We have feet-down in Berlin at the Internationale Funkausstellung 2012, that's IFA 2012 to you and me, to bring you the latest from the world of consumer technology, as it happens. 

August is often a quiet time for the tech presses, but as the trickle of rumour has turned into a raging torrent of leaks, we’ve finally made it to Germany and the first day of action in the halls for Messe Berlin. 

We've got early announcements from Sony, with Samsung unveiling its latest mobile handset, believed to be the Galaxy Note 2, at its Samsung Mobile Unpacked event.

All the big names in tech are here, apart from a little company from Cupertino, looking to dazzle and amaze with their latest products.

We'll be separating the wheat from the chaff, bringing you glittering galleries of all the most exciting kit on show, dispelling rumours and clarifying the facts.

You can see what to expect in our pre-show round-up IFA2012 - the gadgets we're expecting to see - and you can keep abreast of the action on our dedicated homepage for IFA 2012.

Now, we're off for currywurst and Mezzo Mix. Mmmm, wunderbar mein Liebchen.