With so much to see, you can find something to love at CES 2018.
CES 2018 has come to a detailed, and Android Central all together handed out Most readily useful of CES Awards for some fantastic services and products.
But the AC team is large and diverse, as is CES itself, so we wished to round up the main one favorite announcement from all of us at AC to inform you how exactly we all saw the show personally. Which means some items that we saw personally at the show, some we lusted after from a far, and a couple of that exceed the Android and mobile world we typically cope with. These are the Android Central team’s favorite things from CES 2018!
The brand new generation of Google Assistant products with displays represent something really interesting and new. Google framed its first major CES presence around “Hey Google, ” the new, slightly less awkward hotword for Assistant, but bringing the service’s AI smarts to displays that are not your phone was the shows biggest development for me personally.
Google has already been making a lot of headway in enabling Assistant in Bluetooth earbuds from countless manufacturers, and at CES we saw Assistant make its debut on the long-neglected Android Auto as well. But devices just like the Lenovo Smart Display give us the clearest picture of where Google sees Assistant going as a platform, if it is not limited by audio because it’s using earbuds, or perhaps a limited subset of features because you’re driving.
In a short time I’m sure we’ll visit a similar interface replicated on TVs, Chromecasts and other devices, and that process starts with the first Assistant builds we used at CES this week.
I possibly could very easily choose several different things here and also have good justifications for doing this. Most of them will undoubtedly be covered by the others here. So just to select a less-than-popular one, I’m going with the Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra.
I believe Sony does so many awesome things with its phones. It just also happens to get in its own way with plenty of stupid things, like devoid of fingerprint sensors in the U. S. and overpricing phones with very iterative designs. However the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are promising since they show Sony’s still on with a compete, and that struggle will happen in a U. Utes. alongside several more markets — even when almost would have considered it would be logical for it so that it will leave finally the U. Ohydrates. market whole.
The XA2 and XA2 Ultra are blessed with fantastic a feeling and looking metallic components — with fingerprint monitors — and thus subtle is altered like much greater batteries, at any time interesting spy surveillance products (at smallest on the frontend here), modern hardware changes for superb usability rather than just trend, and other more common niche functionalities like a earphone jack. Most of while having pretty clean computer system software and make that’s incredibly unique and simply striking. Of which this is in two phones may perhaps retail expected $ 4000.
Sure the theifs to aren’t industry-changing titans, however they do indicate Sony’s likely to keep trying. Maybe its upcoming flagships will take these cues and run together — and that is exciting if you ask me. For a show that’s increasingly about more than “just phones, ” Sony positively used CES as a good little nod to the device lovers.
Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra hands-on: No more quirks, these are just good phones
The best announcement from CES has nothing to do with Android or Google. Optoma is really a company known for making great projectors at various prices, and they did announce the very first projector with Alexa integrated. Part of the benefit of projectors (for me at least) is that most projectors are just dumb displays which can be expanded when i see fit, so I do not care for that model. What did interest me is Optoma’s 4K UHD HDR Laser UST.
That’s a mouthful of something name, nonetheless it tells you all you need to know. “UST” stands for “ultra short throw”, which is a kind of projector that may be placed on a TV stand instead of the need to be attached to a wall or ceiling. Those projectors can display almost upright, and it produces an easier setup. The Optoma UST projector is priced at $ 5, 000, which isn’t anyone’s definition of inexpensive. At the same time, Sony’s latest UST 4K projector is $ 30, 000, so the Optoma projector is really a much easier pill to swallow. I’m likely to wait until next year before going for a serious look at 4K projectors, but it’s great to know they are coming down in cost.
I don’t have any one true favorite at CES this year, but I do have a few things that stood out among the blackouts, the robot strippers, and everyone trying not to say what the F in BFGD really means:
- I refuse to go out without my Bluetooth headphones, so Qualcomm announcing a brand new SoC that aims to help with making Bluetooth headphones sound better and go longer on a single charge is fantastic. However , as more and more phones ditch 3. 5mm headphone jacks and users be much more reliant on Bluetooth to help keep their tunes flowing all day long, this is the announcement at CES that could impact the most people. Getting all-day battery, crystal-clear sound, and Google Assistant shouldn’t cost the $ 250 JBL is charging.
- Android Auto going wireless is great, and I can’t watch for it to come calmly to more carmakers. No, really, I can’t: I am waiting 36 months to buy a Honda CR-V with Android Auto. I cannot wait yet another three years to have wireless Android Auto.
