Google puts Android device menagerie on parade

Google showed dozens of Android devices from the mobile operating system's history at Mobile World Congress.

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BARCELONA–Mobile device customers may love or hate Android, but there’s no denying it’s been a hit with device makers and carriers.

Exhibit A was on display at Google’s booth at the Mobile World Congress show here in Barcelona, Spain. Dozens and dozens of Android phones and tablets slid by on a curving track that looped them continuously.

In the collection were some notable models such as the first to come to market, the T-Mobile G1 from October 2008. But then there were members of that vastly larger collection of forgettable models — useful to customers, perhaps, but probably nothing deserving even a footnote in the history of mobile computing or generating much in the way of passion.

The photo above shows the Hisense E910. Have you heard of it? Me neither.

Android chief Andy Rubin said Monday at the show that 300 million Android phones have been activated, a number currently increasing by about 280,000 per day. There are 450,000 apps in the Android Market, indicating that a big crowd of program… [Read more]

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