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Mobile World Congress - HTC One, Country Pavillion and OpenSignal

Tuesday, 02/26/2013, 14:14:51

HTC OneToday, I started my day visiting the booth of HTC where I got hands-on experience with the new HTC One, which mainly consists of a new user interface called HTC BlinkFeed based on HTC Sense 5. HTC BlinkFeed aims to provide personalized content from different providers as well as social network activities in a feed-like manner on the first screen. The exhibitors believe that the classic smartphone approach of "clicking on an app, then closing it, opening another app and so on" is outdated. I really liked the new phone, which will be launched by March! Maybe, this will be my next smartphone... who knows... :)

Afterwards, I went to the Country Pavillon section. I was really excited to see the Turkey Pavillon, where I had talks with different Turkish companies working in the area of Mobile Computing! Turkcell Technology, for example, is the R&D department of one of the biggest mobile network operators in Turkey and they provide different mobile marketing and roaming solutions as well as several value added services.

Later the day, I had very interesting and intense discussions with OpenSignal, a start-up whose main activities are very similar to our OpenMobileNetwork project. Via smartphone apps, OpenSignal collects signal measurements from mobile networks all over the world in order to visualize base stations as well as WiFi access points, their coverage areas and signal strengths on the map. We exchanged ideas, talked about technical issues and also about possible collaborations in the future.

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Mobile World Congress - Telekom@Connected City

Monday, 02/25/2013, 18:21:57

Connected City@MWCIn Hall 3, the Connected City exhibition featured a variety of companies dealing with M2M and Smart City solutions. Here, Telekom demonstrated a project dealing with the logistics problem occuring in the port of Hamburg. Furthermore, Ericsson showed cloud solutions for restaurants and the area of health care. The GSMA OneAPI initiative that works on standardizing operater-specific APIs also awoke my interest. At the moment, messaging, payment as well as sign-in functionalities using the mobile network operator are provided by these APIs. Location APIs will follow soon.

eBay NowMy last stop for today was at the booth of Deutsche Telekom. Thomas Kiessling and Claudia Nemath from the board of directors gave a press conference where they talked about the importance of partnering with other companies, mWallet and emerging M2M solutions. In addition, I gained hands-on experience with the new FirefoxOS phone that is based on web standards like HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript. We will see if Mozilla can establish itself in the Mobile OS market.

Stay tuned as I will update you tomorrow with more news directly from Barcelona and the Mobile World Congress!

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Mobile World Congress - New Devices, Services and Apps

Monday, 02/25/2013, 16:41:18

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0The topic of this year's MWC is Smart Cities as you find M2M, Smart Devices, Smart Education, Health Care Solutions, Location-based Services and other related topics all over the event.

Samsung, for example, has a big booth where they have presented their latest devices. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a tablet including the S Pen that fills the gap between the Galaxy Note phones and the big tablets. It provides many innovative features, such as writing "?car" with the pen to automatically open Google and search for cars or "!paris" for finding the city in Google Maps. Samsung Knox, on the other hand, is an Android-based solution for allowing employees to use one phone for private as well enterprise purposes. The NFC experience did also not came too short as I got a soft drink from a soda machine (for free) that works via NFC payment. :)

eBay NowBesides their well-known marketplace, eBay Inc. also concentrates on innovative shopping apps for retailers and customers in order to boost the shopping experience. The very interesting eBay Now app, for example, builds a bridge between retailers, couriers and end customers in order to deliver a spontaneous purchase in minutes to the customer's current position. This app is only working in the US right now. However, a launch in Europe is also planned in the near future.

Motorola's new RAZRi phone has an integrated contex-aware app called Smart Action that personalizes the phone according to the user's context. Rules can either be defined manually or the app learns from the user's behavior. This allows rules to be defined like "whenever I go sleep, shut down GPS and WiFi", which again saves battery.

Other interesting demos: LG streams HD content from the phone onto the TV and upscales it to Ultra HD, NEC provides solutions for Smart City scenarios and Intel launched their location-based service M8.

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