CES 2015 is just about here. It’s the first big trade show of the new year. While the actual show floor opens up on Tuesday January 6th, we’ll start seeing announcements flooding in as early as tomorrow. Yep, companies are always looking to get their products announced ahead of their competitors, and every year it happens earlier and earlier. We will be at CES this year, we’re sending Nick to cover the entire thing by himself. And no that’s not a punishment.
So what are we expecting to see at the first big show of the year? Well mostly wearables, and speakers, and smartphones, oh my. If you’re a wrestling fan, you’ll get that joke. Let’s break it down by category and see what’s in store for next week.
I actually don’t expect to see many flagship smartphones announced, at least not from the manufacturers we know and love here in the US (i.e. Motorola, Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, etc.). However, I’m sure we’ll see the LG G Flex 2, that’s pretty much confirmed already. Hopefully LG has upped the specs on the LG G Flex 2 from the original G Flex last year. We might see a few HTC Desire smartphones announced as well, likely mid-range and low-end models if any. Huawei will be there as well. I’m hoping that they will announce that the Ascend Mate7 is coming to the US, but don’t count on it. We will definitely get hands on of all their products though next week.
There’s a rumor that Sony is going to announce the Xperia Z4 lineup at CES. But I don’t think it’ll happen. I’m thinking they’ll save that for Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, Spain. As that’s a more mobile centric show and this is more consumer electronics.
We said last year, that CES 2014 was going to be full of wearables. And we were mostly right. We also weren’t alone in saying that. This year, I think we’ll see even more, and possibly even better wearables. What will be interesting is, how many smartwatches running Android Wear pop up at CES. So far we only have a handful, but not that Android Wear has been out for about 6 months we might start seeing more from other OEMs.
Fitness trackers is another one that is going to be big, and it always is right after New Years. Fitbit just recently announced a bunch of fitness trackers, including the Charge, and the Surge. But expect to see plenty more fitness trackers at CES next week.
Not really something we cover, but with both Apple and Google having their own in-car infotainment systems out last year, we might see some cars with Android Auto or Car Play built in. Obviously we’ll care more about Android Auto, since we are an Android site, but it will be interesting to see what happens at CES with cars. If you take a look at the CES Press conference schedule for next week, starting on Sunday, we have all kinds of car manufacturers. Including Chevy, Audi, Ford, Mercedes Benz and others. So there’s something big, and we’re hoping it’s Android Auto.
Along with Android Auto, I think Android TV will be a big topic at CES this year as well. Android TV was announced at Google I/O this past year along with Android Auto and Lollipop. We’ve only really seen one Android TV set-top box so far. Google had said they were working with manufacturers to get Android TV onto TV’s as well as set top boxes. And with CES always being big for TVs, we might see quite a few Android TV devices next week.
Internet of Things
This is where Samsung’s focus is this year. On IoT. At CES in the past we’ve seen things like a connected toothbrush, and a connected fork that tells you you’re eating too fast. Pretty crazy right? Well things might get even crazier this year. We’ve also seen connected microwaves, refrigerators, ovens and more in the past. Those will likely return again at CES this year. We likely won’t cover most of these things, but there will be a ton of things there.
Also, connected clothing. Don’t laugh, this is already happening. We’ve seen connected sweatshirts, as well as pants and even socks. As crazy as that might be, I don’t think those are going anywhere. Adidas, Asics, Under Armour and Ralph Lauren are just some of the clothing brands that have already pursued connected clothing.
For an Android site, CES isn’t “the biggest show of the year”, but it’s still a pretty big show. We get all kinds of new toys to play with, including a bunch of new cases, and speakers, and other odds and ends. We’ll see a few smartphones and tablets, but the focus will likely be on the Internet of Things and on Wearables. With that said, I’m excited to see what CES brings us this year. How many of you are excited to see what is announced at CES this coming week? We will be at CES 2015, so stay tuned for full coverage of all the latest and greatest tech gadget announcements here on AndroidHeadlines.com!