January 2013- In early January, the biggest names and start-ups in consumer electronics, roughly more than 3,250 exhibitors gathered in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). They showcased over 20,000 new products and unveiled their technological achievements over the past year. CES gives gadget lovers and the media full-access to the latest TVs, automobiles, computers, tablets, toys, audio equipment, mobile phones and electronic accessories before they are available in stores.
The biggest talking points at this year’s CES included Samsung TV sets offering 8 million pixel resolution to tantalize your eyeballs; Sony’s water resistant Xperia that can be submerged in water for up to 30mins, LG’s introduction of NFC in all of its white goods, TrackDot which keeps track on your luggage and Audi’s self-park system. While these products are exciting, the real story here is about mobile computing and where the industry is headed.
Mobile may have not been at the forefront at this year’s CES, but undoubtedly the revolution of mobile computing has come along way since 2010 and showing no sign of slowing down. The magnitude of mobile products being release was exciting for the industry as a whole, but there were no real aw-inspiring technological advancements to promote, although companies did strive to improve the functionality and quality of their products. If anything is certain, the future of mobile devices and tablets will continue to evolve with the pace of technology.
The tech giants of mobile are rethinking the shape and size of their future devices, which will ultimately alter the screen, as we know it. Manufactures are notably fixated on incorporating new OLED display technologies to increase battery life, overall resolution quality and give their products a slim and sleeker design. When buying a phone, the screen will always be a factor in the purchase, bigger screens may not always be popular with users but it was a quick win at CES this year. If this bigger is better trend continues we will all be carrying around “Phablets” one day soon.
Mobile operating systems stole some of the spotlight from smart-phone and tablet hardware at CES. Reach in Motion (RIM), did not host any press conferences nor did it have a booth, instead they gave a closed-door presentation on their new OS’s key features. The latest newcomer to throw their hat in the ring of mobile was Mozilla; the company previewed their upcoming Firefox mobile OS at CES. We can expect to see the Firefox OS installed on low-end smartphones; it will be available to the public this year.
The largest mobile carriers, from the likes of T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint were present at CES this year. They did not announce any major smartphones and tablets releases or upgrades to their infrastructure. However, T-Mobile‘s CEO unveiled, once again, a contract free and unlimited plan for $70. This should heat up the competition for market share amongst the bigger mobile carriers in 2013.