Several of the world’s biggest mobile technology brands gathered together to showcase their latest gear at the Mobile World Congress 2017. After the disappointing lack of smartphone-related announcements at the first big tech event of the year – the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – the Mobile World Congress comes as a great venue for catching up on the latest in smartphones, smartwatches, and other devices.
Being one of the biggest conferences and exhibitions for the mobile industry, the Mobile World Congress is quickly building up quite the anticipation not only from consumers, but also from mobile operators, device manufacturers, and technology providers from across the globe.
About The Mobile World Congress
The Mobile World Congress is an annual mobile conference, exhibition, and trade show organized and run by the GSMA, or the GSM Association, a trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators all around the globe. The event took place in different locations, but for the past three years it has been held in Barcelona, Spain, which has been chosen as the GSMA Mobile World Capital. The Mobile World Congress will be the site of future Mobile World Congress events through 2023.
As one of the most prominent mobile technology launch platforms in the world, the Mobile World Congress has brought on some of the best and most popular smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and other devices in history. Aside from bringing in the industry’s heavyweights, it also draws in futurists and idealists, those who think about innovations such as 5G and virtual reality, and decide which direction mobile technology is heading.
Mobile World Congress Schedule
First held in 1987 as the GSM World Congress, the Mobile World Congress has generally been held in the first quarter of the year. The 2017 edition of the tech trade show will be no different, running from February 27 to March 3. During that week, the show will feature some of the latest mobile technology innovations by the biggest names in the mobile industry, such as Nokia, Huawei, Apple, Samsung, and more. Scheduled announcements and press briefings will be held prior to the opening of the exhibit.
BlackBerry at the 2017 Mobile World Congress
One surprising participant at the Mobile World Congress 2017 is BlackBerry. The company has held off on producing their own line of mobile phones and has instead handed down that task, and the manufacturing licenses, to TCL. However, the company has uncharacteristically unveiled a prototype of a new handset – codenamed Mercury – which is rumored to have a 2017 release date. Chances are, it will be launched at the Mobile World Congress.
According to first-hand accounts from those who have seen the Mercury in person, BlackBerry’s new touch and type candybar handset brings back the traditional BlackBerry keyboard integrated into its Android OS. It seems to have some pretty solid specs, although any final assessments won’t happen until the Mercury – or the DTEK70 as it is sometimes referred to – is officially released.