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Mobile World Congress 2018: What’s In and What’s Out

Posted on: March 6, 2018

Tangoe delegates from the U.S. and EMEA attended the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week and left Barcelona with some vivid impressions of technology advancements coming to smartphones and other mobile devices in the near future. 2018 has been by far the most successful MWC for us, where we met with many customers, prospects, and partners as well as leading industry analysts.

Here’s a quick rundown on some of the biggest announcements at MWC:

New Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung launched its new Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday. This device comes with many technological advancements including augmented reality (AR) capabilities and improved camera quality. It has a feature that allows users to take a clear picture in very low light by capturing 12 photos at once and then putting them together to form one clear image.

As Apple’s biggest competitor in the smartphone space, Samsung has created its own version of Apple’s Animoji. Samsung’s technology, AR Emoji, allows users to take a selfie, turn it into their own emoji, and mimic their facial expressions.

Nokia 8810

Nokia launched the Nokia 8110, commonly referred to as the “banana phone” due to its curved shape. With this retro comeback, Nokia hopes its latest smartphone will challenge its rivals: the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S9.

LG V30S

LG announced an updated version of its LG V30S with an update that includes an artificial intelligence feature which, according to TheWeek.co.uk, “actively analyses the world around itself to understand sight and sound just like a human being.” With new technology, the phone will be able to take more enhanced photos.

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony released many smartphones at MWC, but the one that got the most buzz was the Xperia XZ2. The compact smartphone features surround sound, LDAC wireless high-resolution audio, new photography technology, a dynamic vibration system, an augmented reality software and much more. Sony is trying to encompass all the entertainment needs including, music, video gaming, movies, and television into a smartphone.

Other MWC headline news:

T-Mobile Building 5G Networks

T-Mobile revealed that they’re building 5G networks in 30 major cities, including New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Dallas to be switched on by the end of 2018. T-Mobile is the first of the big telecom companies to put 5G to use for its customers, betting that enough mobile devices will be ready by 2019.

Alexa’s New McAfee Skill

Amazon and McAfee told MWC delegates that Alexa is now making it easy to monitor home networks by just the sound of a voice. The new Alexa skill allows users to check the security of the network and router through a McAfee application. Users can command Alexa to run scans on the network, monitor devices online, block and unblock devices, and pause the internet connection if necessary.

McAfee also announced it will be expanding its global security reach with anti-malware software, which will be preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 8 to increase internet privacy.

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