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MWC 2014 sets sights on connected future

21 Feb 2014

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On the heels of last month's splashy Consumer Electronics Show comes another heavy hitter of an event. Mobile World Congress 2014 will officially open on Monday in Barcelona and along with it a plethora of the latest handsets and mobile technologies from 1,700 exhibitors.

If MWC 2013 put the spotlight on quad-core hardware and large displays, this year it's all about even bigger displays, flexible/bendable screens and the connected lifestyle. According to Ernst & Young, the mobile industry is now taking a more serious look at issues related to pricing of data services and how mobile can transform everything from healthcare to automotive and even the concept of smart cities.

The stars of MWC 2014 are most likely the new smartphones that will be launched by industry giants. A lot of anticipation is building up on Samsung's announcement of its "Unpacked 5" event, which strongly suggests the debut of the Galaxy S5. Fellow South Korean LG will bring its G Pro 2, while Nokia is likely to unveil its first Android smartphone. China's technology forerunners Lenovo, Huawei, and ZTE are expected to establish an even bigger presence at this year's MWC.

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