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CES 2013's Android connection

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android? smartphones? tablet? OS?

Android's open source nature has been successful in encouraging large communities of developers and enthusiasts to utilise it as a foundation for their projects. Nowhere is this more evident than in the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show where Android-powered gadgets of all shapes and size made their debut.

Android may have been designed primarily as an operating system for mobile devices when the era of touchscreen smartphones and tablets burst into the scene (See Report: 75% of smartphones run on Android.), but it has since crossed over to other realms of consumer electronics.

Just a few years ago when Wi-Fi technology started to gain steam, it was still lofty to picture all home appliances connected to the Internet. These days, smart homes are all the rage. Luxury kitchen appliance maker Dacor went to CES with a line of ovens that are powered by the Android OS. The Discovery Wall Oven features a Discovery IQ Controller, which is essentially a 7-inch Wi-Fi Android tablet that can connect the user to online apps for recipes, temperature monitoring and the like.

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China-based Hisense unveiled a refrigerator running on Android 3.2 with a screen that allows access to custom apps, including one that tracks food's freshness through a bar-code scanner built into the door and a grocery list generator. LG showcased its SmartThinQ washer and dryer line with built-in touch screens to set modes, detect problems and access an app which enables you to check if your laundry is done using a smartphone.

Android has also interested camera brand Polaroid with its latest release the iM1836. It boasts of an 18 megapixel sensor built into the lens and runs on Android 4.1 Jellybean. IdeaPhone K900 from Lenovo has a front-facing camera with an 88-degree viewing angle, the widest available on the market right now for a smartphone, also running on Android. Known for their computer displays, ViewSonic launched its 24-inch Tegra 3 powered Android 4.1 Jelly Bean PC monitor with full multi-touch features.

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