MWC 2015 – That’s A Wrap!

Another Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come to a close. As we travel home from Barcelona and settle back into our normal routines, we can’t help but reflect on what was an exciting and packed four days at MWC.

At Intel Security, we discussed the future of mobile technology, top mobile trends for 2015, and even shared news of some of our great new mobile apps! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth, participated in one of our demos, or played our #LockItDown contest.

But the fun didn’t stop there! All of MWC was abuzz with news of the latest innovations from vendors across the globe. In case you weren’t able to keep track of all the news, we’ve made things easy by providing you with a recap of the top trends and news.

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The Future of Mobile Technology

In my previous blog, I predicted we’d see buzz around mobile payment systems, security apps and wearables at MWC. And boy, did those predictions turn out to be true!

This year, we saw a slew of smarter smartphones, a heavy push toward 5G mobile networks, and sleeker, more refined versions of existing technology.

Another non-surprise: the omnipresence of wearables. From smart watches and ‘invisibility glasses’ to virtual reality headsets and fitness bracelets designed for business executives, we saw it all. Pretty soon there will be a need for a wearables-only Fashion Week!

Vendors also cashed in on mobile payments, and it seems that existing payment systems now have some tough competition ahead. News of payment systems for Galaxy phones and Android devices surfaced, leaving us all curious to see how the mobile payment competition will play out. 

Mobile Security is Better Together

As noted in the McAfee Labs™ February 2015 Threats Report, mobile malware is on the rise, and this year at MWC, mobile vendors certainly stepped up their security game!

And as part of our own efforts to reduce that trend, we announced a joint effort with Samsung to provide built-in security software on the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices.

Now, when you purchase a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge device, it will come pre-loaded with McAfee VirusScan Mobile™, the anti-malware technology from Intel Security. This will provide users with a more secure online mobile experience.

We also announced an extended partnership with LG Electronics to help secure your personal data. McAfee® Mobile Security will be available on the LG Watch Urbane LTE so users can track, lock, and wipe their device in the event that it is stolen.

Finally, we discussed the steps we are taking to advance True Key™ by Intel Security. With new customers such as Brightstar Corp, Deutsche Telekom and Prestigio, we are taking True Key global and ensuring that all have access to its powerful identity management technology.

Mobile World Congress may have gone by in a flash, but the innovations coming out of it are sure to be long-lasting. Let’s get back to the drawing board and put our mobile minds to work so we can aim higher and achieve even more next year, at MWC 2016!

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