All eyes were on Intel today, and they made a few surprising announcements during their keynote. First off, Intel has announced the first Intel powered smartphone, and the honor (or embarrassment) goes to Lenovo. The Lenovo K800 will be the first Android smartphone to carry the new Intel Atom Z2460 processor as well as a 4.5″ 720p HD display, dual cameras, and Intel wireless display technology. Not much more is known about the device other than the fact that it will be headed to China first. The other big announcement came with a guest appearance by Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha.
With the advances in smartphone cameras, it’s getting to the point where separate point and shoots are no longer needed. Although we’re not quite there yet, Polaroid has taken an opposite approach and brought the smartphone to the camera. Introducing the Android powered SC1630. It’s half smartphone, all camera. Although I’m still not keen on having to carry around two devices, the SC1630 makes a strong argument for one to put their phone back in their pocket and start using a camera again.
CES attendees will now have another helpful tool to guide them through the endless labyrinths of floors and exhibits found in the Las Vegas casinos and convention center. Google has been teaming up with businesses since November to help provide users with detailed floor plans and indoor location information. Thanks to their recent partnership with MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and others, Google can now provide indoor maps and info for select resorts and casinos, the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
Nuance is a leader in voice recognition applications, and today at CES, they have announced their latest application Dragon Go! for Android. Dragon Go! allows users to use voice commands to access and control over 200 leading services such as Spotify, Yelp, YouTube, AccuWeather, ESPN, Facebook, Fandango, Last.fm, Pandora, Twitter, Wikipedia, and more. No more wasting time and fumbling with your device’s keyboard, simply speak a command or request and watch as Dragon Go! executes it.
Viewsonic announced today that they would be adding to the oversaturated Android tablet market with their own sub-$200 tablet. The Viewsonic ViewPad E70 sounds like a good deal at $170 and having Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, but once you check out the details, you might be singing a different tune.
Google TV is everywhere this year at CES, and while I prefer having it integrated into my TV, there are still a number of viable set-top box options, including the VIZIO VAP430 stream player. Announced today by VIZIO and Google, the VAP430 uses WiFi and HDMI to connect your TV to a number of services, including Google TV.
Popular video sharing service Vimeo finally released an official app for Android. Announced yesterday, the Vimeo app was a sigh of relief for the many Android users who frequent the service. You would have expected to see the user review section riddled with over joyous users shouting “Finally” or “Love Vimeo!” but instead, it seems many users are unhappy with Vimeo’s release.
Most of the devices announced by Verizon at CES have been updated models of devices already out, and this next one is no different. Samsung and Verizon teamed up yesterday to announce the “world’s thinnest” (this years buzz word) 4G LTE tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first tablet to feature a Super AMOLED Plus display along with many other features, such as:
One of the largest complaints about the Motorola DROID RAZR on Verizon is that of battery life. LTE sucks the life out of any battery, and the fact that Motorola chose to design the RAZR with an irremovable 1780 mAh, wasn’t a very smart idea. Realizing the errors of their ways, Motorola has announced a beefier DROID RAZR MAXX, this time with a larger (still irremovable) battery said to last 21 hours on a single charge. Of course the need to manufacture a completely new model could have easily been avoided had they made the battery removable.
Gone are the days of the Sony Ericsson Nozomi, say hello to the Sony Xperia S. We’ve waited a long time for Sony to pull the curtain on the Sony Ericsson Nozomi and now that they have, we’re left with a one letter moniker, less intrigue, and a device very similar to the Xperia Ion. Announced today, the Sony Xperia S is the first smartphone from the new Xperia NXT series and features: