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What You're Missing at the Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which runs from Feb. 22-25, sees more than 2,000 exhibitors and some 100,000 professionals gather in an arena bursting with networking opportunities. The event is a chance for industry insiders to exchange ideas and showcase new products and technologies, including anything from health monitors and mobile devices to digital security.

  1. Hold On

    Hold On

    An attendee tries out the Whiplash Pulsar chair experience.

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  2. Who's Driving?

    Who's Driving?

    The Mercedes-Benz AG F015 concept comes complete with swivel seats to enable driver and passengers to face each other for a chat.

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  3. Walk This Way

    Walk This Way

    A model cow wears a Fujitsu EDSC (Estrus Detection System for Cattle) wearable device - which helps farmers know when a cow is ready for mating.

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  4. Center Stage

    Center Stage

    Delegates mob Xiaomi Mi5 smartphones during their unveiling.

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  5. Gone Dipping

    Gone Dipping

    Oinom Nomu water-proof phones are dipped in tanks of water.

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  6. Caring Touch

    Caring Touch

    The MOnarCH project focuses on social robotics using networked heterogeneous robots and sensors that could interact with children, staff, and visitors.

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  7. Ceramics


    Xiaomi unveil their ceramic plated Mi5 Android-powered smartphone.

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  8. Dial It Up

    Dial It Up

    Will.I.Am has lined up Deutsche Telekom to sell his Dial smartwatch in Europe - the device can be used to call, text, e-mail, track fitness and stream music -- and unlike wearables including Apple’s watch, Dial isn’t tethered to a smartphone.

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  9. AneedA


    Dial’s operating system "AneedA," which users control with their voice, is able to learn over time when it’s used, for example by determining if a missed call is important or not.

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  10. Symbiotic


    The relationship between telecommunications carriers and messaging apps such as Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger is "symbiotic," not hostile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a packed audience at the Mobile World Congress in a talk that ranged across subjects from providing connectivity to the world’s poor to controversies over encryption.

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  11. Coming Through

    Coming Through

    A prototype of a self driving delivery robot, developed by Starship Technologies, navigates Mobile World Congress.

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  12. All Smiles

    All Smiles

    Delegates use Gear VR headsets at the 'Samsung Unpacked' launch event ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 21.

    Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

  13. In Attendance

    In Attendance

    A delegate photographs the unveiling of the LG G5 smartphone.

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  14. Fifth Gear

    Fifth Gear

    Model cars demonstrating 5G capabilities navigate around a track on the Nokia stand.

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  15. Yellow Submarine

    Yellow Submarine

    Delegates try a virtual reality submarine experience on the SK Telecom stand - the company is South Korea's largest mobile operator.

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  16. All Angles Covered

    All Angles Covered

    Samsung Galaxy S7 alongside the new Samsung Gear 360 camera - which features two back-to-back fisheye lenses that each can capture a 180-degree image and stream it to the S7, earlier S6 models and the Note 5.

    Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

  17. Constellation of Galaxies

    Constellation of Galaxies

    The new Samsung Galaxy S7 models are waterproof for as long as 30 minutes in water 1.5 meters deep and come in gold, silver, white and black.

    Samsung’s efforts to win back customers saw it keep the form and shape of last year’s models while fixing its shortcomings and touting their potential role in the potential virtual reality boom.

    Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

  18. You Looking At Me?

    You Looking At Me?

    A delegate tries on a Samsung Gear VR headset - some operators could include a free Gear VR headset with the Galaxy S7, the company said without elaborating.

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  19. #MWC2016


    A pedestrian walks past a sign reading #MWC2016 - the event is a key chance for industry insiders to exchange ideas and showcase new products and technologies.

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  20. Lend Me Your Ear

    Lend Me Your Ear

    Sony's Xperia Ear wireless earpiece - used alongside an app loaded onto the user's phone the technology works as a computerized personal assistant.

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  21. Tech Wall

    Tech Wall

    LG G5 smartphones on display - the company has brought back expansion slots...

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  22. Modular Sounds

    Modular Sounds

    ...such as the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module which allows for greater sound fidelity.

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  23. Play Time

    Play Time

    A pair of Bang and Olufsen headphones on display next to an LG G5 smartphone.

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  24. Keep on Rolling

    Keep on Rolling

    The remote-controlled LG Rolling Bot can stream images and video and your G5 smartphone.

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  25. Goggles


    A delegate tries a set of LG 360 VR goggles.

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  26. High-Five


    Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong Jin attend the 'Samsung Unpacked' launch event.

    Facebook needs mobile phone data networks to work better and faster. So they’re asking telecommunications companies to work with them and share designs, in an initiative that could accelerate the spread of 5G connectivity.

    Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

  27. Gone Fishing

    Gone Fishing

    A Lenovo Moto G phone is plunged into a fish tank.

    Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

  28. Child's Play

    Child's Play

    A delegate handles a T Kids Phone JooN wearable phone - a wearable 3G device for children that can be worn as a wristwatch or necklace.

    Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg