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Mobile World Congress, popularly known as GSMA MWC is the biggest event for mobile phone developers and act as a launch pad for new devices. Fluper as a leading Mobile App Development Company considers MWC as a historic event which we will cover through this blog, paying attention to its history in particular and what events led to innovation in mobile technology that we use today.
Before we go further and cover all the events that led to success in mobile technology over the years, let us have a look at what MWC is all about?

What MWC is All About?

MWC is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and is held every year in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibition incorporates various leaders which include various eminent executives representing global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers and vendors from all over the world.

This is an annual event as mentioned above, is being held since 2006 in the city of Barcelona, Spain. It finds its background in the GSM Congress organized by the GSM Association which began to operate in 1990 in Rome with a few hundred attendees. The Congress eventually in 2006 shifted its HQ in Barcelona from Cannes due to better facilities and infrastructure.

The event takes place for over 4 days and gathers around 1,00,000 professionals including thousands of CEOs from more than 200 countries, famous journalists from leading media houses and millions of online users. It has the ability to generate 500 million Euros ($565 M).

Importance of MWC

Historical Events in MWC with Latest Technology

iconIt provides an opportunity for the largest companies in the world to present its innovative solutions in latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, Robotics, and Drones, etc.

iconIt is not just limited to work at new technologies but provides room for innovations in the software and Hardware field.

icon It lays the foundation for new businesses to update them with the latest trends that will rule the world in the next years or decades.

iconMoreover, it gives an idea on the revenue generation and jobs the new technology could raise in various fields.

Also Read: Highlights of MWC19 Shanghai 2019

Historical Events in Mobile World Congress

Let us shift our focus to the history of MWC, believe me, this has been a great few hours to cover this for you. Without further ado, let’s dive in straight!

MWC 2006: Nokia Started to Rule

icon In 2006, the 3GSM as it was called back then was held in Barcelona and had an attendance of more than 50,000 people.

iconThere were a few sliders and candy bars but the clamshell design was highly popular that time.

icon Some of the biggest attendees in the conference were Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson.

icon Nokia 8800 was awarded the best GSM handset award while Motorola RAZR V3X was awarded the best 3G handset award.

MWC 2007: Samsung and Nokia Battled

iconThe year 2007 saw a great buzz on videos on mobile including video calls, movies, and TV.

icon Motorola came up with Razr brand while Blackberry showed off its 8800.

iconLG came up with Prada while HTC incorporated Windows in mobile handsets.

iconSamsung SGH-D900 won best GSM handset award while Sony Ericsson K800 Cyber-shot was named the best 3G handset award.

MWC 2008: Walkman Phone became Popular

iconThe year was dominated by Sony Ericsson and W910 Walkman phone.

iconXperia line came into the picture with its X1 model running on Windows Mobile 6.1 which was designed and manufactured by HTC.

icon Nokia also came with its N96 model but most people wanted a better answer to iPhone devices.

iconW910 model of Walkman phone won the award for the best handset.

MWC 2009: Remember Inq?

iconInq mobiles were the main highlight of 2009 as the handset Inq1 won the best handset award. The company recently closed in 2014 though.

iconIt came up with social networking features like Facebook, Skype, and Windows live messenger.

iconSony came up with the first 12-MP handset.

icon Vodafone unveiled its HTC magic which was the first Android Phone to debut at MWC.

icon3GSM was renamed as MWC in 2008

MWC 2010: Brought Android to a Large Extent

icon The year saw a high inflow of Android devices which included Garmin, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Acer, and LG.

iconHTC phones were the most popular phone in the conference with its Legend and Desire phones.

icon HTC Hero won the award for the best Handset award.

iconMicrosoft Windows Phone 7, Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo operating systems entered the market.

MWC 2011: Samsung Was Everywhere

icon HTC released Facebook phones, the Salsa and ChaCha which failed miserably.

icon Sony Ericsson came up with PlayStation phone, Xperia plays but failed as well.

iconEric Schmidt talked about combining Tablet wit Smartphone OS i.e. Gingerbread in the next version of Android.

icon IPhone4 won best mobile device award though it was seriously challenged by Samsung Galaxy S2.

iconThe powerful, slim, and affordable Samsung Galaxy S2 became the talk of the town.

MWC 2012: A reminder from Nokia

icon Samsung won the award for the best manufacturer and Smartphone of 2012.

iconSamsung replaced Apple as the top sought after a phone with its S3 model being highly anticipated one.

iconA Hall was named App planet which included speakers discussing on HTML5, NFC, and payments via mobile.

iconNokia came up with 41 MP camera phone Nokia 808.

iconZTE released low budget phones for Android and Windows platform.

