In a bid to make its own mark in the fast-progressing smartphone market, BlackBerry has launched a touch-enabled phone – the new BlackBerry Leap that is expected to enter the U.S and European markets sometime in April.
Though the company emphasized that they are now moving away from a purely handset-based market, “We are committed to making software as a business. We are going to evolve,” the new release says that BlackBerry has not completely given up on its phones with their unique QWERTY keyboards.
This time however, the design is a little different. Making the announcement at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, BlackBerry’s Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen unveiled the new all-touch LTE device and said that the new phone is, “mechanically very innovative and has very different usage scenarios.” He also added, “We have to be careful how we position our products. Some of those 5-inch touchscreens in Asia are selling for $100. I cannot put my BoM [bill of materials] at $100. But what we can do is build you a better phone.”
The new Leap is a definite move away from its traditional full-keypad phones and touts the following features:
We have heard of chargers, charging mats and even wireless charging covers, but how about charging furniture? Swedish furniture powerhouse IKEA introduced the Mobile World Congress to a completely new concept – furniture which can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices.
According to reports from those who attended the briefing at the MWC, smart device users will be able to charge their phones, tablets and perhaps even smart watches by simply placing them on a specific location on tables, lamps, nightstands, desks etc.
If you thought the MWC is only about smartphone, tablets and smartwatch releases, think again. Google’s Sundar Pichai stunned the attendees with an announcement called ‘Project Nova’, a new ambitious plan by Google to launch its own wireless mobile network in the US.
Under the new plan, Google’s virtual network will start out on a smaller scale than the current national carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. In the words of Mr. Pichai, “We don’t intend to be a network operator at scale. All innovation in computing happens at intersection of hardware and software. That is why we do Nexus devices. We do it at enough scale to achieve impact. We are at a stage now where it is important to think about hardware software and connectivity together.”
The first day of the MWC has barely ended and already the tech forums and news site are buzzing with all the amazing new technologies announced so far.
Following last year’s slump, the world was waiting for something definitive, something that pushes the borders of imagination in terms of innovation and this year’s attendees have not failed to deliver. We have all been following some of the trendier and more popular releases like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, HTC One M9, Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and M4 Aqua smartphone, etc.
But the MWC has also seen the debut of some other amazing gadgets, devices and technology in an increasingly digitized world. So here is a quick round up of five of the other best announcements so far:
Xiaomi is on a roll, first the Mi Note that almost outshines an iPhone and now YiCamera, a camera that can match the GoPro Hero any day!
Xiaomi’s new action camera, the YiCamera is tiny is size (72 g compared to GoPro’s 111g) but big in features. It has a 16MP Sony Exmor R CMOS image sensor with f/2.8 aperture lens as compared to GoPro’s 5MP camera.
Compared to the Go Pro which can shoot 1080p footage at 30 fps, or 720p film at 60 fps, the camera can record videos with 1080p resolution at a frame rate of 60fps. It also has a 155 degree panorama view and supports adjustable time lapse shooting of videos and images.
The camera has an internal storage of 64GB which is double the storage offered on GoPro and it also has a built-in support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless content sharing over Android devices through a specific app. The app allows the user to remotely control the camera and also edit and share new shots and footages.
This week’s Adweek magazine, in its March issue, features Kim Kardashian in a skintight, black latex dress with a black-and-white pixel glasses in her hand – the context for the cover story where she talks about her $200 million app, the super successful mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood launched last summer and how she plans to become the “next tech superstar.”
After dabbling in modelling and reality TV shows, Kim decided to delve into the world of technology with her game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood which achieved immense popularity and raked in the big bucks. The game itself was developed by Glu Mobile which requested her partnership on a new video game soon after she became a mother.
HTC did not disappoint at this year’s Mobile World Congress, in fact, HTC fans all over the world are going ga-ga over the new HTC One M9 officially unveiled at Barcelona.
Though the company had leaked a few teasers and an incomplete image, the actual phone delivers in terms of quality, design and functionality. The magnum opus of the new HTC One M9 is its 20 mega-pixel camera with scratch-resistant sapphire lens that is sending shutterbugs all over the world into a tizzy.
At first glance the phone looks similar to the earlier One M8, but there are some definitive changes under the hood that make this phone different in terms of functionality while retaining the best of the earlier features. Claude Zellweger, leader of HTC’s industrial design team outlined their intentions by saying, “We want our lineup to be the most luxurious in the world.”
In terms of design, the One M9′s edges are more pronounced than its predecessor and the power button has also been moved to the side. The brushed look comes from a “jewelry-grade hairline finish” and scratch-resistant coating and manual polishing.
Like Samsung, HTC too took a subtle jab at Apple saying, “companies following in our antenna footsteps without quite matching the metal content that we are able to get.” Some of the other features of the One M9 include:
After tantalizing teasers, Samsung wowed the crowds at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with their new flagship phones – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Both devices were unveiled at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event by JK Shin, Samsung co-CEO and head of the company’s mobile business who issued a press statement saying, “By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas.” The new phones will be available across the world from April 10th and in US, all major carriers, including US cellular, will carry both the smartphones will smaller carriers will stock only the S6.
Amidst ongoing speculations about the launch date for the much-anticipated Apple Watch, the company sent out exclusive media invites for a March 9 event being held in San Francisco.
The event, taglined as “Spring forward,” might be a reference to time and the subsequent unveiling of the Apple Watch. It will be held at the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where everyone is expecting the official launch date and pricing to be revealed. The event will also be streamed live and can be viewed at apple.com/live from all Apple devices.
At an earlier media event attendees were given a sneak peek at Apple’s flagship device where they saw the watch running in demo more. CEO Tim Cook had described it as a “precise and customizable timepiece” and “as much about personal technology as it is style and taste.” At this event however, we can possibly expect a proper preview of the watch working in full capacity.
Earlier Apple CEO Tim Cook had let out that Apple’s first wearable smartwatch will be ready for shipping by April, sending the tech community into a frenzy of deliberations. While the starting price for the aluminum Sport model has been around $350, the prices for the regular and the ultra-luxurious Apple Edition are still under wraps.
The actual watch comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and three different editions – the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and an 18k gold Apple Watch edition. The company will also include 11 watch faces with the device and an option to choose from six different straps – leather, polymer, metal mesh and stainless steel and an interchangeable mechanism to easily make the switch. All three editions need to be paired with an iPhone upwards of iPhone 5. Some of the unique features of the Apple Watch include:
As March draws close, all eyes are trained on the 2015 Mobile World Congress to be held between March 2nd and 5th at Barcelona, Spain this year. This year’s event is rumored to be even better given the number of top devices set to debut this time.
One of the biggest technological events in the world, the MWC is attended by some of the world’s most powerful companies showcase their latest innovations and flagship mobile devices such as smartphones, wearable technology and tablets.
While companies like Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Sony LG etc. are the biggest crowd-pullers at the event, Apple, as usual, will give it a miss and host its own event, called ‘Spring Forward,’ on March 9 at San Francisco. Here are some of top launches we can expect to see at the MWC 2015