One interesting (and mind-boggling) snippet of news to come out of MWC was the fact that, according to Google, more than 850,000 new Android phones are now being activated every day. To put that in context, that’s not far off double the total number of babies born each day worldwide (good job gadgets take up less space, eh?).
It’s no surprise, therefore, that Android is by far the most popular operating system here at MWC, appearing on everything from entry-level phones like LG’s Optimus L3 to the brand’s mega-powerful, quad-core Optimus 4X HD.
As you’d expect of a flagship device, the 4X HD uses the latest 4.0 version of Android, better known as Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This replaces the separate smartphone and tablet versions (2.3/Gingerbread and 3.2/Honeycomb, respectively), but in terms of a user experience it’s actually very similar, just slicker looking with useful evolutions of existing features and a handful of whizz-bang new ones – take a look here for the lowdown.
In fact, the biggest benefit of ICS is actually to app developers, as they can theoretically now just design apps for one unified OS that scales seamlessly across phones and tablets. Of course, in turn that should mean better, more reliable apps and more choice for consumers, which can’t be a bad thing.
Anyway, today we took a look round Android’s huge, playground-like stand at MWC to check out the latest innovations and apps that will be available through LG’s new crop of ICS-toting Optimus smartphones. There are sadly way, way too many to get into here, but we came away seriously impressed, both at the diversity and quality on offer. The future is most definitely bright for Android users.
The stand itself is also very impressive, containing a helter-skelter slide, DJ zone, café, a never-ending conveyor belt of devices and an actual working robot. In short, lots of fun – you can get an idea by taking a look at Android’s own MWC page here.
OK, that’s it for day three. One more day to go…
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