Big Android BBQ 2011 Recap

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Paige and I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd Annual Big Android BBQ last weekend in Austin, TX. The Big Android BBQ is the largest independent gathering of Android enthusiasts in the U.S., and there were nearly one thousand people there this weekend! There was a healthy mix of developers, modders, and people who just plain love their Android.

Saturday was a full schedule of awesome sessions and panels, which was a great learning experience. The CyanogenMod panel was packed full of people, with tons of really great questions being asked. I also really enjoyed the other sessions with HTC, Motorola, and Verizon, as well.

Sunday is funday at the Android BBQ, that’s for sure! The event transformed, with several large tents where different companies were showing off their Android apps and products. The first tent was from Famigo, a really cool app that’s great for folks with kids that like to play on their Android-powered phone or tablet. Famigo basically puts your device into ‘kid’ mode, with restricted access to messaging, Internet, and email, but full access to fun games, educational programs, and more. It’s free, so I would highly recommend that you check it out if you have kids.

Other booths included FunChat, a really cool gaming chatroom application, as well as HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Verizon, and Texas Instruments. The main stage had an awesome host who kept things exciting with great music and fun contests, such as a dance-off and a texting contest to see who could type on their phone the fastest.

Also, let’s not forget the BBQ – it was as delicious as we expected, being in Texas and all.

Paige was using the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon to cover the BBQ, and really enjoyed the 8 megapixel camera with flash, which was perfect for capturing all the photos used in this post. She was also tweeting photos throughout the BBQ to our @RadioShackLIVE account. Verizon’s high-speed 4G LTE network was a lifesaver for uploading photos quickly and keeping her connected.

I was using the LG Marquee from Sprint, which just landed in RadioShack stores this weekend. No question, the best part of the phone was the super-bright NOVA display. Since the Big Android BBQ was mostly held outdoors in the Texas sun, it was really awesome to be able to read the LG Marquee’s screen easily in direct sunlight, especially while everyone else was squinting at their phones. Being on the go all day, the LG Marquee’s super-thin form factor was also awesome! At one point, I even forgot which pocket I had it in, since it was so light.

Overall, the weekend was a tremendous opportunity to hang out with Android enthusiasts from around the country. At RadioShack, since we carry the top three post-paid carriers and a large selection of no-contract carriers, it’s no secret that we love Android. We currently have over a dozen different Android-powered smartphones for you to choose from. Which one is your favorite?

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