This week, the state of mobile technology was rocked by the 2014 Mobile World Congress, which closed their doors yesterday. This year the MWC was held in the beautiful Barcelona, Spain, hosting over 1,800 companies across nine different halls and featuring speakers like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Jon Matonis of the Bitcoin Foundation. Looking back on this congress as the weekend approaches, as well as the recent developments in the rest of the world of mobile technology in the past week, grants us an exciting opportunity to show off the latest and the greatest developments.
One exciting new prospect is a pair of brand new processors coming from Samsung’s Exynos 5 series. The Octa 55422 Hexta 5260 processors are included in this line of processors and will be operating within Samsung’s newest smartphones. Both processors are incredibly small yet powerful, with a low drain on power leading to an extended battery life. The processors are also capable of displaying video at 1080p HD quality at 60 frames per second.
Furthermore Keynote, the global leader in mobile and web cloud testing & monitoring, released a mobile app monitoring program for developers to track the performance of their apps in the field. The Keynote Mobile App Monitoring platform is unique because it allows for the real-time monitoring of apps, without having to write new lines of code within the app that allow monitoring but inadvertently change app features and take time to implement. Keynote reportedly developed the app to counteract a growing blind spot in the mobile app industry, where the rate of newly created apps is far surpassing the rate at which apps are currently monitored.
PCTEL also unveiled a new in-building scanning receiver at the Mobile World Conference, called the SeeGull IBflex. Designed to detect the strength and accessibility of wireless networks within buildings, the IBflex is wowing audiences with the fact that it performs a unified scan of several bands, including Wi-Fi and most cellular frequencies. The device is also easy to use, and the intuitive user interface is able to make a full scan of notoriously fickle in-building wireless networks in a single walk-through.
However, the Mobile World Conference was not the only thing to happen in the world of mobile technology this week. The war between AT&T wireless and T-Mobile is still going strong, and AT&T took a pot-shot at their competitor focused on text messaging. AT&T’s newest strategy grants unlimited international text messaging to their customers at no additional charge, and they’ve also dropped prices on calls to several countries including Mexico and Canada. Prices appear to be going down overall due to the competition, but only time can tell if consumers will be able to continue to take advantage of low prices from all carriers in the future.