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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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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?

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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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?

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

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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?

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

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Welcome to the Fira

Up and over

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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's exquisite architecture extends to this cavernous convention center.

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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?

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

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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?

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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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?

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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Welcome to the Fira

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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?

The Fira entrance from above.

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Welcome to the Fira

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Big dog

The Fira

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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?

These charging stations promise plenty of juice.

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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?

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

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Welcome to the Fira

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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?

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

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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?

Keynote presentations play on enormous overhead screens.

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Welcome to the Fira

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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?

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

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Welcome to the Fira

Up and over

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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?

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

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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?

Here's the convention center from another angle.

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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?

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

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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?

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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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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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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?

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

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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?

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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