This week was all about Mobile World Congress, possibly the most important trade show in the tech calendar. The Samsung Gear Fit wearable was impressive, but the big news was the launch of the Galaxy S5. The launch wasn't a surprise, and neither was the phone: surprisingly, it turned out to lack any surprising new features.
This year's trend appears to be waterproofing. The S5 won't be damaged by a dunk, and neither will Sony's Xperia Z2. If you thought the Z1 was pretty good, the Z2 is better still. Motorola also had some nifty things on display. The firm formerly owned by Google had a "tigerish" MWC, Patrick Goss says. And Nokia came out swinging with its Nokia X range of smartphones, aimed at the developing market. "Microsoft could actually benefit from Nokia's experimentation with Android," says Max Slater-Robbins.
Remember HTC, which used to set the Android agenda? These days it can't even seem to get its product names right. HTC Desire 816, anyone? The name's a shame, because "there's plenty we love about it", says Hugh Langley. Ah, but can it survive in space? James Rogerson found out how well smartphones could cope in orbit. The answer, it seems, is not very well: thanks to space monsters, radiation and extreme temperature, space isn't the best place for a smartphone. No, not even a Samsung Galaxy.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest challenger from the South Korean brand to launch into an ever more crowded market, but at least this time the phone has focused on what users might actually want rather than useless gimmicks. Read more
Rumours of Sony's PS4 virtual reality headset have been running rife since last year, but now an inside source has told TechRadar that they've spent some time with the helmet behind closed doors - and it's almost ready to be revealed. Read more
Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp for $16 billion changes the landscape of the real-time messaging services. The world's number one social network just bought its way into the hands of WhatsApp's engaged usersbase, which Zuckerberg says is on a path to one billion people. Read more
The new look for Google Maps that Google unveiled during its IO keynote in May 2013 is finally beginning to roll out to all users. The new Google Maps will replace the old version in desktop browsers "around the world," arriving "in the coming weeks," Vice President of Google Maps Brian McClendon wrote in a blog post. Read more
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