Mobile phoneAs the mobile industry continues to change and evolve at lightning speed, what can we expect to see in the future of the technology and infrastructure?

Find out what a group of students from the Missouri School of Journalism learned as they virtually “attended” Mobile World Congress 2013 in February. The students were able to blog their observations and analyses by monitoring the Internet and blogs.

The event, which is held in Barcelona, Spain, is the largest mobile industry exhibition in the world.

Read a few of the students' observations here

Some of the most innovative technology was featured and unveiled during the event.

  • Phablets are on the rise: Phablets are a cross between a phone and a tablet. These devices focus on web and media consumption rather than on the mobile phone feature. New phablets include Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the LG Optimus Pro G.
  • Most durable smartphone? Caterpillar announced the new CAT B15 Android Smartphone. This new smartphone has an aluminum and rubber exterior that can survive about six foot drops, stays under shallow water for thirty minutes and stays functioning in temperatures between –4°F to 122°F. Even with all the protection, the phone feels surprisingly light.
  • It’s a phone. It’s a tablet. It’s a Fonepad: One big reveal was the Android-powered Asus Fonepad — both a phone and tablet. The Fonepad will give consumers 3G capabilities to surf the web, as well as make calls on demand.
  • Sony SmartWatch: This cool watch offers a 1.3-inch color touch screen, weighs about six ounces and runs Android 2.1. Thanks to Bluetooth, you can use the watch to make calls, read texts and emails and control music from an Android-compatible smartphone.


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