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Mobile World Congress 2014

Below is full access to our daily video highlight features and extensive news story coverage from MWC14. For access to our entire library of Mobile World Live TV content – including CEO interviews, showfloor features, studio panel discussions and major press events – click here!

Video features

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    Video feature: MWC 2014 preview Edit Post

    Later this month the world’s biggest mobile event opens its doors again in Barcelona. In this special video feature Mobile World Live previews the event, as expert journalists and analysts predict the likely talking points of the show. Plus the GSMA’s Chief Marketing Officer Michael O’Hara offers his insight into the week’s activities.  
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    Video feature: 2014 Global Mobile Awards preview Edit Post

    Ahead of the 19th annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Live previews the big occasion with this special feature. More than 680 submissions  – a record number of entries – are fighting it out for one of the 38 awards on offer.
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    MWC 2014: Day 1 opening highlights feature Edit Post

    Mobile World Live brings you highlights of all the action from the Sunday of Mobile World Congress, including press conferences from Huawei, LG, Microsoft, Mozilla and Tizen.
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    MWL Keynote: Facebook Edit Post

    Exclusive replay of Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote appearance at Mobile World Congress 2014.
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    MWC 2014: Day 2 video feature Edit Post

    Mobile World Live brings you exclusive footage of the Monday of Mobile World Congress, including clips from the Facebook and WhatsApp CEOs and press conferences from Nokia, HTC and Sony.
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    MWC 2014: Day 3 video feature Edit Post

    Mobile World Live brings you all the latest action from MWC, including highlights of Tuesday morning’s keynote addresses from Deutsche Telekom and NTT Docomo as well as coverage from Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S5.
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    MWC 2014: Day 4 video feature Edit Post

    Watch highlight clips of the Mobile World Live keynote featuring IBM CEO Virginia Rometty. And check out the best bits from Motorola’s Tuesday night press conference as well as keynotes from Cisco CEO John Chambers and Alcatel-Lucent’s Michel Combes.
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    MWL TV Keynote: IBM Edit Post

    Exclusive replay of Ginni Rometty’s keynote appearance at Mobile World Congress 2014.
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    MWC 2014: Show wrapup - Top 5 news stories Edit Post

    The Mobile World Live team brings you its take on the biggest stories from this year’s event, as well as the best showfloor action.
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    Alcatel-Lucent CEO says firm back in mobile “big time” Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: An upbeat Michel Combes told Mobile World Live that Alcatel-Lucent had no more financial worries and was now much better placed to compete with rivals. “We have regained trust among customers,” said the CEO of the Franco-US supplier, adding that the firm was in mobile – “big time” – once again. Combes claimed his ambitious ...

News content

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    Viacom touts mobile branding potential Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, said his company is looking to develop its mobile business using its brands in partnership with operators. “The biggest revenue opportunity is our mobile brand licence business,” he told Mobile World Live, revealing that the MTV tariffs offered by European operators have so far ...
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    Connectem CEO: Operators embracing NFV Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: Mobile operators are becoming less resistant to change and more willing to adopt new technologies, including NFV (network function virtualisation), as they move to make their networks more agile and cost-efficient, according to Nishi Kant, CEO of Connectem. Kant, who heads a US-based start-up specialising in NFV, argues that these players are beginning to see more clearly ...
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    Good Technology CEO: Businesses challenged by level of smartphone adoption Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: Companies are having to contend with a workforce in which the smartphone has become ubiquitous and users frequently carry a number of devices, according to Christy Wyatt, CEO of enterprise mobility provider Good Technology. “The demand for devices has accelerated. It used to be that maybe 10 to 15 per cent of the total ...
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    Dropbox CEO claims service reduces operator churn Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox, said the storage service, which has 200 million users across its mobile apps and PCs, can play a significant role in helping mobile operators reduce levels of churn. Speaking to Mobile World Live, Houston said mobile users respond positively to having premium Dropbox services on their smartphones. “What we see ...
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    Qualcomm: Mobile health market faces data-privacy hurdle Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Europe’s strict rules on data privacy could stymie the introduction of valuable mobile health services, Qualcomm Life acknowledged during a presentation at MWC. “Once you’ve gathered the data you need to provide insight, and analytics becomes the big opportunity, but that assumes we can figure out the privacy and ...
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    Operators eye greater small cell deployment Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Vodafone and Korea Telecom are among the mobile operators rapidly increasing small cell deployment as they seek to offload traffic from macro networks in urban areas. “Small cells are a very important part of our network portfolio,” said Miguel Marin, Vodafone’s access director, who was speaking on a small ...
  • $25 the ‘sweet spot’ for smartphones in emerging markets Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: How to connect the rest of the world’s population to the internet has been a dominant theme at Mobile World Congress 2014, with the cost of networks and devices held up as two of the biggest hurdles to achieving this aim. Manoj Kohli, Managing Director and CEO of Bharti ...
  • Risk and failure: the keys to innovation Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Being unafraid of failure and taking risks are key elements when looking to innovate, according to the heads of several companies speaking in the final keynote of Mobile World Congress. John Hering, co-Founder and CEO of security software company Lookout, said the company decided to focus on developing for ...
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    Bitcoin can save “lacklustre” mobile payments – Bitcoin Foundation Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Crypto currency Bitcoin’s success is built on bypassing traditional authorities in the finance world and could perform the same trick for mobile money and payments, said Jon Matonis (pictured), executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation. Speaking at this morning’s keynote, Matonis characterised mobile payments as “lacklustre, particularly in developed ...
  • IoT tops MWC Twitter trends list Edit Post

