Discussion about

February 26th 2014 10:45 am

All the news that's fit to print from MWC 2014

CES is the go-to place for all things consumer-related, but for the cellphone fans there is nothing quite like Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year is no different, with some exciting stuff being shown off by Sony, Samsung, Huawei, Firefox and more.


To no one's surprise, Samsung unveiled the latest Galaxy phone, the S5. Aside from the usual processor and memory upgrades, Samsung added in some new sensors. There is now a built-in fingerprint sensor to control locking and unlocking your phone, as well as a heart rate sensor that works along Samsung's S-Health suite.

Samsung also surprised everyone a little bit by unveiling its new Tizen-powered Gear smartwatches. There are three new watches: Gear 2, Gear Neo and the Gear Fit. The Gear 2 is the successor to Galaxy Gear, while the Neo is a stripped-down version without a camera and Fit is the company's first big jump into the fitness tracker market.

The Tablet Z was a highly-regarded tablet when it came out last year, and Sony has spruced it up a bit by making it thinner, more powerful processor and a bump in RAM. Sony also had two new phones to show off with the Z2 and M2. The M2 is their latest mid-range phone, while the Z2 will be the company's newest flagship with a richer display and 4K video recording.

Nokia did the unexpected and announced a line of phones running Android. The X, X+ and XL will use Android, but will not have access to the Google Play store. Instead, Nokia will give users access to a Nokia-operated store.

Trying to get out ahead of the rest of the competition at MWC, Huawei unveiled some new devices including, of course, a smart band. The MediaPad X1 is the company's latest 7-inch tablet that also doubles as a phone, the Ascend G6 and MediaPad M1 are two devices aimed at being affordable while also offering LTE Cat 4. And finally, the TalkBand B1, which is the company's first smartband that features a flexible OLED display, removable earpiece and the ability to track your steps.

After being shown off and announced earlier in the year the Engadget staff got some hands-on time with the privacy-focused Blackphone. It features a custom skin called PrivatOS that encrypts local information, the ability to make anonymous calls and texts and a management dashboard for managing app access.

ZTE, Alcatel and Huawei all had Firefox-powered devices to show off this year. Alcatel went one step further and showed off a tablet concept for the still very young OS.
This is just a small snippet of everything that is happening at Mobile World Congress this year. Check out our hub for all the coverage www.engadget.com­/event­/mwc2014­/articles/ and let us know what excites you the most from the event.

sort by

8 replies

Heh none of the nokia phones are coming to North America or Japan it seems.

Considering how successful Nokia has been as of late in the low-cost markets with the Lumia 520/521/525 I think they are shooting themselves in the foot by excluding these markets.

Then again, Nokia seems to like to limit their own sales with exclusivities. (Most recently the Lumia icon and 2520 exclusive to Verizon)
2 like dislike

This certainly feels like a huge gamble for them and it will curious to see how it plays out.
0 like dislike

I don't know, those Android phones they are doing almost feel like they put something out as a way to undermine Android as an option for a base OS. I wouldn't be surprised to see them put up a blog post in 6 months saying, "we gave Android the ol' college try, but it just wasn't good enough to build a decent experience, so we are going to just focus on Windows Phone as it is a far superior platform." Seriously, this just feels like cynical sabotage to me.
0 like dislike

Apparently their goal is to lure people to Windows Phone: www.networkworld.com­/news­/2014­/022514­-nokia­-androi...

I can see this happening because people will just equate Nokia to Nokia, and given these phones are using Nokia services I can see how this might work.
0 like dislike

I think both these points are quite valid, but you also should remember that I believe the #1 criticism of Windows Phone (which for the purpose of this discussion I'll equate to Nokia) is "Lack of Apps"

From the minimal research I have done, it seems relatively trivial to get your Android app on the Nokia app store for the X phones. Not to mention you can earn points and get free Nokia phones through DVLUP.com. So there is no incentive as a developer to NOT move your apps over.

If the X is a way to shoehorn customers into the Microsoft/Nokia ecosystem while alleviating the stigma of lack of apps, it could be a smart move.
0 like dislike

Connected toothbrush!

1 like dislike

0 like dislike

Bullsh*t piece of crap mobile, obsolete already. Google can now de-crypt anything!


0 like dislike