Updated Jan 8, 2020 - Technology
What's happened so far at CES 2020
There will be a ton of tech news coming out of Las Vegas this week, and Axios has you covered with all the big news in one place.
The big picture: The biggest products of the year tend to be announced elsewhere, but in terms of sheer volume of consumer tech news, CES is still unmatched. For more on what to expect, check out this preview story. And check back all week for the latest from the Axios tech team.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
- U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced updated federal guidelines for automated vehicles, an attempt to tame conflicting regulatory approaches across some 38 federal departments and related agencies.
- Twitter said it will give users more control over who can reply to their tweets.
- Quibi unveiled "Turnstyle," a new format for its forthcoming mobile video service.
- In an interview, Arm CEO Simon Segars said its sale to SoftBank has allowed the company to sacrifice near-term profits for the sake of investing in new markets, like chips for cars.
- While others are running away from their heritage, China's TCL is trying to increase its brand recognition in the U.S.
Tuesday, Jan. 7
- Google made a slew of announcements for its digital assistant product on Tuesday, including new privacy controls, the ability to read out loud long text like news articles, and new home automation abilities. It also revealed that Google Assistant now has 500 million monthly users.
- IBM launched its AI advertising service that runs on Watson. The service aims to predict the optimal combination of advertising and creative to help brands push out effective, highly engaging ads.
- iHeartMedia announced new upcoming auto integrations that will bring iHeartRadio’s mega library of audio content to listeners in cars. Partners include General Motors, Android Automotive, SoundHound, Panasonic and others.
- Roku debuted new functionality to support third-party soundbars. Roku TV users will be able to control their soundbars via Roku’s remote.
- TiVo debuted a streaming video dongle aimed at taking on the likes of Roku and Apple TV, a move the company's CEO told Axios is the first step toward a fully software-based future.
- Cannabis-tech companies are bristling against being kept from openly exhibiting their products at the show despite one of their cohort winning an award from the trade group that puts on CES.
- Executives in charge of Amazon's Ring sat down with Axios to discuss the many privacy and security issues raised by their smart doorbells and related products, with one dismissing concerns as not "reasonable."
Monday, Jan. 6
- Toyota said it will build a prototype city of the future at the base of Mt. Fuji to test human-robot harmony. Powered by Toyota's hydrogen fuel cells, it'll be a living laboratory to explore everything from autonomous vehicles to mobility-as-a-service, personal robots and smart-home connected technology.
- Audi is showing its technology-packed AI:ME concept car, an "empathetic" city car that drives itself and helps you escape "the urban jungle" with personalized features like a “wellbeing” menu that lets you order a meal via eye tracking.
- The next version of Bluetooth will offer better support for audio sharing, hearing aids and improved sound quality.
- Intel announced its first standalone graphics chip and showed off a concept PC with a giant foldable screen.
- Sony, In an unexpected move, showed off its own concept electronic vehicle, the Vision-S as part of its press conference. It isn't entirely homegrown, with technology coming from Bosch, Magna and BlackBerry's QNX unit, per The Verge.
- LG said its 60-inch rollable OLED TV, which rises and lowers like a shade, will ship this year for $60,000. A standard 65-inch OLED display will cost just $2,000.
- Impossible Foods announced two new plant-based products that will mimic pork, the company's newest protein after the beef-like burgers and ground meat it's become known for. The faux-sausage will become available at 139 Burger King locations starting at the end of the month, while the ground pork does not have a set release date.
- Hyundai and Uber said they are partnering on a planned flying ride-share network, and the Korean carmaker unveiled a full-scale model of what a potential air taxi could look like.
- Uber announced it's adding the ability for customers in Las Vegas to purchase public transit tickets via its mobile app (only the second city where it's available).
- China's TCL showed off a foldable phone prototype and introduced a 5G phone for $500 along with a variety of other TVs and mobile devices.
- Lenovo debuted a 5G-equipped laptop powered by a Qualcomm chip that promises 24 hours of battery life. It's due out this spring for around $1,500. Also from Lenovo: a ThinkBook model with an e-ink display on its lid and the ThinkPad X1 Fold, a $2,500 Windows 10 laptop with dual screens.
- Qualcomm detailed a bunch of work it has been doing in self-driving cars over the past few years and announced the Snapdragon Ride platform for autonomous vehicles.
- Amazon announced a new program aimed at getting its Fire TV operating system built into more televisions, soundbars and even the back seats of cars.
- Mophie announced a battery pack that can not only power up your iPhone and most any other electronic device, but also jump-start your car.
Sunday, Jan. 5
- Byton, Electric vehicle startup, said it's partnering with ViacomCBS and Accuweather, among others, to provide content and services for the massive 48-inch screen in its upcoming M-Byte plug-in SUV. The $45,000 crossover will go on sale in China mid-year and debut in the U.S. and Europe in 2021.
- Samsung showed off a number of fancy TVs, including an 8K QLED display with almost no bezels, several MicroLED displays that can be connected to form a larger TV and the "Sero" (which means vertical in Korean). It pivots between horizontal and vertical orientations — just like a smartphone, tablet and Facebook's latest Portal smart displays.
- HP announced a laptop with a built-in Tile tracker.
- Withings, the former Nokia Health unit, has a smartwatch that can monitor your heart and check you for sleep apnea — or at least it will be able to do so once it gets FDA approval.
Saturday, Jan. 4
- Samsung isn't debuting its next major smartphone at CES, but it did say the launch will take place Feb. 11 in San Francisco.
Editor's note: This has been updated with the latest news. Check back throughout the event.