collage-500x300Every year, the Mobile World Congress promises to bring along a slew of new product and technology announcements that often set trends in the industry for the coming days. And this year too it did not disappoint. Just ahead of MWC, HTC and Samsung announced the next iteration of their flagship devices.

However keeping in line with the theme of the event which is innovation, both manufacturers took one step further and while HTC announced a new wearable device, Samsung announced its new payment service. Day one of MWC saw many other launches and technology innovations being unveiled, notably a smartwatch by Huawei among others.

Here’s a look at a few key announcements that grabbed their share of headlines on the first day of MWC:

 

HTC One M9
Successor to the very popular One M8, the HTC One M9 promises improvements in a lot of areas that were lacking in the HTC One M8, without changing too much. Here’s a look at the HTC One M9, which was unveiled just ahead of Day 1 of MWC.

HTC One M9 with 20MP camera and Sense 7 unveiled at MWC, arriving this month

Samsung Galaxy S6
Unlike HTC, Samsung claims to have gone back to the drawing board and the result was the Samsung Galaxy S6. It was released at the company’s Unpacked event, just before MWC kicked off, in two distinct variants: Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which features a display similar that seen on the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Hit the link below to read more about the two phones:

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first

Huawei Watch
Huawei took everyone by surprise by announcing an Android Wear powered smartwatch. Early reviews suggest the watch looks really good and feels very close to traditional wrist watches. Check out the link below to read more about it:

The Huawei Watch is really, believe it or not, elegant

Samsung Pay and Android Pay
Mobile payments seems to be the key area of focus for ecosystem this year, with two key brands, Samsung and Google announcing their respective mobile payment services. While’s Samsung’s announcement came along with the unveiling of its flagship smartphones, Google’s announcement came at its keynote by Sundar Pichai.

Here’s How Samsung’s Apple Pay Competitor Will Work

Android Pay Is Real, And Will Give Developers The Reins As An API

Lenovo’s Pocket Projector and Xiaomi’s Action Camera that looks to rival GoPro
Among other key announcements of the day were a pocket projector by Lenovo which was announced alongside its A7000 and Vibe Shot smartphones, and the Yi Action Camera by Xiaomi which aims to compete with the likes of GoPro, but at a fraction of the price. Below are stories that look at the two releases:

Lenovo A7000, Vibe Shot Smartphones Launched Alongside Pocket Projector at MWC

Xiaomi Introduces A GoPro-Style Action Camera That Costs Just $64

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