MWC

Google news: Pixel 2 phones coming, Pixel laptops are no more, Chrome OS beats Apple in K-12

Speaking with journalists at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Google’s Vice President of Hardware, Rick Osterloh, has confirmed that the successor of the company’s Pixel smarthones will be launching later this year, Android Pit reported Friday. Osterloh shot down reports calling for a budget Pixel edition, saying Pixels remain premium smartphones.

While Google showed no intent to abandon its premium smartphone brand, the company’s premium notebook bearing the Pixel brand has reached the “end of the line” status after shipping just two generations since 2013, according to Osterloh in a report by Frederic Lardinois for TechCrunch.

Could Google be bringing its advanced AI-powered Assistant to iPhone and iPad?

Assistant, Google’s conversational helper, debuted last year exclusively on Pixel smartphones before quickly making its way into Google’s voice-activated speaker, called Home, and the latest version of Android Wear. The power of the AI-driven feature is readily apparent in Allo, the search giant’s cross-platform messaging app.

As Assistant began reaching more Android devices, including third-party smartphones running Android 6.0 and Android 7.0, a Google director hinted Thursday that the technology could be coming to Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the future.

Oppo unveils periscope-style camera lens system with 5x lossless zoom

Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo today announced a brand new camera system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Developed in collaboration with an Israeli startup named Corephotonics, it’s based on a periscope-style lens design which makes possible 5x lossless zoom, earning it a rather unexciting but apt 5x Dual Camera Zoom moniker.

What’s more, Oppo’s new technology kills the need for an unsightly camera bump at the back. The company did not say when the new camera technology can be expected to debut on its smartphones.

Samsung launches new tablets ahead of MWC, teases March 29 Galaxy S8 introduction

Mobile World Congress 2017 is underway in Barcelona, Spain from February 27 through March 2, but Samsung won’t be taking the opportunity to launch its latest flagship smartphone at the event. Instead, as confirmed today, Samsung will be holding its media event on March 29.

Unpacked 2017 is widely expected to serve as a launchpad for Galaxy S8, the company’s upcoming flagship smartphone which already leaked via a pair of hands-on videos.

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the South Korean company also announced two new tablets—Galaxy Tab S3 and Samsung Galaxy Book—and said that Galaxy devices will gain a new level of audio experiences with the integration of audio technology from AKG by HARMAN. As you know, Samsung and Harman a few months ago entered into a definitive merger agreement, valued at $8 billion.

Apple listed as exhibitor at next year’s Mobile World Congress

Apple is slated to make an appearance at the 2017 Mobile World Congress, reports MacRumors. The site points to a page (which has since been pulled) on the MWC website, which shows the company has booked exhibitor space for the event.

This is significant for a few reasons. For one, Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the mobile industry. And two, Apple’s been absent from most major trade shows and conferences since the early 2000’s.

Sony chief: Apple is ‘missing out’ by updating iPhone just once per year

Apple is ‘missing’ out by only updating its iPhone once per year, according to Pierre Perron. In an interview at Mobile World Congress this week, Sony’s mobile chief and European president offered up some friendly advice to the Cupertino company.

Essentially, Perron feels that because mobile technology advances so fast, a new handset can feel outdated after just a few months. So in order for Apple to meet consumer demand for cutting edge tech, it must update its iPhone hardware more frequently…

Apple wins Best Mobile Tablet award at Mobile World Congress without even trying

Although Apple wasn’t an exhibitor at this year’s Mobile World Congress – currently underway in Barcelona, Spain – its iPad Air has managed to snag the award for the show’s Best Mobile Tablet. The annual Global Mobile Awards and Mobile World Congress are both organized by the same party, the GSM Association.

A panel of judges has determined in their ruling that Apple’s latest full-size iPad packs “class-leading performance in an attractive and svelte frame”, a nice recognition of Jony Ive’s design and the iPad Air’s speedy A7 chip.

More importantly, the judges singled out Apple’s tightly integrated ecosystem as a prime reason why the iPad Air has “an undisputed advantage in the number of format-optimized apps”…

Mark Zuckerberg says WhatsApp worth more than $19 billion

Since Facebook announced last week that it would be acquiring WhatsApp for $16+ billion, pundits have been trying to make sense of the deal. How can a messaging app startup be worth so much more than say, Motorola Mobility, which has thousands of employees?

According to Mark Zuckerberg, it’s not. It’s worth more. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, the CEO said that WhatsApp was a ‘great fit’ for his company and that it was worth more than the $19B ($16B + $3B in vested shares) they paid for it…

Samsung introduces new ‘Gear Fit’ fitness tracker

As Apple and Google prepare their entries into the rising wearables space, Samsung introduced 3 new products into its already-seasoned line of smartwatches at Mobile World Congress this week. There’s the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, and now we have the Gear Fit.

We’ve already seen the 2 new Gear watches—they’re very similar to their predecessor in that they look, well, like watches. The Gear Fit, however, unveiled yesterday alongside the Galaxy S5, looks more like a cross between a smartwatch and a Fitbit Force fitness band…

Samsung unveils new Galaxy S5 with heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and more

Out of all the major manufacturers presenting new products at Mobile World Congress this week, no keynote was more highly anticipated than Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event. The South Korean company is the hottest name in Android right now, and it was expected to unveil its latest flagship smartphone.

And it delivered. This afternoon, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S5 handset to a packed auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. There were no paid TV hosts or Broadway dancers this time around, just Samsung leadership up on stage talking about the smartphone they built for the year 2014 and beyond…

Nokia unveils its first-ever Android handsets: the X, X+ and XL

So the rumors were true. Despite being a long-time parter of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, and despite being outright purchased by the Redmond company last fall, Nokia has been working on an Android strategy. And tonight, it unveiled that strategy to the world.

At its Mobile World Congress press event in Barcelona, the Finnish handset-maker introduced not one, but three new Android phones: the X, X+ and XL. The X and X+ both have 4-inch displays, and similar specs, and as you’d imagine the XL has a larger 5-inch display…