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January 23, 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015 – Our Predictions

Now in its 28th year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. The event, held this year between the 2nd and 5th of March in Barcelona, involves a conference featuring prominent figures in the industry. But, by far the most anticipated element, is that most major companies use the event to showcase new products.

It’s been a big year for mobile technology, and we’ve got a few predictions of what we expect to see in Barcelona this year at MWC 2015.

Security as a priority

After the number of high-profile hacking incidents throughout 2014, we expect data security, particularly cloud security, to be high on the list of promises made by manufacturers. High storage capacity is no longer a concern as companies push their cloud services such as Microsoft OneDrive or Apple’s iCloud – if they can’t convince consumers they’re secure, they won’t be popular.

5G and the Internet of Things

5G network tests have been ongoing for well over a year and, whether it’s ready or not, you can bet networks will begin promising 5G capability. Despite promising speeds up to 30 times faster than 4G, many standards of 5G are still yet to be agreed and will likely drain existing batteries at an alarming rate, but 5G capability is essential to fully realising the Internet of Things (IoT) concept, which sees inanimate objects connecting through the network. The possibilities for the IoT are endless and it will be disappointing if there are no new advances in this direction.

Diversifying Operating Systems

Despite their successes largely being built on the platform, Samsung are beginning to move away from Android and towards their own operating system called Tizen. While the jury is still out on whether it’s a good idea, we predict that a shift away from Android and towards more handset manufacturers creating their own bespoke OS could be on the cards.

Curved displays, for some reason

No one’s exactly sure why, but some manufacturers seem dead set on curved displays. It seems likely that more will follow suit and offer curved handsets – one of them may even be able to explain what the benefits actually are.

Smartwatches everywhere

Everyone will announce smartwatches and you’ll eventually own one, whether you like it or not.