The biggest announcements from the Consumer Electronics Show
CES, the big global consumer electronics trade show takes place in Las Vegas this week, with thousands of technology companies from around the world come to hawk their latest gadgets and show off their vision for the industry's future. Here's your cheat sheet to keep tabs on the key announcements.
- A power outage mid-day in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center disrupted activities for about an hour and a half before it was restored.
- Huawei is planning to sell its high-end Mate 10 Pro phone for $799 online in the U.S. after a deal with AT&T fell through at the last minute. That will probably be a tough sell given most Americans still buy their phones through carriers, especially high-end ones.
- China's Vivo is showing a phone with an under-the-screen fingerprint reader, a much talked about alternative to face recognition for phones that are all display on the front.
- Google announced new moves in virtual reality, adding a standalone VR headset and a 180-degree camera, in partnership with Lenovo. Both are coming in Q2.
- Lenovo also announced the Miix 630, its first Windows 10 PC using a Qualcomm chip. The $799 PC promises 20-hour battery life and includes a pen and detachable keyboard. It's part of a new class of Qualcomm-based Windows PCs featuring an always-on cellular connection.
- Kodak shares are surging after the company said it was launching its own cryptocurrency. (Because apparently that's all one has to do these days.)
- Toyota is adding Amazon's Alexa to its cars, starting this year.
- Ford is partnering with Lyft, Postmates and Domino's on various autonomous car efforts.
- Dell announced software that lets you answer cellphone calls on its PCs, due out on models this year. It's set to work with Android and iOS, though iPhone functionality will be more limited. (Apple already has software for taking iPhone calls on the Mac.)
- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced new partnerships in autonomous car development, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. He also addressed how Intel is dealing with a massive flaw in the way chips have been designed in recent years.
- Sony's new product lineup includes a $30,000 4K projector. among other gadgets.
- Lenovo is including Google Assistant on a new "smart display," marking yet another category of device getting its voice interface. JBL, Sony and LG are also working on screen-equipped speakers with Google Assistant support. Amazon, already makes the Echo Show and Echo Spot, which sport both a screen and Alexa.
- China's Xiaomi is partnering with Facebook's Oculus on two standalone VR headsets.
- Baidu announced a second version of its Apollo, its effort to build an open source operating system for self-driving cars.
- Samsung is adding its Bixby voice assistant to its smart refrigerator line, which is expanding to 14 models. All 2018 smart TVs are also getting Bixby and can be set up via phone with Samsung's SmartThings app. That makes this an important year for the company, CNET notes.
- A deal for AT&T to sell smartphones from China's Huawei, which might have been announced at CES, has fallen through at the 11th hour, the Wall Street Journal reported.
- HTC introduced a version of its VR headset that has higher resolution as well as an adapter to let new and older Vive headsets connect to a PC wirelessly vs. requiring a physical cord.
- Panasonic unveiled its newest TVs, Blu-Ray players with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in and even a couple new Technics turntables for those rediscovering vinyl.
- Samsung showed off a 146-inch modular TV using a new kind of LED technology for blacker blacks.
- Chipmaker Nvidia announced partnerships with Uber and Volkswagen and said its latest chip for in-car computers will reach customers this quarter.
- Intel officially announced its 8th generation Core chip, which is notable for, among other things, integrating the graphics technology from longtime rival AMD.
Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried is at CES all week. Check back for frequent updates as well as in Login, Axios' daily technology newsletter. (Sign up here.)