CES 2018: JVC Kenwood Debuts Wireless Android Auto Revolution

JVC Kenwood has announced earlier this week that it will be showing off a new product come CES 2018. The company’s new line of products under JVC band features wireless connectivity. These products are Wi-Fi enabled for Android Auto use.


This means that JVC Kenwood’s product can be used to connect wirelessly to Android Auto. The company’s new products are now part of several line-ups of products for Android Auto. Unknown to many, Android Auto has been around for several years already.


Back in 2015, Android Auto has arrived in the global market redefining entertainment in cars. When it first hit the market, users are pleased to use such product. This is because they can actually just plug their smartphones directly into a head unit. By doing this, users can download the apps.


Fast forward to 2018; this will be changed because Android Auto is now wireless. Tech analysts claim that JVC Kenwood’s will revolutionize this when it would introduce several Android Auto units during the CES event next week. It was learned that one Android Auto unit would carry the JVC brand while the other is Kenwood.


JVC Kenwood’s Android Auto features


What we know so far is that both the Android Auto units will feature a 1,280 x 720 pixel HD display, offering a crisp visual resolution. Apart from this, both units are expected to support the Cupertino-based Apple CarPlay. However, it is not clear whether it would have a wireless functionality. Though in the past we have seen several units of wireless CarPlay installed in BMW models.


In addition to the wireless in-car audio gear, we are also expecting that JVC Kenwood would be showing off 4K video cameras ranging from pro models to consumer units, among others.

Synaptics: Fingerprint sensor to launch in 2018 For ‘Tier One’ Flagship

Synaptics is mulling to launch a “tier one” phone by 2018. The company’s customer phone features a finger sensor technology at par with other mobile rivals. Synaptics Incorporated is the leading company that develops human interface solutions.

Mobile users can expect the Synaptic’s soon to be announced phone demonstration come January next year. The “tier one” smartphone is expected to have a Clear ID technology that is far more secure that biometrics.

Also, Synaptic’s Clear ID optical sensors offer its customers a faster and convenient way to optimize mobile security. Earlier this week, the company hinted that its Clear ID fingerprint technology would go on mass production with a selected “top five” phone manufacturer.

How does Synaptic’s Clear ID works?

The company said that its Clear ID fingerprint sensor technology is specifically design for smartphones with infinity displays. The Clear ID in-display technology works by activating the in-display when needed.

“Clear ID is faster than alternative biometrics such as 3D facial, highly-secure with SentryPoint™ technology, and very convenient with one-touch/one-step biometric authentication directly in the touchscreen display area of smartphones,” Synaptics said in a press statement released on Tuesday, December 12.

“The new Synaptics Clear ID optical fingerprint sensors deliver one-touch high-resolution scanning through the full cover glass and enable sleek, button-free, bezel-free infinity displays,” the company added.

By January 2018, Synaptics will present a live demonstration of the Clear ID in-display fingerprint technology during the CES gathering. The live demonstration offers the audience how will the aforesaid technology work on various “tier one” smartphones.

Top 5 smartphone brands

Meanwhile, Synaptics has yet to name the phones that will use the Clear ID technology. However, some smartphone brands belong to the top five OEMs are Apple, Huawei, Oppo, Samsung, and Vivo.

“Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself,” Kevin Barber, SVP and GM of Synaptics’ mobile division told ZDNet.

Super-tough G-Shock Smartphone from Casio perfect for the clumsy

Japanese watch maker Casio has always made its rounds in the hi-technology market with their fabulous timepieces. Their popular G-Shock line has been around for almost 30 years. Built to withstand some serious bumps and crashes, these tough watches have made a name in the industry. You can certainly see dozens of individuals adorn these watches when walking around town.

With the G-Shock name synonymous to toughness and with a solid name backing it, are you willing to entrust you mobile phone to a company like them?

Casio has designed a new and quite interesting G-Shock watch. The company has developed a watch that is also a smartphone. Built for users who usually find themselves in rough situations, this new breed of smartphones surely trumps any like it out there. Aesthetically, it is similar to that of it predecessor, the G-Shock watch. It features a rubberized bumper around the edges and can survive a fall as high as 10 feet. It is also water resistant up to 10 meters and is capable of taking a full ton of weight. Now that is tough!

