5 of the Biggest Announcements from CES 2016

By on January 8, 2016 | 1:29 pm
CES 2016 biggest announcements
January 8, 2016 | 1:29 pm

This week, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada and while the event doesn’t officially end until tomorrow January 9, many of the major reveals have already happened. So, to help you stay up to date on tech goings on, we’ve put together this list of CES 2016’s biggest announcements.

1. Oculus Rift Price Announced

After much anticipation, the Oculus Rift price was revealed. Shipping to 20 countries when it launches on March 28, the virtual reality headset will set early adopters back by a massive $599.

While that may seem like a high price to pay (especially as Oculus Rift users also have to have a computer capable of running the tech), the price point has been especially controversial as the Oculus team previously said that they were aiming to sell the device for up to $400.

2. Huawei Mate 8 Price, Launch Countries Revealed

Also catching some flack for their product’s upcoming launch is Huawei with the Huawei Mate 8. The 4GB RAM / 64GB internal storage version of the Mate 8 device will be available for 699 Euros, though this is unsurprising given the handset’s 6-inch screen, octa-core processor and 16 megapixel and 8 megapixel cameras (rear and front-facing cameras, respectively.)

No, the issue is where the phone will launch as although Huawei outlines a handful of launch countries in this tweet, the United States, the country where these launch plans were revealed, is not among them.

3. Netflix Goes Global

One company that wants to launch in all countries, however, is Netflix, as the company used CES 2016 to reveal its plans to go global. On Wednesday, Netflix revealed that it will be launching in an additional 130 countries, making it available in almost every country apart from China.

Netflix also explained that the streaming service will mostly be available in English (though content will be supported by subtitles). Moreover, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified) are now supported, joining 17 other languages.

4. World’s First Passenger Drone Unveiled

There are lots of uses for drones: they can be used as research devices, they can deliver your groceries, and they can even be used for fun, but would you travel in one? At CES 2016, Chinese company Ehang Inc unveiled the world’s first passenger drone, the Ehang 184, with the helicopter-like device able to carry one person and a small backpack (100kg carry weight) and it can fly for 23 minutes at sea level.

It mat be some time until all of us are travelling in drones like these, but we could just be looking at the future of travel.

5. BlackBerry Is Going ‘All In’ on Android in 2016

And finally, BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed that in 2016, all of the BlackBerry smartphones launched this year will run Android. Given just how well (Android smartphone) the BlackBerry Priv has been performing, that’s good news for BlackBerry’s shareholders, but it’s also good news for Android users who want to use BlackBerry’s suite of security features without having to get used to a new operating system.

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