What will be big at Mobile World Congress 2015?

  • AFP
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 11:20 IST

The 2015 Mobile World Congress gets underway in Barcelona, Spain on March 2 and this year's show is expected to be all about big smartphones, wearables and digital payments

The world's largest event dedicated to the mobile and telecommunications industries, in recent years the Mobile World Congress has morphed from a conference discussing the latest themes and trends into a platform for the crème of the world's smartphone and tablet makers to showcase their latest devices.

One of the most eagerly anticipated product launches, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to sport a premium outer shell hued from metal and glass rather than plastic and an innovative display with a double curve so that the screen can be split into three.

The company that can almost rival Apple in terms of attention to detail and appreciation of design will also be unveiling its latest flagship handset, the HTC One (M9) and potentially a new tablet and some form of smartwatch too.

The company has sent out invites to a special event on March 2 and the rumors are that it will be unveiling a new premium handset too as well as giving attendees a first taste of what its new operating system will offer.

The biggest speaker at this year's event will be none other than Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg who is expected to talk at length about his Internet.org initiative for connecting the next 1 billion people to the internet via subsidized data and affordable handsets.

Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president, Android, Chrome and Apps at Google will also be taking to the stage and this is stoking rumors that Google's Project Ara modular smartphone will be making its real-world debut at the event.

Hot topics
Now that Apple has launched ApplePay, digital wallets and mobile payments are expected to be high on the agenda. This year's MWC is expected to be the place where Samsung demonstrates its own digital wallet system and also where Google unveils its updated Google Wallet app. It's no coincidence that the CEO of MasterCard, Ajay Banga, will be a keynote speaker.

Wearables, the next generation
Alongside new smartphones with 5-inch+ displays, many companies this year will also be showing off wearables and in particular new smartwatches. HTC is expected to unveil its first wearable at the event and Huawei also has something up its sleeve

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