5 trends to expect at CES 2012

Every year at CES, we are bombarded with a plethora of new devices and technologies, which are both exciting and confusing. Despite the confusion, though, there are usually a few new themes that present themselves each year. While there are sure to be plenty of innovative and surprising things as well, here are five things that I think will be prevalent throughout many of the announcements.

1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Google's latest update to the Android operating system not only brings new features, but a completely revamped and much bette UI. It is certainly the best version of Android yet, and perhaps the most competitive mobile OS out there. As such, you can expect to see it running on all kinds of devices, from large, to small, to things you never though could run Android.

2. HD or high resolution displays on mobile devices: The iPhone 4's 960 x 640 "retina" display was the best in the market for quite a while, but finally everyone else is beginning to catch up. Phones like the Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound already have 720p displays that outmatch the iPhone's, and rumor has it that Samsung is preparing a pixel dense "retina" tablet with an obscenely high resolution. Regardless of whether that specific rumor is true, I think we will be seeing a lot of high resolution displays and hopefully less 800 x 480 this year.

3. Quad-core processors: There are currently a couple mobile devices powered by quad-core chips that you can get your hands on, but they have not reached the mass market yet. So, there is a lot of opportunity to grab headlines with the "first quad-core this" and "first quad core that." Hopefully they will be the standard in most high-end devices announced, but even if they are not I expect to see quite a few of them powering some of the more important products.

4. 4G LTE: 2011 was supposed to be the year of 4G LTE adoption, but it turned out to be more of a year of LTE testing. Now, however, with both Verizon and AT&T having established solid bases for their LTE networks and Sprint quickly building theirs, there is a real potential for LTE devices to become standard and commonplace.

5. Windows Phone 7 and Nokia: So far, we have seen precious little come out of the Nokia/Microsoft deal, and are are still eagerly awaiting any new news. CES should finally bring us some of the great Nokia hardware we have been waiting for. Even if Nokia saves things for Mobile World Congress, with the increasing popularity of Windows Phone 7 there should be plenty of other manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon.

Bonus: 7-inch tablets: Originally, I wasn't planning to put this on the list, but recent events have convinced me otherwise. Between the Kindle Fire, the release of some new 7-inch hardware, and especially the rumor that Google themselves may be overseeing the production of a 7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich device, I think it is quite possible that we will see an uptick in the number of 7-inch devices at CES.

This is just a partial list of the things I think will be common at CES, but there could obviously be many more. Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments, or even post what you think will surprise everyone at this year's CES.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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2 thoughts on “5 trends to expect at CES 2012

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    I’m sure there will be more 3D technology coming out like there was last year. Since glasses 3D is not selling so well, they will probably start pushing stereoscopic 3D TV’s. When I was there last year they had a couple on display, I expect they may be a little more prevalent this year.

    I’d like to see some more 7″ Tablets as well. As it currently sits, other than Amazons (and perhaps HTC’s tablet since its been out so long), all the companies are expecting 400-600 for a 7″ Tablet. Those prices are nowhere near feasible when running against Amazons Tablet (and future tablet which is all but confirmed by themselves), and perhaps the ipad mini which there have been rumors of for some time now.

    I’m glad Sprint has finally bit the bullet, and already has 5 markets (or more) announced for LTE coverage by mid 2012.

  • Thats a good point, we will probably see a lot of 3d. However, in its current form I am not a big fan, so I will only be excited if we see a radical change in the technology.


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