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Android features prominently in Consumer Electronics Show

by Kelly MacNeil on January 7, 2011

Google's Android operating system commanded the spotlight at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where several smart phones and tablets were unveiled that ran on the software.

The new Android 3.0 OS, or Honeycomb, gained much acclaim for its versatility in use for both smart phones and touchscreen tablet computers, demonstrating in its presentation that it will soon make Chrome OS, Google's other operating system, obsolete, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Motorola's Mobility XOOM, a 10.1 inch tablet, will run on a 3G wireless network with the option to upgrade to Verizon's new high speed LTE 4G, Appolicious.com reports.

Verizon also showed off four of its Android smart phones, including the LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Droid Bionic and an unnamed phone by Samsung, CNN reports.

Major computer retailer Dell also announced its plans for the Streak 7, a touchscreen tablet computer and the Venue, a smartphone that runs on Android software. The smart phone Dell launched last year ran on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system, according to the Associated Free Press.

"Tablets are category revolutionizers. Smarter than a smartphone, more personal than a PC," T-Mobile's Jeremy Korst told Appolicious in reference to the Streak, which will feature a larger seven-inch screen and a faster internet connection using T-Mobile's 4G network.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Honeycomb's new browser bears a striking resemblance to Chrome. With the Android, however, users will not have to have everything running in the browser and may opt for desktop widgets instead. Google is not revealing many other details at the moment.

Buyers and sellers numbering in the tens of thousands attend the Consumer Electronics Show each year, the Associated Free Press reports.

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