Paris mobile congress shows Android’s popularity among mobile platforms

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The recently-held Mobile World Congress 2011 in Paris has seen the popularity of Google Android smartphones and tablets rising, with more participants wanting to try their hands on the new gadgets.

Android’s two-floor booth was among the most visited exhibitors in the Congress which was attended by over 60,000 professionals from around 200 countries.

Mobile phones and tablet makers are expected to ship out over the next few days inorder to meet growing demand for gadgets that run Android platforms, such as Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play phone, which operates on Gingerbread, and LG’s Optimus Pad tablet, which is powered by Honeycomb.

The Android booth also featured a huge arcade section where developers from around the world showcased the next generation of mobile games.

While graphics and gameplay have improved in the mobile space over the years, the new wave of smartphones and tablets will push the capabilities of devices to deliver ultimate mobile gaming experience.

“Video games drive the mobile business because they’re the best showcase of what these new devices can really do,” said Gonzague de Vallois, senior vice president of publishing at Gameloft, one of the largest mobile game companies in the world.

“Our experience in the console market is helping us deliver quality titles to these new devices for the mobile market,” Gonzague added.

Android had since overtaken Symbian to become the top smartphone platform in the world.

According to research firm Canalys, global sales of Android phones in the fourth quarter of 2010 reached 33.3 million, compared to 31 million Symbian phones, 16.2 million Apple phones, 14.6 million RIM devices and 3.1 million Microsoft phones.

Overall, the global smartphone market grew 89% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, exceeding 100 million units for the first time. And 2011 is poised to be an even bigger breakthrough year for Android.

Jon Mills

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