The day so far at CES has been filled with product announcements that, while exciting, don’t excite us in the mobile development realm. Monster called up a cauldron of celebrity soup to hawk their headphones, people like Alicia Keyes and Xzibit—Yo Dawg, I heard you like celebrities…
However, Netgear claimed that 802.11ac is here, and any mobile device announced from here on out will have 802.11ac capabilities. They also announced that they are “doing Google TV right” with their NeoTV Prime.
At a different event, Intel began by talking about their next generation “Bay Trail” quad-core Atom processor, as part of their next generation tablet platform. The devices they showed mostly ran Windows 8, but this will presumably also include Android in the future. Will Bay Trail usurp the next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, and the rest of the mobile SoC army? We will have to wait until the 2013 Holiday Season to find out.
Additionally, Intel talked at length about convertibles. No, not cars. Tablets that can have their keyboards folded away or removed completely. Intel announced that all future convertible or tablet devices with their x86 Core processors must support touch and Intel Wireless Display technology. Finally, Intel made a grand statement about perceptual computing, which enables you to access your devices (including tablets) with your voice, multitouch, or vision. They claim their facial recognition log in cannot be defeated with a photo, but they did not prove it.
All told, Netgear having a stab and Google TV may just be the push that product needs. There is a lot of cool stuff we at XDA can do with Google TV and Android. Furthermore, Intel’s new Atom line may help it break into the mobile market, but I doubt it will make much of an impact this year._________
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