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CES 2018: 8 awesome Android announcements you might have missed – PCWorld

CES may be all about consumer electronics, but sadly that doesn’t really include phones. Most companies hold off until the spring to unveil their newest handsets, and there hasn’t been a big Android splash at CES since Google unveiled the Nexus One back in 2010.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any Android news coming out of Las Vegas this week. While the Intel-AMD love affair and Google Assistant-powered speakers might have snagged most of the headlines, Android fans still found enough cool things on the show floor to entertain them. Here’s a look at eight things you might have missed:

Moto Mods

ces 2018 moto modsLenovo

Lenovo’s Moto Mods were all the rage a year ago, but the fad isn’t completely over. During its keynote, Lenovo showed off two new magnetic Moto Mods for its Z2 Force and other Z phones: a long-awaited keyboard and a health monitor.

The Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod is based on the winner of the Transform the Smartphone Challenge and adds a fully QWERTY keyboard with a 60-degree screen tilt. The Lenovo Vital Moto Mod is designed to keep you healthy, measuring your heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, core body temperature, and for the first time, accurate systolic and diastolic blood pressure when you pop your finger into a slot on the back. The $99 keyboard mod will be available soon, while the $395 Vital Mod will ship in April.

CES 2018’s Android Wear watches

ces 2018 skagen watchSkagen

The state of Android Wear is anything but solid, but that’s not stopping companies from making new watches. At CES this year, there were two that caught our eye. The first is from Kate Spade, and it joins a long line of fashion-first smartwatches from the Fossil company. Called the Scallop, the 1.2-inch watch has a decidedly feminine aesthetic, with gold accents and an etched spade logo on the crown. There’s no GPS, NFC, or heart-rate sensor, but you will get 24-hour battery life and Google Assistant. Two versions will launch next month: a bracelet for $325 and a leather strap for $295. They’re available for preorder on the Kate Spade website.

Danish watchmaker Skagen has also announced its first Android Wear watch. Pictured above, it’s called the Falster, and while it also lacks GPS, NFC, and a heart-rate sensor, its simple aesthetic could appeal to casual watch wearers. It will cost $275 when it launches later this month.

CES 2018’s Android TV screens

philips android tvPhilips

The last thing we expected to see at CES were new Android-powered screens, but no less than five companies unveiled new Android TVs this year: Nvidia, Westinghouse, Philips, Haier, and Hisense.

Nvidia takes the crown, with the coolest name (BFGD, which stands for big format gaming displays) and the raddest design, but the 24-inch Philips 7703 (pictured above) is pretty cool too, doubling as a Bluetooth speaker and made to look great in any room of the house. But really, we’re just stoked to see Android TV get some love.


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