Samsung 2015 CES press conference | CNET

Samsung 2015 CES press conference

The Korean electronics giant will show off its newest TVs, home appliances and other gadgets.

  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:25:11 PM
    Stinziano: We are taking our cues from contemporary art and architecture. You'll see many modernist and minimalist touches.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:25:39 PM
    Live blogging from a touchscreen phone is no fun. Eep
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:25:43 PM
    OK, design guy on stage.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:26:04 PM
    Yves Behar, a famous designer, is on stage.
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:26:24 PM
    Time for a video!
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:26:46 PM
    Right now we're looking at a curved 21:9 TV
  • Kent German 1/5/2015 10:26:48 PM
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:27:07 PM
    Behar: We designed the new Samsung TV around a thin, curved blade.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:27:27 PM
    Behar: We thought, what's the best way to display the sculpture. Paintings used to be on easels and walls, but sculptures are elevated.
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:27:29 PM
    Yves likens the TV, the S9W, to a piece of fine craftsmanship.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:28:02 PM
    Behar: Provides amazing sound as well. It's a design that enhances technology to an art form. I hope you like it.
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:28:15 PM
    Now transitioning to Tizen.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:28:19 PM
    Stinziano: Consumers want their TVs to look great, but they also want them to be smart.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:28:31 PM
    Wonjin Lee, EVP for Samsung's services business, takes the stage
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:28:50 PM
    The main criticism I had of Samsung's Smart TV interface is its complexity, especially compared to something like Roku TV.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:29:05 PM
    Lee: Samsung launched the world's first smart TV in 2008. Today smart TVs are standard and the number of connected TVs are soaring. Soon we won't be talking about smart TVs anymore. Soon all TVs will be smart TVs.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:29:27 PM
    Lee: From this year, all Samsung Smart TVs, including our SUHD will be powered by the Tizen operating system. Based on Web standards, which means it's faster and easier to use.
  • Kent German 1/5/2015 10:29:36 PM
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:29:42 PM
    They're promising a simpler interface with Tizen, and from what I've seen in early demos it is less overwhelming, and very responsive.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:29:45 PM
    Lee: Tizen is also the backbone of our 2015 Smart TV Hub. Upgraded the menu.
  • Shara Tibken 1/5/2015 10:29:58 PM
    Lee: Our new smart TV is great for modern homes. Samsung Quick Connect instantly links up devices to your TV.
  • James Martin 1/5/2015 10:30:12 PM
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  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:30:49 PM
    Ah, more distracting overlays to tell me the Knicks are terrible!
  • James Martin 1/5/2015 10:30:53 PM
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  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:31:50 PM
    I'm wondering if Tizen will also allow easier integration with SmartThings. A connected home operated through the TV seems pretty cool.
  • James Martin 1/5/2015 10:32:16 PM
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  • Michelle Meyers 1/5/2015 10:33:10 PM
    They're showing a video of a new Samsung Audio Lab.
  • James Martin 1/5/2015 10:33:39 PM
  • Michelle Meyers 1/5/2015 10:33:42 PM
    Just to let you all know, I'm now channeling Shara
  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:34:28 PM
    With that tripod stand it looks like the War of the Worlds speaker.
  • Michelle Meyers 1/5/2015 10:34:34 PM
    By putting Tizen in its TVs, Samsung may be able to do something it’s so far failed to accomplish with smartphones and smartwatches -- make Tizen mainstream. The software’s rocky road to market underscores the difficulties of creating a new mobile platform -- even for a company as large and influential as Samsung. The company ultimately wants Tizen to be the “OS of everything.”

    Two years after its first Tizen promises, no Tizen-powered phones have hit the market, and Samsung’s latest plans to release low-end Tizen phones in India by the end of 2014 didn’t happen as planned. It’s unclear when the first Tizen smartphone actually will be available or who will want to buy it when it does reach the market.
  • Michelle Meyers 1/5/2015 10:34:41 PM
    Tizen started as Samsung’s effort to distance itself from Google in smartphones. It also was a way for Samsung to better control the user interface on its devices and make money from advertising and services, such as apps, as device sales slow. The company started talking about the software in early 2013, with promises to release a phone shortly thereafter.

    Until now, the only devices that ran Tizen were a few of Samsung's smartwatches, including the latest Gear S watch, and some of its digital cameras. Along with TVs, the company is also working on Tizen-powered home appliances and cars. But none of those devices sell in as high numbers as Samsung’s TVs.
  • James Martin 1/5/2015 10:35:07 PM
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  • David Katzmaier 1/5/2015 10:36:09 PM
    Just noticed they tacked a tiny "4K" on the end of the SUHD logo. Just to be clear.
  • Michelle Meyers 1/5/2015 10:36:45 PM
    Stinziano: In 2014, we've had some great success. driven by technological advances. .. Now we're building on those advances.

    When it comes to audio, there are two critical factors. Sound quality and sound presence. We want to hear great sound everywhere in the room and across the home.

    Introducing the omnidirectional sound experience. These products deliver sound more like a light bulb, filling the room evenly. Ring radiator technology projects sound in all directions. Milk Music is coming to our family of wireless audio multiroom products.
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