展讯与Mozilla在MWC上宣布，火狐操作系统已经与展讯WCDMA及EDGE智能机结合。诺基亚X系列安卓机正“与下一个十亿互联网相连”。Nokia X、Nokia X+及Nokia XL售价在122美元到150美元之间，与火狐（25美元的手机）相比价格要贵的多。微软也在参与竞争，转向低价芯片组，放宽Windows Phone系统使用并通过补贴提高OEM采用率。
从定制产品、有趣的概念转向广阔的市场号召力、大量商用化产品，可穿戴市场正在持续增长。索尼推出SmartBand，华为推出TalkBand，三星发布采用Tizen开源系统的Gear 2及Gear 2 Neo。
移动设备厂商并没有为64位做好准备，采用A7处理器的iPhone 5S的推出使得大量64位芯片于MWC上公布。联发科宣布携四核LTE智能机芯片MT6732加入64位战争，英伟达则于上月在CES上演示了Tegra K1芯片，高通则宣布骁龙610及骁龙615处理器加入64位产品线。尽管已经有这么多种64位芯片，但支持64位操作系统的设备还没有大量推出。
Handset makers have had their eye ondeveloping markets for quite a while now. This year at the Mobile WorldCongress, they got really serious in getting their devices in the hands offirst-time smartphone users. Mobile operators, on the other hand, are lookingto wearable devices as an additional revenue stream.
This week at the Mobile World Congressmarked a significant shift in the industry as top brands focused more onentry-level smartphones rather than pricey, high-end models. Devicedifferentiation has become difficult even for major players like Apple. Analystssee sharp dips this year in smartphone shipments worldwide as demand pours infrom China and other emerging markets.
This trend has led mobile phone makers torelease models that retail below $100 but still has some of the featuresoffered by premium smartphones. Although Sony and Samsung rolled out devicesaimed at power users and wealthy markets, Nokia and Firefox targetedcost-conscious consumers.
Spreadtrum Communications and Mozilla tookthe stage in Barcelona to announce that the integration of Firefox OS withseveral of Spreadtrum"s WCDMA and EDGE smartphone chipsets is now complete (seeSpreadtrum, Mozilla to roll out $25 Firefox smartphone). Nokia"s marketingthrust for its X Series Android phones is "connecting the next billion tothe Internet." The Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL retail between $122 and$150, which is still quite costly compared to what Firefox offers (see Nokiadebuts Android mobile handsets). Microsoft is also in the fray, turning toinexpensive chipsets and easing restrictions on how its Windows Phone OS isutilised in a bid to drive higher OEM adoption.
Wearables: Variety over cutting edge tech
The wearable devices market is a growingsector shifting from mostly niche products and interesting concepts to morebroad market appeal and substantial commercial products. Junko Yoshida of EETimes identified the best wearables for "navel gazers" which includes Sony"sSmartBand and Huawe"s TalkBand (see Innovative smart watches, bands at MWC).Samsung unveiled Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, both running on Tizen, the company"sopen-source OS (see Samsung smart watches upstage other wearables).
A wide cross-section of players such astraditional tech companies serving the mobile and PC markets, fitnesscompanies, and fashion companies are converging to develop wearables.
Octa-core SoCs, 64bit mobile chips rush infull swing
While there"s no proof that mobile devicesare ready for 64bit code, the launch of iPhone 5S with the A7 processor kickedoff a number of 64bit chip announcements before and throughout the diaTek announced its entry into the 64bit fray with the MT6732 quad coresmartphone processor with integrated LTE modem. Nvidia demoed its chip, avariant of the Tegra K1, at CES last month. Qualcomm also added to its 64bit productline with the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Despite the flurry, native64bit OS support in mobile devices has yet to catch on.
Another popular segment is octa-core SoCswith several semiconductor companies introducing their ARM-based 8-core chipsin Barcelona. Allwinner, MediaTek, and Qualcomm join MediaTek and Samsung intheir octa-core offerings. However, just like the 64bit conundrum, jury isstill out as to how well 8-core performs on mobile devices.