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Photos: The best of Mobile World Congress 2015

A look at some of the biggest product news to come out of Barcelona… 

Wearables and tablets and phones, oh my! Mobile devices of every kind were sprawled out across the exhibition halls at Mobile World Congress this week, where nearly 2,000 companies gathered in Barcleona to show off a slew of products to a 90,000-plus crowd. While every major brand was well-represented, HTC, Huawei, Samsung, LG and Microsoft were among the names that stole the spotlight as they debuted next generations of their flagship gadgets. Beyond that, a number of emerging IoT startups also drew a great deal of attention with their new wave of projects, from smart buttons to slick watches.

So without further ado, here’s some of the best things we saw over the last couple of days — other than the paella, tapas and Catalan wine, of course!

Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL


Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge


HTC Grip


HTC Re Vive


Huawei Smartwatch and Talkbands


Huawei Mediapad x2


HP Spectre x360


Sony Xperia M4 Aqua


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet


Runcible Anti-Smartphone


Pebble Time Steel


LG Watch Urbane and Urbane LTE


LG Spirit and Magna


Microsoft Folding Keyboard


BlackBerry Leap


Silent Circle Blackphone 2


Guess Connect


Ford MoDe:Me Bike


Xiaomi Yi Action Camera


IKEA Qi Wireless Charging Furniture


La Comanda Click’N’Pizza


Report: 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014

Motorola’s Moto 360 led the pack in sales for Android Wear devices last year, a new report reveals.

According to the latest report from research firm Canalys, over 720,000 Android Wear-based devices were shipped in 2014, making up 16% of the total 4.6 smart wearable bands sold. Over the 12-month span, the [MXT112S powered] Motorola Moto 360 led the pack among other companies, while LG’s round G Watch R performed significantly better than its original G Watch, and Asus and Sony entered the market with their own Android Wear devices.


Outside of the Android ecosystem, Pebble shipped a total of one million units from its 2013 launch through to the end of 2014. Continual software updates, an increase in apps, and price cuts in the fall were among the key factors in helping to maintain strong sales in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, Fitbit remained the global leader in the basic wearable band market.

Following a completely different strategy to other vendors, Xiaomi shipped over a million units of its Mi Band, the colorful and affordable basic device. As Canalys notes, this included one day of sales of over 103,000 units.

“Though the Mi Band is a lower-margin product than competing devices, Xiaomi entered the wearables market with a unique strategy, and its shipment volumes show how quickly a company can become a major force in a segment based solely on the size of the Chinese market,” explained Canalys Research Analyst Jason Low.


All eyes will now turn to Apple as the market awaits the arrival of its new smartwatch this April. The research firm points out that the product will dramatically grow the market for smart bands and wearables overall.

“Apple made the right decisions with its WatchKit software development kit to maximize battery life for the platform, and the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency,” said Canalys Analyst Daniel Matte. “Android Wear will need to improve significantly in the future, and we believe it will do so.”

“Ironically, it could be the Apple Watch launch that determines the future of Google’s platform, and the degree to which OEMs back it,” writes TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington. “While it’s designed as a competitor to what Android is doing with its own wearable platform, its presence in the press and in consumer minds could encourage more Android device owners to look around for their own equivalent, considering the other option is switching platforms altogether. Even if initial comparisons greatly favor Cupertino’s wrist-based computer, long-term, Android Wear could benefit.”

Android Wear became much more plentiful in the latter half of 2014. However, the numbers likely have OEMs watching and waiting to see how the market evolves from here, given that there’s already price pressure on some of these.

Interested in reading more? You can find the report here.

A giant TV you can roll up is coming

This week, LG Display announced that it had successfully created an 18-inch flexible OLED paper-thin panel that can be rolled up like a newspaper. According to the company, the 18-inch flexible OLED panel has a 1200 x 810 resolution, nearly 1 million megapixels, and a curvature radius of 30R. As previously mentioned, the panel can also be rolled up to a radius of 3 centimeters without affecting the function of the display. The company reports that this new panel paves the way for “rollable” TVs of more than 50 inches in the future.

The OLED technology used in the LG display screens is apparently thinner, lighter and more flexible than conventional LCDs. “This isn’t the first time we’ve seen flexible displays, although this is likely the first of its kind to be larger than a smartphone,” writes Kevin Parrish.


(SOURCE: Tom’s Hardware


Atmel looks back at Q1 2014 wins and launches

Yesterday, Atmel execs detailed the company’s Q1 2014 highlights. Key launches, collaborative projects and product wins spanned multiple markets, including:

Winning with maXTouch (smartphones) – LG’s G Pro 2, G2 Mini and L Series 3 L90; Verizon’s Lucid 3, Xiaomi’s RedRice 5.5″, Gionee’s Elife S5.5 and ZTE’s Grand S Lite.

Winning with maXTouch (Android and Windows 8 tablets) – Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 10.1,” Galaxy Tab 12.2,” Galaxy Note 12.2″ and HP’s EliteBook 1000 G2.

Collaborating with Corning – Developing ultra-thin, next-generation capacitive touchscreens using Gorilla Glass and XSense.

Working with Mentor GraphicsAccelerating development of next-gen IoT devices using Atmel’s ARM-based Cortex M3 and M4 based microcontrollers under the auspices of the Embedded Nucleus Innovate Program.

Launching maXTouch 1066T and 1068T – Extending product leadership in the large screen capacitive touch market with devices targeted at 7″ – 8.9″ high performance tablets.

Introducing the new automotive maXTouch S lineup – Targeting touchscreens up to 14″ in center consoles, navigation systems, radio interfaces and rear-seat entertainment systems.

Debuting the SmartConnect platform – Integrating Atmel’s ultra-low power microcontrollers (MCUs) and wireless connectivity solutions into turnkey solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Introducing new low-power ARM Cortex M0+ microcontrollers (SAM D21, D10 and D11) – Offering Atmel’s peripheral event system, support for capacitive touch button, slider and wheel user interfaces, multiple serial communications modules, along with a full-speed USB interface, as well as additional pin and memory combinations.

Unveiling new $79 SAMA5D3 Xplained evaluation kit – Providing a low-cost, fast prototyping and evaluation platform for microprocessor-based design built around Atmel’s SAMA5D3 ARM Cortex-A5 processor-based MPU.

Xplaining 8-bit development– Offering a development board for Makers and engineers based on Atmel’s 8-bit AVR technology.

Launching the ATPL230A – Introducing a Power Line Communications (PLC) modem designed to implement the physical layer of the PRIME standard (Power Line Intelligent Metrology Evolution).

Rolling out Atmel Studio 6.2 – Upgrading the popular integrated development environment for Atmel AVR and ARM based microcontrollers.

Ramping up with LIN – Extending Atmel’s automotive in-vehicle networking leadership position with the launch of next-generation, low-power local interconnect networking (LIN) systems.