Cult Of Android Will Be Live From MWC Next Week
Mobile World Congress 2014 kicks off on Monday, February 24, and Cult of Android will be live from Barcelona. In addition to regular posts covering all of the announcements, we’ll also be running a live blog throughout the event that will bring you the latest from the show floor.
So not only will you get breaking news and hands-on coverage of the latest products, but also an insight into what it’s really like to attend MWC. Here are some of the things we’re expecting.
Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event will almost certainly bring us the Galaxy S5, but rumor has it the South Korean company is planning a whole host of announcements. We’re also expecting its second-generation Galaxy Gear 2, a new “Galaxy Gear Fit” health and fitness tracker, and new Galaxy Tab 4 tablets.
Samsung’s event kicks off at 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday — that’s 11:30 a.m. Pacific, and 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
Sony also has an event scheduled for Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. local time. That means I have to get up early, but hopefully, it’ll be worth it. We’re expecting to see the company’s new Xperia Tablet Z2 — the original was announced at MWC last year — but recent rumors have suggested the Japanese company will also announce its new Xperia Z2 smartphone, and possibly the Xperia Z2 Ultra, too.
In addition to new hardware, Sony will reportedly show off a new navigation app for the SmartWatch 2 that was developed in conjunction with Garmin.
Nokia’s event is certainly one to keep an eye on, because the company is widely expected to finally bring us its first Android-powered smartphone, the Nokia X. The device itself won’t be all that exciting — not unless you’re into budget smartphones — but even so, it will mark Nokia’s first foray into Android, and that’s something to be excited about.
Nokia’s event takes place at the same time as Sony’s — at 8:30 a.m. local time on Monday. That’s in the middle of the night for most of you in the U.S., but if you’d like to watch it live, the whole thing will be streamed via Nokia’s website. If you plan to sleep through it like a normal person, you can catch up on the news right here.
LG has already announced a whole host of new smartphones in recent weeks, including the G Pro 2, the L-Series family, and more recently the G2 mini. We’re not expecting any new unveilings at CES, then — LG may show off its upcoming KitKat update if we’re lucky — but we will be going hands-on with all of these devices to bring you our first impressions.
HTC has scheduled a February 24 event for its new midrange Desire 8 — but unfortunately, that’ll take place in Beijing, not Barcelona. We’re hoping the company will be bringing the new handset along for us to take a look at, though. As for the All New HTC One, we don’t anticipate the arrival of that until late March.
HTC may still have a presence at MWC; earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that the company would be there to show carriers a new smartwatch powered by Google Now — but it doesn’t look like the pubic will get to see it.
Like LG, Acer has already announced two of its new smartphones, the Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4, but the company has also teased “must-have new products” for MWC. We have no idea what those products will be yet, but we are looking forward to whatever surprises the company has up its sleeve.
Huawei published a very strange video this week that promised two new tablets and a new smartphone for MWC. The latter will have “an amazing front camera,” the company says, while its new multimedia tablet promises “the ultimate entertainment experience.” Its other slate will have an ultra-slim design.
Huawei didn’t say what these devices would be called in its video, but based on recent leaks, we’re expecting them to be the MediaPad X1, the Ascend P7, and the Ascend G6. Huawei may also be planning a surprise smartwatch, which was teased by a company official online just this week.
And Lots More
In addition to all this, there will be plenty more to come from MWC. We’re also expecting companies like ZTE to be there, plus hundreds of app developers and accessory makers. Be sure to keep an eye on our live blog throughout the week to see it all.