Samsung introduced the world to the extremely anticipated Galaxy S5 during this year's Mobile World Congress in February. In the time that's followed, Android loving consumers and industry analysts have been passionately discussing the device and debating whether or not its' feature set is solid enough to make a serious dent at the top of the smartphone charts. Samsung themselves have even indicated that they need the Galaxy S5 to go down a storm to allow them to post bumper financial results. The roller coaster ride really beings now for Sammy, who have announced that the Galaxy S5 and accompanying Gear wearables have gone on sale in 125 countries worldwide.
As well as taking the wraps off the flagship Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, Samsung also introduced a slew of new wearables. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, as well as the Gear Fit, were all showcased by the South Korean outfit at the event, but while we have a decent insight into their tech. specs and features, the pricing has hitherto eluded us. Thanks to the launch of the Gear 2 and Gear Fit in Taiwan, we now know roughly how much the two smartwatches will retail for, although the cost of the Gear 2 Neo still remains a mystery.
Hollywood's Dolby Theatre may have been packed to the rafters with the big screen's A listers last night, but for the technology conscious amongst us there turned out to be a better reason to tune into The 86th Academy Awards. As some of the most successful men and women in cinematic history were strutting up and down the red carpet in their uber expensive gowns and suits, one of the most successful companies in smartphone history was gearing up to show off its latest flagship device to a captive audience. Yes, that's right, South Korean based Samsung used last night's Oscars ceremony to air the first commercial for its soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Mobile world congress only officially gets started on Monday, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from getting the announcements underway early. While all the focus is understandably on what Samsung's next Galaxy S smartphone will be like, it's the infinitely more wearable Gear smartwatch that has given us the first real news story of Mobile World Congress 2014.