As expected LTE smartphones have dominated the first day of the biggest US tech show.
AT&T seems to have launched the greatest number of devices, including the first Windows Phone LTE handsets: the Nokia 900 -- which you can read about in greater depth in our dedicated blog post -- and the HTC Titan 2, which has a 4.7-inch display and a 16 megapixel camera.
On top of that there was the first Sony LTE phone -- the Xperia ion -- and the first Pantech LTE handset -- the value-oriented Burst. AT&T also announced the US launch of an LTE-compatible Samsung Galaxy Note, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Skyrocket HD and the eco-friendly Samsung Exhilarate.
Meanwhile Sprint announced a couple of Android phones to run on its future LTE network -- the Galaxy Nexus and the eco-friendly (possibly a bit of a trend emerging there) LG Viper 4G LTE. And Verizon unveiled the LTE-enabled DROID 4 by Motorola, which has a slide-out qwerty keyboard.
It wouldn’t be CES if there wasn’t a new generation of smart TVs on display. Samsung has evolved its offering with new content, new UIs, and even the ability to upgrade the TV’s processor, while Sony hasn’t given up on Google TV, and has launched a couple of media players featuring motion-sensitive controller, based on Google TV 2.0.
The traditional consumer electronics giants may have more competition than ever in this market, however. Lenovo has launched a smart TV running the latest version of Android -- 4.0 -- as part of its broader connected device strategy, while Yahoo augmented its Connected TV offering and Nuance launched a voice interface technology called Dragon TV.
Kinect for Windows
Lastly, Microsoft is swimming against the current -- from the TV back to the PC -- by announcing the launch of its Kinect gesture interface for Windows, possibly inspired by the many ‘unofficial’ initiatives already undertaken by the independent technology community.