Feel that calm in the air? Has your computer quit smoking from your RSS reader going nuts? That can only mean one thing during CES week: The show has actually started! The first day of CES is nothing like “Day 0.” Day 0 is when all the press events happen, when all the big products are announced and when blogs go crazy and publish something like 30 stories on one operating system. (Yes, we actually did). Of course just because today was slower, it doesn’t mean we didn’t see some great new products or hear any interesting industry news. Here’s the best of the best from CES day 1.
Once the big companies are done announcing their products, bloggers finally get a chance to take a look at the devices and share their first impressions. Today, Edgar got a look at two upcoming Tegra 3 tablets, while Nick took a tour of the AT&T Galaxy Note.
The first tablet Edger looked at was the Acer Iconia A510. He said that while the 10-inch slab feels physically similar to the A500, the Tegra 3 “offers a notable performance boost.”
After the A510, Edgar got his hands on 7-inch ZTE tablet, which was very similar to the $249 ASUS MeMo we saw detailed yesterday. The 7-inch ZTE also comes with Tegra 3 and Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, so it’s really going to come down to price as far as how this tablet sells. To take a look at Edgar’s hands-on video with ZTE’s 7-inch Tegra 3 tablet, check out his post on it.
Edgar wasn’t the only member of team Android and Me playing around with newly announced devices. Nick spent a couple minutes learning the ins and outs of an AT&T LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Note. You can check out his video below, but be sure to read the post paired with it for some gorgeous pictures of the device.
One company who did have a keynote scheduled for today was Intel. We knew Intel was going to come to CES with a reference device or two, maybe even a production model, but they dropped a bombshell when they announced a multi-year mobile partnership with Motorola.
That’s right. Thanks to a partnership formed between Intel and Motorola, Atom powered Android phones and tablets manufactured by the big M will be available as soon as this summer. Of course no products were announced, or even hinted at for that matter, but if Motorola Atom phones really are only 5-6 months away, we should be seeing some leaks real soon.
Until then, we can always gauge the performance of Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 in the Lenovo K800 come Q2. Sometime in the second quarter, the Lenovo K800 will launch with an Intel Atom and 4.5-inch 720p display. It’s unlikely the K800 will ever touch down in the US, but that doesn’t mean that, once it does launch in China, we won’t hear all about it.
Intel also had a reference handset on display today that featured a 1.6GHz Atom and Gingerbread. We’ll let you know if we can get our hands on it.
One product still going strong today was Google TV.
While Dot TV announced it was bringing multiplayer gaming to Sony Google TVs (you can use your Android handset as a controller!), and LG announced Gaikai cloud game streaming would be coming to their CINEMA 3D Google TV, Vizio detailed two Google TV sets and two set-top boxes.
Both Google TVs from Vizio feature 65-inch displays and a custom build of Honeycomb with Vizio’s VIA Plus UI. One features better back lighting and will be a little more expensive. But if Vizio keeps up with its current pricing structures, they should still be more affordable than other similar spec’d sets on the market.
Vizio took that same approach — one high and one lower-end model, to their Google TV set-top boxes. One features a Blu-ray player, while one does not. Look for all Vizio’s Google TV products to be made available soon.
Taylor talks with NVIDIA
Last year at CES, Android and Me debuted a series of videos that we titled Android Insiders. This year, the tradition continues as Taylor got a chance to chat it up with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
So just what did Taylor and Jen-Hsun talk about? The success of Tegra 2, the future of Tegra 3, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jen-Hsun’s favorite Android device and more. It may just be our most shining moment of CES 2012 so far.
To watch the fifteen minute video, check out the Android Insiders post.
That’s all for today’s CES roundup, but be sure to keep checking back with us tomorrow and keep it locked to our custom CES channel for all the best news, press releases and hands-on coverage CES has to offer.
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-Polaroid announces Android-powered SC1630 Smart Camera, slated for release this year
-Motorola working on next-generation Webtop with Chrome support