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Your Next Smartphone Will Be At The MWC 2014

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Your Next Smartphone Will Be At The MWC 2014


The MWC 2014 (Mobile World Congress) is coming soon (24 ? 27 February 2014., Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain) and industry watchers are calling it more of a ?smartphone party? than a ?Congress?.

The MWC is unlike other technology and gadget trade shows as many, if not most of the devices that are going to be featured, will also be available for sale. Yes, you can actually buy all the wonderful gizmos that are going to be launched and unveiled. This has been the practice of MWC since it began many years ago.


The MWC 2014 may not be as massive an event as the CES, but the focus on the most exciting tech products ( mobile devices) combined with a most seductive location (Barcelona ) makes this event sizzle and exciting, more than any tech trade show this year.


So what is in store for those attending the MWC? Let us take a look.



Video: Mobile World Congress Preview (Mobile World Live / YouTUbe)


1) LG ? LG will be lugging along 5 new mobile handsets it recently unveiled. These are the G2 Mini, the G2 Pro, The L line ? L40, L70 and L90. The MWC will be the first time that the public will be able to see and hold these phones, as well as a couple of probable surprises from LG.

2) Nokia ? As we featured in an earlier article ( Nokia to launch Android ?Normandy? Phone & App Store in MWC : ) Nokia, with its looming purchase by Microsoft still pending, has already invited the media to meet them ?under the tree? in the MWC Barcelona 2014 event. Microsoft and Nokia are supposedly going to launch an Android handset and Android app store ( Are you serious? ). Do click on the link above to know more about the phone ? codenamed ?Normandy?.


3) Samsung ? This Korean tech giant has a flair for spectacle., especially if it schedules an ?Unpacked? event (something it started way back in MWC 2010). Techies will surely be lining up to get first glance and dibs on the new version of the Galaxy Gear smart-watch (powered by Tizen) and the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S5. The S5 is touted as a major improvement on the impressive S4 and Samsung hopes that the reported 64 bit chip and fingerprint sensor will do the trick. Fans of the Galaxy Gear are also hoping that the new version will improve on the lackluster features of the original Gear smart-watch.

4) Others ? Sony is supposed to release a new Xperia tablet that will run on KitKat (Android OS 4.4) ; Huawei is scheduled to announce on a Sunday press-con its new smart-watch; and Motorola will just make an appearance to update everyone on its current developments (What ? No new phones? ).

Other ?sights? to see in the MWC 2014 are devices from China’s ZTE and Yotaphone, the Firefox OS from Mozilla, and gadgets from other vendors (notably several from economic powerhouse China).


On a related note, HTC will not be launching their much awaited ?codename: HTC M8? -the successor to the HTC One- but will hold their own event on March 25 in London and New York. (For more info, do read our article on – HTC M8 Will Launch on March 25 in London & NY: )


Another ?major attraction? in the 2014 Barcelona MWC is the keynote address of Facebook top honcho Mark Zuckerberg.


So is this event hot or not?


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