Auf dem Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona gab es wieder mehr zu sehen als nur die neuesten Smartphones und Wearables: IoT und Connected Car sowie die nächste Mobilfunkgeneration 5G waren weitere Top-Themen. mm1 gibt einen Überblick über die wichtigsten Trends und Highlights des diesjährigen MWC.
1. Internet of Things: About to Conquer Everyday Life.
- Growing importancs of M2M technology that connects devices and things network-agnostic to IoT platforms
- The global cellular m2m connections are aboutl reach two billion by 2020 in best case scenarios
- Cloud infrastructure to accommodate data seems to be the dominating approach
- AT&T integrates its home security and automation service “Digital Life” and connected car service “Drive”
2. Connected Car: The (R)Evolution Continues!
- Volvo’s & Ericsson’s Traffic and Vehicle Cloud: sharing traffic and road data via cloud to improve comfort and safety on the road (car2gov, car2car)
- Connected E-Bikes – Ford announces launch of a new Smart Mobility Concept: the partner app MoDe:Link supports navigation (handlebars vibrate when to make a turn), dynamic routing and controls the amount of pedal assists by the electric motor
- Visa and Accenture showcase an all-in-one solution for an in-car mobile commerce system
3. Cloud, Security & Identity: Addressing Rising Complexity.
- Cloud: Ericsson shows advanced cloud management with a hyper scale upgrade while Apcera launches the first hybrid Cloud Operating System
- Security: Intel’s McAfee VirusScan Mobile for Android is pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge; ZTE integrates Eyeprint ID (eye-based biometric system) on its Grand S3
- Identity: GSMA pushes Mobile Connect, a service that creates and manages universal identity that authenticates users in order to access mobile and digital services via mobile devices
4. Smart Devices: Incremental Hardware Innovations.
- OEM: Major players of wearables, smartphones and tablets enhance hardware features and focus on fashionable designs
- Wearables: Huawei Talkband B2 (all-in-one Tracker), Pebble Time Watch (compatible to Android and iOS), LG Watch Urban (mature and voguish design, mobile payment via NFC)
- Smartphones and Tablets: Samsung presents the world’s first curved edge display on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge; HTC One M9 comes wiht an aluminum mono-block design; Sony offers with its Xperia Z4 a versatile Table
5. Mobile Operating Systems: Attackers Hold Their Ground.
- Samsung pushes Tizen to lessen dependency on Android; it connects various devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets across industries, i.e. cars, biotechnology, banking
- Ubuntu enhances mobile platform: now available for smartphones, tablets, TV sets and PCs. Meizu MX4 becomes the second smartphone running it; BQ launched Aquaris E4.5 early 2015
- Firefox OS disappoints: No enhancements announced; supports Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV and enters 13 new markets with focus on developing countries with low-profile device needs
6. Mobile Networks: New Opportunities Ahead.
- 5G: SK Telecom wants to become the pioneer; announced its plans to deploy 5G across the country in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
- Huawei highlights 5G’s low latency as their showcase of self-driving cars predicts a massive improvement of responsiveness
- MVNO: Google announced to become a mobile virtual network operator later in 2015 by offering branded wireless services; trying to raise pressure on pricing models
- Internet.org: Zuckerberg wants to connect more users in developing countries; EU players are increasingly frustrated by the regulatory imbalance between Telco’s and Internet players
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