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Mobilized Hits Barcelona as Mobile World Congress Kicks Off

After a very early flight to Barcelona on Saturday, Mobilized hit the ground running to try to get a quick sense of Barcelona before Mobile World Congress begins later on Sunday.

Luckily, the bus from the airport dropped me off smack-dab in the center of the event facilities. Within two minutes I had my badge and was ready to see the city. Embracing my newbie status, I forked over way too many euros for a pass on the tourist bus to get a sense of the city.

The bus was a worthy investment though, giving a great overview of what clearly is a beautiful and amazing place.

Unfortunately, I threw my back out just as I was due to climb about a million stairs to the amazing Parque Güell, a park filled with Gaudi sculpture and buildings.

Limping badly, I headed back to my room, to ice and meds, and offered fervent prayers that all would be better in time for a very busy Sunday.

On the news front, a bunch of Sunday’s news is already out there as both Samsung and Sony Ericsson have had a good portion of the products leak. Sony Ericsson is led, of course, by the Xperia Play, the Android-based PlayStation phone that was touted during the Super Bowl. Samsung, meanwhile, is set to unveil the Galaxy S II, the successor to its Galaxy S line, as well as its next Galaxy Tab lines, with the former gaining a thinner shape and improved screen, while the latter is due to add Honeycomb.

Mobilized has tons of fun interviews set up in addition to planning to scramble to as many keynotes, panels and press conferences as we can manage. We’ll be catching back up with Valentines Nokia and Microsoft, checking in on Google and seeing all the handsets we can handle.

To make sure you are not missing anything, click on the box to the bottom right, which will take you to our spiffy Mobile World Congress page, or bookmark this link. My colleagues stateside, including longtime mobile industry vet Tricia Duryee, will be posting as well.

Well, I’m off to catch a bit more Barcelona before the big event kicks off.


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