Networked Globe Briefs – 8 January 2014

With the second day of the CES International show underway in Las Vegas, much of the focus was on the connected automobile with a number of announcements around the new range of Audi vehicles equipped with Android tablets.

Other IoT announcements at the CES came from Netherlands vendor Gemalto and Chinese powerhouse Huawei.

Huawei release new range of 4G devices

Chinese device manufacture Huawei launched a refreshed range of 4G LTE devices at the CES show.

As part of the announcement, Huawei announced the Ascend Mate2 4G handset along with an Automobile option and a SIM card size wireless 4G modem that echoes Intel’s Edison computer announced yesterday.

Audi showcase in-car Android device

The automotive focus of CES continued with Audi unveiling their new Smart Display, a 10.2-inch Android tablet mounted in its latest A3 model sedans.

Like many of the other in-car devices, Audi’s Smart Display is designed as a central control unit for entertainment, navigation and cabin controls.

AT&T to provide connectivity for Audi

In conjunction with Audi’s Smart Display announcement, AT&T announced they will providing connectivity for the in car units.

The connectivity will allow the Smart Display to use Google Maps and Street View on the Android based units. AT&T’s announcement didn’t cover roaming provisions for drivers taking their cars into Canada or Mexico.

Gemalto launches a new range of modules

Another CES announcement was from vendor Gemalto with their new range of Qualcomm based devices running Java ME8 software.

The new products are intended for applications ranging from medical devices, automobiles and smart meters to shipping containers, home appliances and alarm systems.

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Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.