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Samsung, BlackBerry, Microsoft: 10 Killer Business Devices At MWC

MWC was a whirlwind of announcements from phone makers, chip vendors, network operators, and app developers, including Samsung, LG, BlackBerry, Microsoft, and more. Here are the 10 devices for business from the show.
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BARCELONA – Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile trade show, saw gobs of new hardware, new operating systems, and new applications this week. With tens of thousands of attendees, the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona was a madhouse of activity as leading technology companies rolled out their latest and greatest wares.

Vendors were excited to reveal smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other wearables, as well as all the silicon, services, and software required to tie it all together. Popular talking points included 5G, the Internet of Things, security, and how Silicon Valley is transforming the automotive industry.

Google's Sundar Pichai and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg each took turns on the keynote stage. Pichai confirmed Android Pay and a Google-run wireless network are on the way, while Zuckerberg talked up bringing connectivity to the world's emerging markets. The FCC's Tom Wheeler also made comments, seeking support for his net neutrality plans.

Enterprise security received lots of attention, especially from Samsung and BlackBerry. BlackBerry announced plans to fully support Google's Android, BlackBerry, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows Phone with its BES 12, while Samsung added more of BlackBerry's security features it its own KNOX platform.

MediaTek, Intel, and Qualcomm all had new chips to discuss. MediaTek's processors took a quantum leap forward by ditching 32-bit computing, while Intel outed three major mobile processors targeting premium smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm continued to refine its broad product map and has set its sights on LTE over unlicensed spectrum as the next wireless frontier.

Microsoft revealed more details about Windows 10 on phones. The company spent much of its time discussing the Project Spartan browser and how it will work on smaller devices. Microsoft is adding a Reading List view to the browser to make it easier to consume articles, for example. Project Spartan is a universal app that will work equally well on desktops, tablets, and phones. The email application looks particularly impressive, since it is easier to set calendar appointments, to compose and edit messages, and to flag and archive messages with simple swipes.

Wireless charging technology saw several wins this week, too. To start, the Samsung Galaxy S6 supports the two major competing wireless charging standards, making it easier for consumers to find compatible accessories. MediaTek showed off a new wireless charging module that supports three wireless charging standards. Moreover, Ikea agreed to start building wireless charging pads into its furniture.

These are all exciting developments in the mobile landscape, but there were other, more impressive things on the show floor. In the slides that follow you'll learn about some of the most significant devices and technologies revealed at MWC 2015.

(All photos by Eric Zeman, who is attending MWC this week in Barcelona, Spain.)

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3/5/2015 | 4:03:53 PM
Re: More Promises from Microsoft
@DDURBIN1 No doubt there are plenty of people thinking the same thing, and I think that's why Microsoft is rolling out a few preview versions of the mobile Windows 10 before it launches. The first mobile preview recently launched, so people with Windows Phones can test it out and give feedback. The goal seems to be that if people can get a sense of what's coming and give their opinion, then Microsoft can develop a viable flagship phone before year's end.
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3/5/2015 | 3:33:52 PM
Re: More Promises from Microsoft
@mejiac absolutely. I think the stronger focus on cloud in Windows 10 will make a big difference in productivity, with people collaborating all over the world.
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3/5/2015 | 11:56:42 AM
Re: More Promises from Microsoft
@DDURBIN1 I'd have to agree with you. Really looking forward to seeing the Windows 10 flagship phone, but no doubt the OS isn't ready yet. This could be an effort by Microsoft to put Windows Phones in the hands of more people so they can download Windows 10 later this year.
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