Mobile World Congress 2014 has wrapped up in Barcelona. MWC may not get the same sort of attention and headlines as the Consumer Electronics Show, but for the mobile industry — manufacturers of smartphones, tablets and wearables — Mobile World Congress is the big league. More flagship mobile devices and new products launch this week than at any other time of the year.
Just how big is MWC? This is the show where Samsung (SSNLF) took the wraps off the Galaxy S5, the heir apparent to the Android smartphone throne. It’s where Nokia (NOK) confirmed those Android handset rumors and where Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg took time out of his post-What’s App acquisition break to take the stage and deliver a keynote where he explained why his company bought WhatsApp.
About the only consumer electronics or technology company of note that wasn’t at MWC was Apple (APPL) — and those guys don’t do CES either.
As you can imagine, there were hundreds of announcements, reveals and presentations over the course of the week, but we’ve put together a gallery of the best of Mobile World Congress 2014: the important, the interesting and the just plain weird.