Smart Watches, Talk Bands and Whatnot
The techie Giants like LG, Samsung, Acer, Lenovo and the techie geeks buzzed around the Spanish city, Barcelona, where the planet’s largest mobile technology show – Mobile World Congress (MWC) – was held. In the recent years, MWC has become the hotbed for Mobile launches that will steal the headlines for the next few months. The show opened on February 24th, launching both the flagship devices and fancy gadgets. MWC is said to have had its share of dazzlingly weird gadgets, like the International CES, held in Last Vegas, this January. Jan Koum, WhatsApp founder delivered the keynote address for the event, along with his new business partner Mark Zuckerberg.
Samsung, rather than going for eye-popping products, unveiled another addition to the S series – S5. Amidst the huge collection of Samsung Smart phones, the S5 has said to taken a bit of a jump, boasting finger print scanner, heart-beat monitor and new camera features. Samsung has also unveiled Gear 2 and Gear Neo Smart watches, which is said to have been significantly improved over the previous version. The Gear Fit has a more powerful processor and also a heart rate sensor. However, a Finnish company called Creoir looks to have given more thoughts into the design of Smart watches. It believes to have given the perfect antidote to all the clunky designs. The so-called smart functions, like the remote control and Android based notifications are all fulfilled along with an elegant style. A style, according to Creoir, is said to be inspired by a flying bird with a young bird on its back. The smart watch is named ‘Ibis.’
Huawei also joins the wearable tech gadgets with its new TalkBand B1. TalkBand can make calls, provides your fitness data, and keeps track of your sleep pattern and the amount of calories you burn (mobile corporate giants caring for its users health system – what an irony!). TalkBand is paired with 7-inch MediaPad X1 – a crossover between Smartphone and tablet. The MediaPad Xi is said to be thinner with a lightweight chassis and 13 megapixel rear-facing camera.
LG has gone with downsized versions of their flagship devices. Its new G2-mini has a 4.7 inch screen and scales things down a little with a presumably modest price. Like LG, Acer, with its Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4, is also into making best-budget Smartphone. E3—the higher end of the two—is built with 13-megapixel camera and runs on a 1.2-GHz quad-core processor. Z4 is said to have 480p display, 5 megapixel camera.
Nokia has eventually jumped aboard the Android market to unveil its new low-budget android phones (89 Euros), despite the fact that it was sold to Microsoft recently. It’s a move that has baffled many analysts. Although, this strategy could help Nokia to be more accessible in the emerging market, it makes unsure about the fate of Windows phones. Sony’s Xperia lovers’ expectations were met by the introduction of Xperia Z2 and mini Xperia M2. The Z2 device is coming with a 20.7 MP camera and is slim at just 8.2mm.
Photography lovers would be delighted about the launch of iPro lenses – which can be used on iPad and iPhones (5/5S/4/4S) to take some much better quality pictures. The lens is supposed to give few options like wide angle and fish eye.