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Nokia's MWC press conference

Nokia is expected to show off its first Android-powered smartphone at the event.

  • Nick Hide 2/24/2014 7:14:26 AM
    Morning folks! Welcome to the first full day of Mobile World Congress here in sunny Barcelona.
  • Nick Hide 2/24/2014 7:14:35 AM
    Roger and Jessica will be with you shortly for our live blog of Nokia's press conference.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:15:19 AM
    Hey guys, we're here and we're ready to "meet under the tree," or whatever that means.
  • Nick Hide 2/24/2014 7:15:36 AM

    So what are we expecting the Finnish phone flingers to unleash today? In his preview, Roger examined the possibility of an Android device -- a perplexing move so soon after the company's acquisition by Microsoft. 

  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:15:58 AM
    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.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:16:06 AM
    Hey all, Roger Cheng, executive editor at CNET News, checking in.
  • Nick Hide 2/24/2014 7:16:11 AM

    Budget Asha phones are highly likely too. What do you want to see?

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:17:06 AM
    I want to see a high-end Nokia phone -- any high end phone. But I don't think we'll see one.
  • n_alvarez2007 2/24/2014 7:17:29 AM
    Anxious to see an Android Nokia device. Whatever that looks like.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:17:32 AM
    At last year's MWC, Nokia pushed budget phones. We'll likely see that trend continue today.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:18:49 AM
    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 2/24/2014 7:18:51 AM
    How's it going guys?
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:19:14 AM
    @n_alvarez2007: It's going AWESOME. I'm not jetlagged or groggy at all!
  • n_alvarez2007 2/24/2014 7:19:41 AM
    Rumors have indicated a mid-range Nokia device running Android called the Nokia X correct?
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:20:02 AM
    Yep, those are the rumors. Stay tuned to see if they're true. The press conference starts in about 10 minutes.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:20:52 AM
    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.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:21:14 AM
    It's also a packed house. I got here about an hour early, and there was already a decent line waiting to get in.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:21:35 AM
    Fortunately, Nokia has provided us with power and ethernet cords, so we'll be with you for the whole conference -- for better or worse.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:22:41 AM
    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.
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:22:58 AM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:23:21 AM
    Nokia's theme this year is meeting them under a tree. And indeed, each meeting room has names like "Maple" and "Elm."
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:23:32 AM
    What's the idea behind the tree-themed show? I guess we'll see.
  • n_alvarez2007 2/24/2014 7:23:39 AM
    Appreciate the CNET team for delivering quality reports at MWC. You guys never disappoint.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:23:47 AM
    @n_alvarez2007: Thanks a lot! Happy to serve!
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:24:14 AM
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:24:15 AM
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:24:15 AM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:24:34 AM
    We're all getting a bit restless for this thing to start. C'mon, Nokia!
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:25:00 AM
    It's standing room only now as reporters, analysts and Nokia folks line the sides of the seating area.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:25:37 AM
    Okay, five minute warning.
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:28:43 AM
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:28:43 AM
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:28:44 AM

    Luke Westaway & Mark Ganley ready for action...

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:29:59 AM
    I'm not sure what I'm freaking out about. Probably the power cord getting knocked out. Grah!!
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:30:10 AM
  • sarahtew 2/24/2014 7:30:11 AM

    This is why you get here early... chairs are a good thing.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:30:24 AM
    Actually, that may be my normal look.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:31:05 AM
    Okay, it should be go time, yet the music plays. Typical late start for one of these shows.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:31:47 AM
    Ah, the Nokia chime rings. Here we go!
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:32:07 AM
    The presentation starts with pull quotes from positive reviews of Nokia's phones. Snapping music plays.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:32:25 AM
    Nokia staffers are clapping in the back, giving us an interesting stereo effect.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:32:37 AM
    Journalists don't clap. It's a, industry rule If you're caught, you have to turn in your press badge : P
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:32:47 AM
    And Nokia's devices head Stephen Elop gets on stage.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 7:33:01 AM
    The excitement is palpable, Elop says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 2/24/2014 7:33:08 AM
    There are so many people holding up cameras, I can't actually see Elop at all.
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