tv Click - Short Edition BBC News March 5, 2022 3:30am-3:46am GMT
the headlines: there are fresh accounts of severe casualties and damage on the tenth day of the invasion of ukraine. the mayor of mariupol says his city is simply being destroyed. it is enduring shelling as is kharkiv. the ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy has expressed anger that nato foreign ministers have again ruled out imposing a no—fly zone over the country. he said the failure to act was giving a green light to russian bombings. nato�*s secretary general says that they had a responsibility to ensure that the conflict does not spread to other countries. australia has offered a state funeral to the family of shane warne who's died at the age of 52. adored by millions of fans worldwide, he was considered by many to be the greatest spin bowler of all time.
in ten minutes we will have this week's edition of newswatch. now on bbc, it's time for click. mobile world congress. every year, barcelona used to be lit up with smartphone launches and announcements of connected devices, beyond what you might ever think of or need. now, 2020 was pretty much a no—show, for obvious reasons, and last year — well, that was just weird. we've arrived. this is fira de barcelona. yes, the show was back on, but we couldn't go — although you were there in spirit, if not in body. yeah, the less said
about that, the better. but this year, it's back in full swing with all sorts of companies showing off their latest wares. so, whilst i am here at the design museum in london, where behind me, there is a good old—fashioned brick phone and a nokia 3310 — remember those? — we know how fast these phones change, so we've sent omar mehtab and osman iqbal to barcelona. samsung, nokia, huawei, oppo, xiaomi — they're all here and all got something to show. that's the thing about mwc, isn't it? it's all about the big releases. say, for example, this — the samsung 522 ultra. the supposedly best of their 522 range, it comes with a touch bigger screen than its predecessor, a slightly more powerful cpu and a bigger sensor, so its cameras can take better pictures in low light. but they have learnt from the 521 ultra, because instead of flogging a 60 quid case to house the optional 5 pen, they've just given it to you,
in here, and they've got a little slot for it within the phone, which potentially spells the end of the note series? who knows. but what i can say is this does write smooth. you know, like a pen on paper. the problem is in some tests, the battery life is actually a little bit worse than the 521 ultra and its square design doesn't feel as natural in your hand, either. and at 1,200 quid, you wonder if it is worth the huge price tag with such little differences. but it pairs well with this — the newly announced galaxy book 2 pro. this is the most powerful of its line—up, the 360, and it starts at around 1099 quid. it offers a few interesting titbits, like a 1080p front—facing camera and auto framing, which keeps you centred in your shot — for your video calls that undoubtedly became more popular over the last two years. can't find me! there it is! it's found me! but the multi control impressed the most, where you can keep watch of your smartphone
and also use your tab 58 as a second screen, creating quite an ecosystem. samsung stands for innovation, you know? typically where we lead, others follow. bringing all of those the elements of the note and bringing them to the 522 because we listened to our customers — they wanted that productivity, they wanted that solution from us. innovation and what our consumers tell us they want will be at the absolute heart of what we do going forward. and here's the problem. that's it. with smartphones, we've been held in a kind of a holding pattern for years with only incremental upgrades every release. once you've seen one, you've seen them all, and despite how impressive these handsets are, it's all kind of predictable. here's another example. huawei's latest p50 pro is just another smartphone with small upgrades since the last. and this super device software, which they announced at the show, is, again, incredible butjust another ecosystem they've built to bow against the likes of apple and samsung. look, here's the point i'm trying to make, 0k?
