An event which celebrates everything technology based, the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show which took place in Las Vegas once again gave us a glimpse of the gadgets we could soon find in our homes and pockets. Naturally, Android powered devices were a common sight – but just what forms did Google’s creation take this time?
The main area of development for the Android name, this year’s CES didn’t see too many new offerings in the way of smartphones; focusing on more unusual gadgets instead. However, those phones which did make announcements were largely powered by Google’s operating system an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S3 released by Pantech and running Android 4.0 a particular one to watch.
Android handheld game console
Taking a slightly new avenue of development, the Project Shield was certainly a highly discussed addition to this year’s CES line-up and was even given the title of “100% Android”. The games console runs OS 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and lasts for up to 20 hours once charged. Games have be streamed to the device but it is planned to launch with popular titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to ensure gamers don’t miss out.
Stepping as far away from smartphones as possible, this product was one which certainly turned heads. The premise was to make cooking more automated and convenient for the average consumer and naturally computer tablet technology was at the centre.
Recipes selected on the tablet are used to automatically programme the cooker. Developers have not yet found a way to get food placed or removed from the oven without human assistance but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before such an idea is experimented with.
Another example of household appliances getting the Android makeover, a fridge in the booth of Hisense used an Android-powered air conditioner to keep things cool. Running Android OS 3.2, a display on the front of the unit also allows users to access various apps – offering everything from diet advice to a note pad for shopping lists and power management functions to cut down on energy bills.
Of course, with household appliances now wanting access to your home internet anyone who invests in this technology in the future will need to look for free Wi-Fi and unlimited downloads to ensure they get the most out of the next generation of Android gadgets.