Insights from MWC 2017

A Complete MWC 2017 Analysis

With more than 2,200 exhibitors the 2017 Mobile World Congress is the world’s biggest and most influential event for the mobile and mobile influenced world. Covering everything from content and media, consumer IoT, enabling technologies to government and public policy, Mobile World Congress is the epicentre of this ever evolving industry. IHS Markit analysts are at the show this year and we’ve captured some of the key highlights and insights provided by them on the ground at the show.
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Insights and Press Releases

LG and Moto lead MWC wireless charge
David Green

Wireless charging has had an up and down experience with Mobile World Congress. In 2015 it hit headlines with inclusion into the Samsung Galaxy range, but in 2016 the floor was a lot quieter. In fact, the availability of integrated wireless charging even took a slight backwards step across the year, being dropped from the LG G5 and also...
  Chinese mobile SoC market competition grows as Xiaomi enters market and Spreadtrum partners with Intel for 14nm SoC.
Brad Shaffer

Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona, Spain this week and there are many announcements relating to cellular modems and mobile SoC. Two major announcements came from Chinese smartphone OEM Xiaomi, and fabless semiconductor supplier Spreadtrum...

  Google expands AI strategy with wide Google Assistant smartphone launch
Ian Fogg

In a major strategic move, Google announces availability of Google Assistant voice agent to Android smartphones and other devices running OS v6 and v7. Expands Google Assistant from low volume Google-brand Pixel models. Google is shifting quickly to an 'AI First' strategy across all of its products...
MediaTek announces mass production of X30, Helio moves to 10nm
Brand Shaffer, Wayne Lam

MediaTek has officially announced its newest and most premium focused SoC, the Helio X30. There are many enhancements with the X30 including but not limited to the semiconductor process technology, the CPU architecture, multimedia functionality and connectivity functions. The new processor is the company’s first product built on 10nm semiconductor process technology.
  Bold start-up HMD launches three Nokia Android smartphones, must avoid nostalgia overshadowing innovation
Ian Fogg

HMD Global re-launched the Nokia brand into the smartphone market. HMD commits to a pure Google Android experience, Google Assistant AI as standard, and monthly security updates. HMD and Nokia's goal is for Nokia to regain its position as a major mobile handset maker. HMD must be careful not to allow the Nokia brand to become...

  BlackBerry has a chance of new success, with veteran smartphone brand licensee TCL
Ian Fogg

TCL launches the first BlackBerry smartphone, the flagship KEYone, since it secured a brand license from BlackBerry the company. The new BlackBerry portfolio has a chance of success, because few companies now offer BlackBerry-style design and features, and the productivity-focused smartphone segment is underserved. But TCL must be careful not to price itself out of its target segment...
LG G6 sets the tone for smartphone screen and body design at MWC 2017
Wayne Lam

LG has created a compelling new smartphone design them which many other OEMs will likely follow this year. With the G6, LG has re-examined the modern smartphone design language with the compact yet large screen G6 flagship for 2017. Complete with an entirely new screen aspect ratio (18:9 instead of the standard 16:9) with HDR. The G6 also features Google Assistant AI...

  Samsung puts fresh focus on tablets at Mobile World Congress
Rhoda Alexander

The Android based, 9.7-inch, Galaxy Tab S3, like its predecessor, features a QXGA, 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display but this model sports a glass back with its metal frame. The unit is HDR ready, through its mobile Digital Natural Image engine (mDNIe) and it incorporates quad speakers, tuned by AKG. The quad speakers’ output auto-rotates to accommodate...
  Digital health presence at Mobile World Congress 2017
Roeen Roashan

Connected health and the Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) have grown its presence in recent years at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year’s focus was virtual reality (VR) applications in healthcare and the growing ecosystem of peripheral devices used for connected health monitoring...
Advertising at Mobile World Congress 2017: A Summary
Qingzhen (Jessie) Chen

This year’s Mobile World Congress was dominated by 5G, the return of the Nokia handset brand, and AI. Connectivity developments and new mobile connected devices will continue to fuel growth for the online advertising industry. Here are the key ad-related themes from MWC 2017....
  IHS Markit Announces Innovation Awards Winners at ShowStoppers at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Ian Weightman

IHS Markit has announced winners of the IHS Markit Innovation Awards. Presented on Sunday, February 26 at the ShowStoppers Mobile World Congress (MWC) press event, the awards showcased the most innovative technology products submitted by event exhibitors....
  Artificial Intelligence Next Key Growth Area for Smartphones as Numbers Top Six Billion by 2020
Jack Kent

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the next big growth areas for the mobile industry according to a white paper released by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, ahead of Mobile World Congress...


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