2018's Mobile Phone Congress was, in plainest English, a fail. There was no innovation, no creativity and certainly no shaking up the industry moments. Mobile’s biggest annual get-together didn't have anything new to showcase and was a complete disappointment.
The mobile phone industry has fulfilled everything it once promised to do. We've all got a phone, so they don't try very hard for our money. We're buying cheaper and holding onto them longer. I personally don't get that buzz associated with buying a new phone because they offer nothing new. The difference between one device and the other can be brought down to just the brand name or product specs, which half of us have no clue about.
When smartphones can think for themselves, deciding when you need to get out of bed, texting your boss to say you're sick and buying your ticket before you reach the station, only then will they be interesting again.
Mobile World Congress 2018 was strange. All the innovation was in the network side, handsets have become boring. While those touting 5G were talking about network slicing, full duplex radio, millimetre waves and massive MIMO, the handset folks seemed to think a better camera, smaller bezels and painful emojis were in some way special.