I spend a lot of time writing about mobile phones on this blog and was hoping to see something new, unique, or amazing at CES in this area. Unfortunately, CES 2008 was not the year of the mobile phone with nothing major announced IMHO. Back at CES 2006, Windows Mobile 5.0 was announced, but I think with the way the internet is so much a part of our lives today companies no longer have to wait for major shows like CES to announce products. There was quite a bit of news in the ultra portable/UMPC market that I'll talk about in another blog post with an image gallery.
There was some minor hardware news announced with Nokia announcing the Nokia N95 8GB North American version, Alltel announcing a Touch, and Verizon Wireless/HTC announcing the availability of the SMT5800 (I evaluated the Qwest version of this device back in October).
Other smartphones that were recently announced, such as the Nokia N82, Samsung Blackjack II, and OpenMoko Neo 1973, were highlighted by manufacturers on the show floor.
Some of the feature phones that were highlighted or announced were the Motorola ROKR E8, Motorola Z10, SE Z555, SE W760, SE W350, Samsung Juke, Samsung Blast, LG AX565, and LG Vu. There were probably many more feature phones, but nothing that really captured my full attention.
There was a bit of news on the mobile phone software front with Yahoo! releasing their Yahoo! Go 3.0 update.