Are you feeling the tech frenzy? We certainly are, as the Mobile World Congress 2014 kicked off in Barcelona on Monday Feb 24 and will keep us tied to the speech halls until the end of the week. The big names in the mobile technology industry have gathered in the beautiful Spanish city to share some big news, talk about the ongoing trends and check out what competitors are up to, while visitors are expecting to see the next generation of high-tech devices.
With over 1700 exhibitors, the four-day event has been topic-tight so far, confirming just how much mobile is the ultimate spark of change and innovation: from connecting people and leveraging powerful communications to advancing the next payment system that alters commerce, seems like the sky is really the limit.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook and man of the hour in numerous occasions, has been Monday’s keynote speaker to talk about his internet.org project – a vision to connect the remaining two thirds of the world population who don’t yet have access to the web. He spoke of partnerships with local carriers around the globe that will make it possible within the next 5-10 years to make the dream come true.
Not far from the social network giant’s agenda, Jan Koum, WhatsApp chief executive, said on Monday there are plans to introduce a voice service in the second quarter of the year, initially catering to Android devices and iPhones before turning its attention to Windows and Nokia handsets.
Speaking of tech devices and their wonders to be, Samsung has launched the super anticipated S5 and the new Gearfit 2, and is said to have more device updates that include a 2560 x 1440 pixel display, a 64-bit processor and flexible hardware. Nokia has also made a big show, proving at MWC 2014 that it is no longer a pure Windows Phone handset manufacturer but an Android one too, launching the Nokia X and the Nokia X+.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg! Today’s keynote speaker will be Virginia Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM – we’ll be glued to the live streaming at http://www.mobileworldlive.com to follow the discussion and see what tricks IBM has up its sleeve.
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