BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2013 -- Did Google snub the GSMA here through its very low-key presence at show proper even as it threw a massive party in town on the Tuesday night?
Google's fun park-sized Android booths have been the hit of the show at the last few Mobile World Congress events. There was none of that this year -- just a private meeting at the Grand Fira for Google.
That doesn't mean Google didn't spend major money in Barcelona this week. The company threw a massive party Tuesday night and flew in Florence and the Machine to play.
But the company evidently did not want to spend so large at the show proper this year.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile
re: Did Google Snub the GSMA for MWC2013? I'm told Google had an enormous slide at their booth last year.-á People lining up so they could slide down in their business clothes.-á Yeah, I'd probably have done it too.
Ericsson had the massive booth this year.-á Invitation-only, because they put up a basically infinite supply of food, beverage and coffee. That'll be showing up in slideshows to come soon.
Huawei had big booth that was also invite-only, although I think that was more a privacy thing than a food/economics thing.-á (I didn't find the booth til the last day and didn't bother asking for an invite - I should add that anyone could get a guided tour of the Huawei booth if they were willing to wait in line.)
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