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  • 25 February 2014, 4:07

Mobile World Congress: New Devices Revealed

Some 75,000 people will be in Spain this week to attend Barcelona's Mobile World Congress - the world's largest mobile phone show.

With 18,000 exhibitors and government delegations attending from 160 countries, the whole of the technology world is in town.

New devices from Samsung, HTC, Microsoft and Huawei are being unveiled.

Sky News can also reveal the new Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone will be announced, featuring what's expected to be the world's first 4k video recording technology on a mobile phone.

Speaking to Sky News, Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer at the GSMA, the organisation behind the congress, explained why it will be a busy week for breaking technology stories.

"Leaders of the industry and governments of the world come to meet here and make the deals that you'll hear about for the rest of the year," he revealed.

Some 240 speakers are scheduled to give talks. Among the most high-profile are Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Virginia Rometty  from IBM.

"Obviously the Cloud and how your data is stored is very important, and I think Ginny joining us is a big thing for the show," Michael explained.

It's likely that Zuckerberg will talk about connecting the unconnected. Facebook's creator wants to bring internet access to millions more people around the world

Wearable technology is likely to be a key theme of the Mobile Congress, taking the technology beyond the smart watches seen at previous shows.

Shirts embedded with mobile technology which can measure the wearer's temperature and pulse rate through the material are going to be demonstrated.

The Congress runs until Thursday February 27.

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