CES 2015 has officially begun! That's right, the biggest tech-stravaganza of the year is under way, and if you thought all the big announcements happened yesterday… well, you're wrong. There was more today, and there'll be more tomorrow. This is how CES goes.
The Android phones of CES
Phones phones phones!
The big day of CES announcements maybe have been the day before, but there was plenty of Android smartphone news to check out. We finally got to go hands-on with the camera-crazy Panasonic CM-1 and Sony's brand new wildly-expensive Walkman. On the other end of the spectrum was the cute/creepy LG AKA, Samsung's new Galaxy A3 and A5, and the ZTE Grand X Max+.
- Hands-on with the ZTE Grand X Max+
- Hands-on with Samsung's new Galaxy A5 and A3
- Hands-on with the Sony Walkman NW-ZX2: $1119 of Android-powered music player
- Camera, or phone? Panasonic's Lumix CM1 aims to be both with little compromise
- The LG AKA: Cute? Creepy? I don't care, I want one
Dell's crazy-thin Android tablet
The Dell Venue 8 7000 runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, has an impressive HD OLED display, and an interesting 3D-sensing camera. But the most interesting stat is probably the smallest: it's just 6mm thin and bears supremely-skinny bezels on the top and sides. We've been waiting to get our hands on the Venue 8 7000, and it did not disappoint.
- Hands-on with Dell's crazy thin Venue 8 7000 tablet
Even more laptops
Thin, powerful, eye-popping portables from Dell and Lenovo
If this is the post-PC world, nobody told the PC makers. Dell was on-hand showing off their updated XPS 15 with an eye-popping 4K display and the XPS 13 with one of, if not the, slimmest bezels we've ever seen. The absurdly-thin Lenovo LaVie also made its first appearance, and Lenovo showed off new handwriting software and a new technology that accepts almost any pointer as a stylus, even a carrot.
- Dell blows us away with their near bezel-less XPS 13 Ultrabook
- Dell renews their powerhouse XPS 15 laptop with a stunning 4K display
- Eyes-on with the beastly new Alienware 17 gaming laptop
- Dell launches several new Windows laptops and PCs, curved monitor, at CES 2015
- The world's lightest Ultrabook you have never heard of is coming to North America this May
- Lenovo's unannounced handwriting tool for Windows is kind of amazing
- AnyPen tech by Lenovo lets you use a carrot as a stylus
These are Sharp's first Android TVs
Sharp's new UB and UH 4K TVs will run Android TV. So far we've only had Android TV in regular old 1080p HD, so this is 2160p UHD. The TVs include a remote control with mic and trackpad, and also support Bluetooth controllers.
- Here are the first Sharp TVs running Android TV
The smart connected car
Now it doesn't have to come built-in
Android Auto will soon be available for your own car, at least is the makers of replacement stereo units have anything to say about it. Both Pioneer and Panasonic had Android Auto-compatible dash units on display, and Pioneer will even be adding the functionality to older units in an update this March. Not to be outdone, Ford was also on hand to show off their new Sync 3 infotainment system.
- Hands-on with Ford Sync 3 at #CES2015
- iHeartRadio announces partnership with QNX and more at CES 2015
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.