Welcome, everyone! Stephen Shankland is getting settled at the event in Berlin. Today promises to be packed with surprises, so you're in the right place for commentary, analysis, and the general blow by blow.
Right now, the live stream features a bunch of Samsung ads. My favorite oddball one is the James Franco bit, which he apparently also directed. Did anyone else see that?
The event space looks packed. I'm hoping for a sweep shot of Stephen Shankland, but just crowd shots so far.
@mibf It's unlikely they'll announce a U.S. carrier at a Berlin-based show...though stranger things have happened.
@DocWllk Today you get us. You'll just have to imagine our voices in your head : )
@DocWllk: Yes, and just to let you know, my voice sounds like I'm perpetually screaming.
@E Stephen Shankland is there, and is presumably still getting settled in. I hope he pops on to tell us himself!
Oh wait, never mind. Here we go... in three minutes!
@HeuzeJerome Absolutely! Stephen is a whiz with a lens.
@Jeff Abramo I'm sure Samsung would love to blanket the U.S. in its "phablet." Let's take a vote: who likes the word "phablet"?
I dig it, but then again, I'm a sucker for portmanteaus
Also sounds like a "fabulous" "tablet."
@ajac09 That'll be a good one for CNET's rumor show. Have you seen? DO. It's hilarious.
Alright, the gang's almost all here. Let's get these announcements flowing!
This ambient muzak Samsung is playing is really lulling me to a deep sleep...
Either that or it makes me want to do yoga.
@Sabita Maitra They have a lot of promise. We'll need to see if the Samsung ATIV S delivers. See the link above for specs!
Kent whispers to me: I feel like I'm in a nursery with this music. Tee hee!
It's like Disney's Fantasia... but for phones.
@Lynn La Oh man, I love Fantasia.
If you're NOT watching the live stream, Samsung is starting with a promo video about how 5 people re-created Berlin with the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Which makes sense, because one of the biggest premises of the Note series is the creativity and drawing apps.
David Goldrake is the emcee, and here we go with a presentation that feels like an awards show...or a magic show.