Although CES 2012 didn’t officially open until last, a lot of manufacturers held press conferences announcing new products yesterday, plus a mass of news releases were submitted to agencies around the same time. The result is more information than one could ever plough through from CES 2012. Except, that is, without our help.
Here’s a rundown of the top news stories from CES so far that we’ve not covered in more detail elsewhere.
Verizon Launch the 4G Jetpack
US network Verizon debuted the Jetpack, a 4G wireless mobile hotspot, notable for not only connecting to the carrier’s 4G system in the States, but by offering Wi-Fi connectivity over 3G networks in 205 countries around the world. Manufactured by ZTE, it has an OLED screen to help manage up to 10 connected devices.
LG Add a Google TV to Their Range
LG has launched the LMG860 and LMG620 Google TV sets. These LED screens come with the Google TV remote and can be used to access the Android Market and all Google’s own apps. The company also showed off a pair of Smart TVs with dual-core processors inside – yep, even TVs come with monster chipsets these days - plus a voice and gesture based control system.
Philips Demonstrates ‘Made for Android’ Range of Accessories
Following Apple’s ‘Made for iPod’ certification comes Philips ‘Made for Android’ accessory range, including a series of headphones, speakers and an MP4 player. There are fours sets of headphones which integrate with a dedicated Android app, while the Fidelio Docking Speakers are the first to work with nearly all Android phones. The GoGear Connect is a touchscreen MP4 player running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and can be used to access the Android Market via Wi-Fi.
Samsung Galaxy Note Arrives on AT&T
Although we’ve had the Samsung Galaxy Note for a while, the US has been patiently waiting for the launch of the smartphone/tablet crossover. AT&T has now confirmed they’ll be stocking the 5.3-inch screened device, which will also operate on its 4G LTE high-speed network. The US-bound Note has also had a slight design change, swapping the central button beneath the screen for four Android capacitive keys instead.
Lenovo Shows-off Ice Cream Sandwich on a TV
Lenovo has used CES to demonstrate a 55-inch TV using Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes with two remote controls – one for the TV and the other for controlling apps downloaded from the Android Market. This is no walled-garden either, as anything and everything is said to work on the big screen. The second controller also works with games, almost making the TV a console replacement! Sadly, there are no plans to introduce the TV outside of China at the moment.
Tablet Newcomer Leader International Announces Two Tabs
Leader International, a name few will be familiar with, has introduced two new tablet models under their Impression series. The two models are differentiated by screen size, one with a 9.7-inch screen and the other with a 7-inch screen. Both use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, while the 9.7-inch model has a pair of 2 megapixel cameras. They’re out at the end of Q1 2012, with a US price of $299 and $179. If they can convert that price over to Sterling, making them £195 and £115, we hope they’ll be bringing them to the UK soon too.