February 28, 2014 3:09 pm

Mobile World Congress 2014 roundup

MWC 2014 saw the launch of a new Nokia smartphone family, Nokia’s most affordable Asha device and Nokia’s most affordable internet phone ever.

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It’s been an exciting week, and we’ve also seen the launch of loads of apps and services, with Nokia collecting a series of awards along the way.

Nokia X family

The Nokia X family of phones was one of the most exciting announcements at MWC, with three new handsets offering an unbeatable combination of style, build quality, Nokia apps and services and the ability to run Android apps.

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The Nokia X family is made up of the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. The Nokia X and X+ both feature a 4-inch touchscreen, with the X+ adding more RAM and more storage space to the mix. The Nokia XL is the largest phone in the range, also cramming in a 5-inch display.

Find out all you need to know about the Nokia X family and the full specs, and check out our Nokia X family photo gallery.

Nokia Asha 230

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The Nokia X family merely scratches the surface of an action-packed MWC for Nokia, with the Nokia Asha 230 also making its first appearance. The 2.8-inch smartphone is the most affordable model in the current Asha range, and it’s packed with features.

The Asha 230 is the ideal first smartphone, bringing social messaging features like Facebook, Twitter, LINE and WeChat to millions of people on a tighter budget. As with other Asha devices, Nokia Xpress browser makes it easy to explore the internet without incurring large costs, and with Fastlane built in, apps and notifications are only a tap away.

Find out more about the Nokia Asha 230.

Nokia 220

Rounding off the new phone announcements at Mobile World Congress, the Nokia 220 is Nokia’s most affordable data phone ever. It costs around 29EUR/39USD, helping Nokia in its quest to connect the next billion people, and there’s a lot to love about this brightly coloured handset.

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There’s Nokia Xpress Browser and Microsoft Bing Search, for a start, as with far more expensive phones, so you can explore the internet straight out of the box. With apps including Facebook, Twitter, Assassin’s Creed and Asphalt 6, it’s a feature phone that doesn’t sacrifice features for affordability.

Check out all the Nokia 220 specs.

Breaking App news

Mobile World Congress was a hotbed of activity when it came to app news, with loads of apps launched for Nokia Lumia phones, the Nokia X family, Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220.

Upcoming apps on the different devices include messaging service BBM, PayPal, Plants V Zombies 2, Spotify, THE Football App, Skype and Vine. Check out our list of must-have Nokia apps from MWC here and find out what’s compatible with your phone.

Services

Along with some fantastic apps, Nokia had some announcements for developers at Mobile World Congress. The availability of a new imaging SDK opens up a whole new world for developers, letting them add some amazing features to apps.

From better support for devices, to faster, smoother performance, there are plenty of reasons to be happy about the latest updates. Find out how you can get creative with Nokia Imaging SDK 1.1.

Devices

Nokia Developer Day

On Tuesday, hundreds of developers flocked to Nokia Developer Day at MWC 2014 to see how they could be part of one of technology’s biggest growth areas – the app economy.

The agenda was packed, with technical sessions about Nokia X and Windows Phone, as well as a number of fun activities for developers to have fun with the DVLUP program, the Nokia Imaging SDK, chat with partners Nokia Champions and partners, and more.

We also won some awards…

Mobile World Congress wasn’t just about launches; it’s also been a fantastic week for Nokia when it comes to the prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards.

At Tuesday’s awards ceremony, we announced wins for the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia 105, with the devices coming out top in the Best Low-Cost Smartphone and Best Entry Level or Featurephone categories, respectively.

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The Nokia 105 enjoyed a historic victory, and it’s the first time in the 19-year history of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards that the nominees in the most affordable featurephone category comprised only Nokia handsets, also including the Nokia 208, Nokia 515, Asha 210 and Asha 503.

With an insight into the awards from the judges and Nokia’s Vice President for Mobile Phones, Jussi Nevanlinna, find out more about the GSMA Global Mobile Awards.

Even more awards…

The awards have also been rolling in from other publications, too, with the Nokia X family collecting Tech Radar’s ‘People’s Choice’ award.

“Cinderella story. Out of nowhere. Nokia X is the people’s choice!” says Tech Radar’s Kate Solomon, and her colleague Gareth Beavis adds: “The Nokia X is getting people interested in the low end again.”

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Hear hear! We’d love to know what you enjoyed the most about MWC 2014 – was it the X family announcement? Finding out you can get online for less with the Nokia 220? Seeing some new apps you’ve been waiting for? Leave a comment and let us know.