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What Happens in Vegas…

February 2, 2011

As we turn the calendar from one year to another, what does it make you think about? New Year’s Resolutions? Back-To-School? The Super Bowl?

Well, if you’re like me and employed in the world of tech PR, it means one thing…the annual “Super Bowl” of consumer electronics events, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

If you’ve ever attended CES then you know that the show has grown exponentially since its early days. There’s nothing quite like getting more than 140,000+ of your closest friends together in Las Vegas for 4 days of the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos from some of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Each year, months of hype lead up to the show. Who’s going to be there? What are they going to be demonstrating? What’s the big, new “it” product? And this year was no different.

Quite a few major technology trends emerged from this year’s show floor that are sure to keep me busy throughout 2011. Some of the significant topics of discussion included the launch of dozens of new tablet devices, wireless 4G LTE and enhanced connected television technologies.

And if you thought that CES had lost its luster and prestige…think again! Last year was a major down year in terms of attendance for CES. But, it was the large crowd at this year’s show that caught the attention of many in the media:

“I must’ve gotten the following question fifty times in the past few days: what’s the coolest thing you saw at CES? Every time, I’ve given the same answer: the crowd…It’s what the size of the 2011 CES signifies about the consumer electronics industry, and about the cultural centrality of a set of devices and issues that used to be the sole province of geeks.” Jon Stokes, Ars Technica

“CES 2011 is back to normal. It was packed with vendors and attendees. The overall tone was extremely up beat… It was fun to walk the floor and see what was on display.” Bill Wong, Electronic Design

There was no shortage of big names at CES. Amongst those speaking in Las Vegas this year were Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, Rupert Stadler of AUDI AG, Boo-Keun Yoon of Samsung, Alan Mulally of Ford and Ivan Seidenberg of Verizon. Each gave a Keynote presentation and Mulally used his presentation to unveil the company’s first electric vehicle, the Ford Focus Electric. Did you miss any of the Keynote presentations? Don’t worry…in this day and age you can easily go back and watch all of them online on the CES website anytime you like.

We talked trends coming out of the show earlier, and in 2011, there was no shortage of hot button topics that everyone wanted to talk about. Here’s what members of the media had to say about what they saw on the show floor:

“From the very first press conference, the main theme from the show emerged: your next smartphone will likely connect to a 4G network. For business use, 4G on your smartphone or tablet means easier Internet back-ups, smooth video chats, and snappier Web viewing.” John Brandon, Inc. Magazine

“This year, the show was all about Android. We ushered in the era of dual-core Androids with LG and Motorola, we celebrated the 4G revolution with LG, Motorola, and Samsung, and we even got a glimpse at how Android works when screen resolution is bumped beyond the all-too-common WVGA, thanks to Motorola. Oh, and a little thing called Android 3.0 Honeycomb is going to transform the way we think about not only tablets, but smartphones too.” Brandon Miniman, PocketNow.com

Larger crowds, 4G and gadgets galore! These were some of the highlights of CES this year. I think we can safely say that the recession appears to be over and if CES is any barometer for the state of the industry, then we’re in for a big 2011!

Did you go to CES this year? What was your biggest takeaway? What was your most memorable moment (at the event…not in Vegas)?

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Samsung Announces First Android Phone

April 27, 2009

Sascha Segan at PC Magazine has a great article today about the Samsung i7500, the companies first phone that will run the Google Android OS.

From PC Magazine:

The i7500’s technical specs come close to guaranteeing it will be available from T-Mobile USA later this year.

The Samsung i7500 supports HSDPA on the 900, 1700, and 2100 Mhz bands, and T-Mobile is the only major carrier in the world to support HSDPA 1700. The phone lacks the 850 and 1900 Mhz bands which AT&T or Canada’s Rogers Wireless would need.

Of course, T-Mobile could still reject the phone. A few phones have been announced in HSDPA 1700 versions which never made it to shelves, most notably the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.

The i7500 features a 3.2-inch, 320-by-480 AMOLED touch screen, Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera, and 8GB of internal memory. It also has a memory card slot, a large 1500 mAh battery, and a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack.

The phone’s AMOLED screen is a relatively new technology, seen first on AT&T’s Samsung Impression, and offers unusually bright, sharp images.

ACCESS Signs Software Development Agreement with NTT DOCOMO

December 3, 2008

Client ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, has signed an agreement with NTT DOCOMO regarding software development by ACCESS for a FOMA(TM) operator pack. This marks the beginning of the project’s development phase.

This official software development agreement follows the System Engineering Assistance agreement, which was signed on July 16, 2008, involving the production of basic specifications for the operator pack.

The FOMA operator pack, an integrated application package that implements services such as i-mode(TM), supports the specifications of the LiMo Foundation (LiMo). Development of the FOMA operator pack will make it possible for mobile handset manufacturers worldwide to provide immediate support for DOCOMO on their own devices.

ACCESS and DOCOMO play leading roles in LiMo, a dedicated consortium of mobile industry leaders working together to deliver an open and globally consistent handset software platform based on mobile Linux(R). Established as a non-profit organization in 2007, LiMo has grown from six charter members – DOCOMO among them – to more than 50 members as of December 2008, including world-leading operators and handset manufacturers. By promoting a LiMo- compliant solution using ACCESS Linux Platform(TM), the two companies will help mobile handset OEMs and ODMs develop high-performance handsets more efficiently, increase coordination between operators and handset manufacturers and further energize innovation in the mobile phone market.

“The recent trend toward high-performance handsets capable of meeting a variety of customer needs is gaining a great amount of attention in Japan and overseas as mobile phones evolve beyond the level of mere tools to become essential elements of a customized digital lifestyle,” said Toru Arakawa, CEO, president and co-founder of ACCESS. “By combining the operator packs we develop with ACCESS Linux Platform, we will help DOCOMO develop attractive handsets and services.”

DOCOMO’s FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the company, ACCESS is a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets. With research and engineering centers throughout the world, ACCESS delivers unique solutions that bring value to its customers and partners and which help make life easier, more productive, and more enjoyable.

As a mobile Internet pioneer, ACCESS has helped to develop and deliver technologies that have brought the Internet to a new generation of mobile devices and consumers. ACCESS technologies were central to the development of the first successful mobile data service in the world and this pioneering success has grown at a phenomenal pace with ACCESS technologies now deployed in millions of devices throughout the world.

Principal ACCESS technologies include the Garnet OS, one of the first and most successful mobile operating systems ever developed, the ACCESS Linux Platform, a software platform that combines the ease-of-use and functionality of Garnet OS with a Linux core, NetFront Mobile Client Suite, a comprehensive client software suite for mobile devices, and NetFront an advanced, full-Internet browser widely recognized as one of the leading browsers in the world.