The second day of Mobile World Congress is done, and I’ve visited some of the most interesting booths to see what is happening in the world of mobile and beyond. Just like what we garnered from CES in January, it seems that wearable technology is gaining momentum.
If you’re like me and have the unfortunate tendency to drop your smartphone by accident, the chances are your screen will crack, rendering it useless and expensive to repair.
Today I came across PanzerGlass, which specialises in screen protection. The product is basically a thin piece of glass that lays on top of your display – once installed it becomes crystal-clear, and its key features include shock resistance, scratch-resistance and full support for touch displays. I found it works really well on handsets with fingerprint-scanning capabilities.
Omate’s TrueSmart was one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of late; the fledgling company raised over $1m from crowdfunding. The smartwatch certainly lives up to its name, running the Android OS platform and having a camera placed on the side rather than on the face, as the makers want it to be a true resemblance of the conventional watch designs we have come to know.
Though clearly displaying Android, don’t be fooled, it is also compatible with iOS. What makes it a true smartwatch though is its ability to run as a stand-alone device, meaning you can insert a SIM card on the left-hand side of the unit to make calls.
Dell Wyse Cloud Connect
If you’re in the business of taking your work with you anywhere and everywhere, then Dell’s Wyse Cloud Connect is something definitely worth a closer look. The device plugs into any laptop, TV or even a projector, and gives secure access to cloud-based data and files wherever you may be. It has HDMI on one end for connectivity, and a microSD card slot on the side. It’s powered by a micro USB port on the back.
Running Android Jelly Bean, you can install your favourite apps on a device that is about the size of a USB stick. If you run your own business, you can take Cloud Connect further by running Citrix XenApp, a remote desktop app that allows you to access your workstation on the move. You can also control the Wyse Cloud Connect from a console using Dell’s Cloud Services.
QNX and Qualcomm MirrorLink
To look into the future of connected cars, smart cars or even a simple display that is powerful enough to mirror your smartphone, we paid a visit to the Qualcomm booth, where they had a rather fetching Mercedes CLA Turbo AMG hooked up with MirrorLink.
MirrorLink allows users to connect a compatible smartphone, such as the Sony Xperia Z2 or Samsung Galaxy S5 to their vehicle, which then enables them to control it seamlessly through the car’s display.
What’s amazing about this technology is its ability to capably control the smartphone without having to touch your device; extremely handy when you’re on the road.
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2nd Generation
Further to the success of the first Samsung Galaxy Camera – a digital compact camera running Android – Samsung has updated the design of the new Galaxy Camera 2.
It has a 16 megapixel camera with 1/2.3 inch sensor, putting it ahead of its smartphone rivals in terms of picture quality. It has 21x optical zoom with a max f/2.8 aperture, giving it great performance when shooting in low light.
It can also shoot 720p videos. However, unlike the older version, the new Galaxy Camera does not come with 3G connectivity so it will only be available with Wi-Fi upon release. Under the hood is a quad-core 1.6GHz and a 2,000mAh, providing ample battery life.
We’ll be bringing you more news from MWC throughout the week, making sure you don’t miss out on all the latest developments. In the meantime, check out out GadgetsBoy’s round-up of the first day of the conference.