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At the world’s biggest phone show – the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – the technology experts may be focused on the future challengers to Apple and Samsung, but the stand that was getting a disproportionate number of visitors was HMD, a small start-up that has bought the rights to produce Nokia phones.

Its updated version of the iconic, ubiquitous 3310 is a nostalgia trip, as Luis Peixe of HMD Spain and Portugal told Euronews: “I would say that it is a project that comes from the heart, because it’s very much part of the mobile phone industry. It was one of the best selling devices in the history of mobile phones and this is a new version of that product.”

At the show mobile comes in many guises; it was all the fun of the fair for virtual reality.

Samsung made up for not having a new handset to present by setting up a mini amusement park to demonstrate its VR headsets with roller coaster rides and flight simulators.

The Internet of Things gets bigger every year, such as Bosch’s connected car which lets you be a homebody on the move.

Steffen Hess of Bosch Interaction Design explained: “We can talk to or come into contact with the smart home while we are driving. For example if we have left a window open and a rain shower is coming, the smart home can inform us while we on the road that you left your window open and a rain shower is coming. And I can close the window and we can do it from the car.”

Euronews correspondent Cristina Giner concludes: “The theme at this year’s Mobile World Congress is clear – ‘Everything Connected’. By 2020, about 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet. You’ll find the Internet of Things not only in cars like Bosch’s, but also in the worlds of housing, health, industry and cities.”