Location: Smartphones 2011

Smartphones, Mobile Devices, and Handhelds at CES 2011

As the size and shape of the most powerful electronics shrinks, the mobile and handheld portion of the Consumer Electronics Show grows. As the size and shape of the most powerful electronics shrinks, the mobile and handheld portion of the Consumer Electronics Show grows. To illustrate how hot this portion of the market is getting, The Pavillion where the smartphones are displayed is already sold out for 2012, and the 2011 show isn't even over yet. In 2012 more IPhone, Android, Palm, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile OS phones, accessories, and manufacturers will attend CES than ever before.

Google introduced their latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, at the 2011 show, as they unveiled the next Android devices including the Nexus S line of mobile products. The Nexus S line of mobile handsets are the first Android Gingerbread enabled devices to ship to consumers. Since they are backorderd, the show is a good way to get your hands on one, if even for a few minutes. The Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available, and being able to play with it is invaluable when dreaming up the next big application. Both CDs and downloads were available right in the booths for developers to get started. Google co-developed the Nexus phone line with Samsung, so the presentation, booth, and styling were as spectacular as Samsungs efforts are annually.

Together with Google, other familiar vendors join as exhibitors at CES. It is not just Samsung; LG, Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorolla, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Cogent, Cricket, many Satellite Phone Providers, and other telecom interests are in attendance. There are plenty of support personnel, supply of things to look at, and accories to personalize your phone, let alone your clients.

The major trend of every embedded platform released today is the application or APP. Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Iphone, Android, Symbian and Windows each have now embraced the idea of developers making tools for their phones.