Posts Tagged ‘MWC 2014’

So after all the talk, all the leaks and a healthy dose of speculation, it’s finally been announced. The leaks might have left us with less of a surprise than Samsung would have liked, but the Galaxy S5 is now official, and everyone’s talking about it.

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Not to be upstaged by the big Samsung announcement at this year’s MWC, Sony has also come through with its latest and greatest new smartphone – the Sony Xperia Z2. Another waterproof handset, it shares similar design traits to its predecessor, but in terms of both the hardware and software, the Japanese company looks to have been hard at work. I got a chance to spend a few minutes with the device in Barcelona, and as well as a hands-on video below, I’ll be letting you know what I think of this most recent addition to the Xperia family, and moreover, whether it can serve as a genuine competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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The annual Mobile World Congress gathering, organized by the GSM Association, has been taking place in Barcelona for the last couple of days. Tech giants such as Sony, Samsung and LG use the event to introduce and showcase their latest tech in front of the world’s press, but MWC also hosts the Global Mobile Awards that rip through various categories to filter out and award the best-of-the-best of the last 12 months. The awards may be packed full of random and obscure categories that don’t necessarily appeal to the average technology enthusiast, but there was some great news for Apple and HTC, with both companies receiving a best in class award for one of their products.

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I’ve expressed my disappointment with the Galaxy S5 already – in all fairness, it’s nothing but a modest upgrade over last year’s Android flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy S4. However, it’s still become a coveted piece of technology, and we’re sure that the sales numbers for the new device will be impressive as ever.

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It takes courage to stand out of the crowd and take something existing, play around with it in ways unprecedented, and present something that is both unique and unsettlingly different. Yet, if you do have that courage, such experiments can pay off well. This is exactly what Russian startup Yota Devices did with their unique YotaPhone, and now we get to see the prototype of the second-generation YotaPhone.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is one of the biggest smartphone releases of the year. It’s one of those devices which millions of Android users have been eagerly waiting for, and it well and truly builds upon the success of last year’s major release, the Galaxy S4. But is the Galaxy S5 the device you should buy this year? Is it a worthy upgrade over its predecessor, the Galaxy S4? Lets find out in our head-to-head specs comparison.

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When the likes of Samsung announce a new top-of-the-line smartphone the world tends to sit up and take notice. With the Galaxy S5 being announced by that very same company earlier today at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, it’s fairly safe to say that it gets the attention of not just those that are likely to go out and buy one, but also of the companies that make handsets that compete directly against it.

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The announcements at MWC 2014 are flowing, and we’re covering them as they happen. One of the big guns that unveiled some remarkable tech today was Samsung, and boy, did they have things to offer. Other than the shiny new flagship in the Galaxy lineup, the Galaxy S5, Samsung showcased three new contenders in its Gear lineup, showing just how serious the Korean manufacturer is about this line of business.

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The wait is officially over! Samsung has finally announced The Next Big Thing, the Galaxy S5. It’s packed with some new features which are sure to entice a lot of people in the year to come, and as ever, we have all the details, including specs, pricing and release date.

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Historically, Mobile World Congress isn’t the place where iOS gamers go to get the lowdown on what they’re going to be itching to buy soon. Full of more Android phones than any sane person would ever want to look at as well as all kinds of things far too technical for us, iOS gaming doesn’t tend to be on the agenda. Thanks to Mad Katz though, 2014 is a little different.

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Earlier on today, Nokia announced three new Android-based devices in the form of the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. As you might imagine, getting any decent amount of time with these new devices is rather difficult, but here, we present an exclusive brief overview of the Nokia XL – the largest of these three new specimens.

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We first managed to get a glimpse of the Sony SmartBand during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with the company now announcing that the extremely lightweight wearable is set for a global launch next month. The SmartBand is the first of presumably a number of products that will be built to utilize Sony’s new Core fitness tracking hardware and will come with a retail price of $130 when it lands on shelves next month.

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