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CES 2011: A Tale of an Android Onslaught

Jan 14, 2011, 19:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show was an invasion of Linux and FOSS in the form of a feast of Androids in all shapes and sizes.

"While it seems every Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in recent memory has some theme that never really panned out (see 3-D TV), you might want to rethink the trend when it comes to Android. Google's Android attack was in full force at this year's edition with a vengeance. From smart phones to tablet devices of all sizes to Google TV, you couldn't travel the exhibit floor very far without bumping into something Android. For some companies, like Motorola, Android has fueled impressive comebacks. For others, like Sony, it's new territory.

"The success of the Apple iPad has lured untold numbers of vendors to produce competitive products. Samsung was the first to make a big splash with their Galaxy 7-inch tablet. Motorola has thrown their hat into the tablet ring with the Xoom and a hybrid phone / laptop device called the Atrix. Many other recognizable names announced tablet products at CES including Asus, Acer, Dell, LG, Motorola, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba and Vizio. The key linking many of these devices is Google's Android 3.0 release named Honeycomb. Honeycomb has enhanced user interface and usability features specifically targeted at tablet devices."

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