Mobile World Congress is upon us again, the cellularly-centric Barcelona show expected to see Nokia reveal its first Android device, Samsung its latest Galaxy flagship ahead of the iPhone 6 later this year, and wearables manufacturers further pitch the fast-growing segment. SlashGear is headed off to Spain to bring back all the details as they're announced, but we've already got a good idea of what we can expect and just how much of an impact it might make. Read on for our full pre-show guide!
Microsoft hasn’t gone official with Windows Phone 8.1 yet, but we have already heard about some of the features that the OS update will bring via rumors. Among the interesting features Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to get are a Siri-like voice control and a new notification center. We have also seen the SDK get the hands on treatment this month.
Nokia has gone official with the introduction of its latest gadget called the Treasure Tag. We talked about the Treasure Tag device back in July of last year when the product was mostly rumor. Nokia has now offered up all the details on the Treasure Tag and it is designed to help you keep track of your valuables.
This morning a rather sizable leak has appeared overseas with a retail listing of Nokia's first Android phone. This device is called the Nokia X A110, according to the listing, and it's ready to roll with mid-tier specifications. The real big deal with this device - besides the fact that it'll likely work with Microsoft-made Android apps and Nokia's HERE Maps, is the fact that it comes in at around $110 USD off-contract.
It would appear that Microsoft is either unaware of the existence of BlueStacks, or they've decided it might be time to take the technology mainstream. In a chat with the Verge, an anonymous source has suggested that Microsoft is "seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone." Allowing these apps to run, as it's said there, would allow both platforms access to thousands of apps never before available to them in the past.
Olympics sponsor Samsung is reportedly dropping Galaxy Note 3 smartphones in athletes' goodie-bags, though the gift comes with a catch: a supposed ban on any other device branding, iPhone or otherwise, during the opening ceremony. Details of the clamp-down, which is said to require the Apple logo on an iPhone be physically covered so that it's not caught on camera during the televised ceremony in Sochi, were spilled by the Swiss Olympic team.
Intel has launched its first offering with a Bay Trail processor, the awkwardly-named Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH. With this tiny computer comes a budget-friendly price and Windows 8.1, as well as a variety of connectivity options and ports to meet most users' needs, whether using the PC as a desktop computer or as part of an entertainment system.
We have talked about some of the remote controlled toys from BeeWi in the past. The company rolled out its sumo and soccer playing RC robot in September 2013. BeeWi is on hand at CES 2014 and the company has rolled out a new robot toy that is remote controlled called the Bluetooth Fighting Mini Robot.