The technology world will gather in Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the largest trade shows in the world.
Countless new gadgets will be revealed; fancy new gizmo will be kept on tabletop displays for all to marvel at; and new products will be demoed in front of more than 140,000 attendees and press.
From the continuing surge of Android to the reveal of Windows 8, we think this year’s show will be an eventful one.
Here’s what you can expect from the show that first introduced us to the camcorder, VCR, DVD and HDTV.
1. Motorola’s Tablet Revolution:
Tablets were big last year, but companies were mostly showing off underdeveloped prototypes.
The top tablet to watch for this year is Motorola’s Android tablet, which will be the first device to run the Android 3.0 OS, called “Honeycomb.” It’s not the only Android tablet that will make its debut this week either. We expect a 10.1-inch tablet from Toshiba and an 8-inch device from Vizio.
2. Video Games Invasion:
Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will all have a presence at this year’s show. Nintendo, which normally skips CES, will be doing private demos of the Nintendo 3DS. Sony and Microsoft on the other hand will be showcasing their motion controllers, the PlayStation Move and the Xbox Kinect. Both devices are selling like hotcakes and we expect to see previews of future games that will utilize their respective motion controls.
As usual, there will be a lot of game accessory manufacturers at the show, launching new peripherals for our favorite gaming devices.
3. T.V Apps:
“Connected” will be a big buzzword at this year’s CES. It starts with the cars: Ford, Toyota, BMW and others will have a big presence at this year’s show as they showcase their Internet technologies. FORD Sync, OnStar and other connected solutions will be on full display.
Finally, you’ll see even more devices displaying “connected” technology.
4. LTE (Long Term Evolution)
The best-known type of 4G network, will be a big selling point at this year’s CES. Verizon will be holding a press conference just to unveil details about its 4G network, but we expect a lot of 4G devices to be unveiled as well, following the success of the HTC Evo 4G.
5. Android VS Apple:
Android tablets. Android phones. Android appliances. There will be so many devices running on Android at this year’s CES that you’re going to need an actual android to help keep track of it all.Apple is the reason why everyone’s going gaga over Android and why everyone is so invested in the Google ecosystem. Without Android, Apple could steamroll over CES. It’s a testament to just how powerful Apple has become.
6. Windows 8 Teaser:
The International Consumer Electronics Show 2011 (CES) will kick off today, commencing with the keynote address from Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft. His keynote like always will be streamed LIVE from Las Vegas on January 5th, 2010 at 6.30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time), which is 2:30 am GMT. Click here to view what time it will be in your region when Steve delivers his keynote.