First impressions of the event – wow, it’s massive! There are 8 different halls, and each one has many different stalls. Think of one hall as the size of the Sandton Convention Centre, if not bigger.
It’s quite a walk going between them, and it’s not possible to cover everything properly in one day, especially if you’re being hosted, in which case you have to mostly follow the schedule given to you.
So far, I’ve walked around, at speed to most of the halls, except 1 and 2. I know I could’ve missed interesting things, but I’ll probably go back tomorrow to check it out. My favourite stand so far is the Firefox stand, for obvious reasons:
Apart from that, I got to see a prototype of the $25 Firefox OS phone, just announced for emerging markets. It’s fairly decent, and is capable of running videos, taking pics and all the social networks. Mozilla couldn’t confirm at this stage if it was coming to South Africa.
I also got to see the Nokia X Android handsets, which were announced earlier today. They are the Nokia X, X+ and XL, aimed at the mass market. I’m not going into all the specs, but if you want, you can read what the Verge has to say here.
I also went to see the Sony stand, which was massive. They announced the (expected) Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet. The new flagship smartphone has most of the Z1 features in terms of design, waterproof, camera, etc but you can now capture video in 4K, which ties in nicely with the Sony ecosystem. Also, the screen is now bigger at 5.2-inches. Yikes! As for the tablet, it’s now super skinny at 6.4mm with the best of everything on the inside.
Huawei unveiled FIVE products yesterday – a smartphone, 2x tablets, a Mi-Fi device and a fitness tracker. The most interesting one of all was the wearable TalkBand B1 that also takes calls via Bluetooth. It’s water and dust resistant, can be popped out of the band to take calls and tracks your sleep. Yes, it’s available in pink:
All the major announcements have been made, except for the Samsung Galaxy S5 (and possible more?), which takes place this evening. Mark Zuckerberg will be delivering a keynote later as well, which I’m not able to attend – doubt there will be much room anyway.
On the agenda this evening – the Ford party with a special guest: the 2015 Mustang. Excite!
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