Zuckerberg, smartphones on stage at MWC
By Rex Crum, MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The annual Mobile World Congress kicks off Monday in Barcelona, with companies such as Samsung expected to show off their latest smartphones, and an appearance from Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg among the conference highlights.
Mobile World Congress is the world's largest conference dedicated to mobile devices and technologies. Anticipation is high that Samsung will use its event at the show, which the smartphone giant has dubbed "Unpacked 2014 Episode 1", to show off its Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear 2 smartwatch. Reports have predicted the Galaxy S5 could include a fingerprint sensor or iris scanner for additional user security.
Nokia is also expected to make a splash by introducing its first smartphone that runs on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system. It would be the first Android smartphone for Nokia, which has exclusively used Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone operating system.
IBM Corp. (IBM) Chief Executive Virginia Rometty will deliver one of the keynote addresses at Mobile World Congress, which goes from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, but it will be Monday's keynote from Facebook's (FB) Zuckerberg that promises to draw most of the attention of the conference goers.
Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear at noon Eastern on Monday, and will be joined by Jan Koum, co-founder of mobile-messaging application developer WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired last week in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $19 billion.
-Rex Crum; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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