- I personally use my Shield Android TELEVISION every day, of course, if I could get one of those Big — Friendly — Gaming Displays with the best Android TV inside, I would probably never get anything done again. I take advantage of my OTA antenna maybe twice per year, I use the Blu-ray player maybe 3 x a year, so really, all I need is just a massive screen and Android TV.
My take on CES this year is just a bit unique of the rest. I’m not likely to highlight an individual product or service but an idea: that despite the platform wars still going strong, they look like well-established no longer vulnerable to being toppled.
For example , Google Assistant was everywhere as of this year’s CES, but it did not preclude Alexa, which continues to slowly creep toward smart home ubiquity. SmartThings is becoming the overarching brand for all of Samsung’s IoT ambitions, while Bixby, for better or worse, will play front-end to all those commands, from washing machines to televisions. LG’s webOS, now in its fourth year, is a stable and good-looking smart TELEVISION platform with plenty of interesting features, and LG has added some AI to the proceedings with ThinQ. Even Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri/HomeKit was well represented at the show this year, and there seems to be room for several of them to reside in harmony.
With expansion to screens and cars, Google Assistant is officially everywhere
Since CES is all about featuring tech and toys I’ll likely never get to fuss with, I tend to be interested in crazy concept products like Razer’s Project Linda, which aims to show your Razer Phone in to a slick-looking laptop.
Turning a smartphone in to a computer it self isn’t a new concept, but I can’t help admiring Razer’s design choices here. I thought Razer was simply trying to buck the latest flagship trends with a brick-shaped phone lacking curved edges. Razer turned around and used the industrial design of the device to complement the laptop hardware perfectly using its front-facing speakers and side button fingerprint sensor. I truly don’t even care how it runs, it just looks downright cool and an encouraging adaptation for the Razer Phone — and hopefully a glimpse at Razer’s future endeavors building Android devices.
And here I thought Razer could top themselves after last year’s Project Valerie laptop…
Razer’s Project Linda turns your phone right into a laptop
My favorite announcement from CES 2018 is easily Lenovo’s Smart Display. I use my Google Home on a daily basis, although it works perfectly fine, I’ve been yearning for Google to finally take on the Echo Show since its announcement last June.
I’ll probably find yourself waiting to see what Google Home-branded Smart Display we get this fall before handing over any cash, but Lenovo’s caught my attention the most up to now. The bamboo back on the 10-inch model looks stunning, the capability to stand it up vertically or horizontally thanks to the funky wedge is fantastic, and the physical switch to cover the camera lens is ingenious.
Actually, now that I believe about it, maybe I will buy one of these the moment Lenovo lets me.
Lenovo’s Smart Display is the Google Assistant-powered Echo Show we have been waiting for
65 inches of 4K G-Sync enabled 120Hz gaming pixels from ASUS.
The ROG Swift PG65 is amongst the new NVIDIA Shield TELEVISION enabled giant gaming monitors and it seems like a big old box of Viagra. They will have me counting all the money I can find in hopes that it is enough. (It won’t be. It never is. ) I currently make use of the second input on my gaming display with a Shield TELEVISION, so I am already loving the way you can flip forward and backward between a game title and a movie. But my dinky little 27-inch gaming monitor is a far cry from 65 inches, so I am sure I’ll like it better yet.
Here’s hoping that the “later this year” release date is somewhere between enough time it takes to truly save up the money and before I see something else shiny and blow it.
NVIDIA partners with Acer, ASUS and HP for new 65-inch 4K HDR gaming displays that run Android TV
I’ve been buying a good Android Auto head unit for my car, so I am pretty worked up about Pioneer’s new models. They truly are the first head units to provide wireless Android Auto (each unit creates a WiFi network for the phone to get in touch to), finally bypassing the necessity for cable routing and the risk of compatibility problems. You can also just say “Hey Google” to gain access to Assistant hands-free, which is ideal for the road.
Addititionally there is that Vivo phone with the fingerprint sensor underneath the display. After all, come on. You realize you’re excited to note that Synaptics module work its way in to more conventional devices.
Android Auto is fantastic by adding Google Assistant and wireless connectivity
I love my HTC Vive, but you better believe I’ll be first in line to upgrade to the new Vive Pro HTC announced. The resolution bump is going to make the headset that much more immersive, the lighter body will make it way easier to use for longer, and the baked in headphones sound amazing.
This really is an improvement on the original Vive in every way, and when you add in the wireless adapter that will be available later this season it’s going to be a totally new VR experience for me personally. I am genuinely excited for what happens in VR gaming this year, and plenty of it is going to happen through that new Vive.
Hands-on with the HTC Vive Pro
This is the list that the folks only at Android Central loved. What were your favorites from CES 2018? Let us know in the comments!