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The Best of GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014 Barcelona

With more than 85,000 visitors from 201 countries who have attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress we are pleased (and little bit melancholic) to send off one of the greatest mobile technology events ever. But what was seen and introduced there by smaller and larger players of the mobile technology shall keep us a nice company for the rest of the year. By nice we mean extraordinary gadgets, devices, mobile apps and a new Android smartphone that got the Hell frozen. Keep reading

Marc Zuckerberg, the conqueror of hearts

The COO of Facebook has used his opening keynote to introduce his audacious plans about bringing connectivity to every 2 out of 3 people (the present ratio is barely 1 out of 3 despite the exponential growth and penetration of High tech, especially mobile tech).

This project was initially announced with the launching of Internet.org in 2013  (a global partnership dedicated to making internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected), by which Mark wants to partner with several other major carriers this year and invest in building infrastructure that will make the Internet faster and more affordable.

It really was a week of Samsung

No – this time there weren’t extravagant shows, tap dancers, the small kid from the ads and bad English speaking Mr. Shen.

In other word – the launching of Samsung Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Conference was a perfect timing in the hype of various rumors particularly about the perceived size of the screen of 4 inches.

Well the new Samsung Galaxy S5 is way larger – 5.1 inches, with some other cool features like fingerprint scanning for unlocking the screen, water resistance up to 5 feet. Particular focus has been put on the device’s camera which now has extremely high auto-focus speed (up to 0.3 seconds).

In fact the entire device has a monstrous hardware – Qualcomm Snapdragon, quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera on the back, a 2.1-megapixel one on the front and a 2,800mAh battery.

Apart from it’s flagship smartphone, Samsung has also launched 3 wearable devices – Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit

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The future belongs to the cheap smartphone devices

Zuckerberg’s keynote at the Mobile World Congress was not only about him boosting how mobile first Facebook’s orientation is. The answer of the question of connecting at least every second person on the globe lies in the nations of the Third World. The message is clear – before connectivity comes, hardware must be present.

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Apart from Apple (the introduction of the new iPhone 5C was anything than cheap), several other companies have put themselves on the serious side of winning the races for cheap smartphones market including ZTE, Huawei, LG and Nokia.

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Most innovative mobile app – a Selfie app

CamMe has received the award for Most Innovative Mobile app this year at the Mobile World Congress. CamMe is an iOS app which enables you to control the iOS device’s shutter by gestures and gesture recognition and take photos from distance without having to hold your iPhone

In other words, all it takes to make a photo now is to raise your hand, close it into a fist after which a 3 seconds timer is triggered until the photo is being snapped.

Many have objected and raised dilemma, why a selfie app would be declared as the most innovative one?

The answer is simple. CamMe enables fast dissemination of advance technologies such as gesture recognition down to a consumer level and that is what mobile technology is all about – bringing advanced technology up to the reach of your hand.

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Nokia’s New BFF – Android

Yup, it is stunning as it sounds. Nokia has introduced Nokia X – Nokia smartphone powered by Android, with amazingly accessible price of just $12o dollars.

Now we have all the reasons to believe that Nokia will lead the cheap smartphone market, followed by it’s Chinese competitors.

Of course what Nokia did almost equals magic – revamped Android with all the Google imagery and services removed from the OS and replaced with it’s own and Microsoft’s.

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