While #HTC didn't announce a new flagship phone at the MWC, the company did say that it's already working on one, possibly a mobile VR. This doesn't come as a complete surprise, seeing that HTC revealed its VR Headset Vive recently and that it partnered with Valve (games publisher) to construct a VR 'experiences ecosystem'.
TechCrunch got a chance to talk to Drew Bamford, corporate VP of HTC’s Creative Labs, who said: “[...] of course it would make sense for us to work on more kinds of VR products, and products that unite our phone business and our VR business in ways that make sense.”
So there you have it, folks, a HTC VR cell phone might be coming our way soon. Thoughts?
Here's a fantastic example of how virtual reality could actually become useful in, for example, teaching. From BBC and famous British naturalist, David Attenborough, comes a video called Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur. In it, we are introduced to a dinosaur that was as long as three double-decker buses in line and as tall as a building with five floors - the Titanosaur.
Attenborough stands in a middle of a darkened forest, while the CGI-designed dinosaur trudges past him, followed by fantastic sound effects. We learn more about the animal's bone structure and actually get to see all of that in a 360-degree perspective. You can take a look at the video below and witness something truly amazing.
Surprise, surprise - #Sony launched new smartphones at its MWC event, although rumors suggested it wouldn't, given the fact that the Xperia Z5 family came out not too long ago. Still, it's time to see what the #XperiaX series has to offer.
The Xperia X is obviously the star of the show, but the X Performance is not too far behind - in fact, it's slightly more powerful than the Xperia X and water-resistant. The Xperia XA, on the other hand, is weaker than the two, with a MediaTek MT6755 chipset, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage, but also more affordable.
The X and the X Performance offer Snapdragon processors (650 and 820 respectively), 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage, 23-megapixel Smart Capture cameras, and 13-megapixel front shooters. The Xperia XA comes with a 13-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel front one, but what all of them have in common is the 5-inch display and four color options: Graphite Black, White, Lime Gold, and Rose Gold.
Take a look at the promotional videos and tell us what you think about these new devices. :)
Sony Xperia X
Sony Xperia XA
If you love #Huawei smartphones, then you should know that the Chinese manufacturer is hosting an event in Berlin tomorrow, where it will announce the Huawei P9.
The company has posted a teaser image for the upcoming launch, which shows the date and... a picture of beer? We're not sure what beer has to do with the P9, but we guess we'll find out more tomorrow.
The P9 is rumored to arrive with a Kirin 950 CPU, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, and a 3,900mAh battery.
It looks like #CocaCola wants in on the virtual reality game, as well. To get your own Coca-Cola VR headset, all you have to do is buy a package with 12 cans of the carbonated drink, fold it (the package, not the drink), and insert your phone into the headset. Similar to how Google Cardboard works and free to boot!
Coca-Cola is not the only non-tech company diving into the VR waters these days - e.g. McDonald's has its VR goggles (and an app!), too, and we bet that we'll see more of them in the future. You can take a look at the promo video below and tell us what you think.
#Kickstarter recently reached an important milestone: 100,000 projects were successfully funded through the popular website. To celebrate this occasion, the company shared 100 interesting facts about it and its history. These include how many projects one creator successfully funded, number of projects from 2009 to 2016, and the time it took to reach the last 100 successfully funded projects. If you are interested about reading more, head over to this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/the-first-100000-funded-kickstarter-projects-in-100-numbers
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