Posted by Chris Martin 11 February 2014
5 things we expect to see at MWC 2014
Mobile World Congress (MWC) is less than two weeks away so here are five things we expect to see at the technology show which takes place in Barcelona on 24 February.
Samsung Galaxy S5
This one is a bit of a surprise, but it looks almost certain that Samsung will announce its new flagship smartphone at MWC in Barcelona.
Samsung normally announces new Galaxy S phones at specific events outside of big tech trade shows. We were treated to the Galaxy S3 in London and the Galaxy S4 in New York. However, a suggestive 'Unpacked 5' invite has been sent out – wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Nokia Android phone
This might sound absurd but it looks like Nokia will be launching an Android-powered smartphone in a couple of weeks at MWC. At the moment it's called the Nokia X, codenamed 'normandy'. This is despite being taken over by Microsoft which obviously wants to push its own Windows Phone 8 operating system.
As far as we've heard, the device will be a budget handset and won't have access to the Google Play store. It's a bizarre one so we're looking forward to seeing what the Nokia X turns out to be.
Not a specific product but 2014 is set to be the year of wearable tech. We saw plenty of new devices a CES at the beginning of January when we were over in Las Vegas. Many of them came from firms which are not normally associated with fitness products, such as Razr which normally makes gaming accessories.
MWC is focused on smartphones and tablets but we're sure there will be a number of new wearable devices to check out.
We've already mentioned the Galaxy S5, but MWC could be where we see a number of flagship smartphones from rival manufacturers. All of the big names in the smartphone market will be out in Barcelona with media, analysts and industry buyers so it's a great platform to show off new products.
They're all rumours for now but we could see the Sony Xperia Z2, LG G3 and HTC One 2 among others. They will success the Sony Xperia Z1, LG G2 and HTC One.
In car entertainment and technology is on the rise and something there was a fair bit of at CES this year. We can tell you for certain that there will be more to come at MWC because we've already been sent some details ahead of the show.
New connectivity technology will be demonstrated and big names such as Ford will be there making announcements on the future of car technology.