Google Brings the Fun to MWC 2017 with the 'Android Village'

Google comes to Mobile World Congress every single year, despite never really announcing any products at the biggest mobile show of the year. Google is there to be, well Google. Most people know that Google likes to have fun, and that's what their booth at Mobile World Congress is all about. They set up shop outside, at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, between halls 2 and 3, with all sorts of different displays, and even give out tasty treats from time to time. 6

The Android Village is a place where attendees can go and relax outside in between meetings, or just have a bit of fun when they have a chance in their busy schedule. There are plenty of seats and tables in the Android Village to sit down and just chill for a minute. The Android Village also has a few other really cool looking Android statues, some of which are holding signs saying "hello" or "hi" in multiple languages (since attendees at Mobile World Congress come from over 85 different countries). Google offers some pretty tasty treats at the Android Village like Yogurt Nougat, Ginger Bread Meets Nougat and a few others. These are all free, unlike the food and drinks inside the Fira Gran Via.

Now if that doesn't tickle your fancy, there are also a few displays, like a setup for you to use a Chromebook to create a watch face for your Android Wear smartwatch. You can even email it to yourself to sync it up with your smartwatch. This is actually being powered by Facer, who is pretty well-known for creating a great app for Android Wear, allowing you to have countless ways of customizing your favorite watch faces. Google also has a wall of individual pixels set up (not actual Pixel smartphones, but pixels, they are actually buttons that represent pixels) and when you touch them, they light up in various colors. It's a pretty neat show to watch.

Among other things in the Android Village, there was a log cabin, which replicates a home with the Google Home inside showing you what it's like to have a Google Home within your home. There's also a display of various smartphones with the Google Assistant running on them. This is in light of the announcement from earlier this week that the Google Assistant is coming to more and more Android devices starting this week. Of course, with Google pushing RCS lately, they have an area where you can learn all about RCS and Android Messages. There is also a station where you can try out Daydream using the Daydream View headset, this is a good way to check out VR if you haven't before, especially since there are only a handful of Daydream-compatible devices on the market. There are loads of displays showing different Google services, that are they are pushing right now. It's almost like a mini sandbox from Google I/O, in Barcelona.

While the Android Pins aren't necessarily part of the Android Village, they are still a popular part of MWC every year. Google and their partners basically make a scavenger hunt out of the show with over a hundred different pins that you can collect. They are different Android's, and they are at all of your favorite OEMs and even other partners like Qualcomm and Intel. This is actually Google's way of showing you just how large the Android ecosystem is and how many companies are part of it. Google also has architects there sculpting out some statues and figures out of sand and others out of ice, as you can see above. Which is pretty cool, although it doesn't really have anything to do with Android per se.

That's basically the Android Village, it's a fun place at Mobile World Congress where people can go and check out just about everything about Android and have some fun. Not to mention get a tasty treat as well. If you do ever attend Mobile World Congress, it's in the outdoor area between Halls 2 and 3, you'll be able to see it from within the Fira Gran Via, due to how large the setup really is, it's hard to miss it. And of course, don't forget to get your Android pins.

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