The Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone in a blur of announcements, unveilings, keynotes and the odd plate of tapas.
As usual, the Barcelona phone fest continues to prove a key staging post for the year ahead and an indicator of the big trends in the mobile market.
V3 was live on the scene and after our week-long stint at the event we've put together some insights into the major trends and biggest announcements that we think will be key for the coming year, and beyond.
10. Blackphone aims to hide data from spies' eyes
The Blackphone handset from Silent Circle and Geeksphone was announced ahead of this year's MWC, and the firms took to the Barcelona show to give the handset its first official airing.
Silent Circle describes the Blackphone as the "phone no-one else has dared to make", as rather than focusing on a high-end camera or top-of-the-range screen, the device is all about security. Given recent NSA revelations, the firm is hoping that this will win over buyers.
While Android is at the phone's core, Blackphone runs Silent Circle's own PrivatOS, which equips the handset with a bunch of tools and features to ensure its user's privacy is retained. These include anonymous search, automatic disabling of non-trusted WiFi hotspots and private texting, calling and file-transfer capabilities.
That's not all, either, as the phone comes with $700 worth of other features pre-loaded for free, including a two-year subscription to Silent Circle's own application suite, and two years of Spideroak encrypted data backup, with 2GB free data included each month.
Blackphone will cost $629 and there could be a few enterprises considering the device as the Snowden PRISM revelations continue to flow.
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