CES 2012 is all about ultrabooks. Last year, CES was all about tablets. Before that, CES was all about smartphones. Notice a theme? No optical drives. We're not done with optical media forever (even if we might want to be), and Samsung has come to the rescue with an external optical drive that can work with anything.
CES starts next week, and already the hype machine has been turned to 11. Earlier this week, LG proudly announced it be showing off at its booth "the future of TV technology," "the world's largest OLED HDTV" at CES. Uh-huh. And Karolina Kurkova has promised me a date.
Having launched its incredibly popular Galaxy S II to a legion of big-screen-loving consumers in the U.S. this past summer, Samsung has its eye set on making a successor for 2012. The Galaxy S III is rumored to sport more power than the Galaxy Nexus and a 3D screen.
Usually, a ban on your product is something to be worried about. Not for Samsung! That preliminary injunction banning sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia handed to Apple actually helped boost the visibility of the tablet. Samsung says Apple helped turn the 10.1 into a household name.
Somebody want to tell me how Samsung's new Series 5 laptop got Intel's "Ultrabook" stamp of approval? The new 14-inch laptop is still thin at 20.9mm and somehow manages to cram an optical disc drive into its side, but it's already breaking the definition of "Ultrabook."
Samsung must be crazy because it's apparently in talks with Google to produce HDTVs with Google TV baked in. Yep, that Google TV. The one that's only been supported by Sony and Logitech and blocked by major networks everywhere. Talk about jumping on a grenade that's about to detonate!
We're nearing the end of November and Verizon still hasn't started selling Samsung's mammoth-sized Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Well, you can add another thing to the worry list: no Adobe Flash support for the time being.
Weeks before Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, Samsung said it would sue the living daylights out of the Cupertino company over "wireless technology related patents" in South Korea. Turns out Samsung was just puffing its chest up. It now says it's not suing Apple.
Not to be left behind the curve by Nokia's amazing flexible smartphone, Samsung's announced that it planning to release — not just show concept prototypes — a flexible smartphone or tablet in 2012. Next year's already shaping up to be quite the year.
The cat's out of the bag. Samsung and Google's next flagship smartphone — the Galaxy Nexus (previously codenamed Nexus Prime) just had its specs leaked out by a Japanese carrier flyer and it's about as feature-packed and powerful as we expected it to be.