Date: 2016-09-29

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

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

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.

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

Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio | View article