CES competence be all about consumer electronics, yet sadly that doesn’t unequivocally embody phones. Most companies reason off until a open to betray their newest handsets, and there hasn’t been a large Android dash during CES given Google denounced a Nexus One behind in 2010.
But that doesn’t meant there isn’t any Android news entrance out of Las Vegas this week. While a Intel-AMD adore affair and Google Assistant-powered speakers competence have snagged many of a headlines, Android fans still found adequate cold things on a uncover building to perform them. Here’s a demeanour during 8 things we competence have missed:
Lenovo’s Moto Mods were all a rage a year ago, yet a breakthrough isn’t totally over. During a keynote, Lenovo showed off two new captivating Moto Mods for a Z2 Force and other Z phones: a long-awaited keyboard and a health monitor.
The Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod is formed on a leader of a Transform a Smartphone Challenge and adds a entirely QWERTY keyboard with a 60-degree shade tilt. The Lenovo Vital Moto Mod is designed to keep we healthy, measuring your heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, core physique temperature, and for a initial time, accurate systolic and diastolic blood vigour when we cocktail your finger into a container on a back. The $99 keyboard mod will be accessible soon, while a $395 Vital Mod will boat in April.
CES 2018’s Android Wear watches
The state of Android Wear is anything yet solid, yet that’s not interlude companies from creation new watches. At CES this year, there were dual that held a eye. The initial is from Kate Spade, and it joins a prolonged line of fashion-first smartwatches from a Fossil company. Called a Scallop, a 1.2-inch watch has a decidedly delicate aesthetic, with bullion accents and an etched scoop trademark on a crown. There’s no GPS, NFC, or heart-rate sensor, yet we will get 24-hour battery life and Google Assistant. Two versions will launch subsequent month: a bracelet for $325 and a leather tag for $295. They’re accessible for preorder on the Kate Spade website.
Danish watchmaker Skagen has also announced a initial Android Wear watch. Pictured above, it’s called a Falster, and while it also lacks GPS, NFC, and a heart-rate sensor, a elementary cultured could interest to infrequent watch wearers. It will cost $275 when it launches after this month.
CES 2018’s Android TV screens
The final thing we approaching to see during CES were new Android-powered screens, yet no reduction than 5 companies denounced new Android TVs this year: Nvidia, Westinghouse, Philips, Haier, and Hisense.
Nvidia takes a crown, with a coolest name (BFGD, that stands for big format gaming displays) and a raddest design, yet a 24-inch Philips 7703 (pictured above) is flattering cold too, doubling as a Bluetooth orator and done to demeanour good in any room of a house. But really, we’re only stoked to see Android TV get some love.
Google Assistant on Android Auto
Google done a slew of Assistant announcements during CES this year, yet we competence have missed this one: It’s entrance to Android Auto. Of course, Android Auto has had voice commands given a debut, yet now Google is bringing a full Google Assistant to a cars. And that’s substantially where it’ll be many useful.
Razor Phone’s “Project Linda” laptop
OK, Razer’s Android phone-powered laptop not a genuine product only yet, yet it is damn cool. Razer has taken Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8 DeX dock and incited it adult to 11 with Project Linda, a full-on laptop that does zero until we slip your Razer Phone into it. We went hands-on with it and were utterly impressed.
In-screen fingerprint reader
We’ve been conference about under-the-display fingerprint tech for a few years now, yet it’s been fanciful until now. At CES, Chinese phonemaker Vivo showed off a Synaptics-made tech in a operative prototype, and lo and behold, it works. Vivo says it’s secure and battery-efficient adequate to make it into a company’s subsequent handset, so it could be a initial of many phones that showcase a tech.
An Android PDA
Personal digital assistants competence be a thing of a past, yet we still have a soothing mark for them. UK-based Planet Computers showed off a Gemini phone, that is true out of Saved By a Bell. They starting holding orders for a device behind around Indiegogo in 2017, yet this is a initial time we’ve seen it and public. With a 5.9-inch screen, integrated keyboard, clamshell design, and dual weeks of stand-by time, it competence be a best Android phone of a year. We kid, yet were not not deliberation shopping one.
Blackberry, Honor, Huawei in a U.S.
We competence not have gotten a demeanour during a latest Samsung and LG phones like we were hoping, yet several companies took advantage of CES to launch their newest handsets in a U.S. Honor denounced a new red 7X and reliable that a flagship View 10 will be attack a U.S. this year, Huawei set a Mate 10 Pro for a Feb 18 launch, and BlackBerry announced that a Motion will be alighting in a states on Jan 12. Get your wallets ready.
CES 2018 had a lot some-more to offer than Android gadgets alone, though. Catch adult on all of PCWorld’s CES 2018 coverage here.