Google may not have had any gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show which closed here Sunday but the Internet giant made its presence felt.
At a show where touchscreen tablet computers were king, Google’s Android operating system was the crown prince.
Motorola Mobility’s Xoom tablet powered by Honeycomb software, a version of Android designed specifically for the touchscreen computers, took the coveted title of best gadget at CES.
And Honeycomb, or Android 3.0, was the operating system of choice for dozens of the other tablet makers showing their wares on the crowded show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Motorola Mobility, South Korea’s LG Electronics, China’s Lenovo, US computer giant Dell, Taiwan’s Asus and Japan’s Toshiba were among the global electronics giants unveiling Android-powered tablets, to name just a few.
While Apple’s iPad still rules the tablet roost, Android, which is already widely used by smartphone makers, is shaping up to also be a major force in the tablet arena.