Doctor Mom joins Leo to talk about how the Mobile World Congress has since been cancelled due to the Covid19 (aka Corona) virus outbreak. Since most mobile phones come out of China, there was widespread fear that there would be a breeding ground to spreading the virus. Doctor Mom says that the Corona virus has been around for years, in one form or another. What's new is how the Chinese government has been relatively stingy with information, and the virus has become deadly with some people. Is it prudent to cancel a trade show?
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The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the annual event that is the peak showplace for the latest designs in mobile phones, has been canceled due to concerns of traveling to the event during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Leo says that folding phones are going to be the buzz word at this year's Mobile World Congress. Even Energizer, the battery company, is announcing one as part of their 26 model line of new phones. They are also going to do a phone with an 18000mAh battery, four times the battery life of the Note 9.
Leo also says sales of mobile phones have plateaued, and that means the "silly season" is about to start, where phone companies start adding "fins" and other silly features to lure customers back to buy.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress this morning. Leo originally thought that Apple's $1,000 price tag on the iPhone X would influence mobile phone prices moving forward, but Samsung chose to only raise the price a bit, by comparison, starting at $720 for the 64GB version. You can trade in your older models to get a better price. You can also get $100 off if you buy from Best Buy. Leo says, however, that you don't get any benefit by paying more for larger storage considering the Android phones have a microSD slot for additional storage.
Sensing a market for people who just want a phone, or a burner, Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this week the return of the 3310 phone, which has over 21 hours of talk time on a single charge. It will cost just $51.
Meanwhile, Blackberry returned with the standard Blackberry keyboard on an Android phone, and Motorola is putting out a new version of the Moto G5 with a 13MP camera and faster snapdragon chips, larger screen, and more. That will retail for $200.
LG announced their new G5 mobile phone which not only allows for swappable batteries, but also an expansion slot to add other devices directly into it. Leo says that we can't really call them phones anymore -- they're much more than that.
Samsung announced today new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge mobile phones, Gear VR Headset and a new Gear 360º camera which will stream live to Gear devices. Leo says that being number 2, Samsung has decided to go all in with creating an ecosystem much like Apple enjoys, rather than be over reliant on an open source architecture driven solely by Android. The phone will go on sale next month and Samsung said they will toss in a Gear VR Headset for those who buy into it.
Zuckerberg also took to the stage to talk about the new partnership and how Facebook will become more and more VR centric.
As if Samsung didn't learn a harsh enough lesson from being sued by Apple a few years back over copied designs of the iPhone, the mobile phone maker may be announcing pressure sensitive screens in the new Galaxy S7. Apple was the first to create this with its '3D Touch' on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
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