Morning folks! Welcome to the first full day of Mobile World Congress here in sunny Barcelona.
Roger and Jessica will be with you shortly for our live blog of Nokia's press conference.
Hey guys, we're here and we're ready to "meet under the tree," or whatever that means.
We've got coffee, mini breakfast pastries, and some sort of light techno music. We're crammed into school desks, but we have ethernet drops, so we're happy campers.
Hey all, Roger Cheng, executive editor at CNET News, checking in.
I want to see a high-end Nokia phone -- any high end phone. But I don't think we'll see one.
At last year's MWC, Nokia pushed budget phones. We'll likely see that trend continue today.
Last year, we saw two Lumia Windows phones, an Asha, and a 15 Euro cell phone that was bright blue. And then I got to review it. You get what you pay for.
@n_alvarez2007: It's going AWESOME. I'm not jetlagged or groggy at all!
Yep, those are the rumors. Stay tuned to see if they're true. The press conference starts in about 10 minutes.
So let's set the scene. Like last year, Nokia has set up its booth in Hall 3 of the Fira Gran Via. The decor is largely white, with a big screen upfront showing off the colorful Nokia phones.
It's also a packed house. I got here about an hour early, and there was already a decent line waiting to get in.
Fortunately, Nokia has provided us with power and ethernet cords, so we'll be with you for the whole conference -- for better or worse.
Nokia is posting tweets from people using its hashtag (#NokiaMWC) on the big screen on stage. I refuse to use it and get on the wall.
Nokia's theme this year is meeting them under a tree. And indeed, each meeting room has names like "Maple" and "Elm."
What's the idea behind the tree-themed show? I guess we'll see.
@n_alvarez2007: Thanks a lot! Happy to serve!
We're all getting a bit restless for this thing to start. C'mon, Nokia!
It's standing room only now as reporters, analysts and Nokia folks line the sides of the seating area.
Okay, five minute warning.
I'm not sure what I'm freaking out about. Probably the power cord getting knocked out. Grah!!
Actually, that may be my normal look.
Okay, it should be go time, yet the music plays. Typical late start for one of these shows.
Ah, the Nokia chime rings. Here we go!
The presentation starts with pull quotes from positive reviews of Nokia's phones. Snapping music plays.
Nokia staffers are clapping in the back, giving us an interesting stereo effect.
Journalists don't clap. It's a, industry rule If you're caught, you have to turn in your press badge : P
And Nokia's devices head Stephen Elop gets on stage.
The excitement is palpable, Elop says.
There are so many people holding up cameras, I can't actually see Elop at all.