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We are at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where Telstra just revealed exactly how and when it plans to "evolve" its wireless network, and rollout 5G to major cities and regional centres throughout 2019.

How we communicate - and express ourselves - has changed, Samsung's Global Director of Marketing tells me. We have have moved from relying on our ears, to our eyes - and the S9 is a reflection of that shift.

We were promised a "reimagined" camera with this latest iteration of the Galaxy. Now, we finally know what that means.

We're on the ground on Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, where Samsung just released the full details of its next flagship smartphones - the Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+.

We'll be covering the phones in more depth throughout the day, but for now - here are the basics, folks. How much it will cost you, and what it is made of.


With Mobile World Congress coming up at the end of the month, the smartphone world is ramping up to peak hype in preparation for the Samsung Galaxy S9's expected debut there on February 25th. The rumours are flying so we scoured the net and gathered up the most credible leaks and rumours to give you the best idea of what Samsung will announce in just a couple of weeks.

Smartphone design just isn't as interesting as it used to be; top phones are all basically beautiful slabs of glass and metal with glimmering displays that make you go "ahhhhh." Last year, in an effort to combat the boredom, LG launched the G5, an ambitious disaster of an Android phone, which was most notable for its central gimmick, a "magic slot" which allowed you to plug-in modular accessories, like cameras and speakers. At its core, the tech was poorly designed, but worse was the fact that nobody cared about being able to trick out a phone with modules.

You've probably seen the instantly classic photo of Mark Zuckerberg cheerfully strutting past a crowd blinded by VR headsets at Mobile World Congress during, Samsung's press conference. Well, if you can believe it, that was just one of the many totally absurd moments from this year's conference. Photographers snapped hundreds of other photos from the mobile tech event, and after a short look back, it's safe to say this year was stranger than ever before.

We finally got the details on HTC's virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, and its availability. You'll be able to pre-order it later this month starting February 29th and it will hit the shelves early April, though we still don't know the exact date yet. How much will it cost you? A whopping $US799 ($1,118) dollars, even more than the high-priced Oculus Rift, which starts at $US600 ($839).

The Avegant Glyph is a strange headset we tried back at CES. It's close to virtual reality, but it's not true VR. It's a sort of semi-immersive video experience paired with high-quality audio. We tried the newest prototype at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and, even better, their new Jellyfish headset based on the same Glyph tech. It was fun as hell.

Mobile World Congress, the big annual tech show that goes down in Barcelona every year, is now coming to a close. There were a few really big hits this year -- a new flagship Samsung phone and Valve's VR headset! -- plus a few, lower-profile but still awesome announcements. Here's the best of MWC 2015.

Don't panic: just because you want the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge doesn't mean you have to miss out on sweet, sweet virtual reality goggles. The new models will support an updated version of the Gear VR Innovator Edition featuring a new design.

Smartwatches are still trying desperately to be cool. LG's latest attempt at pulling it off is the LG Watch Urbane. And it comes in two flavours: a basic model, and a luxury version with 4G/LTE. We tried them both here in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress and the results are, at first sight, interesting, but not quite exciting.