Mobile World Congress
The Mobile World Congress? Sounds about as action-packed as the United Nations. In fact, it's where leaders in telecommunications and consumer electronics set the trends for what's next in smartphones and tablets. The annual conference in Barcelona draws technology executives from around the globe looking to get a peek at gadgets such as the Galaxy S5 that Samsung just unveiled there. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and IBM chief Virginia Rometty are among the speakers this year.
Samsung Electronics Co. failed to keep its new Galaxy S5 smartphone from going on sale early in South Korea today as SK Telecom Co. and other carriers try to work around penalties imposed by the national regulator.
Mobile World Congress, like any trade show, is an annual exhibition of one-upsmanship. Last week's conference in Barcelona was no exception, but it wasn't all about fingerprint sensors and 4K cameras. Many companies were competing on which smartphone could leave the most features out.
Lenovo Group Ltd., which is buying Motorola Mobility from Google Inc., plans to make the phonemaker profitable within four to six quarters without eliminating jobs, Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said.