IFA 2015 Puts Smartwatches, Hybrid PCs, Windows 10 in Spotlight

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-09-08
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IFA 2015 Puts Smartwatches, Hybrid PCs, Windows 10 in Spotlight

    The IFA show, one of Europe's largest consumer electronics events, has grown as tech firms introduce at least part of their product lineups for the year ahead.
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    2 - Smartwatches Are Easy to Come By
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    Smartwatches Are Easy to Come By

    It's not hard to find a smartwatch at IFA. In addition to Samsung's Gear S2, several companies, including Motorola and others, have announced new smartwatches at the event. Nearly every major hardware maker is demonstrating its confidence that wearables are the future, and smartwatches are among the most prominent wearables at the show.
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    3 - Sony's New Xperia Smartphones Take the Spotlight
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    Sony's New Xperia Smartphones Take the Spotlight

    Sony's new line of Xperia smartphones is getting plenty of attention at IFA. The high-end devices are designed to take on premium products from Samsung, Apple and even Huawei. But will the latest Xperia models reverse the trend of declining sales for Sony mobile devices? Time will tell.
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    4 - Lenovo Yoga Leads Parade of 2-in-1 hybrid PCs
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    Lenovo Yoga Leads Parade of 2-in-1 hybrid PCs

    Lenovo's new Yoga computers are among the many two-in-one hybrids at IFA Berlin. Computer makers, listening to analysts and watching consumer demand, have determined that offering devices that combine tablet and notebook functionality have great opportunities to succeed. And Lenovo's Yoga 260 is among the many two-in-ones trying to make a mark at IFA.
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    5 - Windows 10 Computers Arrive in Force
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    Windows 10 Computers Arrive in Force

    If there was any doubt that PC makers would embrace Windows 10, put it to rest now. The operating system is bundled with nearly every PC model appearing at the show, which shows Microsoft has worked hard to get manufacturers on board with the latest generation of Windows.
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    6 - A Diverse Array of Consumer Audio Products
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    A Diverse Array of Consumer Audio Products

    Surprisingly, a range of audio products made their appearance at IFA. Companies like Plantronics showed off new headphones, like the Backbeat Sense, while others unveiled new home speaker technology, better ear buds and Web-connected tweeters. Audio technology may not get much attention any longer, but it's certainly making a splash at IFA.
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    7 - Too Many Televisions to Count
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    Too Many Televisions to Count

    Not surprisingly, some of the biggest TV makers in the world, including Samsung and LG, have lined their booths with televisions. While much of the talk is on their 4K capabilities and OLED technology, there's also a race among the firms to see who can build the thinnest TV out there. So far, LG appears to be in the lead, but things could change at CES when TV makers tend to bring the bigger guns out.
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    8 - 4K Video Is Here to Stay, Despite Lack of Content
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    4K Video Is Here to Stay, Despite Lack of Content

    At IFA, Samsung unveiled its first 4K Blu-ray player, which will likely lead to a long line of similar products from other companies hitting store shelves in the coming months. For now, there is little 4K content available. However, that is expected to change in the coming months, making the Samsung Blu-ray player all the more attractive.
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    9 - Not Just About Windows and Android at IFA
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    Not Just About Windows and Android at IFA

    In addition to talking about television technology at IFA, Samsung and LG showed that there is a world beyond Windows and Android. Samsung's Tizen is running on the company's Gear S2 smartwatch, and LG announced that its own TV operating system WebOS is getting a free upgrade. Expect to hear more about Tizen and WebOS into 2016 as they get added to more of the companies' products.
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    10 - Modular Computers Find a Home
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    Modular Computers Find a Home

    Acer made the somewhat surprising announcement at IFA that it's getting into the modularity game with the Revo Build Series. The technology will allow users to build a stack computer—like stacking Legos with modules containing a different component. The ability to mix and match the components will attract enthusiasts.
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    11 - Making Your Dumb Home Smart
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    Making Your Dumb Home Smart

    Samsung was arguably the most active participant, though other companies joined it in announcing a wide range of smart home improvements. Samsung announced an update to its Smart Things smart home central hub, as well as a crowd of connected devices. Other firms, including some startups, also announced devices that will turn dumb products smart. It's nice to see the industry fully embracing the smart home craze.
 

Although it may be far from Las Vegas, the home of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), IFA, held in Berlin, is the CES of the late summer. Each year, some of the technology industry's top companies go to Berlin to show off their latest products and discuss the things they plan to be working on in the coming year. Increasingly, mobile product manufacturers have been making IFA the place to introduce new smartphones, tablets and wearables in advance of the holiday shopping season. This has helped the show grow in recent years as tech companies introduce at least part of their product lineups for the coming year at one of Europe's largest consumer electronic shows. It's also a good place to follow the leading technology trends for the coming year. From modular PCs to the diverse array of smartwatches and other wearables, the next iteration of the technology industry's evolution shows a bit of the old and a bit of the new at IFA. Read on to learn more about some of the trends we're seeing at IFA 2015 in Berlin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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