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Sundar Pichai discusses Samsung, Nokia, and WhatsApp at MWC chat

At MWC, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai spoke, touching on a variety of topics. According to him, the recent news of Google’s work with Samsung is far less exciting than we’d like to believe, and he longs for an Android powered smartwatch. As for Microsoft and their Nokia X — he’s as confused as we are.

MWC 2014: We’ll see you later, Barcelona

MWC has wrapped up, and Android Community is leaving Barcelona. Over the time spent in Spain, quite a bit was seen. In wrapping up our coverage of the event, we wanted to reflect on the highlights — and lowlights — of the event.

Lenovo: A brand you should watch for in 2014

Lenovo has made headlines recently for their various acquisitions. After purchasing Motorola, much of the world wondered what Lenovo was doing snapping up a mobile OEM. They’re a PC maker, right? They are, but they’re also a great mobile device OEM in their own right.

Blackphone secure Android smartphone hands-on

The Blackphone, a secure Android smartphone was teased a bit back in the middle of January. At the time they were talking about showing something during Mobile World Congress, and naturally, we just had to go and check them out. And to clarify, the Blackphone is coming courtesy of Silent Circle, whom we seen with Android apps to include Silent Phone, Silent Text, and Silent Contacts.

Sony SmartBand and Lifelog Camera: hands-on from MWC 2014

We saw a preview of the Sony wearables back in January, during CES. And nicely, Sony was prepared to offer a bit more this time around. Coming out of MWC 2014, there was some hands-on time with the Sony SmartBand SWR10. This is a Bluetooth dongle at the moment, and will be paired with the Smart Lifelog Camera companion setup.

ZTE Grand Memo II LTE hands-on

As ZTE had promised, the Grand Memo II LTE was unveiled during Mobile World Congress. We had also been told the display was going to be 6-inches. Basically, that meant the Grand Memo II LTE was going to be a bit larger than the Grand Memo, which sports a 5.7-inch display.

Acer Liquid Z4 smartphone hands-on

Acer had the Liquid E3, and they were also showing the Liquid Z4 here at Mobile World Congress. The Z4 takes things down a step as compared to the E3. Basically, if the Liquid E3 were in the mid-range lineup, the Liquid Z4 has arrived to fill the lower end of that space. The handset sports a 4-inch display and is powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor.

Huawei Ascend G6 4G hands-on

Coming along with the MediaPad X1 7.0, Huawei also announced a new smartphone. The handset is the Ascend G6 4G. This means we are still waiting on an announcement for the Ascend P7. While that wait continues, we did make a point to visit Huawei during our time here in Barcelona to check out the Ascend G6 4G.

ZTE Open C: hands-on with a Firefox OS handset

ZTE has been showing a Firefox OS phone here at MWC. The handset is the ZTE Open C, and it will bring a 4-inch WVGA display size and a variety of colors. The handset isn't sporting the highest of specs but that is more about the market this device is headed than anything else.
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