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This Week's Chitter Chatter: What to Expect at Mobile World Congress
The Mobile World Congress starts on Sunday and the world's tech press, phone manufacturers, networks and everyone interested in the mobile industry will be descending on Barcelona to see what is new for 2016. Here we are going to look at what to expect from this year's event.
New Smartphone Launches
[caption id="attachment_2545" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The S7 will replace the Galaxy S6 as Samsung's Flagship Smartphone[/caption]
Many phone manufacturers choose the event to launch their latest models. Samsung are certain to launch the Galaxy S7 in Barcelona. Rumours are widespread about what we will see. Wireless charging and a range of versions have been predicted, including another Edge phone and a large screen model to compete with the iPhone 6 Plus.
Not to be outdone, LG will be launching their own flagship Android phone, the G5. They are also expected to announce a new mobile payment system.
Other phones that are set to be announced include the Sony Xperia C6 and more Android phones from Blackberry. HTC are set to release their M10 model, but may not do so until after MWC.
Virtual Reality or VR is going to be one of the hot topics for the Tech industry this year. Facebook-owned Oculus Rift has already launched, but expect to see announcements from other companies at the event. HTC are said to be launching a VR headset called the Vive. There may be two types of headset shown in Barcelona - the full-on standalone version, as well as more basic headsets that follow the Google Cardboard system and need you to slot a smartphone into the device. Software, games and VR experiences will be in evidence to show off the true capabilities of the devices.
As seen at the CES show in Las Vegas in January, wearable devices are one of the fast-growing categories for manufacturers. Expect to see more of the same at MWC with new fitness trackers, health monitors and watches.
One of the quirkier wearable products to be announced is called Verve Retrieve, a smart dog collar. The collar has GPS and mobile connectivity, so you will always know where your dog is.
You can set up an invisible fence that will alert you when your dog leaves a pre-defined safe area.
We are looking forward to seeing what is going to be launched at the event. We'll be back next week to share all the features, specs and let you know when you can get your hands on the new phones.