Top trends from MWC

Top trends from MWC

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw a wide variety of new products and innovations, with handsets being one particular area that experienced rapid progress.

One of the main trends this year will be larger screens for smartphones, judging by the high-end devices at the congress, with many providers set to provide five-inch screens in the coming months.

Another major development at the event was the unveiling of "life-proof" handsets that can be completely submerged in water and feel no after effects.

Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent, said that the main emphasis was on making modern smartphones that are able to cope with the rigours of modern life.

The leading handset providers are also battling it out over processing power, with quad-core processors more powerful than your PC coming to the consumer market in the shape of mobile phones in the near future.

Most of the new smartphones at MWC this year had some sort of 4G capability, as the amount of work users are doing on their devices requires more data.