generating user cases than first envisaged.”


Don’t expect to see the next version of Android Wear at MWC. Google usually saves its announcements for its own conference, the developer-centric Google I/O, which will run May 8-10 this year. But there will be plenty of wearables on display in Barcelona, particularly devices focused on health.

"This is an area where device vendors and software vendors and carriers and operators are all in alignment," Greengart said. "The technology has evolved to where you can do useful and exciting things. [But] there are some open regulatory issues." 

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Devices that claim to offer clinical insights into your health or to diagnose medical conditions require government clearance in many countries. Nokia recently eliminated a Pulse Wave Velocity feature in its high-end Body Cardio scale via an over-the-air software update after deciding it might require approval from regulators.

But some companies are pursuing that level of approval. Expect to see everything from wrist-worn blood-pressure trackers to AirPod-esque earbuds jam-packed with features, including heart-rate sensors and beamforming technology to change the volume levels of people around you. 

Both Cozza and Greengart expect companies to highlight augmented-reality headsets and useful applications for them at MWC. Cozza said she also expects app developers to show off what they've achieved with Google's ARCore, the company's augmented-reality software development kit for Android phones.

Sony Xperia Ear Duo

Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo earbuds, which are wireless and set to hit shelves in May for $280, are now available for pre-order on Amazon. What makes these earbuds so special is that they’re essentially the complete opposite of noise-canceling headphones. The Xperia Ear Duo aims to deliver a “dual listening” experience which allows users to combine the sound of their music with the most important sounds from the outside world. 

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This is especially important and helpful for cyclists who need to stay aware of cars and traffic around them but want to be able to listen to music. The Verge describes the effect as making “making things sound like a mall.” It also lets you carry on conversations without the music being too distracting.

Google Assistant and Siri are both supported depending on which device you have connected to the earbuds. Sony describes the listening experience as: “The Spatial Acoustic Conductor, developed by Sony’s in-house technology incubator Future Lab Program, allows the sound generated behind the ear by the unit ́s driver to be transmitted directly into the ear. The specially designed ring supporter surrounds the ear canal so your music can blend seamlessly with sounds from your environment".

So there are a lots of amazing things coming out of this event. Whats the one for which you are excited ? Let us know and share your thoughts on MWC'18. 

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Article By - Atul Agrawal

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