The big announcements of CES 2015 are out of the way, and that means it's time for the real surprises. If we're honest, most of the announcements this year were relatively tame — iterations on what's come before. But it's everything else that's had the potential to surprise, and surprise us it has.
From smartphones to tablets to dead to TVs to smartwatches
The story of webOS has been a long and winding one, and another twist was discovered today by Android Central: LG's newest smartwatch runs webOS. As in the same webOS that traces its lineage back to the Palm Pre of CES 2009. webOS has come a long way since then and changed hands a few times, but it's alive and kicking on a new smartwatch from LG, but one they didn't announce and was only found by wanting to know more about the unannounced LG smartwatch that Audi showed off.
More curves for AT&T
Even though they're not officially participating in CES, that doesn't mean BlackBerry wasn't in Las Vegas to tell about their latest wares. And that came in the form of announcing that AT&T was going to start carrying the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport — but their version has more curves. BlackBerry also talked about their continuing vision for the 'Internet of Things' and previewed a new [subscription option for BBM](/BlackBerry announces BBM numbers for 2014, previews upcoming subscription option) while showing off BBM on Android Wear
- BlackBerry Classic and exclusive Passport confirmed for AT&T
- Hands-on with AT&T's redesigned BlackBerry Passport
- BlackBerry provides software platform for NantHealth's HBox
- BlackBerry unveils Cloud-based Internet of Things Platform
- BlackBerry announces BBM numbers for 2014, previews upcoming subscription option
- BBM on Android Wear is almost exactly what you'd expect
All the cars, QNX
BlackBerry subsidiary QNX makes the software that's at the core of the BlackBerry 10 user experience, but they're also responsible for a growing number of connected car platforms. As is usual for QNX, they brought a crazy car (this year: a Maserati Quattroporte) and equipped it with all the very-latest in QNX automotive technologies, which entailed multiple cameras and multiple screens. While you might not be able to afford the Maserati, you might be able to get the newest Ford vehicles, which just so happen to be equipped with the QNX-powered Sync 3 connected car platform.
- In the drivers seat with the QNX Maserati Quattroporte
- Hands-on with Ford Sync 3
The insane Android devices of CES 2015
When 128GB isn't enough…
It's rare for a major manufacturer to really do something truly crazy. But the smaller ones, they want your attention, and they'll do insane things to get it. Like Saygus with their 320GB V2 Android-powered smartphone. Yes, three hundred twenty gigabytes. It's a mind-boggling number, and there's a good chance your computer may not even have that much storage. Of course, that comes from combining dual microSD cards with onboard storage, but it's still an insane figure. Three former Google employees, on the other hand, were on hand to show off the Jide Remix, an Android tablet that bears more than a passing resemblance to Microsoft's Surface tablets.
The songs of CES
Summoning the goofy
Maybe it's the time zone. Maybe it's the long hours. Maybe it's the absurdly low humidity or the neon lights or the soothing sound of Steve Wynn's voice, but something brings out increasing levels of goofy in those that are covering CES. By the end of the week we're usually crazed and incoherent and singing random songs. This time we turned on the camera and what we got was CESongs
- iMore presents CESongs
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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.