Mobile World Congress 2013 in pictures: Android tablets, racing cars and Spanish dancers

by Doug Drinkwater

March 1 2013

MWC moved to new digs in 2013

The 26th Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain was bigger, brasher and tackled everything from new Android tablets to mobile device management (MDM) solutions and operating systems. Here is the TabTimes scrapbook from the event.

Doug Drinkwater is the International Editor of TabTimes and is based in London, England.

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  • 1 Mobile World Congress moves to a new venue
    Slide 1

    The 26th Mobile World Congress was the first to be held at the Fira Gran Via, a much larger venue to accommodate all exhibitors, visitors and speakers. The conference was previously held at the Fira Montjuic center, which is also in Barcelona.

  • 2 Android is everywhere and yet Google is nowhere
    Slide 2

    Google's participation at the show may have been restricted to a few private meetings and the mysterious arrival of Google Glass, but Android still got lots of attention. Vendors showed a number of new Android devices, including tablets from Lenovo , Acer and HP.

  • 3 Lenovo to launch Android tablets at "aggressive" prices
    Slide 3

    Lenovo showed off three new Android tablets -- A3000, S6000 and A1000 -- at the technology conference. The firm chose not to announce prices at the show, only saying that all three models would debut in June at "very aggressive" prices. Amazon, you have been warned.

  • 4 Qualcomm gets into the local spirit
    Slide 4

    Trade shows don't always have to be about hard news and product announcements. Here, Spanish dancers entertain the crowd at the Qualcomm stand.

  • 5 HP bets big on Android
    Slide 5

    HP caused a minor surprise as Mobile World Congress started, announcing the $169 Slate 7 tablet to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad mini. TabTimes got a quick demo with the product.

  • 6 MWC 2013 turns out to be a good show for AirWatch
    Slide 6

    AirWatch had a strong showing at MWC. Not only did the firm have a considerable presence on the show floor, it also ran its own conference (AirWatch Connect) at the show, with speakers including esteemed analysts from IDC and Gartner. To cap that off, the firm also announced a new $200 million round of A funding.

  • 7 IDT Systems want to personalize iPad cases for business
    Slide 7

    British firm IDT Systems was demonstrating its Case System at Mobile World Congress. Put simply, it allows you to personalize cases for iPhone or iPad at reasonable prices. The company told TabTimes that it is spending a lot of time talking to corporate clients.

  • 8 The press office: A hive of activity
    Slide 8

    Mobile World Congress isn't just hard work for vendors, but for journalists and photographers too. The numerous press rooms were nearly always packed.

  • 9 Formula One racing car arrives at SAP
    Slide 9

    Software companies like SAP don't often have cool hardware demos, but at MWC the enterprise software giant showed off the McLaren Formula One race car.

  • 10 Bigger venue pays off for organizers
    Slide 10

    The decision by organizers to move across town to a bigger venue clearly paid dividends. The place was still crowded.


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