Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CES 2014 News Roundup

CES seems to have been rather boring this year... not nearly as much interesting things delivered as last year.
However, there is exciting stuff about Android and Chrome OS. Next to nothing interesting about Windows, which in itself constitutes news. Intel also seems to have embarrassed itself there.

CES seems to have tried to bill itself this year as the rise of wearables. This largely flopped.
Intel led with a keynote for wearables. People like me that wanted Intel to explain what happened to its promised ARM competitors this holiday season and just what is the status of low-power Intel chips were justifiably displeased:
Intel Corporation (INTC): Intel's CES Keynote: That's Nice, But... - Seeking Alpha
Look for bad news when Intel reports earnings on the 16th.

Intel did introduce the Edison (a tiny computer), but it is hardly earth-shaking:
Meet Edison, Intel’s Tiny Plan To Power The Next Generation Of Wearables – ReadWrite

You can tell how much interest Intel actually generated with its wearables keynote with this story from the keynote which is titled:
Intel Corporation : Intel to drop McAfee brand | 4-Traders
In response to the dropping of the McAfee name, the article quotes John McAfee saying:
I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. My elation at Intel's decision is beyond words.
The more major Intel news was that Intel decided that blending Android and Windows is a good idea. This was leaked early by the Verge:
Intel plans a CES coup: Android and Windows in the same computer | The Verge
Intel confirms Dual OS: Windows and Android under one roof
Neither Google nor Microsoft is said to like the idea.

Perhaps you might like Android in a touch screen monitor:
Acer launches 27-inch all-in-one Android PC | Business Tech - CNET News
Lenovo introduces Android all-in-one and 4K Android 'smart' monitor

Alternatively, how about having ChromeOS in a touch screen monitor:
CES 2014: Hands-on preview with the LG Chromebase desktop |
Oh, also for ChromeOS, a new OEM, Toshiba:
Toshiba launches $280 Haswell-powered Chromebook - Liliputing

Samsung had lots of news at CES. If you believe as I do that the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 blows away the iPad Air... just take a look at the new tablets!
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 official: specs, features, pricing and release date
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 official: specs, features and release date
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 official: specs, features, pricing and release date
Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on preview: video & gallery
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 hands-on preview: video and gallery
Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 hands-on preview: video & gallery
Sony unveils SmartBand and Lifelog app at CES 2014 - Android Authority
Samsung Smart Home Details Unveiled
Samsung also had one of the few Windows laptops I found at all interesting:
Hands-on with Samsung's new Ativ Book 9 with 14 hours of battery life - Liliputing
And speaking of Samsung blowing Apple away:
Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 to launch with accompanying wearables, Samsung exec says
The Note 10.1 2014 blows away the iPad Air because it comes with so much stuff. It looks like their going to take the same approach with phones.

I'll cover more CES devices in my monthly devices roundup.

UPDATE: Blush, forgot to mention Android and cars:
Google will put Android in cars in 2014. Audi, GM, Honda are on board

While there were some Windows-only traditional PCs introduced at CES, generally Windows was neglected. As a case in point, take a look at this PCWorld article where they try to make PCs look exciting:
The PC's weird and wonderful future | PCWorld
It is understandable why "PC" World would want to hype PCs, but a fair portion of these were Linux-based (Some SteamOS, some Android). The minority ran Windows, often with Android in tow.

There was a lot of announcements about ARM chips at CES... but I'll be covering that in my next ARM and Intel News post.

To see just how boring CES was, here are some roundup articles (three different sources, three different days):
Roundup: here’s what happened on Monday at CES
CES 2014 Tuesday roundup: Cloud-based services, home security and more highlights |
CES 2014: What you missed on Wednesday
Here's a good round up of wearables:
CES 2014 Trends: Everybody's Making Fitness Trackers and Smart Watches, But Who Will Succeed? - IEEE Spectrum

The general flop of wearables so far (other than fitness) has a lot of people speculating about Google Glass having issues:
CES 2014: Trail of wearable fails a warning for Google

A final note, I'm not sure if I really care that much, but it is good to see the price of 4K getting reasonable:
Prices of 4K desktop monitors plummet below $800 | PCWorld

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