Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his last CES keynote on Monday night and while it did mark the end of an era, things are just starting to heat up here in Las Vegas. We’ve got a big day in store that will be packed full of hands-on looks at all of the great devices unveiled during this year’s show, but Qualcomm is kicking things off on Tuesday with the opening keynote for day 1. Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Atheros made several announcements Tuesday morning which included the unveiling of the Skifta Media Shifting Platform, a new wireless content streaming solution, and we’ll likely hear more about them during the keynote. What else might Qualcomm have in store for us? The keynote kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Eastern / 8:30 a.m. Pacific, so hit the break for our live coverage. More →
BlueStacks announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday that the company’s Android App Player is coming to the Windows 8 platform. Last year, BlueStacks released the Apps-on-PC program that made thousands of Android apps accessible on Windows-based PCs, and now the company is looking to bring the same program to mobile devices. “The Metro UI is beautiful, but the number one thing Windows 8 is missing is apps,” said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. “This changes all that.” BlueStacks believes that creating apps for the Windows 8 platform is unnecessary, as most apps built for Android will be able to run on the operating system without any porting. The software will be available in a beta form this February, with a full release coming sometime in the spring. Read on for BlackStacks’ press release. More →
Victorinox, the maker of the Swiss Army Knife, announced two new portable storage devices at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. The company unveiled the Slim 3.0 USB drive and the SSD pocket-knife and thumb-drive combo. The Slim 3.0 USB offers faster read and write speeds than a 2.0 USB flash drive and will be available in 128GB capacity. The SSD will be offered in a variety of storage models, ranging from 64GB to one terabyte. The device will come equipped with two knife bodies, between which the drive can easily be interchanged with one that is flight-friendly and the other includes traditional Swiss Army Knife implements of a blade, scissors, and screw driver. Victorinox touts the drive has the world’s smallest high-capacity SSD drive on the market to-date and the world’s only SSD device with one connector that fits into eSATA II / III and USB 2.0 / 3.0 connectors. Additionally, the device is the world’s only SSD device with a Bi-Stable graphic display for labeling contents. Both devices will be available in April 2012, Victorinox has not yet released information on pricing.
During the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Parrot wowed show-goers with the AR.Drone quadcopter. Fast forward two years and Parrot has done it again, announcing the company’s second-generation mobile-controlled AR.Drone 2.0, featuring upgraded hardware and software for enhanced control. The new drone features a 720p front-facing camera, allowing users to capture their flights in HD. Additionally, Parrot has included a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis magnetometer and an array of new sensor to give the AR.Drone 2.0 increased stability. The drone’s new “absolute flight” mode will allow users to steer the device with a single tilt of a smartphone or tablet, however, for a more traditional experience Parrot has designed an Android and iOS app, which can also be used to share flight data with friends. Parrot has provided developers of the Apple and Android communities with a software development kit that would allow for more apps and games accessible to the AR.Drone 2.o. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 will be available for purchase at select retailers in the second quarter of 2012 for $299. Read on for Parrots full press release.
It’s the end of an era. Microsoft announced last month that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show keynote will be the company’s last for the foreseeable future. The show definitely won’t be the same without Microsoft’s chief executive officer Steve Ballmer kicking things off with his unique brand of charisma, but all good things must come to an end. According to reports, Microsoft won’t have anything big to announce at this year’s keynote. Instead, Ballmer will recap the strong year Microsoft had in 2011 and discuss the company’s core consumer-facing products moving into 2012 including Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and more. Mr. Ballmer always puts on a show, however, and we’re sure he’ll toss in a few surprises to keep things interesting. The keynote kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Eastern / 6:30 p.m. Pacific, so hit the break to follow all the action — and Ballmeresque yelling — as it unfolds. More →
Sony announced another addition to the company’s Xperia line at the Consumer Electronics Show late Monday, the Sony Xperia S. The smartphone features 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 display, 1GB of RAM, and a massive 12 megapixel rear camera, complete with Sony’s Exmor R backlit sensor. The Xperia S will be available in both 16GB and 32GB models, though unfortunately Sony has chosen not to include a microSD slot for expandable storage. Pricing is not yet available, but the Xperia S is due to start shipping sometime in March worldwide.