    The Internet of Things was the top Twitter trend at Mobile World Congress, according to data from agency Hotwire/33Digital. IoT topped the list with 3,697 mentions by the end of Wednesday. It was followed by wearables (2,191 mentions), the connected car (1,527 mentions), 5G (1,434 mentions) and privacy (1,103). In terms of the top brands mentioned, Hotwire/33Digital ...
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    IBM CEO predicts big data future Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, outlined her company’s vision of how mobile services and enterprise technology will be revolutionised through the use of big data in last night’s Mobile World Live keynote. “I think this is both an exciting time but this is also a disruptive time for everyone ...
  • Cisco chief backs IoT approach for multiscreen homes Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: John Chambers, the chairman and CEO of Cisco, hyped up the Internet of Things space by claiming it has the potential to generate $19 trillion worth of profit and economic benefits over the next decade, with $14.4 trillion driven by the private sector and $4.6 trillion by the ...
  • Alcatel-Lucent CEO pleas for more investment in Europe Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent CEO, urged Europe’s operators to invest more in IT and networks if the region is not to lag the rest of the world in service innovation. “Europe is still embedded in a vicious cycle,” he said at Wednesday’s keynote on ‘The power of Big Data’. “There ...
  • AT&T, Vodafone merger could reset smartphone power balance Edit Post

    A desire to “push back” against technology giants like Apple and Google could fuel the interest of AT&T in buying Vodafone, according to Tim Boddy, an analyst with Goldman Sachs. Speaking during a Tuesday-afternoon session at Congress, Boddy noted that smartphone purchasing by AT&T and Vodafone together equates to more than 20 per cent of the ...
  • Telefonica, LG, Samsung, Sony ink wearables alliance Edit Post

    Telefonica announced a plan to collaborate with LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile to integrate services, and therefore be compatible, with the smart wearables of the device makers. In a statement, the operator group said it is “open to reach agreements with other market players, manufacturers, content providers, companies in the fashion industry… to ensure that these ...
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    Motorola joins wearables market with “ugly” swipe at rivals Edit Post

    Motorola, which is being acquired from Google by China’s Lenovo, is clambering on board the industry’s primary bandwagon with plans to launch a wearable device later this year, branding existing rivals as “ugly”. Speaking at a press conference, Rick Osterloh (pictured), SVP product  management, indicated there was a gap in the market for a more aesthetic ...
  • Airtel CEO wants sub-$100 4G devices Edit Post