here are some releases from some of the big companies. and here are the notable improvements from their predecessors — camera quality, battery life, screen size. is that all we've got to look forward to any more? 0k, yes, in recent times, we've had some exciting innovations, like the foldable or the rollable smartphones. 0ne noticeable trend is cheaper, but feature—packed phones like from xiaomi here, or going a bit more retro again, like nokia. but otherwise, it'sjust variations of the same thing, and has been since apple debuted the iphone 15 years ago. giant screen. applause can we really call that innovation? is there a point to mwc if all you're going to do is go and look at a phone and say, "oh, look — that camera lens is bigger." there's innovation in the form factor, but there's all in — also innovation in the connectivity and the content. we've seen the content ecosystem basically develop over — over the last years
as well, so i think with every touch point that the — that the phone essentially enables, you'll also find subsequent innovation come from that. 0k, yes, innovations involving phones, but not the phone itself. look, it's no—one�*s fault, but the next killer device just has not arrived yet and so, it's all a bit samey. so maybe it's not worth coming to mwc again. there's nothing really special out on show. it's not just about the glitzy phone launches, is it? it's not just shiny things. there's a big mobile ecosystem and loads happening. i get that, but people care about the big phone launches. you don't get that, though, do you? what they may upgrade to next — that's what matters here to people. is that what matters?! of course it is! there's loads going on! you know, there's loads kind of innovation, small players, big players. i'll show you something so intense. cheer up! so, what are these companies working on in 2022? 5g bartenders, robot dogs, vr roller—coasters and, you guessed it,
the metaverse! and as i finally get back to an in—person event, i'm being made very aware that companies are eager for me to embrace the virtual world. but here's one device that is 100% metaverse—proof. as screens get bigger and bigger, what happens if you make a phone with no screen at all? no buttons, no screen, purely voice controlled. put it on and sayonara, social media. these are titan from mymanu. they are ag—enable earbuds with a phone's functionality, and they can even translate other languages in almost real—time while not needing to connect to a phone like most other devices. why don't you tell me an interesting fact about yourself? speaks french
so you're french. you're from the sunny coast and you live in manchester, where it rains all the time. exactly. that's cool. that is awesome, that is awesome — i love that. and whilst one company is ditching the screen, the astro slide 5g is adding even more to it. a regular rectangular phone — where is the innovation? watch this. boom! it's a mechanical keyboard on a phone! and while i may enjoy a keyboard on a phone, it doesn't exactly scream rock star. but this does. zurich—based start—up mictic have developed what they are calling audio—augmented reality. these wristbands connect to a smartphone app and the sensors translate your motions into music. when you think of a cello, here's the neck of the cello and then my right hand is the bow hand, so essentially, it would be like... plays cello
that's all very cultured but, let's be honest, nobody plays the air cello. i'll throw a beat behind it, now, i can start really rocking out. plays electric guitar but the final word has to go to japanese company toraru, who have found a truly novel way of transporting people to the other side of the world. this is a live video link to japan. someone is standing there with a tablet and you have these buttons along the bottom and all you do if you want to turn around, you just press your button... look at that! you can even push buttons to pick things up or even pay for goods. but some parts do feel a bit dehumanising. and i feel super guilty about this — is this button here. and i don't know why, but you can go boop! and they jump! that was a big jump!
the buttons that make other humans jump should just not exist. osman and omar, ola! it sounds like some companies are breaking new ground there, so has the visit to the show been worth it? for me? no, it hasn't, because it's the same as every other mwc that i've been to. a new smartphone with a couple of improvements from the last one. see, that's - absolutely not true! i've been trying to i tell omar all along — it's notjust - about these devices, it's about the wider ecosystem. we've seen the metaverse and the advance in connectivity needed~ — that conversation is happening. 56 low latency, things that are around the phone — - that's where the - innovation will happen. but there's nothing to see. there is no metaverse as yet, that's the point. yeah, it — because it needs these conferences like this| to sit down, get it done, advances connectivity. . it's not just about that. but the reason people care about these conferences is because of the smartphones, the main devices. not secondary things, you know? it's about the smartphones. ok, you're like an old married couple.
he's such a pessimist! i'm going to leave you to keep battling this out. you're such a pessimist! we've got the optimist and the pessimist here. osman and omar, thank you. hello and welcome to your weekly tech news round—up. it was the week big tech got involved in the war between russia and ukraine. google removed russian state—funded publishers such as rt from google news and youtube and has turned off live traffic data in ukraine on its maps service. apple says it's stopped selling its products in russia and has restricted apple pay. and spacex has sent starlink satellite terminals to ukraine after its deputy prime minister requested the dishes over twitter. activity monitoring company fitbit is voluntarily recalling its ionic smartwatch after users reported burns from its internal battery overheating. the wearable device was launched in 2017 and the company is issuing full refunds and discount codes for those affected.
and finally, apple co—founder steve wozniak�*s new venture includes findingjunk in space! privateer came out of stealth mode this week, hoping to accurately trap and map the increasing number of satellites and debris in earth orbit. looks like they're working on a vacuum cleaner! that is it for the shortcut. you can keep up with the team throughout the week on social media. find us on youtube, instagram, twitter. thank you for watching. goodbye.
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