Gizmodo: Google’s Improved Fast Pair Feature Will Make You Feel Like An Apple User

Gizmodo: Google’s Improved Fast Pair Feature Will Make You Feel Like An Apple User. “If you’re deep into Google’s platforms — and I mean, you’ve got an Android phone, a Chromebook, and a Google TV set up in the living room — Google’s CES 2022 announcements might sound like a payoff to you for sticking with the ecosystem. The company revealed details for some of its most anticipated features, including a timeline for when its seamless Fast Pair feature will come to more devices. It’s also introducing new ways for Android to interact with Chromebooks.”

Mashable: Photos show deserted CES, and wow

Mashable: Photos show deserted CES, and wow. “The annual Las Vegas consumer electronics convention typically draws massive crowds, with journalists jockeying for space and scoops as thousands of exhibitors show off their wares. But with the coronavirus continuing to run rampant across the United States, 2022 is not a typical year — a fact made clear by photos showing the comparatively empty halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.”

IGN: CES 2022 Schedule, Announcements, and How to Watch

IGN: CES 2022 Schedule, Announcements, and How to Watch. “CES 2022 is surprisingly on track to be an in-person event that’ll run from January 5th to the 8th. The annual tech trade show is still set to be a huge event featuring the latest TVs, automotive tech, laptops, PCs, and a plethora of other gadgets. However, with many major exhibitors like Sony, Samsung, AMD, Intel, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all pulling out of the show, this will be once again a mostly online show. Of course, that all means it’ll be that much easier for you to keep up with CES 2022 from the comfort of your home, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming tech conference.”

FOSS Force: Will Anyone Actually Show Up at CES on Wednesday?

FOSS Force: Will Anyone Actually Show Up at CES on Wednesday?. “I’ve wondered how Omicron and the current spike in new cases would affect this year’s show, but I didn’t bother to look into it. CES is generally off my radar (I’m mainly interested in conferences that focus on open source software), although my inbox at this time of year is filled with invites from PR folks looking to set up interviews with the press at the event.”

CES 2022: Google latest to drop out over COVID-19, joining Intel, T-Mobile and more (CNET)

CNET: CES 2022: Google latest to drop out over COVID-19, joining Intel, T-Mobile and more. “CES 2022 on Thursday lost Google, the latest company to confirm the cancellation of its in-person plans to be in Las Vegas for the tech trade show and to shift to a virtual presence. The search company and its sister company Waymo join T-Mobile, Intel, Lenovo, TikTok, Meta and many others making such a change over concerns about the uptick in coronavirus cases and the omicron variant.”

Mashable: Notorious germ soup CES announces 2022 vaccine mandate

Mashable: Notorious germ soup CES announces 2022 vaccine mandate. “CES announced Tuesday that, come 2022, proof of vaccination against the coronavirus will be required for those in attendance. The annual Las Vegas consumer electronics conference, which in 2020 drew a crowd of over 170,000 people from around the world, is scheduled for a mix of both online and in-person events when it returns in early January of next year.”

CNET: CES 2021 will be an all-digital event

CNET: CES 2021 will be an all-digital event. “CES, one of the world’s largest tech events, will be fully virtual next year amid continued concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The Consumer Technology Association announced the change Tuesday after previously saying CES 2021 would continue to be an in-person event, with additional virtual and digital experiences.”

Ars Technica: Nobody can see all of CES. But I tried

Ars Technica: Nobody can see all of CES. But I tried. “One of the things any CES veteran will tell you is that it’s impossible to actually see all of CES. They’re not kidding—it would be an overstatement to claim that CES takes over the entirety of Las Vegas, but it wouldn’t be an egregious one. Parts of CES take place at the Venetian hotel/casino/indoor mall, the attached and similarly gargantuan Palazzo, and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Any one of those locations dwarfs any other convention center I’ve seen, but even all of them together aren’t enough to entirely contain CES—which also has offshoots in other area hotels, convention centers, and just about anywhere else you can cram a few hundred people.”

TechCrunch: What to Expect from CES 2020

TechCrunch: What to Expect from CES 2020. “CES is about more than just product announcements, however. Granted, it’s MOSTLY about product announcements, but next week in Vegas will also set the tenor of the year’s largest tech trends. From mobile to automotive to robotics to sex tech, CES is the first and, in many cases, the best opportunity for companies to set the stage for the year to come.”

CNET: Google is poised to make another blitz at CES 2020

CNET: Google is poised to make another blitz at CES 2020. “Google is likely to take over Sin City again when CES 2020 kicks off in the second week of January, a pretty remarkable feat when you consider it’s arguably the world capital of sensory overload. The tech show has grown in importance to Google, which is trying to sell more consumer devices that compete against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. As it tries to reach those consumers, the search giant is pouring marketing dollars into its promotions, just like every other tech company.”

Google at CES 2019: Everything just announced (CNET)

CNET: Google at CES 2019: Everything just announced. “CES, the world’s largest technology conference, is more important to Google than ever as it pushes devices to consumers that compete against the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. At the center of Google’s strategy is the Assistant, an AI-powered digital helper that’s akin to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. It’s available in Android phones, Google Home smart speakers, other smart home devices, and as an app on iPhones.”