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Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
junko.yoshida   2/19/2014 11:25:11 AM
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I think MWC 2014 could trigger some fundamental changes in Mobile World Congress. While the lovefest with smartphone vendors will continue, smartphones won't be the only platform that gets love from network operators.

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zewde yeraswork   2/20/2014 10:57:24 AM
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This could be the year of a major shift in MWC towards more IoT. There certainly seems to be more of a diversity of devices expected this year compared to the smartphone-heavy years past.

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Re: Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
LarryM99   2/20/2014 12:08:01 PM
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Is this an evolution of the smartphone or another iteration of the PC? The Apple II+ was often referred to as the Visicalc machine, since that single-use functionality was enough to launch the device category. Smartphones started out as telephones, but that is a smaller and smaller part of what they are becoming.

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Re: Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
junko.yoshida   2/20/2014 4:22:19 PM
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@Larry, that's a damn good point. What we thought as a smartphone probably needs to be re-defined now. So few people actually talk on the smartphone!

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zewde yeraswork   2/21/2014 9:11:04 AM
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it's almost as though it may be necessary to reinvent the telephone in a new form factor--outside of what the smartphone has become--so that mobile communications can once again be at the center of what's happening in a given form factor. I'm not sure how this would happen, but MWC would be an interesting place to launch such a device.

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Re: Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
AZskibum   2/24/2014 6:41:25 PM
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"What we thought as a smartphone probably needs to be re-defined now. So few people actually talk on the smartphone!" Indeed, the smartphone has become the central hub, wirelessly connected to an increasing number of peripherals -- but in a much more exciting way than the PC ecosystem & peripherals of a now almost bygone era.

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Re: Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
junko.yoshida   2/24/2014 7:02:45 PM
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@Azskibum, you wrote:

... but in a much more exciting way than the PC ecosystem & peripherals of a now almost bygone era.


Why do you think that is? Is it because smartphones are so "mobile" and you can connect anything to it?

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Re: Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
JimMcGregor   2/25/2014 9:34:45 AM
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Junko, much of this change is due to the smartphone becoming the magnet platform for new applications and usage models. in addition, the performance of many smartphones is now very close to the average PC. 

The next step is taking that small form factor and creating a smart network and enabling more devices, hence IoT.

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Re: Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
junko.yoshida   2/25/2014 10:14:09 AM
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Jim, I wholeheartedly agree with you on this.

That was the observation that I made in the following blog a few weeks back:

3 Google Moves Signal End of Smartphone Era:

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1320834

The point of that story was not about how smartphones would be gone (they will be still with us), but there will be a proliferation of peripherals (wearables included) connected to smartphones.

 

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Re: Changing nature of Mobile World Congress
AZskibum   2/25/2014 5:41:48 PM
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More exciting because they're mobile & wireless computers that are with you at all times. Remote access and/or control of just about anything from your smartphone has already resulted in some interesting uses in home automation, home security, fitness monitoring & other areas, but as IoT expands, we will see many more. I expect there will be many more wireless "peripherals" at future MWCs.

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my view
prabhakar_deosthali   2/19/2014 11:30:58 AM
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It is natural that the netwrok operators are now looking elsewhere to increase their revenues.

 

Smartphones are commodity now , whereas provinding connectivity solutions to cars and wearbale devices can be a premium revenue generating opportunity at least for a few coming years.

 

Regarding the feature phones still making the large portion of the pie , I think the smartphones are mainly bought by the young generation and the business community whereas the rest of the population is still embracing the simple to use no-nonsense feature phones.

I compare this with motocycle vs scooter trend - while the young male generation has switched over the motorbikes the remaining population is hooked to those scooters and scooterates.

 

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Re: my view
junko.yoshida   2/19/2014 7:10:04 PM
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@prabhakar, i like your motor cycle vs. scooter analogy to smarpthone vs feature phone.

We shall see how it plays out.

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tb100   2/19/2014 2:27:13 PM
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I've heard rumors that Sprint will be offering a Nokia phone for the first time. Not really a game changer, but interesting, since it seems that Sprint has been reluctant in the past to support Windows phones. Maybe this is changing with its new ownership.

I've also heard that Samsung may use Tizen for its smart watch.

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junko.yoshida   2/19/2014 7:08:31 PM
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@tb 100, thanks for your post. If Samsung is indeed going to use Tizen for its smart watch, well, that's interesting.

On the other hand, i view Nokia's android phone hardly a game changer. it probably is for Nokia, but for the rest of the world, Android phones are dime and dozen.

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MWC and tablets
_hm   2/22/2014 5:32:40 PM
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Does MWC includes tablets as mobile device?

 

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junko.yoshida   2/22/2014 11:48:03 PM
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_hm, yes, of course. Anything connected to cellular networks counts.

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Re: MWC and tablets
junko.yoshida   2/22/2014 11:49:15 PM
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Not to mention any technolgy that enables the network and mobility is covered at MWC.



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