Samsung's new flagship smartphones made the greatest splash of thousands of products launched at last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the bigger news from the Korean giant was revealed between the lines. DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division, declared that market conditions were perfect for innovation and change, thanks to artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, more powerful processors, the Internet of Things and "the intelligence of things". However, little of this technology was demonstrated on the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets Koh then unveiled. Instead, while showing off a range of new features that had long been anticipated by the market, he and other Samsung executives hinted strongly at the emergence of a new Samsung ecosystem as opposed to a range of disparate devices. Smartphones and tablets will be designed to interact with kitchen and other household appliances, direct e-commerce partnerships will be...

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