Silicon snaps a smorgasbord of tech and activity from Mobile World Congress 2017
Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona is drawing to a close, with bleary-eyed execs, journalists and general tech fans shuffling out of the Fira convention centre and into the Spanish sunshine.
As ever, MWC 2017 was a cacophony of connected technology; sure there were no smart firdges lurking around, but we did get to see a clutch of the latest Android smartphones, tablets and hybrid devices, chips aiming at faster LTE connectivity, and more Internet of Things (IoT) concepts than you could shake a wireless controller at.
Pictures are meant to paint a thousand words, so we have a selection of them that we hope captures the essence of this years MWC.
MWC 2017 in pictures
Continuing with the theme of connected everything, we saw all manner of IoT real-world deployments, including the work Vodafone has done on supporting an IoT network of sensors designed to be attached to Harbour Seals to track their movements.
Britain also has a decent presence at MWC 2017, despite concerns that Brexit and a lack of governmental support would stymie the UK’s showcase.
Virtual reality was the big thing at last year’s MWC; this year augmented reality appeared to be the more captivating technology, with AT&T demonstrating the uses of Microsoft’s HoloLens as a means to us augmented reality to see demonstrate virtual car showrooms and overlay data on F1 cars.
And finally there were more than a few new smartphones on the show floor. Lenovo’s Motorola demonstrated its new G5 brace of affordable Android smartphones.
And Samsung had a strong showing of its Galaxy smartphone range and its new tablets.Suffice to say MWC was one of the major mobile and connected tech showcases of the year, and promises that 2017 will be a year in which the IoT, 5G and augmented reality make solid steps forwards to becoming common place in the business and consumer world.