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CES is done and over, and while Android announcements were a little sparse this particular year, we didn't come away empty-handed. Sony unveiled its new flagship phones, NVIDIA dropped a bomb on everyone with Shield, and Huawei even made it to the front pages with its massive 6.1" phablet. Who do you think ended up rising above the noise, though? What Android product are you going to be watching most closely now that it's official? Who ran away with the show?

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What Android device do you think came away on top after CES 2013?

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News Roundup

For this week's roundup, I'm going to try to keep the amount of stories manageable, and in the interest of that goal, I suggest you hit up this link if you want the full scope of our CES 2013 coverage.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Chris Webster

    What about the Huawei Ascend D2

    • http://twitter.com/Telanis_ Telanis

      Yeah, this is at least planned to be released outside Asia, unlike the Grand S....

  • bryan_larsen

    according to brian @ anandtech, the winner was the galaxy camera.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well, it wasn't really unveiled at CES, not exactly ripe for including.

  • Wayne Randall

    After reading David's writeup on the YotaPhone I am excited to see where this new idea goes. It's not the device I'm excited about, rather the design and tech of the second e-ink display. Give it another year of development.

  • Ivan Fossa-Ferrari

    Why are the stock-android Vizio tablets not in the poll?

    • http://twitter.com/Mills_MatthewM Matthew

      The Vizio Smartphones seemed nice as well,to bad they are only for sale in Asia.

  • NicholasMicallef

    I'd have to say shield, even though I'm not actually interested in buying it.

  • ElfirBFG

    Yota.

    I hope someone does a 'kai' tablet with an e-ink side. Yota is a good idea, but ~7" is much better for this feature.

  • wildcat

    I'm waiting for xperia Z/ZL, though not until SGS 4 out for comparison. Z & ZL looks really nice.
    Also excited with project shield but after knowing its pc requirement I'm no longer interested.

  • Sootie

    Sheild and the sony z look cool (but you can only vote once). I think a waterproof smart phone is a brilliant idea

  • http://about.me/ryanmmoore ryanmmoore

    I wanted to say the Asus Qube...

    • http://twitter.com/Mills_MatthewM Matthew

      lol

  • irtechneo

    I thought the Asus AIO all in one android tablet/windows 8 hybrid device was best of show but didnt see too much coverage on it. The concept is amazing! Only coverage I saw was in a hotel room so maybe Asus wasnt technically at CES.

  • http://profiles.google.com/diegopadron05 Diego Padron

    If Sony really wants to come out at the top, they need to make only a handful of handsets that impress people and they need to keep supporting them over a long period. Release quick updates to newer versions of Android, keep customizations to only aesthetics and actually useful additions, and give customers at least two years with updates assured to their phones.

    • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

      talking about aestethic ... that camera placement on z (or zl) pictured above is really odd. just like on Nexus 4.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        i dont see an issue with it

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      i agree 100% if their streamline their product line and keep it highend and good customer support than i would most likely get one of theirs knowing that when i upgrade next

    • http://twitter.com/Mills_MatthewM Matthew

      They also need to market their phones like Samsung does. Seems like i see Note II and S3 ads everywhere.

  • 122ninjas

    What about the Vizio phones? Sure they're only in China but they seen quite nice

  • CordellCollins

    Am i the only one that sees Nvidia as another apple, not in a product aspect but as a company. They are extremely proprietary especially when you look at the fact the that they only allow nvidia products to work with other nvidia products. The best example of this is the fact that shield can only connect to nvidia GPU's not AMD.

    • John_Merritt

      While I agree with you about not connecting to AMD, the problem arises when it comes to support. If nvidia open up their products, like shield, to AMD then who does the support ? nvidia or amd ? If it's nvidia, then do they test all the catalyst drivers from say 11.xx, to 12.xx, to whatever comes in 2013 ? Do they limit the hardware to 6/7 series, or just 7 series ? There is a minefield of AMD configurations out there and this would cause nvidia a huge headache in support and cost.

      10 years ago I used to sell PC hardware for a local firm, we would often sell PCs with no OS,only a few, but these were to users with experience. Problem for us was that a lot of these users would install Linux, or even a hacked Mac OS and we wouldn't support none of those because we never had the expertise, we only supported the hardware we sold to them. The headaches, the rows, the threats of legal action, were so much that we stopped selling a PC without a OS. For nvidia, I can only imagine the legal nightmare if things go pear-shaped if they open up to AMD hardware.

  • http://twitter.com/PlowRox Plow Rox

    You must be blind to the fact that ATI screws people more than nvidia
    ever does! I have a perfectly good ATI video card that ati decided to
    drop linux drivers from.... even tho this card was $800.00 retail... and
    all I want out of it is basic video... screw ATI ! I'll buy nvidia any
    day over ATI crapola!

    [sorry disqus lost my spot during sign in part...carry on...]

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      you buy a "800 dollar" card for basic video.....and what card is 800 dollars? their best cards go for like 450 if i remember

      • datafox

        For that price you are looking at the Fire series of cards for work stations.

        But even if they dropped support for new drivers there are the old drivers which might work and open sourced drivers exist.

        • http://twitter.com/PlowRox Plow Rox

          Well for what its worth the card was "top of the line" at the time it came out. And yes you can pay a ton of money for any video card. Because ATI is well known to drop driver support [unknown to me when I bought the card] It wasnt bought for "basic" video but the function needed for the linux install was just basic video nothing fancy, or gaming. Live and learn.

  • Huw Evans

    I'm hoping with the Yota they use that concept to create a small notifications panel at the top of my nexus 4/7/10/what-have-you

  • fox

    Before commenting about the mobile industry and android I think that we should wait for MWC

  • PINJ

    Yota Was Most Interesting But Shield Came Out On Top

    • PINJ

      And ZL Was Boring.

  • http://www.everytutorials.com/ Nam

    NVIDIA shield ftw "D

  • Aone

    If Sony produce spec of the smartphone the same xperia Z on os windows phone 8.
    I think it the best smartphone.

  • Aone

    Now Samsung ATIV S show on os wp8.

  • http://www.pop-digital.co.uk/pop/ Pop Digital

    The NVIDA shield reminds me of something from the 90s