Do you remember back in the '90s, when high-definition TVs first started to become popular? Seeing that HD for the first time, the sharpness seemed almost impossible compared to existing technology. But this year, several top tech companies showed off 8K screens with 16-times as many pixels as those old 1080p HD TVs. For me, seeing these new super sharp TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) felt like the first time all over again.
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Google and Samsung are locked in a battle at the premium end of the Android smartphone market, and one of the reasons why you might pick a Google Pixel 2 over a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - or vice versa - is the on-board software. We put the two flagship devices side by side to see how Pixel Android compares to Samsung Android.
I'm looking at a fridge that can answer the door, a rangehood that can adjust its fan with the boiling pot on the stove, a coffee table that can turn on the TV, a washing machine that knows what cycle my sweaty gym gear needs and in the corner of the room - a vase that can pickup my Spotify playlist where it left off in my car.
Samsung made a promise to have all of its products Internet of Things ready by 2020. But a simple connected home won't do, it seems. It has to be intelligent. And it has to be accessible - everywhere.
Samsung may not come out and admit its 2017 QLED televisions were pretty terrible, but when we actually reviewed one last year, we came away far less impressed than we should have considering the price of the TV. The television kind of sucked! Samsung actually seems to recognise its dropped the ball, because this year it gave a select group of journalists a demo of a new and improved display. It wants you to know its changed, and if that demo is anything to go by, Samsung has.
At the company's "First Look" event in CES, Samsung showed off its giant literal wall of a television - and also its first QLED TV with 8K AI technology.
Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first debuted on the Galaxy S8, into a smart speaker.
Let's face it, even though phones continue to get faster and companies continue to cram even more tech into people's pocket computers, you wouldn't be wrong if you said smartphones have gotten a little boring to the casual consumer. Much of the time, it seems people are much more concerned with making sure there's a little fruit logo on the back of their handset or a small green robot man running things on the inside.
Tech giant Apple brought the iPhone X to market this year, but not without significant production stumbles that resulted in predictions of supply shortages for retailers and consumers. Reports on Wednesday show that Apple is moving quickly to ensure future access to some of the device's more elaborate parts to decrease the odds of that happening again in the future.
Silicon Valley had somewhat of a reckoning this year. The tech overlords finally had to face the music: Their products and services aren't as wholesome and life-changing as they preached them to be. Turns out, a bunch of white men didn't anticipate issues that might impact their non-white-male users. Such as sexual harassment. And biased machines. And Nazis. God, so many Nazis.
You did it. You waited out all the announcements during Mobile World Congress and the deluge of new handsets that debuted in the last few months. But now, after upstarts such as Essential have had a chance to shine and giants like Apple and Samsung are done plying their latest wares, there's a big question worth asking: What's the best phone out right now?
Even with all the screen issues, weird buzzing noises, and unbalanced speaker performance on Google's Pixel 2, there's an even bigger issue that's been bugging me. The problem isn't restricted to just that single device -- and in fact, it actually crept up about six months ago when Samsung released the Galaxy S8.
2017 is the year smartphones got really expensive. It's not like they were cheap before, but the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL will all set you back around $1500 - if not more. The top tier iPhone X configuration retails for a massive $1829.
Smartphone prices this high would have been hard to imagine a couple of years ago, and to be honest, I'm still pinching myself.
The Apple Watch might be the most popular smartwatch, but its controls and interface don't hold a candle to what you get on Samsung's watches. The problem is that because Samsung has been trying to start its own watch ecosystem with Tizen OS, its watches never received the rabid support that Apple's got from day one. But with new partnerships with some of the biggest workout app makers around and a tighter focus on fitness, it feels like Samsung and the new Gear Sport could be inching its way towards a critical mass.
Did you hold off buying a Samsung Galaxy Note8 when it launched because you were really, really hanging out for the Deepsea Blue that Australia missed out on?
Well, pal, today's your lucky day.
I expected something wonderful. The Samsung Sound+ has eleven drivers, Wi-Fi audio capabilities similar to the Sonos Playbar, and a very attractive design. In short, I was hoping for a cheaper version of the Sonos Playbar, and in many ways that's very much what you get, particularly if you're using a Samsung TV, which it magically pairs with. Yet a slightly lower price tag than the competition comes at a significant ding to audio. This thing did not fill my home with music or explosions. Instead it just offered a decent upgrade to the dinky speakers on my TV.
In the year since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung has had to work hard to get its business back on track. However, thanks to devices like the Galaxy S8 and the recent Galaxy Note 8 along with thriving component sales, the company is now forecasting record profits, eclipsing even those of its biggest rival, Apple.