Our mobile phone and tablet teams are blogging daily from the show floor at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, between Sunday 24th to Thursday 28th February, 2013.
Blogs for days 1 to 4, Sunday to Wednesday -- from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service -- can be read here.
After 5 days of nonstop meetings and presentations, it is time to wrap-up.
There were a record 72k visitors to MWC 2013, up +8% YoY. The weather was sunny but chilly, possibly the coldest weather for the event this century.
We could draw hundreds of conclusions from the show, but I will leave you with just two for now:
1. NFC is emerging everywhere in the mobile phone space... but consumer demand is still questionable;
2. Firefox has emerged with a bang... it is a credible low-end smartphone OS rival to Android... but a lack of support from Samsung is a major barrier to success.
See you next year, provisionally from Thursday 27th February to Saturday 1st March, 2014. Yes, you read it right. MWC looks set to open on a Saturday.
And please join us for our own POST-MWC WEBINAR, available to clients, at 300pm UK-time on Wednesday 6th March, 2013. The registration form is located here.