Annually within the lifetime of a tech journalist is punctuated by a number of main occasions that occur all around the world. We’re normally fortunate sufficient to journey to most of those occasions, bringing you your first seems to be in any respect the brand new merchandise and options that you just wish to find out about as quickly as they’re launched. A few of these occasions are gigantic commerce exhibits with a whole lot of taking part manufacturers unfold out throughout total cities, that occur over the course of every week. Some are particular person model occasions at arena-sized venues, with hundreds of followers in attendance. Some are a lot quieter round-table or one-on-one periods with senior people from corporations’ advertising and marketing and product groups.
Here is a fast information to the place you possibly can count on us to be in 2019 as we chase each new launch that is value bringing to you.
Commerce exhibits: CES, MWC, Computex, and IFA
The yr begins with a bang in Las Vegas with the annual CES shopper electronics present. This occasion sees a whole lot of hundreds of individuals descend into Sin Metropolis within the bitter winter to see what each main model from Samsung to Microsoft to Netflix goes to be pushing within the new yr. Many large corporations host splashy occasions the place they hope to outshine their rivals — and in true Vegas trend, every thing is excessive. CES is a good way to gauge how the remainder of the yr will go.
There are additionally a whole lot of corporations, particularly professional audiophile and VR or content material builders internet hosting non-public demos and conferences in resort suites up and down the well-known Las Vegas strip. In amongst all of the din, a whole lot of brand-new startups vie for consideration. CES is finest identified for big TVs and home equipment, however there’s additionally robotics, IoT, child merchandise, wearables, residence automation, professional audio, AR and VR, drones, gaming, automobiles, apps, safety options, B2B tech, and far, way more.
CES 2019 dates: January 6-12, 2019
In direction of the tip of February or early March, our consideration is targeting the smartphone area and our Schengen visas are renewed as we head to Barcelona for MWC. That is the place we get our arms on the newest flagships from Samsung, LG, Nokia, Huawei, Asus, Sony, and others, although not all of them make an look yearly. We get to see what Qualcomm, MediaTek, Intel, and Google are as much as. A number of smaller gamers are there, together with Indian corporations and corporations that have not but launched in India.
MWC is a present for the whole telecommunications trade together with service operators, backhaul gear producers, and authorities our bodies. MWC 2019 goes to be an particularly huge occasion as a result of 5G shall be on everybody’s minds, and corporations have been working in the direction of making their large 5G bulletins there. We would have a number of jaw-dropping demonstrations to carry to you in only a few months.
MWC 2019 dates: February 25-28, 2019
After a slight pause, we brush up our Mandarin and head to Taipei for Computex, the world’s greatest PC and manufacturing present, held proper within the coronary heart of the manufacturing trade. We get to spend time with Asus – normally in a number of periods for every of its big divisions — Gigabyte, MSI, ECS, ASRock, Cooler Grasp, Corsair, Antec, Adata, Transcend, G.talent, and a great deal of different worldwide manufacturers. After all Intel, AMD, Qualcomm and others are readily available, not solely to point out off their merchandise however to reveal their shut ties with Chinese language and Taiwanese corporations. This present has declined considerably together with the PC trade as a complete however we nonetheless get to see a variety of model new high-end gear — and generally a shock or two from small Chinese language components suppliers.
Computex 2019 dates: Might 27 – June 1, 2019
When fall rolls round, it is time to head again to Europe for IFA, the area’s greatest electronics present. That is an exhibition of epic proportions, and whereas total hangar-sized rooms are devoted to kitchen gear and residential home equipment, there are a great deal of TVs, smartphones, laptops, wearables, and linked gadgets to see. With IoT, voice assistants and sensible gadgets going mainstream, IFA has managed to place itself as the right venue for shopper tech. Its timing proper earlier than the Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation procuring season additionally brings manufacturers the world’s greatest manufacturers in to carry main launches.
IFA 2019 dates: September 6-11, 2019
In between, we’d have the pleasure of stopping by GDC in San Francisco or E3 in Los Angeles, the place the leisure and video video games industries collect to point out off their newest , software program and providers. Sadly the PC-centric CeBIT commerce present in Hannover has been cancelled this yr after struggling for some time. Nearer to residence, the COM-IT expo in Mumbai and India Cell Congress in New Delhi carry worldwide and native gamers proper to our doorsteps.
