Manufacturers make waves with new Android smartphones at CES 2011

by Kristen Nicole

CES is pure mayhem for mobile manufacturers, and that’s what we love about the annual Vegas event. A parade of smartphones and tablets debuting from Motorola (MMI), Samsung (005930.KS) and Sony Ericsson (SNE) in particular highlight the first day of the show. The Motorola XOOM has earned its time in the spotlight, demonstrating an early version of Google’s (GOOG) Android Honeycomb 3.0, but the company has a few other devices featured at CES.

Motorola mashes the competition

The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM and a 4-inch display, but will also be compatible with a latop dock, making this smartphone a convertible device for work and play. A new DROID is headed to Verizon (VZ) stores, ready for the 4G LTE network, while the Motorola Cliq 2 is an updated version of the popular smartphone, complete with a 3.7 inch display, a 1GHz chip and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung and Sony Ericsson soar above the rest

Samsung’s launching the new Infuse 4G smartphone on AT&T’s (T) network, running Android 2.2 Froyo on its 4.5-inch touchscreen display.  Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S, its 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor will also support the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update later on. Another perk for this super slim phone (the slimmest Android to date) is an 8-megapixel camera, capable of recording 720p HD video, and a front-facing camera for video calls.

From Sony Ericsson we have the Xperia Arc, another smartphone already featuring Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Its 4.2-inch multitouch screen is also shatterproof, and the Xperia Arc comes with an 8.1 megapixel camera and 720p HD video recording. Its LED flash and high-end video light offers quality pictures and videos, even in low light environments.

Innovating Android for automobiles

The manufacturers and wireless providers aren’t the only ones showing off Android devices at CES this year. Fujitsu (FJTSY.PK) is getting innovative with an Android-powered car system, looking to make the connected home a more accessible network. With the goal of linking cars with society, people and other cars, Fujitsu’s prototype could be used for navigation, streaming media, managing controls and overall improving automobile connectivity.