MWC 2014: Day 1 highlights

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Mark Zuckerberg giving his keynote address.

The Mobile World Congress 2014, one of the largest conventions for the wireless communication industry, started off this past Monday with a bang. There were thousands of gadgets on display and a handful of speeches, but it was definitely Samsung, SanDisk, and Facebook who stole the show.

Samsung revealed their latest phone, the Galaxy S5, which is similar in size and shape to the Galaxy S4, but has plenty of cool upgrades. The phone’s exterior is easier to hold and can even be submerged under 3 feet of water for 30 minutes without any of the gadgetry getting messed up inside! The 5.1-inch screen is slightly bigger and the home button is equipped with a fancy fingerprint scanner. There’s also a built-in heart monitor, which is meant to compliment the company’s new smartwatch that was also unveiled.

Looking to store a ton of data on your phone? You should have more than enough space with SanDisk’s new micro SD memory stick. It’s no bigger than a fingernail, but this chip has 128GB of memory capacity. That’s enough space for about 16 hours of full HD video, 7,500 photos, and more than 125 applications on a single micro card. Whoa!

Moving away from the world of smartphones, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote speech during the evening. As expected, Zuckerberg brought up Facebook’s recent $19 billion decision to buy the phone application WhatsApp, why it was so expensive, and where the company sees its future going with the new purchase. He also mentioned that Facebook is still looking to buy other companies like the popular Snapchat phone application.

Featured image courtesy of Samsung on Facebook. Image of Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote courtesy of Mobile World Live on Facebook.