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Consumer Electronics Show concludes with Android, tablets in spotlight

by Kelly MacNeil on January 10, 2011

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) came to a close on Sunday in Las Vegas, leaving a marked impression on consumers worldwide that the tablet computer as well as the Android operating system will gain in stature in the coming year.

"If CES 2011 showed us anything, it’s that tablets are set to explode and saturate the marketplace…it’s going to be a dog-eat-dog tablet market this coming year, and it’ll be even more interesting to see who’ll come out on top," says Robert Holland of the Tablet Crunch.

There were at least 80 new releases of tablet computers at the show, according to Wired.com.

Holland also estimated upon visiting the exhibition floor that roughly 90 percent of the products on display were Android-powered devices.

Other notable trends included the continued use of 3-D technology with a marked shift toward glasses-free viewing, celebrity promotions by the likes of Ludacris, T-Pain and Lady Gaga as well as "transformer gadgets" that can hook up to a variety of devices such as laptops, TVs and mobile phones, CNN reports.

According to the news source, some of the more gimmicky developments featured in the show included a laptop with a touchscreen keyboard, a laptop with a removable touchscreen tablet and home appliances that featured touchscreens and internet connections, allowing ovens to send text messages when the cooking time is up, for example.

The Consumer Electronics Association said that the 2011 show was the biggest in three years since the 2008 financial crisis, bringing a total of about 140,000 people to the event and beating pre-show estimates of 126,000, according to PCWorld.com.

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