Most Innovative Introductions at the
Barcelona Mobile World Congress


GSMA Congresses are the place where innovations are celebrated, policy is defined, partnerships are formed, products are launched, and insights are gained. With an initial focus on those insights let’s review an abbreviated list of some the Keynote Speakers and their themes. The list of speakers reads like a “Who’s Who” of tech, but includes dignitaries from other verticals:

  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Dieter Zetsche, Chairman, Daimler AB & Mercedes Benz
  • Mickey Mikitani, CEO & Chairman, Rakuten
  • Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  • Guo Ping, Rotating Chairman, Huawei
  • Rich Williams, CEO, Groupon
  • Jeff Dean, Senior Fellow, Google

What You Missed — Smart Phones, Robots, and a 5G Ambulance

No doubt 5g was the overarching theme of this show with exhibitors attempting to outdo one another in terms of what products and services the technology will enable.

  • Huawei’s folding Mate X phone, which converts to a tablet
  • Energizer’s Power Max P18K, a phone with significantly greater battery capacity, 4–5 times that of a normal cell phone, from Energizer, yes that Energizer
  • Nokia 9 PureView, the only phone with five rear cameras
  • LG’s V50 ThinQ split-screen flip phone
  • TCL enters the fray with their folding phone featuring the “dragon hinge”
  • The Nubia Alpha — part phone, part smartwatch

Final Thoughts

So much for evolution versus revolution in the world of mobile technology and communications. There are new players, new companies, exciting new uses, and applications. It’s intriguing to see the various industries becoming involved. Disruptions are brewing across numerous different verticals. Envision an automotive world where Silicon Valley and next-gen technologies exert more clout than Detroit or Germany. What do you see on the horizon?

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