What a truly amazing day this turned out to be. I woke up at 4 AM this morning ready to head to the airport and found my car had disappeared. Eventually we found out it had been towed, which nearly cost us our entire trip. We arrived at the airport late, got stuck in security, and had to run through the Austin terminal to just catch our flight. They must have been waiting awhile because the airline people yelled at us and we got lots of dirty looks as we were the last passengers to board the plane.
Fast forward to tonight’s Digital Experience event hosted by Pepcom. There were over 100 of the biggest tech companies crammed into the grand ball room of the Mirage.
We only had a couple hours, but I hit up as many booths as possible to find the latest Android news. The following is a short list of companies and what they had going on.
Logitech: Engadget has reported that Logitech is working on an Android device (possibly a remote) so I thought I would see if they knew anything. The reps were all smiles, but all they could offer was “no comment”.
Motorola: Our friends at Moto were showing off the new Backflip phone (video coming soon) and a new Android home phone. All jokes aside, the Backflip was actually a pretty cool design. Since the camera is located on the outside of the device, it actually turns into a front facing camera when the phone is flipped open.
We have also been critical of Motorola’s lack of comments about the CLIQ getting updated, so I’m happy to report that all Motorola phones will eventually receive Android 2.1.
Lenovo: I went to the Lenovo booth to see if they could provide any information about the China bound LePhone. Not one person I spoke with knew anything about the device. I later found out that Lenovo hosted a separate event in Las Vegas and actually showed off the LePhone. Look for pics and details tomorrow.
LG: I was anxious to get my hands on the LG Eve, but they did not have any units on demo. When I asked about future LG Android phones for the United States, I was greeted with a big smile and told to look for more information soon. Hopefully, we will have some details from LG before the next CTIA show in March.
Samsung: I had heard Samsung was not going to announce any new devices, but that remains to be seen (I’m attending their press conference on Friday morning). However, they did have a Spica on display that looked to be from Vodafone (video upcoming). I asked how committed was Samsung to Android after their recent Bada OS announcement, and I was told to expect many more Android phones in 2010.
Sony Ericsson: I had to visit Sony Ericsson so I could get my hands on the Xperia X10. We know this phone is coming to Canada, but no U.S. release has been announced. When I asked if a U.S. carrier would pick up the phone, I was told it’s going to happen and to be on the lookout for an announcement. In the event that a U.S. carrier does not launch the phone, Sony Ericsson would make the device available on their web store.
None of the SE reps knew anything about the new Robyn phone.
Powermat: Some of you might have seen the Powermat ads on TV and now they are fully supporting Android phones. See our earlier report for their new lineup of charging stations. These are easily the coolest phone accessories I have seen in awhile and we look forward to reviewing them soon.
Vimeo: We just had a story on Vimeo, so I thought I would see if they were up to anything new. They had nothing to announce, but it sounded likely that a native Android app was on the way. Vimeo Plus accounts will also soon have access to advanced analytics for their videos.
Google: The Nexus One was the only product being shown off, so I didn’t spend too much time at their booth. Google employees never leak anything, so I didn’t even try to snoop.
HP: I had heard the rumors, but this one caught me totally by surprise. HP showed off a Snapdragon powered smartbook that was running a custom version of Android. Normally I would say that Android was not meant for smartbooks, but HP actually made it work. We are excited to see this “demo” turn into an actual retail product.
More to follow
It is way past my bedtime, so I think I will call it a day. We have a ton more video and pics that we will get up tomorrow when we have a faster internet connection (my tethered myTouch 3G is about to melt).
Hopefully tomorrow will be a much more productive day (now that we got traveling out of the way). We should be able to focus on bringing you the latest content for the next four days. If you read of any Android devices that are appearing at CES, make a request and we will try to capture it on video for you.
Yes, that is a picture of Clark with G4′s Kevin Pereira (he crashed their filming). No, Olivia Munn did not attend the event :(