Nokia took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show and announced the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 900. The device features a 4.3-inch Clearblack AMOLED display and will launch exclusively on AT&T in black and cyan color options. Similar to the Lumia 800, 710, and Nokia N9, the Lumia 900 features a polycarbonate shell that Nokia calls both bold and beautiful. The device sports a 1.4GHz processor, 4G LTE connectivity, a 1830 mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, with an 8-megapixel rear camera that features a 28mm f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens and a front-facing f/2.4 wide-angle camera. The Lumia 900 will be available within the coming months and will be priced aggressively, according to Nokia. Read on for the press release. More →
Nokia recently announced its first Windows Phone for the U.S. market late last year — T-Mobile’s Lumia 710 — but the Finnish vendor has a lot more in store. Today, we finally get our first glimpse at Nokia’s flagship smartphone that is set to launch on AT&T in the near future. The Lumia 900 or Ace, as it is rumored to be named on AT&T, reportedly shares the same look and feel as the Lumia 800 but it packs two big new features: 4G LTE, and a bigger form factor along with a larger display. Are the rumors right? Does Nokia have any other surprises in store? Hit the break for our live coverage of Nokia’s press conference. More →
We saw a few new Samsung phones revealed during AT&T’s press conference Monday morning. Coming soon to AT&T’s smartphone lineup are the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, but the South Korea-based vendor has much more in store for us at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Smartphones, tablets, computers, HDTVs and more will debut from Samsung this week at CES, and Monday’s press conference is where we’ll get our first live taste of what’s in store. The event is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 2:00 p.m. Pacific, so hit the break for all the action as it unfolds. More →
Even though the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime was only released in December, the company has announced a new higher resolution model. The older Prime — again, the unit that was available in the middle of December — featured a 1280 x 800 resolution with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, and was plagued with Wi-Fi and GPS issues due to a metallic back-plate. ASUS’ newer model (TF700T) will have a higher resolution 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+ display and feature a new 2-megapixel front facing camera for HD video-chatting. The backside of the device has been redesigned, which should enhance the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS performance. The device runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a price tag of $600 for the 32GB model and $700 for the 64GB model respectively. Not content with one-upping their tablet from last month, ASUS also announced the new 7-inch Eee Pad Memo which focuses on entertainment, media, and light productivity. The device features a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0, and a stylus for enhanced productivity. ASUS’ TF700T Prime and Eee Pad Memo will ship in the second quarter of 2012. Full press release is after the break. More →
Huawei unveiled the company’s latest Android-powered smartphone, the Ascend P1 S. The device features an incredibly slim design, measuring a mere 6.68mm — even slimmer than Motorola’s 7.1mm DROID RAZR. The device sports a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. On the backside, the Ascend has an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. Huawei also announced the Ascend P1, which packs similar features in a thicker 7.69mm profile. Both devices feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass and will run a clean version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Pricing has not been announced, however we can expect to see both of these devices within the second quarter of 2012. Read on for Huawei’s full press release. More →
At the Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon Wireless and Motorola announced the much-anticipated DROID 4, the fourth installment of Verizon’s original flagship device. The DROID 4 comes in at only half an inch thick and includes the expected 5-row keyboard with a 4-inch qHD display. The device features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video. The DROID 4 will be released with Android 2.3.5 and receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. Verizon’s popular DROID RAZR will be adding the color purple to the lineup of black and white models, and have its priced dropped to $199. Additionally, Verizon announced the DROID RAZR MAXX designed for customers who are looking to push things to the limit. The device features a larger battery with an estimated 21 hours on a single charge. As the longest-lasting smartphone available, the MAXX is still only 8.99 mm thick. The DROID RAZR MAXX comes equipped with 32 GB of total memory and will be $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Verizon, ZTE, and Novatel also announced Verizon Jetpacks, two global ready 4G LTE mobile hotspot. Both Jetpacks allow up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices to share Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network and come with an OLED screen and interactive keypad to manage connection settings and to display data alerts. When using the Jetpack, international travelers will have access to the Web in more than 205 countries, including more than 125 with 3G speeds all from their Wi-Fi-connected devices. Verizon’s 4G LTE network reaches more than 200 million people in the United States covering a total of 190 markets. Pricing hasn’t be announced, however all announced devices will be available with in the “coming weeks.” Read on for Verizon’s press release. More →
Sony and AT&T have announced the Xperia ion, a name we saw trademarked last week. The Xperia ion features a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 HD Reality display with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a massive 12-megapixel Exmor-R rear camera that can capture 1080p video. Additionally, the device sports LTE connectivity, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera that can record 720p video. The smartphone follows in the footsteps of the Xperia Play and comes “Playstation-Certified.” The ion will be released running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, in the second quarter of this year, with an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future. Read on for Sony’s full press release. More →