It runs on the Android and it was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Vegas. Though we are not sure if they would place this in the production line or is just a conceptg, but at any rate, if this is going to be available on the shelves, I bet that people would flock stores just to get their hands on this.

iPad 3 already in full production in China?

Looks like iPad aficionados need not wait a lot more further to get their hands on the latest version of this popular device.

According to a report from Bloomberg, who cited an unnamed source in their article, the latest version of this popular device is in full production in China. The latest iPad will be touting a much better screen than your normal television set, 4G capability and excellent video graphics.

Apple, Inc. has not replied to allegations being brought to their gadgets, which is not unusual for them. This latest development, if indeed true, is not going to come as a surprise since a lot of tablets were launched last week at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas.

Samsung, one of Apple’s chief rivals, presented a handful of devices during the CES. The two have been battling it out not only in the stores but also at the courts.

Android tablets have been slicing through the iPad’s market. And with the influx of a number of new Android tablets, Apple might be wary of its competitors.

Apple’s iPad 2, their current tablet, was released about a year ago.

Snapkeys to replace QWERTY keyboards, boasts 99% accuracy

Snapkeys wants to wipe out the QWERTY keyboard on the face of the earth.

Ryan Ghassabian of Snapkeys inputs words to his tablet in a fast rate and high precision as he demonstrates their device at a booth of the Consumer Electronics Week in Vegas.

Their device is a keyboard that isn’t visible. It uses a new technology called the 2i and predicts typing to remove the need of the user to look at the screen of his smartphone or tablet.

The idea behind it is to use all the characters of a typical keyboard and and to effectively reduce the whole keyboard to only four “buttons”. For instance, those that stand on one point such as F, I, T, etc. are grouped in one button; those that stand on two points such as M, N, X, etc. are in another, those that stand on a wide base like Z, U, L, etc. are in the third button; and characters with a closed circle @, P, O, etc. are in the last button.

There are also two spaces at the sides of the buttons. One is for the space bar while the other one is for the delete button or backspace. Snapkeys predicts the letter that you’re trying to input by the way you push the buttons and which buttons you choose. The company is sure that the device will get it 99% of the time.

Ghassabian explains that the purpose of this technology is to “reclaim the space” that is being consumed by the keyboard.

Now don’t go rushing into any app store (be it Apple’s, Android’s or RIM’s) because the technology is not available in the market yet, and it won’t even be available as an app to be downloaded. The company says there are currently in the process of talking to carriers to embed the technology to upcoming devices and phones.

Can’t wait? You can try the demo at Snapkeys’ website.

Image source: thegadgets.net

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show draws big crowd

A bevy of individuals flocked the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas which opened last Tuesday. According to the show’s organizer, they nearly had 150,000 attendants that booked for hotel rooms in this city this year.

The convention had a record 3,100 companies present in the event. Their stalls ranges from small ones to mega boots from big companies who paid millions just to show their latest technologies.

In LG Corporation’s booth, representatives handed out 3D glasses and a movie was played in their gigantic screen that showed meteor showers shooting towards the viewers. There was an exchange of oohh and aahh from the gathered crowd.

In a sadder note, this is Microsoft Corporation’s final CES. They have already delivered their final keynote address. The company even hired the famous Ryan Seacrest to be their emcee.

The host exchanged a few laughs with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer such as when the latter tried to explain the new Windows 8, called the Metro.

The exchange went, Steve: “The Metro user interface– you’ve seen it being pioneered in recent years, but now it’s all coming together”. Ryan: “why did you look at me funny when you said Metro?”

Motorola’s DROID RAZR MAXX unveiled at 2012 CES

The DROID RAZR MAXX is Motorola’s ticket to this year’s Consumer Electronic Show. And a few lucky individuals were fortunate enough to get their hands on it and test the new device.

Mobilerun.com provides a review of the latest Droid.

