Mobile World Congress, one of the biggest technology shows of the year, kicks off Monday in Barcelona for a four-day extravaganza full of new smartphones as well as new technologies emerging from the intersection of 5G and the Internet of Things.
Already, companies have announced both a wide range of smartphones as well as new tablets and 2-in-1 devices. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. also unveiled a new Gear VR headset. And on the developer front, SAP SE announced it has opened its cloud platform to Apple Inc. iOS developers.
The show, which runs Monday through Thursday, will feature more than 2,200 companies — virtually all of the major players except for Apple Inc., which prefers to do its own shows — and more than 100,000 attendees. But for those without a plane ticket to Barcelona, there are plenty of other ways to keep track of what’s going on — not least, on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s video studio.
TheCUBE will be broadcasting interviews with a wide range of executives and analysts from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time Monday and Tuesday from its new 4,500-square-foot studio in Palo Alto, California. The coverage, which aims to go deeper than the endless handset announcements to analyze emerging innovations such as 5G, IoT and autonomous cars, will include live interviews and analysis of events and announcements from the show.
The coverage will include at least 30 interviews, conducted by theCUBE cohost and SiliconANGLE Media co-Chief Executive John Furrier, with executives, venture capitalists and analysts from Silicon Valley and beyond. Peter Burris, chief research officer at Wikibon, the analyst group owned by SiliconANGLE Media, and other analysts will offer commentary and analysis throughout the day Monday and Tuesday.
You can watch live videos on SiliconANGLE’s dedicated MWC site, as well as the rest of the videos after they air.
TheCUBE also will do live interviews with executives from Intel Corp. and other companies and analysts on the ground at the show. And journalist Dan Rosenbaum will report for SiliconANGLE from the show floor on the most important happenings. The editorial coverage is underwritten by Intel Corp. and SAP SE in a traditional sponsorship model.
Even before the official start of the show, many companies will be having their press conferences this weekend, some of which you can watch from the comfort of your home. You can also watch Mobile World Live’s coverage of all 11 MWC keynote presentations from the event. Here’s how:
Livestream of MWC keynote speakers
Mobile World Live will have a livestream all of the keynote presentations. The scheduled keynote speakers include Anthony Levandowski, founder and chief executive officer of Otto (though Google Inc.’s recently filed lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. that specifically alleges he stole data before leaving Google could make him shy of the spotlight); Reed Hastings, founder and chief executive officer of Netflix Inc.; John Hanke, founder and chief executive officer of Niantic Inc.; Allison Kirkby, president and chief executive officer of Tele2 AB; and Patrick Gelsinger, chief executive officer of VMware Inc.
Head over to the Mobile World Live site, click on the relevant keynote that you want to watch and click the button to add the details to your calendar. Keynote presentations start at 9 a.m. CET on Monday, Feb. 26.
MWC press conferences: LG, HMD, Samsung
BlackBerry and TCL
BlackBerry Mobile’s MWC press conference takes place on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. CET. The press conference will focus on the latest BlackBerry smartphone, codenamed the Mercury, which will be the first BlackBerry device produced solely under the TCL Corp. umbrella.
You can watch the press conference on the CrackBerry site.
LG Electronics Inc. will kick off the press conferences on Sunday, Feb. 26 with its event scheduled for 12 noon CET. LG’s press conference will focus on the company’s latest flagship device the LG G6.
You can watch the press conference on the LG YouTube channel.
HMD and Nokia
HMD Global OY, the company behind the new Nokia smartphones, will host its press conference on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. CET. HMD is set to unveil a refreshed version of the iconic Nokia 3310, two budget smartphones – the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 – as well as global availability of the Nokia 6, launched in January.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will host its press conference on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. CET.
Unlike previous years, Samsung won’t be unveiling its latest flagship – the Galaxy S8 – at MWC. Rather the launch of the Galaxy S8 is rumored to take place on March 29, but the company could confirm that date at its press conference on Sunday.
The main star of Samsung’s press conference at MWC is rumored to be the company’s latest tablet offering – the Galaxy Tab S3.
You can watch the press conference on Samsung’s Galaxy site.