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Welcome to the Fira

BARCELONA -- More than 90,000 tech exhibitors, dealmakers and press stream into the Fira Europa for Mobile World Congress to create the bleeding edge of mobile technology.

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Up and over

Attendees file calmly across the street on raised temporary stairs, on their way from the Metro station to the convention center.

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Somber moods

Conference-goers are exhausted from long days on the show floor.

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Big dog

This giant Samsung billboard advertises the just-launched Galaxy S6 Edge, a premium dual-curve screen smartphone.

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The Fira

Barcelona's exquisite architecture extends to this cavernous convention center.

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Taking a breather

Outside, a few attendees find time to take a break. Inside, the show floor heaves.

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Take no chances

Armed police and Fira workers help keep the peace. Petty thievery, like pickpocketing, and protests, are common around Mobile World Congress.

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Up again

Around 1,900 exhibitors crowd the Fira's ground floor, but you can take the escalator up a level to bypass the booth traffic.

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Glancing back

The Fira entrance from above.

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The rescue station

These charging stations promise plenty of juice.

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Fira tech

There's a fair amount of technology built into the Fira, from interactive maps to a faster NFC badge entrance.

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Booths below

Eight halls teem with booths from companies small and insanely massive.

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Live streams

Keynote presentations play on enormous overhead screens.

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Mugging for the camera

CNET editors walked nearly the length of the Fira to get to our workspace.

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The Hall 3 powerhouse

Companies like Samsung, Microsoft and Huawei dominated the well-trafficked Hall 3.

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Another view

Here's the convention center from another angle.

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Zen

This calm, clean white space offered a place to sit and reflect away from the crowds.

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Breath of fresh air

Hours before a downpour,  wheelers and dealers enjoyed fresh air on small pockets of astro-turf you can access from the Fira's top floor.

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The center of it all

CNET's booth sits in the center of a media "village."

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Like molasses

Navigating the show floor takes time -- and a goodly amount of patience.

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Escape!

The conference hall is open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., making for some extremely long days (booths usually start up a little later and shut down earlier than that).

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Beautification

The conference center once again landscapes hidden gardens and walkways to beautify the space.

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It's cultural?

We weren't exactly sure what was going on here, but it's moments like these that make this show such an event. Catch all the great Mobile World Congress news!

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