The tech site say that it is good to note that Motorola’s newest device is thicker than its predecessor which is quite rare in today’s standards. The DROID RAZR MAXX is 8.99mm thick. But with its bulk comes a much larger battery which improves its battery life. According to Motorola, the DROID RAZR can last 21 hours of talk time before the need to recharge it arises.

There are no other big differences to note after that since the DROID RAZR still has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display and run on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with a 1GB RAM. It currently runs on the old Android OS, the Gingerbread. But Verizon has said that they will be upgrading the OS to the Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the future.

According to the Mobileburn.com, “the overall fell and sex appeal of the origianl DROID RAZR are lessened as a result. I can certainly get behind the huge battery that the MAXX offers, but it certainly turns the RAZR MAXX into a far more pedestrian looking device than the original.”

Acer debuts world’s thinnest laptop

Gadgets evolve through time. Laptops used to be a gargantuan chopping block with no curves and packed a lot of pounds.

Now, it seems like companies and developers are competing to have devices that are the smallest of their brood.

Take for example Acer. The Taiwan based company will be unveiling the world’s thinnest laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week. The company will be selling the latter in the second quarter of 2012.

A reviewer from Gaming Laptops – Top10BestPro said, “the S5 is a new benchmark for sleek and light-weight design of a laptop.”

Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said, “that S5 is quite significant. It looks like the thinnest and lightest, and it sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors.”

The Aspire S5 boasts of a 34cm screen and is only 15mm at the most. It weighs no more than 1.35 kg.

Acer chief executive J.T. Wang said, “we are committed to evolving this technology. By the second quarter of this year we will have four models of ultrabook and more to come.”

J.T. Wang also believes that the ultrabooks will eat up 35% of Acer’s product line this year.

Tim Bajarin also noted that, “the real battle is not with Apple, it is with all the other vendors coming out with Windows ultrabooks. Apple will still do great with MacBook Air, but in the Windows world it is great news that five years after Apple set the tone the industry is finally getting something equal.”

HP releases teaser for Envy ‘Spectre’ Ultrabook

The Consumer Electronics Week 2012 (CES 2012) kicks off in Las Vegas in a few days. And companies are now starting to prepare their gadgets for the annual technology exhibit.

HP, for example, has  released a video teaser for their second Ultrabook. Called the “Spectre”, this will be their second try at Folios. The first was their 13.3-inch HP Folio unveiled November 2011.

Though there is a video for the “Spectre”, little details are revealed as to its identity. However, a  leak in the FCC filing a week ago shows that the new device boasts of a 14-inch display and carries Intel’s ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors.

The CES is expected to shed the spotlight on Ultrabooks and hopefully would increase PC sales this year. According to CES representatives, there are about 50 Ultrabooks to be launched in this year’s offing. Intel is going to deliver a keynote speech to reveal the company’s latest chip generations.

Ultrabooks are designed to be portable and instant-on capabilities. Just like tablets, these said devices combine portability with performance and features of notebooks.

What is clear is that pricing will play a major role in the Ultrabook’s success or failures. Low prices along with the release of Windows 8 will definitely boost sales of these new devices.

Click this link for the video teaser.

LG to unleash largest OLED TV

Popular thin-film transistor liquid crystal display technology manufacturer LG said that it has developed the world’s biggest OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel. According to the company, it measures 55 inches and 5 millimeters thin. They will unveil the said device in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which will be held in Las Vegas this year.

The latest technology enables light emitting diodes to self-generate light and it features a reaction velocity to electric signals over 1000 times quicker than liquid crystal.

It is different from a Low Temperature Poly Silicon type usually used in current OLED panels. It adopts an Oxide TFT technology for its backplane. The latter that LG Display uses is the same to existing TFT process, but it is lying in changing Amorphous Silicon Oxide. It also produces the same image quality to high performance of LTPS base panels at lower investment levels. They also allow Diodes to be switched off or on, giving it the ability for low power consumption.

According to Sam Beom Han, the CEO and executive vice president of LG Display, “our objective has always been to actively define and lead emerging display technology markets. Although OLED technology is seen as the future of TV display, the technology has been limited to smaller display sizes and by high costs, until now. LG Display’s 55 inch OLED TV panel has overcome these barriers.”

Image Credit: oled-display.net

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