Mobile World Congress 2014 begins

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

LG girls
Look for LG to make a splash with its line of “phablets” (part phone, part tablet).

Every year, the GSM Association (GSMA) organization hosts the event known as Mobile World Congress (MWC), a place where companies that specialize in mobile communication can strut their stuff and listen to leaders deliver keynote talks. Basically, if you want to know what high-tech smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices are on the horizon, you’ll want to tune in to this year’s MWC from February 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain.

Mobile communication includes a lot more than just phone makers. For example, it also covers wireless network providers, software, computer companies, app designers, internet services, and a lot of other realms of communication. Together, all these categories make up a multi-billion dollar industry that rivals that of healthcare. In fact, according to estimates, this field will grow into a multi-trillion dollar business that will branch into healthcare with devices such fitness trackers and diabetes machines.

The MWC allows these large companies to demonstrate the latest innovation in the field and also provide them with a location to make mega business deals. This year, there will be thousands of exhibitors from big names like Samsung, LG, Nokia, and Sony. Meanwhile, more than 70,000 people are expected to attend. The 2014 convention will also include keynote speeches from none other than Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his recent business partner, Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp. You know, the company that Facebook snatched up for $19 billion. Perhaps they’ll reveal their secret plans to take over the world… of mobile messaging.

Featured image courtesy of Maria Elena on Flickr. Image of LG tech courtesy of LGEPR on Flickr.