Oversized curved TVs and more at CES 2014LG is bringing WebOS back, Samsung has a secret tablet, and both companies are showing off 105-inch televisions. Get a preview of some of the tech we could see at the Consumer Electronics Show.
'Tis the season to talk about CES. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. As the year comes to an end, I'm sure you're only thinking about holiday plans and New Year's parties. But here at CNET, we're gearing up for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and our coverage kicks off shortly after the New Year on January 5th. A few companies are now teasing big announcements. In the world of televisions, LG and Samsung will be showing off huge 105-inch curved TVs. Both models will display 11 million pixels. It's madness, but that's CES. Every TV maker tries to outdo the other with specs, but most folks won't be buying anything like that for their living rooms. As for the curved display, we started seeing that technology this year where the screen bends slightly in a fixed position. Remember Palm smartphones and the operating system known as WebOS? Well, Palm may be dead, but LG is using the operating system in new smart televisions that will be on display on the show. Earlier this year, LG bought the rights to WebOS from HP, which acquired Palm a few years ago. LG isn't bundling the operating system with more mobile devices. Instead, it's just using it for smart TVs that can stream media and use various apps. In the world of tablets, Samsung could show off a large 10.5-inch tablet. A Korean news report points at details in a Samsung shipping manifest. That could be a new tablet, perhaps the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Samsung may hint at this during CES, or it may save it for its own event. As for smartphones, we're expecting screens to grow in size. Since last CES, we've seen seven note-worthy smartphones launched with screens that are larger than five inches. And resolutions will also improve to go along with those larger screens. Perhaps more important than size, will be the software tricks like smarter hands-free controls. We may hear more auto makers integrating things like Siri's voice assistant. Apple's iPhone 5S was the first phone to have the 64-bit processor and other mobile devices could follow because 64-bit could boost your gaming and video editing experience. We may hear some news about mobile plans. T-Mobile is teasing that it will have a big announcement to make soon. It could be announced at the show. T-Mobile has been on a roll lately, unveiling new ways to charge customers by ending contracts and switching up plans. That's your Tech News Update. The show will be on break during the holidays, but I'll be back soon with fresh episodes to keep you posted on the latest news from the Consumer Electronics Show. You can find more details at CNET.com/update and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.