Mobile World Conference is the consumer tech show that takes place in Barcelona in the first quarter of each year. This year we saw everything from big flagship phones to the low range, cheap basic smartphones.
Samsung released the talked up Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge, two 5.1″ quad HD phones with 16 megapixel back cameras and 5 megapixel front facing selfie cams. The difference between the two is the S 6 Edge has two slight slants in the screen used for color notifications and quick access to important contacts and messages, and a night mode that flashes the time for quick glances during the night.
The second biggest release was the HTC One M9, a 5″ full HD screen with with a 2840 milliamp battery and a surprising 20 megapixel camera on the front a UltraPixel camera. These were the biggest releases of MWC, but of course a lot of smaller companies released their flagship and lower end phones and tablets as well. In other mobile news HTC released their first virtual reality headset the HTC Vive the device that partners with Steam gaming to give users the full virtual reality experience.
The final and most important piece of mobile technology released in the past weeks is the Apple Watch. The watch was released in September with only a small Keynote presentation to go along with demo versions available to use in the room next to the presentation. The Apple Watch is Apple’s answer to the long asked question of what is the best wearable. It does normal things like answer phone calls and check emails, but as Apple is saying it can be used for much more. Things like activity tracking and mobile payments via Apple Pay are both features that are being pushed by Apple to be used. As of now we know that the base 38mm aluminum model will start at $349, from there the prices go up. You can add different bands, a bigger screen and different materials. This most expensive model is the famous 24 karat rose gold watch, with a hefty $17,000 price tag. This brings up the question of who is going to buy a 1st generation product that has no proven market especially with a price tag that goes up from $400 all the way to $17,000.
Now for my mobile predictions for 2015, I think that in 2015 that $700 rectangular paperweight in your pocket will slowly become absolute. With more technology coming to your wrist, car and home you may never need your phone again. Slowly everything will have the now very familiar idea of the internet of things. The internet of things is the idea that every item you use in your day will somehow be connected to each other. For example your car can now be controlled by your watch, or your oven can be controlled by your car. That may be going a little too far, but with the internet of things everything has it’s own system of controls allowing it to communicate with anything that has a WiFi or Bluetooth connection. This can make your life a lot easier or a lot more tedious depending on which way you make it out to be. For example you are on your way home and you want to turn your heater a few degrees warmer before you get home. All you would do is open the Nest app which pairs with your Nest Learning Thermostat, set the temperature you want and now your house will be nice and warm when you get home.
All in all this is our future, forcing everybody to accept technology in their lives or face the consequences of being behind the times. Whether you accept it or not technology will continue to build upon the concept of simpler, more connected technology.