BARCELONA, Spain-- Smartphones were expected to play a huge role here at this year's Mobile World Congress, and we've already seen a few major announcements from the likes of Samsung and LG. But many of the devices that scored some of the spotlight during the show's opening days weren't phones at all. And those companies that did showcase new phones often focused on features and functionality far beyond traditional uses such as calling, messaging and using apps.
Since the launch of Apple TV in 2007, the streaming media player industry has continued to grow, impacting the traditional pay-TV and video landscape along the way. Industry players now find themselves in a highly competitive environment, requiring continuous innovation and compelling value propositions to increase both their user base and market share.
Soon AT&T Mobility customers will be able to receive a call on their Apple Watch even if they don't have their iPhone nearby. The carrier is trialing its "NumberSync" technology in the latest beta version of iOS. The technology lets customers share their primary phone number with other connected devices even if their phone isn't connected to a cellular network.
Helium Systems is launching its Internet of Things platform that focuses on sensors for industrial applications and use cases, and uses the cloud to get access to all of the data generated by the sensors and make sense of it. The company is working with the healthcare and the food, beverage and grocery industries to offer smart refrigeration systems as a first use case.
AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie and CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker said that several different elements need to come together to enable the United States to fully take advantage of the Internet of Things, including more spectrum, security and infrastructure and a light-touch regulatory environment that lets wireless companies invest.
T-Mobile US said it plans to offer a service that will let customers share their primary phone number with other connected devices just after AT&T Mobility unveiled such a service, which it calls "NumberSync."
AT&T Mobility is rolling out a new service called "NumerSync" that will let customers share their primary mobile phone numbers with their connected devices so that they do not need to use Bluetooth or other technologies to link their phone to wearables or other gadgets. The goal is to untether customers from their smartphones by having the same number linked to multiple devices, and the first compatible NumberSync devices will be available later this month.
Amazon Web Services launched a new platform for the Internet of Things to let customers build applications to connect devices via cloud, stepping into an arena with giants like Microsoft and IBM, which have staked a claim to be premier IoT cloud service providers.
Sprint said its network was not the culprit behind a recent media exposé that revealed how connected Fiat Chrysler vehicles were vulnerable to hacking and remote manipulation. Fiat Chrysler has made network-level changes to update the security of its vehicles and announced a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles.
What role will Google and Apple play in unleashing developers as the Internet of Things spreads? There is still some question of whether mobile dominance will be carried over to IoT. Special report