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Today is travel day as we leave the pretend world of Las Vegas and head back to the real world.  We’ll be offline and in the air for much of the day but meanwhile I’ve thrown together a bit of a wrapup of the big CES […]

asus-booth1Today is travel day as we leave the pretend world of Las Vegas and head back to the real world.  We’ll be offline and in the air for much of the day but meanwhile I’ve thrown together a bit of a wrapup of the big CES 2009.

Netbooks were definitely the big item as CES this year but we expected that.  Almost everybody makes one and the rest plan to make their own.  The little notebooks were everywhere and due to the low prices of them they are not going away any time soon.  The Sony Vaio P appearance was big news at CES and while not a netbook it is a “tweener” device that piqued a lot of interest at the show.

On the smartphone front things were quiet with the obvious exception of the Palm Pre.  The introduction of the new smartphone from Palm was the biggest buzz-maker at the show and put the only life into the smartphone arena that we saw.  Palm needed a transfusion of excitement in their world and the Pre has definitely provided it.

The rest of the smartphone world at CES was dead silent.  There were no new Windows Mobile phone announcements, handset maker displays were just more of the same.  Nokia showed some new stuff but it was largely variants of existing stuff and no one was walking around the show floor talking about them.  It’s as if Palm sucked the wind out of the smartphone world for everyone else.

The biggest surprise for me at the CES was the total lack of anything Android.  There were no new handsets presented, none announced, just dead silence.  The handset makers working on Android phones may be waiting for the Mobile World Congress in February to make their move but it was surprising to not see a single Android phone appear at CES.  It unsettles me a bit as I have predicted on the latest MobileTechRoundup show that I expect to see at least 12 Android phones appear this year.  Android could give Palm a run for its money with new handsets so they’d better get busy.

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  1. turn.self.off Monday, January 12, 2009

    there was however a “pad” shown, using android:
    http://www.giinii.com/movit_detail.html

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  2. World Mobile Congress is in February. Starts February 16th

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  3. Fixed, thanks.

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  4. Joel McLaughlin Monday, January 12, 2009

    How about this:

    http://androidguys.com/?p=3321

    and

    http://www.gizmowatch.com/entry/android-powered-giinii-movit-mini-tablet-at-ces

    and

    http://www.t3.com/ces/news/android-appears-on-first-non-mobile-device-at-ces-2009?=37778

    Plus the official Skype client was announced there too (I’ve loaded it…kind of lame that it DOESN’T use the data connection).

    Should there have been more? Maybe. However, very soon, CES itself will be irrelevant with the cheaper smaller intros being hosted by the companies themselves.

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  5. Huh that is really strange. I’ve been following CES heavily online, and I hadn’t seen anything Android.

    Mobile World Congress makes sense though.

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  6. I’m speculating that it’s because Google only shipped a naked platform, i.e. there isn’t a user interface shell. Google only opened the platform – this makes sense. It’s a lot more work to ship a complete user experience. Perhaps, there is an opportunity for independent software companies (ISV) to offer custom programming services around the Android platform. For example, Wind River System offers services to help enable Android platform to run on hardware. Other companies can provide services to build UI shell for handsets. Typical UI shell includes contacts, dial pad, calendar, organizer, etc.

    On second thought, isn’t the Motorola Social Networking handset is a special shell build on top of Android platform that includes connection to social network sites.

    So, I am speculating that soon we will see more Android handsets and they will not look and feel like G1.

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  8. OT but related…No mention of the Sony Xperia X1 even though it is just hitting the streets in the USA and Sony is heralding it as their flagship phone…

    Steve

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  9. I woul have thought that it would have been mentioned somewhere…

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  10. I looked at the Xperia in the Microsoft booth. It didn’t appeal to me as it took so long to get released here in the US it’s now similar to other phones out there. It was hard to play with in the booth as it was fastened down securely, not conducive to playing with touch phones.

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