From groundbreaking smart devices, phones, tablets and wearable gadgets, the MWC has long proved one of the premier global platforms to unveil the latest in mobile tech.
As the dust begins to settle on the Consumer Electronics Show held in
From groundbreaking smart devices, phones, tablets and wearable gadgets, the MWC has long proved one of the premier global platforms to unveil the latest in mobile tech. More than that, it has served a catalyst for change and innovation, transforming everyday communications, advancing next-generation payment systems, and altering the way we use mobile devices altogether.
Ahead of the excitement, Khaleej Times speaks with Ashraf Fawakherji,
Bigger smart device screens
Handheld smart devices have evolved to handle much more than communications; with the development of high-speed wireless Internet and the availability of applications they are quickly becoming an essential tool for consumers to handle everyday tasks. Additionally consumers are using mobile smart devices instead of personal computers to process the increasing influx of multi-media content that is available online.
"One of the interesting trends that has continued to impact the consumer electronics industry is that people want devices with bigger screens which allow them to view content and conduct their daily tasks with ease. This is not likely to stem any time soon and we will likely see vendors at the MWC launching new handsets with larger screens to accommodate this consumer demand," Fawakherji said.
Extension of 4G LTE capabilities
Recent research by Internet World Statistics has highlighted that the rise in Internet users in the
The exponential increase in mobile data usage has encouraged operators to invest in next-generation networks such as 4G and LTE enabled devices that can handle the data-hungry applications and services, particularly video, that consumers demand. Operators will continue to reap the benefits of this increased demand for portable connected devices, he said, adding: "To best serve the rising demand for portable connected devices, telecoms operators in the
Many experts predict that this year will be the year of the smarthome. Smart homes refer to technology within homes that can control heating, lighting, cars and even electronic devices such as fridges, cookers and home entertainment systems. Before any of these devices can be successfully implemented into the home, consumers need to ensure they have sufficient home connectivity capabilities.
Fawakherji said: "Turning your home into a smart and connected home is a developing trend that we believe will start impacting consumers through the availability of home devices that can be connected to the Internet."
There was an incredible buzz generated in 2013 around wearable technology with the launch of various connected glasses, connected watches and fitness devices that sync to smartphones. Technology vendors have been watching the hype, and if one thing is clear, it is that wearable technology is "the next big thing" for the consumer electronics industry.
"At the MWC, we will likely see many vendors launching some sort of wearable device," he said, adding that
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