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CES 2019 Liveblog: Samsung Electronics Media Days News Conference

Meg Cannistra

Meg Cannistra


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Samsung Update 28

Monday, January 7th, 3:11 p.m.

Pretty conservative showings at Samsung’s conference, but what can you expect from such a big brand? Still making the case for smart home devices and some fancy new TVs and laptops. The biggest news was Samsung Bot Care, but even that felt typical.

Samsung Update 27

Monday, January 7th, 2:58 p.m.

Another photo of Samsung Bot Care.

Samsung Update 26

Monday, January 7th, 2:57 p.m.

Breaking announcement: Samsung’s harnessing hardware, software, and AI to better our daily lives. Introducing: Samsung Bot Care, Samsung Bot Air, Samsung Bot Retail, and Samsung Gems.

Samsung Bot Care is currently on the stage and it’s a literal robot. An “AI companion” that checks your vital signs, like blood pressure, heart rate, and sleep cycles. It can also deliver daily health reviews and suggest diet and exercise regimes to keep you healthy. This could revolutionize home health care.

As far as robots go, Samsung Bot Care is pretty adorable…

Samsung Update 24

Monday, January 7th, 2:52 p.m.

Jim Elliot, Senior VP Samsung Semiconductor: “By 2021, more data processed at the edge than a centralized data center.”

On-device AI solutions will let you leverage AI without an internet connection.

Samsung Update 23

Monday, January 7th, 2:46 p.m.

Photos of the Notebook 9 Pro.

Samsung Update 22

Monday, January 7th, 2:44 p.m.

Breaking announcement: Notebook Odyssey will let you “game on the go without compromising on performance.” We’re excited about this one and will try to get a hands-on demo of it tomorrow on the show floor.

Samsung Update 21

Monday, January 7th, 2:43 p.m.

Alanna Cotton, Senior VP, takes the stage to talk about the new norm for how we work.

Breaking announcement: The Notebook 9 Pro. Designed for the next generation workforce.

Comes with 8 GB Ram, 256 GB Storage, and a pen so you can draw directly on the display.

Introducing the Notebook 9 pen to “help you reach your true creative potential.”

Samsung Update 20

Monday, January 7th, 2:39 p.m.

Bixby is becoming a lot more intelligent. It can read recipes for you and set your Samsung smart oven to 350 degrees via voice commands. The Family Hub serves as the central hub in your home and will also alert you when your laundry is done.

Bixby will even suggest how to wash certain articles of clothing, including grease-stained jeans. We could very well see Bixby becoming the voice assistant for busy households.

Samsung Update 19

Monday, January 7th, 2:36 p.m.

We’re getting a closer look at how to use Family Board on the Family Hub Fridge. Looks similar to a tablet on the front of your fridge. Easy to move pictures, notes, and emojis around with the touch of your finger.

Samsung Update 18

Monday, January 7th, 2:33 p.m.

Samsung introducing Family Board on the Family Hub Refrigerator, a new way to leave messages, notes, and share music for family members in your home. Bixby’s new capabilities will also make it easier to interact with smart devices through your home.

Samsung Update 17

Monday, January 7th, 2:31 p.m.

John Herrington, Senior VP, talks about smart appliances and devices across the home. Samsung’s redesigning the Family Hub Refrigerator screen experience to help “cut through the friction and give you more time to do what you love.”

Samsung Update 16

Monday, January 7th, 2:29 p.m.

Is Bixby Samsung’s answer to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa? Could be. A voice assistant is the one thing missing from the Samsung SmartThings hub. Bixby could push Samsung ahead of the competition, but is it too late?

Samsung Update 15

Monday, January 7th, 2:27 p.m.

Bixby can tell you what’s on TV tonight and give you program details with voice commands. Do we really need to use voice commands to find something to watch on TV? Jury’s still out.

Samsung Update 14

Monday, January 7th, 2:24 p.m.

More AI and deep learning. Bixby will help you find new shows to watch by learning what you like and making suggestions. This goes along with breaking news from other brands today. Samsung QLED TVs will work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so you can control your TV via voice commands.

Samsung Update 13

Monday, January 7th, 2:23 p.m.

Samsung’s will offer exclusive 8K content on their QLED TVs starting this spring.

Samsung Update 12

Monday, January 7th, 2:22 p.m.

Breaking announcement: Select Samsung QLED 8K TVs are now available today for pre-order in the US.

Samsung Update 11

Monday, January 7th, 2:21 p.m.

BA Winston, Head of Video Playback Technology, comes to the stage to talk about Amazon video and how the company is creating stunning content that is developed to look good on high resolution TVs. Amazon’s partnering with Samsung to bring great content to people globally. “Samsung TVs offer an incredible Amazon Prime viewing experience.”

Samsung Update 10

Monday, January 7th, 2:19 p.m.

Breaking announcement: Das introduced 98-inch QLED 8K TV. “With quantum dot tech and direct array local dimming, this TV can deliver impeccable color and an experience other TVs can’t.”

Samsung Update 9

Monday, January 7th, 2:17 p.m.

Das says Samsung’s micro-LED technology is “redefining the TV” and offers a distinctive modular design, wide-screen panel display, and immersive viewing. The screen can be personalized to your space — interesting development after LG’s rollable TV announcement this morning. Emerging trend: aesthetically pleasing TVs.

Samsung Update 8

Monday, January 7th, 2:15 p.m.

Senior VP Dave Das comes to the stage to announce some TV developments. We already got the Apple announcement. What else do they have up their sleeves?

Samsung Update 7

Monday, January 7th, 2:14 p.m.

“In 2019, Samsung’s bringing AI to more devices and taking technology to the next level.” -Lee

Samsung Update 6

Monday, January 7th, 2:13 p.m.

Kim welcomes Yoon Lee, Senior VP, onto the stage to walk us through some of Samsung’s breaking products and platforms. Lee: “Over 70% of American homes have at least one Samsung device. More than a quarter of those homes have at least three Samsung devices.”

Samsung Update 5

Monday, January 7th, 2:10 p.m.

Kim: “AI is integral to our vision of the future.”

Samsung’s three core principals for AI:

1. Fairness
2. Accountability
3. Transparency

They stress the importance of consumer privacy and ensuring users know how their data will be used. Curious to see how this plays out.

Kim introduces Bixby, Samsung’s newest AI platform. Partnering with Uber, Google, and YouTube.

Samsung Update 4

Monday, January 7th, 2:07 p.m.

Samsung is running 5G trials with partners in Europe and Asia.

Samsung Update 3

Monday, January 7th, 2:05 p.m.

Kim kicks off by talking about IoT and 5G. 5G will impact how we live, work, and play starting in 2019.

Samsung Update 2

Monday, January 7th, 2:02 p.m.

President and CEO of Samsung Electronics, HS Kim takes the stage to roaring applause.

Samsung Update 1

Monday, January 7th, 1:59 p.m.

FINALLY got inside the Samsung conference. The line was long and the place is huge. Things are about to get wild.

Join us from 2:00-2:45PM PST as we cover the latest announcements from Samsung’s CES 2019 news conference.

The electronics behemoth has already surprised us with its Apple iTunes partnership over the weekend and it always puts on a big show. Expect some high-tech appliances and some fancy, fancy televisions. What else does Samsung have in store for 2019 and beyond? Follow along with us!

Check out all the latest CES 2019 news here.

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