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And That was CES 2014.

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Our time in Vegas for CES 2014 has come to a close, folks. Things were slow on the mobile front, as they have come to be during one of the biggest tech shows on the planet, but we still had a great time and managed to get our hands on a few things here and there. New trends were made clear, carriers went to battle, and the phone manufacturers we all care about continued to save their big announcements for their own events as to not share any spotlight.

In case you missed any of our coverage, we’ve compiled some of the highlights for you below. 

As a programming note, that also means we are traveling today, so things could be a bit slower around here than you are normally accustomed to. We will have a bigger CES recap with some additional thoughts on all that happened in the coming days.

Favorite moment?

  • Matthew Rebmann

    I didn’t really read much from CES this year. I’m really looking forward to the next Episode of the DL show for talking points and what was interesting.

  • Trevor

    I like that Samsung doesn’t know how to spell the word “experience.”

  • nabooska

    Nothing much interested me besides T-Mobile’s carrier advances and the Razer smart watch.

  • bitpimpin

    Not impressed this year. At all.

  • wmsco1

    I like the where we go from here show on CNET. The big theme was being connected, getting pertinent information when you need it. Being connected to your home or location or activities and seamless communications and finally being connected to your car. All of this means more bandwidth, data plans and a whole lot of privacy policy issues. To how much do you want to pay for content a year due to licensing issues, to what kind of business models are consumers going to be happy with. The consensus is this is where we are heading in the not so far away future. The Technology is already here, that’s how close we are. Fine tuning is all that is needed. The TV and Phone are connected, the washer and dryer, the thermostat, the crackpot, the lights, the Picture frame when you walk by and the TV reminding you about what you wanted to watch, plus wearables connecting to your health. Automatic bank transfers. Location based services. So on and so on. So Wow…. Like Holy cow Batman! Zing $&% Pow! How much can I afford? How much Privacy do I want to give up? How much on demand do I need? How much Technology do I need? Is it Really worth it? WHERE we go from Here?

  • ngl

    I really wanted the Nexus 10 2. I don’t want to buy the Samsung stuff, I want the google stuff.

  • Jared Denman

    Unless you care about 4k (which I don’t) then CES was horrible this year. T-Mobile was the only excitement I saw this year and I can’t switch to them because of their coverage. Bummer

  • Liderc

    So Michael Bay looking like a total idiot was the best part of CES. That’s kind of sad.

  • Michael Bassett

    Where is the Google Smartwatch?!?!

    • cns2007

      Probably waiting for Google I/O.

  • jimt

    Other than CES, how was CES?

  • MichaelFranz

    John Legere would make a better batman then ben afleck….thats my take on CES :)

    • nwd1911

      How do I upvote this 10 times?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I have to admit… Not much happened at CES. It’s gotten pretty boring.

    • Bob G

      For mobile, yes. For consumer electronics in general, no.

      You won’t see DL covering a $185,000 speaker, but that was there at CES and had buyers.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I’m talking in general though not just DL. Didn’t expect much mobile news because the OEMs are doing their own thing. Non of the general tech blogs have much to talk about

      • Ralph Bretz

        Excellent point. For mobile CES is pointless now. Even in general it’s not exciting at all. I have no need for a smart oven or a fridge I can text from.

  • jimt

    I liked the T-mobile coverage even thought it was not much of a surprise. The CEO is a hoot but right on!

  • paul_cus

    Man, DL doesn’t like Sony.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      If they would bring phones to the U.S. in a decent time and realize that bezels suck, we’d probably like them. :P

      • paul_cus

        I know, they’re difficult.

      • Cael

        Evleaks said that Sirius was coming to Verizon.

  • Shane Redman

    4K all the things!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    It’s safe to say we’ve seen it all and nothing will truly surprise us.

  • sourabh sekhar

    Considering the android front,CES has been pretty boring

  • adbFreedom

    Michael Bay has to be the most interesting thing to come out of CES this year.. That was amazing, I really felt bad for him

    • DroidzFX

      Dont really think it was amazing and was not as bad as the media made it out to be. He did not have the prompter anymore did not know what to say and said I am out. Probably what most people would have done.

      • adbFreedom

        I’m not trying to be a d#ck about it, but it was one of the worst public speaking fails I can remember especially from someone so well known.

        • RAZR_FANN

          He was explaining what he does for a living, and he fucked up. How does someone like Michael Bay not know what he does for a living to the extent of being able to speak about it..?

  • onDroid

    CES has become pretty boring in the mobile space. We used to see a bunch of new unannounced phones and now its crap we’ve already seen before or don’t want to see at all.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Pretty much.

  • Eric G Canoy

    so should I assume that there is no new phones for Verizon? #dyingGNex

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Nothing. CES was another dud.

      • Eric G Canoy

        so for those who jumped over to T-mo, are they liking the service?

        • Trey Porter

          Yes ;-)

        • jimt

          YES! And it was sweet to port my Verizon number to google +.

      • Kevin

        No offense but why do you guys keep going back to CES?

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Because you never know! Stay positive that something awesome will happen.

    • Cael

      The only thing that came out of Verizon was more bull****. Tiered data is here to stay and competitive prices are short lived. Any bets on how long it will take Verizon to make a no subsidy price cut plan lol

    • meijin3

      Come to the Pink Side.

      • picaso86

        That’s what she said.

        • meijin3

          I guess I walked right into that.

    • Mitchman

      Doesn’t Verizon just release dumbphones during the first 4 months of the year anyway and try to sell last year’s crap?

  • KChristainsen

    i think my favorite announcement was the WWE network haha. But seriously nothing too exciting as the tech world is kinda plateauing imo

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Heh pretty funny. It really was the random things that were fun. The regular players gave us nothing fun to talk about.

    • Fozzybare

      10 bucks a month for every pay per view ever!? sign me up!

      • The D

        I wouldn’t pay $10 bucks a month for 24/7 reruns of old events and non live content. They should have live programming on a website, and then also offer Old events to watch at your leisure like Netflix. I’d actually pay to see all the old 1980′s events from every Sunday that were on TV that had Hulk, Andre the Giant, Jake the snake, Roddy Piper, and so on. Those were the good days.

        The only other way I would pay $10 a month is if the WWE Divas wrestled nude, that would be worth while.

        • Fozzybare

          did you not read anything about the network? there is “live programming” but the thing is, there is 1500 hours of VOD at launch and more to come. that is all the old stuff PLUS you will get every pay per view…what you were describing of what they shouldve done is what they actually did.

  • Robert Willis

    It being over.