Get a round up of the mobile tech news from the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas – CES 2019, where technology giants from all over the world show off their latest innovations and products.

Apple and Samsung steal CES 2019

CNet

Apple and Samsung have done it again.

In a week in which pretty much every tech company in the world is unveiling flashy new products, the two giants have managed to steal the limelight. This time, it was at CES 2019, the world’s biggest electronics show.

This year there was also a lot of noise from Google and Amazon, which are vying to be the primary voice assistant provider for smart home gadgets and other technology.

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Battle for connected home seizes the stage at CES

Financial Times

As theme park rides go, it was pretty tame: a four-minute trundle through the ups and downs of family life, avoiding a traffic jam and a thunderstorm, then ending at a birthday party.

Yet this week in Las Vegas, “Google Assistant — The Ride” was the talk of the town. The tech group had constructed its own miniature version of Disneyland in a car park, for one week only, just to promote its virtual assistant at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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CES 2019 proved that 5G technology is still not ready for prime time

Mobile Syrup

While 5G hasn’t appeared in many CES 2019 headlines, if you knew where to look this year, there were a number of 5G smartphones hiding in plain sight.

Business Insider, for instance, caught sight of a prototype Samsung 5G handset. Compared to the company’s Galaxy S10 tease, the prototype device didn’t get much attention. In fact, Business Insider contributor Antonio Villas-Boas — the person who spotted the device — mused “I almost started to believe that only I could see it.”

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The world’s first foldable phone is real

Tech Crunch

People have been talking about foldable smartphones for years, but it’s finally happening. Chinese company Royole was showing off the FlexPai at CES in Las Vegas, and we got to play with it for a few minutes.

It’s hard to say if it’s a phone or a tablet, as you can basically use it as a phone and a small tablet. Arguably, the tablet form factor is the most usable one. It’s a 7.8-inch device that runs Android.

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The weirdest wearables at CES give a new meaning to ‘think outside the box’

Digital Trends

CES 2019 has showcased some amazing and interesting mobile accessories, but some gadgets stick in our mind a little longer than most, simply because they’re a little odd. While innovation in tech often requires wandering from the beaten path, some of these accessories may have gotten slightly lost in the wilderness. While they’re still pretty cool, they’re definitely strange. Here’s some of the weirdest wearable tech from CES 2019.

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Google Reveals Big AI Ecosystem Push at CES 2019

Mobile ID World

Google is aiming to connect more third party partners and devices to its Google Assistant AI platform, if its big new announcement for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show offers any indication.

Detailing its Google Assistant innovations for the new year in a blog post, Google started off with the introduction of Google Assistant Connect, a platform aimed at helping device makers to easily integrate Google Assistant into their solutions. “For example,” the company explained, “a partner could create a simple and inexpensive e-ink display that continually projects the weather or your calendar, while using Assistant Connect to deliver content from your linked smart speaker.”

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CES 2019: Can brands be trusted in the data age?

ZDNet

From the massive Marriott breach to Facebook’s many missteps, consumers in 2018 were given plenty of reason to worry about their online information. Given the trends in data collection revealed at this year’s CES, the public may have only more reason for concern this year.

“Built on the foundations of the digital age, we’re fast approaching the data age of consumer technology,” Steve Koenig, VP of market research for the Consumer Technology Association, said at the start of the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

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Best Smart Home Tech of CES 2019: the coolest IoT gadgets we saw in Las Vegas

Tech Radar

CES 2019 has been a fantastic display of new, innovative smart home gadgets, with everything from robot vacuum cleaners to smart security systems impressing the crowds at the consumer tech show.

With over 26 billion connected devices predicted to be installed globally in 2019, the IoT (Internet of Things) market is a booming industry, and it’s little wonder when you consider just how useful many of these gadgets are…

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CES 2019: New BlackBerry phones feature ‘baked-in’ security

Review Journal

Security is a major feature of two new smartphones, the Key2 and Key2 LE, that BlackBerry Mobile is showcasing at CES 2019.

“It’s the most secure Android device in market today,” said Blackberry Mobile market development manager Bradley Baumann. “You can encrypt your files on the device and make them only visible through a password or your fingerprint.”

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CES 2019: Tech to save us from our damaging digital dependence

Channel News Asia

Most of us depend heavily on our mobile devices, oftentimes too much so, but there are vendors at CES 2019 looking to improve our digital health through, yes, technology.

Indeed, recent studies have argued that the way we are interacting with these devices is detrimental to our health and mental wellbeing. Yet the impulse to stay glued to our devices remains strong.

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