    Gopal Vittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel – the largest operator in India – flagged up the high price of 4G devices as one of the main barriers to LTE rollout in India. Speaking at Tuesday’s Global TD-LTE initiative (GTI) summit, he said that until prices drop below $100, LTE would not be significant. “We look at LTE ...
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    MasterCard weaves new mobile payments venture in Germany Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Hot on the heels of its partnership deal with UK mobile payments venture Weve, MasterCard has now teamed up with Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone to create a new mobile platform and accelerate the development of mobile payments in Germany. Based on MasterCard’s Trevica platform, the collaboration means ...
  • Deutsche Telekom CEO calls for regulatory shakeup Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Europe needs to see structural change in the regulatory environment in order to reap the full benefits of connectivity and the internet of things, Timotheus Hottges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, claimed this morning. In a keynote speech, the executive called for “a new arrangement between European regulation, local regulation ...
  • Isis mobile wallet approach wins backers outside US Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: International retailers gathered at the Mobile World Congress have voiced enthusiasm for the type of mobile wallet service being developed in the US by Isis, which has been plagued by negative publicity since coming into existence in 2010. A joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless, Isis ...
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    KDDI unveils Asia NFC Alliance to drive cross-border services Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Japanese operator KDDI joined three other Asian carriers to launch the Asia NFC Alliance, a move intended to drive the development of mobile near-field communications services across the region. Speaking during a keynote session at Mobile World Congress, KDDI chairman Tadashi Onodera said earlier efforts to drive e-money and ...
  • Docomo plans reshuffle with focus on new services Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: NTT Docomo is to undergo a reorganisation this year in a move to focus the company on the development of its non-core services. From 1 July 2014, the giant Japanese operator will streamline its infrastructure deployment efforts and place the emphasis on building applications services and partnerships that are centred ...
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    China Mobile CEO looks to global LTE standard Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: China Mobile CEO, Li Yue, called for suppliers to deliver multi-band and multi-mode 4G devices that could be used internationally, not just in China. Speaking at the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) summit, Yue outlined his ambition for more cooperation among operators. As part of that, he gave his backing ...
  • NGMN joins 5G charge Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) announced the launch of its 5G initiative. Europe is still rolling out LTE – with full coverage expected by the end of 2014/2015, according to Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom AG. But in technology development terms “5G is around the corner”, according ...
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    BlackBerry CEO opens up on mistakes and future strategy Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: BlackBerry announced two new smartphones borne of its recent alliance with Foxconn, as CEO John Chen updated on his turnaround strategy for the troubled vendor. Asked when he would know if his remedies would succeed, Chen answered: “If all actions are successful then get back into break-even ...
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    GSMA, Facebook partner on making mobile internet affordable Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: The GSMA has revealed it is to work alongside Facebook on making mobile internet services affordable for the billions of consumers in developing markets who currently lack a service. The announcement came just a day after Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, outlined his plans for Internet.org – a ...
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    Samsung keeps it simple with Galaxy S5 Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, and chief rival to the iPhone, the Galaxy S5, with the dramatic tones of the Barcelona Opera Chamber Orchestra setting the scene. The focus of the vast Unpacked 5 event was on giving consumers what they want rather than technology that adds little ...
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    Facebook CEO defends WhatsApp buy; urges free internet access Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, said WhatsApp – as an independent business – is worth more than the $19 billion he agreed to pay for it. “It will be a huge business,” he said, referring to its rapid growth and promising subscription model. Making his first appearance at ...
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    EU targets 5G lead through €4.2B R&I programme Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: A joint 5G research and innovation programme created by the European Commission and the private sector has upped its investment budget to a combined €4.2 billion as the European Union seeks to seize back its position as the global mobile technology leader. The 5G Infrastructure PPP (5G PPP) was ...
  • HTC finds its Desire again in mid-market Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Struggling handset vendor HTC unveiled a new mid-market smartphone – the Desire 816 – while teasing with a possible 25 March launch date for the latest version of the high-end HTC One family, both moves intended to brighten the company’s currently downbeat prospects The event was led by chairwoman ...
  • SingTel CEO rejects dumb-pipe future Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Chua Sock Koong, group CEO at SingTel, is confident she will not preside over a dumb-pipe business. Through service differentiation and making full use of “unique network assets”, she believes operators can avoid commoditisation. “Everybody worries about being dumb pipe, and whether revenues will be able to support network ...
  • WhatsApp to launch voice services Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Over-The-Top (OTT) player WhatsApp has sent shockwaves through the mobile industry by announcing it will soon launch a voice service in addition to its widely used messaging application. Speaking during a Monday-morning keynote session at the Mobile World Congress, Jan Koum, the internet player’s chief executive, said WhatsApp plans ...
  • Qualcomm sees eight LTE Broadcast trials in 2014 Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Qualcomm said it expects to see up to eight operator trials of LTE Broadcast technology across EMEA, Asia and North America in 2014, as the chipset manufacturer looks to build on the world’s first commercial launch of LTE Broadcast services by South Korean operator KT in January. Verizon and ...
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    Ericsson CEO cautions on 5G hype, promises 3G/4G boosts Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Ericsson’s CEO confirmed that the company’s engineers are already working on new wireless technologies such as 5G, but warned that it was still too early to say what form the technology might take and that it is unlikely to appear before 2020. Instead, Hans Vestberg claims that the further ...
  • Nokia takes Android route to fight back in emerging markets Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: As anticipated, Nokia lifted the veil at Congress on a family of affordable smartphones powered by a variant of Android, the first time it has supported the OS. The Finnish vendor announced three new smartphones targeted mainly at emerging markets – the X, X+ and XL – which Stephen ...
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    Sony sets out stall for 2014 with flagship launches Edit Post

