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As 7 Major Companies pull out of Mobile World Congress, The Coronavirus continues to show it’s effect over tech

A presence that continues to loom over everything

The Novel Coronavirus has essentially become a worldwide pause button, as the panic it has caused has put a stop to travel, trade and multiple services not only in China but all over the world. Now it’s effect over the tech industry continues to show, as Mobile World Congress, the biggest trade show in consumer smartphones and other mobile related devices (including tablets and PCs) has had a growing list of dropouts all due to the virus. The list itself is seemingly continually growing, but at the moment 7 of the biggest company in tech right now have all opted out of the convention and are written below:
  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • Sony
  • Vivo
  • LG
  • ZTE
  • Nvidia
These companies all have varying reasons for exactly why they can’t attend, ranging from specific teams that were supposed to attend hailing from manufacturing or development facilities in China, to of course concerns about all these people from different parts of the world coming together when the virus’ spread has been shown to be well beyond China now, even if it is seemingly contained.
Now of course we can assume that some of the reasons are less rationale than others, or overly cautious at the very least, but whatever the legitimacy of all these actions are one thing is for sure: the coronavirus is continuing to affect the tech industry and that’s putting a damper on plans and projects put in motion for this whole year. Mobile World Congress after all is one of the biggest technology trade shows in the world, alongside CES (which we covered here) , IFA and E3 for gaming. It’s certainly been historically the most important show for smartphones, even if bigger players in recent years have started to hold their own events , and to have it be significantly hindered because of the coronavirus puts a hindrance for all the companies that dropped out as well as those who are attending.  There’s already been money lost , corporate relationships tested and arguably multiple other challenges that have resulted because of this, and it is a shame to see things transpire this way.Again, it all comes down to the coronavirus being thwarted, and despite the multiple fear-inducing reports it seems progress is being made on efforts to treat it and eradicate it completely. We’ll just have to hope it’s done in time for the sake of our lives and well, the tech we use in them.

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