Google will not set up its Mobile World Congress this year, according to a spokesperson from Google France (translation). Instead, Google will reportedly dispatch an Android support team to assist partners at various locations throughout the conference.at
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As one of the top destination spots over the last two years, Google's MWC booth has included a smoothie bar, ice cream sandwiches, and plenty of games. Let's not forget the giant, twisting slide that takes pictures of those daring enough to go down, or thatof Android smartphones and tablets.
With this apparent shift, Google will become the latest company to scale back on booth presence for tech conferences. The growing trend seems to be standalone events for bigger players such as Samsung, HTC, and Apple.is but a few months away and it, too, includes a sprawling layout of interactive games and goodies for attendees. Maybe there's just not enough that's new to justify the spending.
Luckily, if Google employees will help staff partner booths, there's no reason for the company to stop distributing theas in years past. Last year saw 86 pins that attendees had to collect from disparate booths, including LG, Motorola, and Intel.
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