MWC 2013: Samsung Galaxy S3 Ruled

iconSome new Android phones came into picture which included Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, and LG Optimus G Pro.

icon Sony Xperia Z Tablet made huge noise with its slim Android Tablet

iconSamsung continued its dominance with its Galaxy S3 winning Smartphone of the year

iconGoogle’s Asus launched Nexus 7 which was awarded best Tablet of the year.

MWC 2014: Wearable Came into Picture

iconThe year saw a flurry of Wearable devices with various big brands launching wearable devices.

iconNokia came up with its Android debut with Nokia X and X+ devices.

iconSamsung’s Gear Fit won the attention of the masses while HTC, Motorola, and Huawei also joined the force with their smartwatches.

iconHTC one got the award for the best Smartphone of the year while iPad Air got the best Tablet prize.

MWC 2015: IoT, VR and Wearable Devices Came to Public

Wearable Came into Picture

iconSamsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge was the talk of the town with its edges looking stunning and better than other Smartphone.

iconNew players like Gionee, Xiaomi, along with ZTE made affordable yet attractive phones.

iconMost of the devices supported 4G network making it a necessity.

icon MediaTek announced it’s Wearable Shoe tracks your kid’s location and gets charged wirelessly.

iconVirtual Reality could easily be made a part of one’s life with HTC Re Vive VR headset.

icon Enterprise mobility solutions improved with Mobile payments, IoT, Wearable, and SAP.

MWC 2016: Xiaomi Became Popular

icon LG G5 came up with the first removable battery capability phone while having a metal chassis.

iconSamsung Galaxy S7 Edge+ came up with Qualcomm Snapdragon or Exynos 8 Octa-core processor and a 4 GB RAM part from 12 MP Rear Camera and 3600 MAh Battery.

iconSamsung’s Gear 360 took users spotlight with it being a 360-degree video recording tripod camera which had microSD card capable of storing 128 GB space.

iconXiaomi Mi5 was a low-cost phone had snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB capability of storage, a 16MP Sony IMX camera sensor at just $360.

MWC 2017: New Technology Incorporated in Mobiles

iconQualcomm announced a new Development kit and Head mounted display while Oculus reduced the prices making it purchasable at $600.

icon GSMA predicted that by 2025 nearly 1 Billion people will have access to 5G devices.

icon Augmented Reality to grow by 81 percent from 2016 to 2024.

iconHuawei is taking steps to improve cloud architecture by releasing its products.

MWC 2018: Google Helps Developers in App Integration

iconPop-up cameras of Huawei became the talk of the town which was nothing but camera built into the keyboard.

iconNokia phones will run of Android One platform which includes snapdragon 835 powered Nokia 8 Sorocco.

iconGoogle Announced a new app integration that will let Android Mobile App Developers build apps with ease.

iconSanDisk launched a 400 GB SD card.

iconIoT, 5G, AR, VR continued to improve with companies launching new devices.

MWC 2019: New Devices with Immersive Experience

iconThe theme of this year was Internet Connectivity

iconIoT, 5G, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data are the real things to be focused on.

iconMicrosoft HoloLens 2, a next-generation mixed reality product was launched which will make holograms even better.

iconGalaxy Fold came up with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB internal storage.

iconAzure Kinect DK, a new software development kit launched

icon1 TB micro SD cards of Sandisk and Micron launched

icon5G Phones of Xiaomi, LG and ZTE are also launched at MWC

MWC Shanghai 2019

MWC Shanghai 2019 will be held from 26th June to 28th June with a focus on next-generation technologies like 5G, IoT, and Big Data. With just a few days away, many big companies are sure to announce something big in these technologies. It is touted that almost 60, 000 professionals are expected to attend this conference.

List of Keynote Speakers as Announced by GSMA for this Event:

iconMathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio

iconKe Ruiwen, Chairman and CEO, China Telecom

iconSophie Eom, Co-founder, and CEO, Adriel

iconFrank Meng, Chairman, Qualcomm China

iconLi Guohua, President, China Unicom

iconIrfan Wahab Khan, Head of Emerging Asia and CEO, Telenor Pakistan

iconDan Zhuang, Executive Director and President, YOFC

We hope this blog enlightens you to get updated with how mobile technology evolved over the years. Fluper, as a leading Mobile App Development Company will continue to update you with the latest happenings and events from the technology world.

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Anshul Sharma is the visionary CEO of Fluper, the leading mobile app development company known for its innovative solutions and cutting-edge mobile applications. With a relentless drive for excellence and a deep understanding of the tech industry, Anshul leads Fluper with a focus on delivering value-driven products that transform businesses. Under his leadership, Fluper has become synonymous with quality, reliability, and innovation in the digital space.

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