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MWC Barcelona – the Important Headlines

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest annual gathering of mobile and related industry C-Level executives and also the hot spot for new gadgets – reason enough to collect the best headlines of the event with pictures and videos! 

The Headlines!

5G will come in 2020 – and it will be big. The next generation of wireless networking will enable the Internet of Things (IoT) with speeds up to 10GB/s! This means you could download a movie in less than 5 seconds.


Google announced to split up the photography and social network elements of Google+. This might result in services you actually want to use! In addition Google wants to be a mobile carrier – seriously!


Ikea gives the wireless charging market a boost by announcing it will integrate the technology in tables, lamps and other furniture.


HTC joins the Virtual Reality (VR) market with the Vive headset. Unlike the Samsung Gear VR which connects to your smartphone the Vive will work via HDMI source.

Samsung announced the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a new headset which will work with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones. Oh and yes those phones are also new!

Stratos universal payment card will work anywhere in the US and holds unlimited cards controlled by a mobile app. The card can be locked if lost or stolen and is priced at $95/year.

Xiaomi reveals a $64 GoPro rival! The small action camera “Yi” sports 1080P, 60fps, up to 64GB memory, built-in WiFi, 16 megapixel snaps and a 155 degree wide-angle lens. Oh and yes, there is an cat mount in the pipe!

xiaomi yi cam

Pebble Steel is the metal version of crowdfunding record setter Pebble time.

Infineon shows the OPTIGA TPM (Trusted Platform Module) security controllers enabling secured end-to-end communication in a complex, smart factory network demo. The semiconductor company also shows the ORIGA 3, the first MIPI BIF compliant battery management IC.




NXP discusses two key enabling technologies for autonomous driving at MWC – Secure V2X and High Performance Radar. The Rinspeed demo car features Smart Key technology, wireless Near Field Communication (NFC)-based charging pad and intelligent license plates fitted with long-range secure RFID tags.


Altera and China Mobile demonstrate virtualized C-RAN platform for 5G. The approach is supposed to improve the user experience at the edge of cells, achieving much higher channel capacity and spectrum efficiency, reduce the network power consumption, and support flexible and agile network deployments.

ZTE has selected Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge B4860 baseband system-on-chip (SoC) for its next-generation LTE-Advanced macro base stations.

Broadcom Corporation announced the industry’s first 5G WiFi 2×2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) combo chip with Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB) support for mobile devices the “BCM4359”. The company further launched a new smartwatch platform that reduces power consumption for Android Wear devices. The platform offers original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) more features including GPS with sensor hub processing and wireless charging support.