What is Android? Find out at Androidland
A few months back I remember sitting in the car with my sister when she asked me a very popular question – “What is Android?”.
Being a self-professed ‘Android fanboi’ my eyes lit up and I proceeded to let her know what I’d learned over the years about this new mobile operating platform, Android. After my long-winded explanation running through smart phones, tablets, cloud-computing and smart TVs, I realised I’d lost her at ‘hello’ – she was confused and it was then I realised how complex the space is for those not close to it.
So I pulled out my Samsung Galaxy S II and started to show her some of the best features of my device, she seemed slightly more interested with my ‘hands on’ approach and so I decided this was the best way to demonstrate the features and benefits of Android powered devices.
Seems like I am not the only person who has had to answer “What is Android?”, the exciting thing today is Telstra has joined forces with a range of industry partners to help answer this question with the launch of Androidland.
Androidland is an exciting new interactive experience currently residing in the Telstra flagship store located at Bourke Street in Melbourne, it’s pretty hard to miss with huge Android statues leading you upstairs to the interactive store. Collaborating with some of the larger Android manufacturers – Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG and with some help from friends at Google, this is the one-stop shop to learn and discover everything there is to know about Android.
The biggest highlight for me today was visiting this “store within a store” and playing with the Androidify app on a large screen and then being able to print out my customised little Android. There is plenty more to do, including interacting with a huge Google maps screen, playing games to win little robots and there are heaps of ways to learn about Android features – you can see it all in the video below.
If you live in Melbourne and want to know more about Android make sure you head down to the Bourke Street Telstra store.
Update 4:45pm - We have uploaded another video to our YouTube channel showcasing the people who made Androidland a reality behind the scenes. You can watch it by clicking here