Nokia Steals Headlines; Wearables Everywhere: MWC Day 1

What’s old is new again, apparently. In the age of futurists, constant transformation, and the hottest new item at every turn in IT, Nokia has upset the apple cart.

More than 16 years after releasing its flagship cell phone, the 3310, Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress 2017, in Barcelona, Spain, it redesigned the device and is putting it back out to market. According to multiple reports, the company announced at its day one press conference the redesigned phone would be relaunched with an absurd 31 days of battery time on standby mode (22 hours in talk mode), a 2-megapixel camera, 2.4-inch screen (less than half the size of your new generation iPhone), and comes in four different colors.

While the phone does have Internet connectivity, usage will be minimal. So what’s it going to do for the enterprise? Probably nothing more than distract employees from being productive as they waste hours playing Snake on their new device.

Though the nostalgic phone is garnering headlines, Nokia also announced more Android-based releases, including the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3. Just more unique devices to flood the already crowded market and give IT departments additional devices to secure in the enterprise.

Early returns from the event seem to be focusing on IoT, the forthcoming wave of 5G connectivity, and wearables in the enterprise. Wearables manufacturer Vuzix spent day one at the event showcasing its enterprise-specific smart glasses, the M300 and M3000, which can operate across iOS and Android systems. The company says the products, expected to be released this year, will change the way productivity is achieves in field services, logistics, and manufacturing industries.

MWC is also going to be the perfect place for collaboration announcements, as Sonus has done in its HPE Partner Showcase, unveiling interoperable, virtualized solutions are increasing the speed of real-time communications in the cloud. A live demonstration in Barcelona shows how the process is automatically scalable and enables a carrier-grade architecture to cloud providers in the industry.

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