Thursday, 20 September 2018

MWC Review: Absence of Androids

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Monday 23 February 09

It's all about apps at this year's Mobile World Congress; China's 3G rollout and the state of the economy also dominate.

So just where were all the Androids at this year's Mobile World Congress? And no, we're not talking about attendance at the event, which was certainly down on previous years, despite the GSMA's best efforts to persuade us otherwise. There were certainly fewer news hounds like ourselves, trawling the halls in robot-like fashion desperately seeking out a scoop (and believe me, a scoop at this year's show was not a likely prospect), and fewer attendees in general. Actually, we're not convinced that a few androids weren't drafted in towards the end of the week to boost the numbers a bit... but then again maybe we've been watching too much late-night TV and need to get out more, but I digress... We are of course referring to the fact that all the hype around Google's open source Android operating system - We were all expecting a raft of Android announcements - came to very little. In the end there was one - very low-key - operator announcement, and precious little more from the vendors. On Tuesday Vodafone and HTC unveiled the Magic, an Android-powered device that will be available in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy this spring, with additional markets to follow. Meanwhile, China's Huawei revealed its first smartphone, a device based on the Google platform that is due to be commercially available in Q3, but emphasised that it is not concentrating its smartphone ambitions on Android alone…

So just where were all the Androids at this year's Mobile World Congress? And no, we're not talking about attendance at the event, which was certainly down on previous years, despite the GSMA's best efforts to persuade us otherwise. There were certainly fewer news hounds like ourselves, trawling the halls in robot-like fashion desperately seeking out a scoop (and believe me, a scoop at this year's show was not a likely prospect), and fewer attendees in general. Actually, we're not convinced that a few androids weren't drafted in towards the end of the week to boost the numbers a bit... but then again maybe we've been watching too much late-night TV and need to get out more, but I digress... We are of course referring to the fact that all the hype around Google's open source Android operating system - We were all expecting a raft of Android announcements - came to very little. In the end there was one - very low-key - operator announcement, and precious little more from the vendors. On Tuesday Vodafone and HTC unveiled the Magic, an Android-powered device that will be available in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy this spring, with additional markets to follow. Meanwhile, China's Huawei revealed its first smartphone, a device based on the Google platform that is due to be commercially available in Q3, but emphasised that it is not concentrating its smartphone ambitions on Android alone…

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