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Welcome to the Fira

Up and over

Somber moods

Big dog

The Fira

Taking a breather

Take no chances

Up again

Glancing back

The rescue station

Fira tech

Booths below

Live streams

Mugging for the camera

The Hall 3 powerhouse

Another view

Zen

Breath of fresh air

The center of it all

Like molasses

Escape!

Beautification

It's cultural?

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

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

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

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

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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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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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The Fira entrance from above.

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These charging stations promise plenty of juice.

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

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

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Keynote presentations play on enormous overhead screens.

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

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

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Here's the convention center from another angle.

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

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

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

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

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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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