Samsung has always been in head to head competition with Apple, and with the introduction of its Wallet App today during the developer’s conference at MWC, it has taken another stance on yet another Apple’s services – Passbook app for iOS. Samsung Wallet app will work as realtime service allowing users to store and manage event tickets, boarding passes, membership cards and coupons all in one place. Samsung Wallet app API is available for developers from today.
Mobile World Congress this year has been all about mobiles and tablets with bigger and better displays crammed with as much performance power as possible into those small packages. Now Broadcom has taken the mobility factor to an all new level when it showed a device called ‘PC-on-a-stick’ at its booth at MWC.
Last week Nvidia announced the Tegra 4i, its latest LTE-capable mobile processor along with a reference handset called Phoenix. Earlier today in a video shot outside the Mobile World Congress convention center, Nvidia gave a small glimpse into the handset and its performance.
Wireless chargers are slowly making their mark in the mobile market, and companies around the world are providing built-in support for wireless charging in their flagship phones. With the future in mind, LG today announced WCP-300, the world’s smallest wireless charger at the ongoing Mobile World Congress.
ZTE launches the Grand Memo phablet at MWC, comes with a 5.7-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor
Along with launching the ZTE Open, the company’s first Firefox OS phone at the ongoing Mobile World Congress, ZTE has also launched the Grand Memo phablet. The 5.7-inch phablet is one of the first Android phones to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.
Asus FonePad 7-inch tablet announced at MWC, brings Intel Lexington, and calling capabilities in tow
Towing the line of our earlier reports, Asus has announced the 7-inch FonePad Android tablet at the Mobile World Congress which will have a price of $249 or Rs 16,105 in Europe alongside the PadFone Infinity. The FonePad is noteworthy because it runs Intel’s Lexington chip, which was earlier seen in the Lava Xolo X500 smartphone.
Nokia wants to really well in the smartphone space, but the one area where its dominance is still unparallel is in the area of low cost candy bar feature phones. At MWC today, the company announced two new devices that borrow some of its technologies from Windows Phone – the 105 and the 301.
Samsung has launched its Android based smart TV box named HomeSync at the MWC. With this launch, Samsung seems to hit the market to compete with its ardent foe Apple which makes the diminuative Apple TV. Samsung HomeSync is similar to various Android run TV hubs which provide smart TV experiences while enabling users to make use of Android features as well, though what sets it apart is that it comes with a massive storage space of 1TB and can be used with Galaxy smartphones as well.
Sony releases the world’s thinnest 10.1-inch tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z at MWC, is only 6.9mm thick, weighs at 495gms, waterproof up to 3-feet and runs on Android Jelly Bean
As expected Nokia has announced the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 Windows Phone 8 smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The main intention of these devices is to bring Nokia’s high-end Windows Phone 8 expereinces to emerging markets at lower price points. Nokia also has managed to pack a lot of the innovations it heralded with the likes of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in both these devices with the difference being lower price points and slightly toned down specs.
After offereing support for single-SIM Nokia Asha phones, popular messaging app WhatsApp will now support dual-SIM Asha phones. According to Nokia and WhatsApp, the app will be deeply integrated with S40 platform. In addition to this WhatsApps says that it is commited to developing for Windows Phone 8 and it will keep adding new features and user expereinces. Only on Friday we had reported that WhatsApp was now updated for new features on Windows Phone 8 that poweres the latest Nokia Lumia smartphones.