GDC 2019 dates: March 18-22, 2019
E3 2019 dates: June 11-13, 2019
Firm conferences: Google IO, Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, Microsoft Construct, Apple WWDC, and extra
Commerce exhibits is likely to be the tentpoles of the yr, however not all corporations wish to work to that schedule. A number of corporations now maintain their very own conferences, boards and summits, in order that they’ll dominate our consideration and take a little bit extra time to reveal and focus on their work. Our consideration is on one or two large keynotes the place main new merchandise, working methods, apps and methods are normally introduced, however the motion continues for a number of days of personal periods and alternatives to mingle.
Apple holds its software-focused WWDC occasion each June, internet hosting a whole lot of builders and college students for a number of days. We get to listen to about upcoming variations of macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS, plus the occasional product teaser or launch. Google has been holding its personal I/O convention for a few years now, additionally in Might/ June. We will count on main revelations about every upcoming Android launch together with a normal thought of the corporate’s priorities and technique round issues like voice interplay and well being. Microsoft’s Construct convention — normally round Might/ June as effectively — does contact upon Home windows, Workplace, Floor gadgets and gaming, nevertheless it’s primarily for software program builders.
In December, Qualcomm hosts its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in sunny Hawaii. Over the previous few years, this has been the venue for main Snapdragon flagship SoC bulletins, which is ideal timing for brand new chips to point out up in flagship smartphones at MWC. We have additionally seen necessary demos of 5G and different know-how that may set the tone for smartphones and different gadgets within the coming yr.
Sadly, Intel’s annual Developer Discussion board has been suspended after a few years. Fb, VMWare, Oracle, Salesforce, Nvidia, Adobe, and Amazon are only a few of the opposite corporations that host their very own annual (or semi-regular) conferences. These normally goal builders and trade professionals, however data that impacts shopper merchandise may come out as effectively. Now we have our eyes and ears on these, bringing you all of the information that issues.
Standalone product occasions
Many corporations keep away from commerce exhibits and like to do their very own issues at their very own comfort. The most important title right here is after all Apple, which hosts 4 or extra occasions for the media annually, both at its personal model new Steve Jobs Theatre or elsewhere to swimsuit a selected theme. We will count on a giant iPhone reveal round September annually, plus extra occasions sprinkled all year long for brand new iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and possibly even model new merchandise —for instance, a brand new video streaming service is rumoured to launch in 2019.
Google has been internet hosting a hardware-centric occasion for its Pixel telephones, Residence sensible gadgets and ChromeOS laptops and tablets for the previous few years, additionally normally later within the yr. OnePlus will sometimes maintain stadium-sized occasions twice a yr for its large telephone launches, and we are able to count on India to stay a key market with simultaneous (or barely delayed) occasions held right here in parallel to worldwide ones.
A number of worldwide corporations together with Lenovo, Acer, Huawei, and Xiaomi will invite worldwide media to China or Europe for his or her main launch occasions. We get to see telephones, laptops, equipment and extra that may take time to launch globally, in addition to check out merchandise that are not going to launch in India in any respect. Samsung normally hosts two main occasions for its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Notice fashions, with the previous normally coinciding with MWC. There are additionally smaller occasions held all over the world for the launch of non-flagship fashions, a lot of that are equally necessary.
Intel and AMD now each desire small gatherings of targeted tech media after they announce new CPUs and GPUs or different associated merchandise. These periods enable us to ask questions that mainstream media aren’t involved about and focus on issues like benchmarking and evaluations.
If all that does not sound exhausting sufficient, there are occasions in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and lots of different Indian cities just about each single week. It is turning into more and more widespread for corporations to carry global-scale occasions right here, permitting us to be the primary to see and really feel new merchandise whereas the remainder of the world both flies in or seems to be on.
There is no scarcity of corporations to cowl and merchandise to get our arms on. Do keep tuned to Devices 360 to know when and the place precisely every occasion is occurring. You may watch livestreams, comply with together with our dwell tweets and protection, take a look at our hands-on first impressions tales and movies of main new merchandise, and naturally learn all the small print as quickly as they’re introduced.
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