Android Accelerates and Google Joins the Show

Last year’s keynote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt emerged as one of the highlights of Mobile World Congress. But apart from his presentation, Google had no formal presence in Barcelona, despite Android devices dominating the event.

This year that’s all changed — Android has a massive exhibition area just off Hall 8. Populated with a sea of green robots and a diverse range of Android developers and partners, it’s the most visible sign that Google has become a new centre of gravity in the mobile universe.


Once again Google’s commitment to mobile will be among the most talked-about aspects of the event. We expect to see 200 different Android-powered devices this week. We’re keeping count and will reveal the final total on Wednesday.

With so many firms pinning their hopes on the platform, there’s bound to be a few casualties. How many Android partners will fail to return next year?