MWC 2018: the highlights reel

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Getting totes emoji

One of the most talked-about phones at Mobile World Congress was Samsung’s S9, which uses AR to customize emoji. The feature reflects the smartphone giant’s conviction that words are out, and images are in. This emoji’s owner doesn’t seem so sure.

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Hidden camera

Chinese company Huawei didn’t unveil a new smartphone but it did launch a range of tablets and notebooks. The most talked-about feature? A webcam that’s concealed in the keyboard.

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Service with an artificial smile

Pepper, a so-called humanoid robot, is described as ‘attractive and endearing’ by his creators. In Barcelona, he tried to use his machine-programed charm to encourage shoe purchases. But not everyone was buying it.

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Head in the cloud

This eye-catching exhibit came from MessageBird, a company specializing — unsurprisingly — in cloud communication. Its clients include Google and Uber. Having its head in the cloud seems to pay off: the company recently raised $60 million (€49 million) in capital.

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Artistic sensor-bility

The brainchild of Japanese company NTT DOCOMO, this remote humanoid robot uses 5G technology to mirror the movements of its operator in real time. It’s unclear who owns the copyright to the masterpiece though.

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Virtual adventures

Developments in virtual reality applications present huge opportunities for the entertainment industry. Samsung used its presence at Mobile World Congress to showcase its VR developments with a series of winter-themed adventures.

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Big names in town

Mobile World Congress attracts some of the biggest technology companies in the world. This year, the main focus has been on integrating the next generation of mobile networking (5G) into products and services.

MWC 2018: the highlights reel

Moving into fifth gear?

5G is set to play a huge role in making autonomous driving mainstream. The company behind this vehicle, Saudi Telecom, is working with Nokia to develop uses for 5G and the internet of things.

The world’s largest gathering of the mobile industry is currently underway in Barcelona. From service with an artificial smile to exhilarating VR experiences, here are the highlights of what’s on show.

  

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