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A staid MWC wraps up amid a lull in mobile excitement


I wrote a bit last week about how it was going to be a weird MWC. By “weird,” I mean beyond the usual way that everything is weird all the time now. In addition to being the second time the show has been held during a global pandemic, the smartphone industry has undergone some big changes.
Here’s a quick bullet list from the last article:
• People are upgrading their devices less frequently/spending money elsewhere• Supply chain issues and chip shortages aren’t helping• LG and HTC have stopped making phones and dramatically ramped down, respectively — though the latter is, very least ready to jump from one buzzword (blockchain) to another (metaverse)• Huawei has been sidelined by sanctions• Companies like Samsung and Apple now rely on their own events• That, i …

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