CES 2011 – The Year of Android

(I spotted this Sprint ad while on the way to the airport my last day.)

Above video shows CES 2011 Unveiled, a press conference held the day before CES 2011 started. There were so many people, everyone had to wait in line for like an hour to get in. Once you get in, it’s like a big flea market filled with too many people, you can barely breath.

Of course, part of the problem was that this was one of the most-packed CES events ever with near 150,000 people attending the show. Besides that, getting a taxi after the show was hectic, about a 2 hour wait!

Certainly, 2011 will be the year of the Android if there’s a calendar for tech gizmos like myself.

And yes, Blackberry Playbook is impressive and I will get one but they are missing one point, Android is pretty much open used now by every PC manufacturer while Blackberry and Apple have just one.

How can you compete with hundreds (or even thousands) of Androids?

You can’t.   And oh yeah, I also found that over in Asia, they already have about a thousand Android tablet devices we haven’t even heard about.   This is just the tip of the iceburg.  It might not be overstated that in 5 years more people are using Android than Windows.

But it all boils down to one thing, that we are in of a big transition, that of more portable mobile computing, are you ready?  Whether you use an iPad, Android tablet, Blackberry Playbook, or even Windows 7, you will appreciate that more work will get done on mobile devices this year.

More than 2,700 technology companies across global industries dazzled attendees at the 2011 International CES®, with the ground-breaking event energizing the technology world. The 2011 CES set several new records, including 30,000 international attendees and 22 top CEOs participating in keynotes. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2011 CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, concluded today in Las Vegas.

“The 2011 International CES was a phenomenal worldwide event that spanned global industries including technology, automotive and entertainment markets,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “This global technology gathering featured more innovation, more news, more social media buzz and more international attendance than any other show in CES history.”

Preliminary attendance figures indicate more than 140,000 industry professionals attended the 2011 International CES. More than 30,000 attendees came from outside the United States, with the show attracting more than 80 international delegations. CEA conducts an independent audit of attendance at the International CES and final verified figures will be available in the spring.

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