Our attention was firmly focused on Barcelona this week as the Mobile World Congress revealed what we can expect from the mobile tech world this year. Ranging from being extremely useful to a little bit creepy, there’s plenty to report on from this exciting event.

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Worthy of a mention is LG’s new, modular smart phone. Drawing away from the idea of developing one phone to rule them all, the G5 opens opportunities for a personalised, DIY approach that allows users to create their perfect phone and swap out modules as and when they need or want them.

It’ll be interesting to see how quickly this approach is widely adopted and how open to 3rd party accessories and modules LG is. A modular approach would absolutely change the smart phone market; could the DIY phone be the next big step for mobile tech?

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Some of the biggest advances we’re seeing are in AI. Sony are clearly drawing inspiration from Her and Ex Machina by creating new tech that responds to your personal use. Though futuristic products like the Xperia Eye, Projector and Agent might be a long way off mass-production, an AI ear piece looks set to be the company’s next big contribution to the market.

Sony Xperia Ear works with Android devices running on KitKat and above and uses a modified version of Google Now to periodically provide you with weather information, social media updates and texts. You’ll also be able to ask it to dictate messages and find you information, as with the Ok Google function on your current handset but with an added feel of science fiction!

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By far the biggest news coming out of The Mobile World Congress has been the abundance of virtual reality headsets which look to be the next big thing in communication and gaming. Samsung provided all press conference attendees with a Gear VR headset to view the event in virtual reality (the photos are a little creepy) and surprise guest Mark Zuckerberg spoke passionately about Facebook’s vision for users being able to experience events as if they were there themselves. Essentially VR is being seen as the next step from video sharing and could see truly avid users barely leaving the house in order to get their dose of social interaction.

The biggest obstacles virtual reality headsets will face in breaking into the mass market will be getting over the want/need hurdle. With headsets said to cost in the region of $500-$800 advertisers will need to bring their a-game in convincing us VR is the next mobile necessity!

The Mobile World Congress is over again for another year but we’ve definitely been given plenty to think about. Which developments are you most excited to get your hands on?