The GSMA reported that more than 85,000 visitors from 201 countries attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which it said set another new record. In addition to the more than 80,000 attendees at MWC at Fira Gran Via, more than 5,000 people participated in a range of partner programmes at Fira Montjuïc.
One of the major themes I'm hearing here at the Mobile World Congress trade show is that handset makers across the board are focusing on affordable smartphones.
BARCELONA, Spain—Even if the optics may be somewhat awkward, Nokia's embrace of Google's Android platform for its X family of phones was needed to fill a gap in Nokia's device portfolio, according to a top Nokia executive.
Nokia has unveiled three smartphones running a 'forked' version of Google's Android platform here at the Mobile World Congress trade show. Although the phones, the X, X+ and XL, had been rumored to be arriving since December, the news is still exceptionally notable because Nokia uses Microsoft's Windows Phone platform as its primary smartphone operating system and Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's handset business in a $7.4 billion deal.
BARCELONA, Spain--Nokia Solutions and Networks is getting deeper into IP routing via a partnership with Juniper Networks, said Rajeev Suri, NSN's CEO, during a press event here prior to the opening of the Mobile World Congress. However, he appeared to downplay rumors that the two had discussed some sort of merger pact.
BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft announced a number of new firms are planning to use its Windows Phone software, many of which were initially skeptical about the mobile OS. The announcement of new partners comes just ahead of Microsoft finalizing its $7.4 billion deal for the handset division of Nokia, the largest maker of Windows Phones.
Nokia teased an image ahead of its press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show next week, where it is expected to unveil phone running a" forked" version of Google's Android platform.
In the run-up to every Mobile World Congress, media and analysts spend much time speculating on what is likely to feature at the event, indicating the importance of these four days as a bellwether for the mobile industry. Already there are signs that this is shaping up to be an eventful show--certainly if Huawei's recent video teaser is anything to go by.
Nokia's rumored phone running a forked version of Google's Android platform, codenamed "Normandy," will retail for around $110, according to a Vietnamese retail site.
Vodafone continued its spending spree in India after the operator won spectrum licences worth around $3 billion following the conclusion of an auction that raised a total of about 611.62 billion rupees ($9.8 billion or €7.2 billion)- much more than expected- for the Indian government.