9to5Google’s Best of CES 2018 Awards

CES 2018 was filled to a margin with Google- and Android-related products, including phones, intelligent home products, laptops, and more. And this year in sold was a large one for Google — a Mountain View association clearly bought out all a accessible ad space on a strip and set adult a outrageous counter during a Las Vegas Convention Center.

Last year, we brought we a inaugural 9to5Google Best of CES Awards to spotlight a favorite products introduced during a show. Once again for 2018, we’ve been pulsation a cement (and hotel carpet) in Las Vegas all week sport down what’s new. Here are a 2018 picks:


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Best Google Assistant product: Lenovo Smart Display

If you’ve been following a coverage during all, we know that Google is attack CES harder than ever this year. You can’t go anywhere in Vegas this week nonetheless saying outrageous “Hey Google” billboards.

If final year was a year that Amazon’s Alexa had a dermatitis impulse with dozens of partner products, this is a year that Google has stepped in to contend “no more!”. Assistant was everywhere this week (and Assistant…winter painters?), so what improved time for Google to deliver a mint height for a Assistant? For Google Assistant intelligent displays, a best one we found was done by Lenovo.

The thought is flattering simple: It’s unequivocally identical to a voice-activated partner you’ve come to know and love, nonetheless there’s a arrangement that can be unequivocally useful in certain cases — like if you’re looking adult directions or checking a recipe. Another large prominence with these is Google Duo, that lets we call friends or family.

For example, seeking for your Calendar events can indeed uncover them on a shade (like a normal Home is eventually ostensible to do on Chromecast), and seeking for directions pulls adult an interactive map on Google Maps.

Lenovo wins since they done a Google Assistant intelligent arrangement device that’s aesthetically attractive, and fits usually about any room in your house. The intelligent arrangement is coming this summer for about $200.

Best Android accessory: Razer Linda POC

By distant a coolest thing we saw on a CES uncover building (although not nonetheless a full product, and substantially not unsentimental for many) is a Razer Linda proof-of-concept. This “laptop” is fundamentally a Samsung Dex we always wanted. You wharf your Razer Phone where a trackpad would routinely be, and your smartphone is remade into a scarcely full laptop knowledge with a keyboard.

As a Justin Duino wrote in a hands-on with a prototype, though, Razer has ambitions over usually a possess smartphone. Eventually, we could see a bombard like this concordant with other Android phones.

According to a Razer deputy that showed us Project Linda, regulating a Razer Phone to energy a laptop is usually a initial step. Ideally, in a future, Razer will be means to possibly permit this pattern out to other companies or make a laptop bombard concordant with third-party smartphones with USB-C ports. In a ideal world, any user would be means to wharf their smartphone into a laptop during home, school, work, or even in a open plcae charity a compulsory hardware.

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While it’s not a finished product by any means (we weren’t even means to unequivocally use it in a singular time with it), we were told that a Linda UI we can see in a next print is formed on CentOS. Even if this creates it by a antecedent stage, we’re not nonetheless assured on a practicality of it for a normal person. But we had to mention it here; as a tech demo, it’s just cool.

Best Android TV: Westinghouse 4K TV

This year was surprisingly large for Android TV — another Google Assistant-laden height that has felt flattering neglected for a final integrate years. Thankfully, several manufacturers from Nvidia to Westinghouse to comparatively different brands like Skyworth showed off their latest efforts in this area. Our favorite of a uncover was a new Westinghouse 4K TV, that seems to be a flattering good value.

According to a Ben Schoon:

In my brief time checking out this section during CES 2018, we left sincerely impressed. The row itself isn’t anything that will blow we away, nonetheless for $350 a colors were good and a fact was great. The build peculiarity seemed utterly good as well.

One reason Westinghouse gets a confirmation this year is since they’re undercutting a foe in a cost department. At $350, roughly anyone can means these.

If we wish something a small more, Westinghouse also has we covered. Their Android TV line is accessible in sizes up to 60-inches, all with a 120Hz modernise rate, as good as built-in WiFi and an enclosed voice remote.

Best Android wearable: Skagen Falster

Android Wear has been floundering for a final year or so, nonetheless a height surprisingly done a few appearances during CES 2018. While a lot of a products we saw were zero to get vehement about really, a Skagen Falster positively held a eye for usually one reason: It looks some-more minimalistic and select than a lot of a other Android Wear watches we’ve seen launched over a final few years.

As Justin wrote in a hands-on with a watch (be certain to conduct over and see some-more photos):

Around front, we get a plain black, silver, or rose bullion surrounding that hides all of a bezels. What unequivocally done a watch standout for me are a dual pieces of steel that extend external from a box to secure watch bands. This elementary pattern choice not usually looks finished, nonetheless it also provides a unequivocally gentle knowledge when wearing a watch.

On a program side of things, there’s zero unequivocally all that special about a Skagen, though. Android Wear is stranded in Android Wear 2.0 limbo for now (Google, where’s a 3rd Android Wear reboot?), and runs a usual Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100. The watch will be adult for pre-order soon, and will start during $275 for a indication we see above. The rose bullion with lead filigree will go for $295.

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