Android Rules at CES 2012
This entry was posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012, the Google's operating system Android was everywhere. From smartphones to TVs, cameras and tablets, it was easy to find many gadgets running on Android.
Lenovo and Acer both announced cloud-based services at the CES and both of them have aimed for targeting Android devices for their vision. Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google said at the CES, "As you arrive at your house with your Android device, all the things that have computers in [them], sort of adjust as necessary . . . a text comes to you and it goes to the television, because that's your preference." Schmidt explained that a few home appliances currently use Android such as refrigerators (case in point: $3500 Samsung RF4289HARS).
In the area of smartphones, Android stole the show at the CES, with phones like Motorola's Droid, Lenovo S2, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Ion and more. Noteworthy additions to this list include LG Spectrum and Samsung Galaxy Note. They both are running Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) and are to be upgraded to the version 4.0 (Ice cream Sandwich) in the second half of 2012.
Lenovo showcased the IdeaTab K2 tablet which runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is powered by a Tegra 3 processor. Other specs include a 10-inch display having a resolution of 1280 by 800, 2GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, HDMI out, and LTE connectivity.
In the world of head mounted displays, Sensics showcased the 3D SmartGoggles headset at the CES event. This device also runs on Android and enables users to have 360-degrees of view in games. The device can be used with PCs, consoles, tablets or even smartphones. Those who tried out the device are not very impressed. The device is pretty heavy to wear and costs a whopping $23,000.
Android has even made its debut on Smart TVs. Lenovo announced its K91 Smart TV which runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Polaroid has made a surprise move of incorporating a smartphone inside a camera (instead of the other way round). The Polaroid SC1630 is a smart camera having 18 scene modes, 16MP, 3x optical zoom, 3.2-inch display and 512 MB RAM on board along with a microSD card slot that can store up to 32GB memory. The camera also runs on Android (version isn't known yet).