Mobile World Congress is coming to a close today in Barcelona and it did not disappoint in giving us the most exciting mobile announcements of the year. Big things were revealed by Samsung, HTC, LG, BlackBerry and even Facebook. Here’s a quick rundown of the top announcements from MWC 2016:
New flagship phones have been released from Samsung, Alcatel, HTC and LG
This is going to be a big year for Android powered mobile devices. With Samsung kicking it off with their announcement of the Galaxy S7 and the new Galaxy Edge. Alcatel announced their move away from their OneTouch series to the newer and sleeker Idol 4. LG’s new phone, the LG G5 turned heads and is completely redesigned from their previous models and has a Quad HD display. HTC refrained from a new flagship phone and launched three mid-range phones to their Desire series. HP also launched their “phablet”, the HP elite X3 which will run Windows 10.
BlackBerry’s BES 12 is now available via Microsoft Azure
Enterprises can opt to install and manage their BES12 deployment through the Azure platform. This means customers have full access to their BES12 licenses while benefiting from the Microsoft cloud architecture – without having to invest in their own IT infrastructure. BlackBerry and Microsoft complement their best-in-class security capabilities in this combined offering. BES12 is designed with the compliance needs of the most strictly regulated industries in mind, while Azure places an emphasis on the customer’s security and control over their own data. BES12 is part of the recently announced Good Secure EMM Suites and BlackBerry will continue to introduce other products in the Good Suites to Azure.
Facebook supports the Samsung Gear VR and looks to make VR more mainstream
Mark Zuckerberg attended the Samsung Unpacked event where he confirmed support for the Samsung Gear VR headset which is partially powered by Facebook’s Oculus. He is looking for people to get interested in this product as a gateway for Oculus Rift which will be on sale later this year. The Samsung Gear VR is particularly interesting because vendors who are looking to mass produce and mainstream virtual reality, like Zuckerberg, want to ease users into the technology instead of having it become unpopular because it’s so different.
Centrify Provides Secure Access on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform
Centrify announced a partnership with BlackBerry to provide secure access to thousands of cloud and on-premises applications and servers on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform. Centrify’s smartcard-based mobile derived credentials are now certified “Secured by Good” on mobile devices, allowing for easy and secure single sign-on (SSO) to apps and privileged password access to servers.
Lenovo introduces new mid-range laptop-tablet converters
Lenovo introduced two new consumer Windows 10 PCs: YOGA 710 and 5101 convertible laptops and the ideapad MIIX 310 2-in-1 detachable tablet. Lenovo wants to appeal to the need for people to work on multiple tasks on different devices and designed their new products to convert or detach into tablet mode. “Intel is excited to work with Lenovo to deliver the experiences people want. Intel Core and Intel Atom processors, combined with Lenovo innovation, deliver incredible performance and battery life in amazing form factors,” said Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager, Mobility Client Platforms, Intel Corporation.