Liveblog: Verizon Keynote at #CES2011

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There is plenty of optimism and speculation as to what we’re going to see today. The big topic is likely to be LTE, specifically upcoming LTE smartphones that will debut on Verizon’s new 4G network through 2011. Though many other things have been stated. On the note of a Verizon iPhone — don’t expect it. With that out of the way, we’re currently standing in line waiting to get in. The Verizon keynote officially kicks off at 8:30am (PST)/11:30am (EST). Hop inside for the show!


1:06:46

Ivan is wrapping up with lots of uninteresting talk about IT, networking, and other web related topics. Look for our recap within the hour.

1:05:28

And McAdams hands it back off to Ivan for the closing

1:04:06

60 companies represented in Verizon’s booth.

1:03:49

LiveEdge: Broadcast solutions piggy backing off of LTE for a fraction of the cost of traditional mobile broadcasting solutions

1:02:28

Talking about LTE again

1:00:51

McAdams back on.

12:59:54

Mass hand shaking going on between Verizon, Time Warner, Motorola, and Google reps on stage.

12:58:57

Gtalk video chat on honeycomb being demoed. Pretty quick. A little pixelated, but decent. As good as FaceTime? Not quite.

12:57:20

Next up: Google ebooks. “Literary telepathy” Page turning is really smooth.

12:56:19

Youtube on Honeycomb has a dark, sleek look.

12:55:25

Dungeon Defenders looks awesome on Honeycomb/tablet

12:54:21

Notification system re-worked for Honeycomb. More intuitive. Carry more information. Looks kind of like a version of Growl.

12:53:29

“Google Maps 5.0 awesome on smartphones, but it’s even better on tablets.”

12:52:34

New Gmail app in Honeycomb very iOS/iPad-ish. Still, looks nice.

12:52:10

Bookmark sync and incognito mode now included in Honeycomb

12:51:42

“Tabs on the top of the screen as nature intended”

12:51:05

on-screen dragging of widgets still looks slightly delayed/laggy.

12:49:51

Even though we’ve already seen many times, Honeycomb, especially on the XOOM, is mighty nice to look at.

12:49:11

Cleron: highlights Honeycombs removal of hardware buttons and relying on on-screen controls.

12:47:56

Principal Engineer of Android, Mike Cleron out on stage talking about Android Honeycomb

12:46:38

Motorola XOOOM coming in February. Being “upgraded” to 4G later in year. Droid Bionic coming in Q2 as well. Also “4G upgradable”

12:45:17

XOOM tablet demo video…

12:44:24

Motorola XOOM “re-unveiled”

12:43:54

Jha: Droid Bionic + Verizon LTE = “The end of waiting”

12:43:30

Droid Bionic in hand.

12:42:48

Jha: “Fastest growing mobile platform (Android)”

12:42:20

Droid line joint effort between Google, Moto, and Verizon

12:41:37

Jeff is done. Now in the limelight is Lowell McAdams once again accompanied by Motorola Mobility’s Sanjay jha

12:40:24

Ivan: Take Time Warners content and software layers and overlay security and protection while keeping things simple. (Does such a thing exist?)

12:38:39

Jeff: How do we make it simple. Answer: open stream not hobbled by hardware or software locks.

12:37:54

Jeff: Likes Verizon’s Flex View for its simplicity and potential

12:37:19

(thank you)

12:36:54

(To the person with an annoyingly loud beeping gadget behind me — turn it the hell off!)

12:36:23

*video content

12:36:12

Jeff: Discussing the complexities of getting video contend — SD, HD, 3D — to various devices and households around the country.

12:34:47

“Anywhere, Anytime”

12:34:34

“What what you love”

12:33:59

The Hangover cast on screen…

12:33:15

Blitzer and “the blitzer” dance move. It cannot be unseen…

12:32:20

Video with some famous people — Conan, TNT half time report, Date Night, and more.

12:31:15

“People can watch what they want on any screen more than they ever could before”. (as long as you’re well versed in cracking various failed attempts of DRM and other net nanny controls — i agree)

12:29:12

Jeff is talking about programming explosion and vitality moving from TV to every other screen that we have.

12:27:47

Chairman and CEO of Time Warner, Jeffery L. Bewkes, joins Ivan on stage

12:26:30

Media is the first topic. Video, time shifting, consumer control, etc.

12:26:01

Lowell hands it back over to Ivan.

12:24:36

“Super fast LTE, FiOS, and new exciting devices combine to create environment more powerful than anything we’ve seen to date”

12:23:25

McAdams is comparing video download speeds of traditional cable vs their FiOS 150Mb tier. 4-1/2 minutes for a full HD video download.

12:22:36

FiOS and 3D content + 150Mb broadband tier mentioned.

12:21:20

100 Gigabits per second via fiber coming to more people in the years ahead.

12:19:15

More LTE devices being unveiled at Verizon’s press conference later today.

12:18:37

Takling up the high points of LTE — halved latency over 3G technologies and faster speeds to a factor of 10x

12:17:46

LTE/4G will blanket the country within 3 years.

12:17:23

McAdams is focusing on Verizon’s LTE 4G technology.

12:16:15

Lowell McAdam, President and COO of Verizon now out on stage.

12:15:34

“Time to turn the wheel again”

12:15:09

Ivan is recapping VZW’s network and broadband in general over the last decade.

12:13:06

2 billion wireless and 5 billion internet users worldwide

12:11:53

Ivan tells everyone to turn their wireless devices back on — directly against the CEA’s earlier wishes. Snap!

12:10:45

Ivan Seidenberg is out!

12:08:54

Intro video…

12:08:31

A little boasting of Ivan’s past endevers

12:07:17

Finally getting to the topic of Verizon. Ivan should be out any minute…

12:06:43

U.S. slaes of consumer electronics to grow 3.5% and total 6 billion

12:05:22

Las Vegas Convention Center being renamed “Las Vegas World Trade Center”.

12:04:18

CE Tech event in summer 2011

12:02:26

A new candy by Reeses being showcased at CES. “Shaking it up”

12:00:49

Gary: “2013 will see 30 million internet connected TVs sold.” Woreldwide numbers: 185 million

11:59:31

Gary gives us another shameless plug for his own book, but quickly follows with a joke. Nicely played.

11:58:30

“The Comeback” — Innovation-Movement.com

11:56:28

Short video: “The Innovation Movement”

11:55:30

Gary has some sharp words for companies squatting on wireless spectrum that is currently going unused or being under utilized. Cable companies: are you listening?

11:54:29

Moving on to wireless broadband, spectrum, and FCC

11:50:43

Gary is going over technology and the economy as a whole. Keeps hitting “innovation”

11:47:52

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of CEA is out.

11:45:45

Intro video doing its thing.

11:44:57


That’s more like it. Lights dimmed, music getting louder, and VZW’s branding replacing the default CEA garb. Should be getting started any minute now.

11:35:19

5 minutes late and counting.

11:32:24

Announcement: “Program will begin shortly”

11:21:49

People still filtering in as some trippy, trancey music plays over the sound system.

11:08:04


Front and center, 3 rows back. 23 minutes to go.

10:48:13

Should be getting into the room shortly.

10:12:49

If you’re attending the keynote, stop by our small plot in line and say hi. We’re deprived of sleep and high on coffee.

10:12:09

The great wait of January 6th 2011…

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  • January 6, 2011 10:10 am
  • by: Mike
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