    Sony launched a new flagship smartphone and tablet as it looks to keep up its momentum from last year; while it also strengthened its hand in the midrange. The flagship Xperia Z2 (pictured) has a 5.2 inch screen, aluminium construction and is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. Its 20.7 megapixel camera is capable of ...
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    Ericsson unveils Vodafone as first small cell customer Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Vodafone is to be the first customer for Ericsson’s indoor small cell technology. The new Radio Dot system will be used to extend Vodafone’s 3G and LTE mobile broadband network into the office buildings of its enterprise customers. The Radio Dot has adopted the same technology as used with ...
  • MasterCard buys C-Sam for mobile wallet expertise Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: MasterCard has agreed to buy C-Sam, a provider of mobile wallet and on-device software and services, in order to speed the development and deployment of mobile wallets and payment services globally, including the rollout of its MasterPass digital service. The announcement, which was made on the first day of ...
  • EE awards £250M LTE upgrade deal to NSN Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: NSN has scooped a contract to supply base stations to boost EE’s UK LTE coverage by the end of this year to 95 per cent of the population. The deal, valued at around £250 million, calls on NSN to install several thousand base stations in rural areas of ...
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    Huawei gets into wearables with TalkBand Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Huawei entered the wearables fray with its TalkBand smartband, which it launched in conjunction with its MediaPad X1 phablet. Along with a number of other new product announcements, the company also touted its LTE credentials. The 7-inch Android-based MediaPad X1 has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and a 13 megapixel ...
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    Telefonica unveils group-wide NFV initiative Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Telefonica today announced UNICA, a group-wide NFV (network functions virtualisation) initiative. It will lay the groundwork for a radical re-design of the operator’s mobile and fixed-line networks. Enrique Blanco (pictured), Telefonica’s global CTO, told Mobile World Live that shifting from proprietary infrastructure to platforms based on open standards – and ...
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    Yota to unveil next device; reveals initial sales numbers Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Yota Devices will this morning unveil the second generation of the YotaPhone, as the Russian company prepares for the next stage in the development of its innovative two-screen device. Encouraged by the positive reaction to the first YotaPhone, which has been on sale since December 2013, Yota Devices CEO ...
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    Tizen lands Gear but still no smartphones Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: The Tizen operating system (OS) has been chosen by Samsung for the latest version of its Gear smart watch but the novice OS still lacks commercial smartphones. The Tizen Association this afternoon said the OS will appear in the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, both of which will be ...
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    LG hopes for ‘knock-on’ effect Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: As expected, LG this afternoon used a press event to showcase several recently announced devices including a flagship phablet, its first-ever compact high-end smartphone, and a number of mass-market handsets. At the centre of LG’s announcement was the G Pro 2, which is a high-end product, but the company also introduced ...
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    Mozilla builds Firefox OS momentum; eyes $25 smartphone Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Mozilla this afternoon announced a set of new devices and partnerships, as it looks to build its momentum in the mobile market following the launch of its first commercial products last year. ZTE added to its Firefox OS powered smartphone line with the Open C and Open II, while Alcatel OneTouch ...
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    Microsoft names new WP smartphone supporters Edit Post

    LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014: Microsoft announced nine new hardware partners for its Windows Phone platform, as it looks to build momentum for the platform in the mass market. While the list includes some familiar names, specifically Lenovo, ZTE and LG Electronics, it also includes a number of regionally focused players such as Longcheer, ...
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    ZTE set for phablet, Firefox OS launches at MWC Edit Post

    ZTE is to launch new smartphones at Mobile World Congress next week which will include a 6-inch screen phablet, and what has been described as “one of the first Firefox OS 1.3 devices”. Adam Zeng, CEO of the ambitious Chinese vendor’s Mobile Devices business, said: “This year, we are looking to work even more closely with ...
  • Sony set for MWC flagship launch – reports Edit Post

    Sony was the latest vendor to become the focus of the device rumour mill, with speculation about the new flagship the company is expected to unveil at Mobile World Congress. The device is being referred to variously as Xperia Sirius and Xperia Z2. According to Android Community, the device will feature the same 20.7 megapixel camera as ...
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    Report: Nokia 'Android' device set for MWC launch Edit Post

    Nokia is set to launch its anticipated device powered by an Android variant at Mobile World Congress, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing “people familiar with the matter”. While the device has long been mooted, with its genesis coming before Nokia did the deal to sell the bulk of its Devices & Services unit to Microsoft, ...
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    10 reasons to watch Mobile World Live TV at MWC14 Edit Post

    The world’s biggest mobile event gets underway in just a few days’ time. It’s big. REALLY BIG. So big it has its own television station. And this year Mobile World Live TV (MWL TV) is going to be all over the event, with far more screens than ever before and the best content broadcasting not ...
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    Samsung set for MWC Galaxy S5 launch Edit Post

    Samsung is set to launch its Galaxy S5 smartphone at Mobile World Congress this month, having announced its “Unpacked 5” event will be held in Barcelona. The company will hold an event on the evening of Monday 24 February, marking the first time it has unveiled a flagship device at the event since the Galaxy S2 in 2011. It ...