3rd day of MWC has been a little less about devices and more about checking out some of the service trends and technology innovations. Here are some of the things we checked out today.
Tizen OS & other OS news
When you thought there were enough mobile phone OS platforms, Samsung has confirmed that the first Tizen devices will be launched with Docomo and Orange second half of 2013. Tizen was actually announced about a year ago replacing the previous initiative called LiMo. Tizen OS is the foundation for Bada OS from v2.0 and onwards as well as the basis for several other open source platforms. The goal is for Tizen to be interoperable with other HTML5 initiatives such as Firefox OS. In other news HP has sold WebOS to LG who will be using it for Smart TVs.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
We missed this among all the devices in Samsungs stand and announcements during the first day but our team on the floor today didn’t. The family of new Android devices with 7 and 8 inch screen tablets (and phablets) look more and more promising and although this is not an iPad killer it is most definitely a great alternative. Try it out!
OTT conflict with operators
Just like 2012 the operators are discussing what to do with the threat from OTT (Over The Top) services such as Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, Google Talk, etc. It seems that they’ve finally come to the realisation that they cannot block them but either need to collaborate or launch competitive offerings. Maybe later in 2013 or 2014 the operators will launch competitive offerings?
Qtel rebrands as ‘Ooredoo’
This actually happened day 2 but as we were there during the announcement we completely forgot to report about it. For DMI this is especially exciting as we’ve been working with Qtel Group for the past 2 years. Congratulations to the team!
Exploring consumer trust in apps
MEF organised a breakfast meeting on how to gain consumers’ trust in mobile apps. With high profile news reports of fraud and invasion of privacy, the industry must demonstrate it is up to the challenge. Some interesting numbers were:
-70% of users have not downloaded or have erased an app because of privacy issues;
-only 37% of users of comfortable with sharing personal data;
Completely outside of our field but gyroscope manufacturer Maxim has come up with a great way of showing off their not-so-exciting gyroscopes that are used in many devices. In addition to displaying the gyroscopes in the stand they have 2 robots moving around to show the difference in the latest imaging stabilising technology using gyroscopes.
One more day of fun! Last report tomorrow and then the wrap up!