Gearomat hacks a vending machine with a 7" Tablet touch screen to process the orders through a web shop.
Here's my 21-minute highlights video of the Windows 8 on ARM "Consumer Preview" event keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
After the presentation, I was able to ask a few questions to Steven Synofsky and Michael Anguilo, here are some of those replies that I got:
- Desktop apps on Windows Store and Windows Store for ARM: They’ll clarify it to my email later. Steve Synofsky says it’s clear in the blog post. Windows Store is for Metro apps but there is a “parallel thing” (paraphrasing) for Desktop apps, the whole Third Party Desktop Apps for Windows 8 are not to be previewed on the Consumer Preview release yet.
- Multi-booting other OS when secure boot is in use. Steve Synofsky says that is up to the OEM. Secure Boot is a feature Microsoft provides as an option. The whole point of Secure Boot is that people cannot just “boot stuff from their garage”. But he did not seem to dismiss that OEMs can dual-boot for example Android or Ubuntu on the same device.
He didn’t say if Microsoft plans to do backroom deals with manufacturers to force them only to load Windows 8 and nothing else on devices or not, I guess not, but you never know… Maybe they do not apply “rebates” for OEMs that make things a bit “too open”, does that make any sense?
- Windows 8 remains just TI, Qualcomm, Nvidia business for now on ARM, as with Windows Phone, Microsoft limits the number of ARM Partners that can fully hardware accelerate their software platform for now. I think a lot of the other ARM chip providers are in discussions with Microsoft to see when they can also support their software. My guess is Microsoft wants a very high performance for the first supported ARM SoCs, that is why it only is being demonstrated on TI OMAP4470, Nvidia Tegra3 and Qualcomm Krait MSM8960 for now.
If I do get in contact with someone from Microsoft over email to get clarifications for Windows on ARM, please let me know in the comments what type of questions remain to be answered.
This is the new high-end quad-core LG smartphone.
Fujitsu is showing some of their latest Android smartphone designs, here's their new Quad-core Tegra3 based smartphone.
ZTE is serious about high-end. Here's their new Tegra3 phone and also a mysterious phone codenamed PF112 with a yet unannounced Quad-core processor. If you know which Quad-core ZTE's PF112 is using, please post it in the comments.
Possibly the cheapest Tegra2 phone in ZTE Mimosa X and a likely affordable MSM7227A ARM Cortex-A5 device in the ZTE Acqua.
4.7" 720p Super LCD 2, Tegra3 1.5Ghz Quad-core.
There has been false rumors going around the web for the past 2-3 months, spread by Mary-Jo Foley of ZDnet and Paul Thurrot of winsupersite.com, that somehow Windows 8 on ARM wouldn't be getting Desktop mode and full Desktop apps. Those rumors are wrong. In the following video, Microsoft demonstrates (again) how Windows 8 on ARM is going to come with a full Desktop mode with full Desktop apps such as Internet Explorer and Office.
The question of course is how does Microsoft plan to support more Desktop apps on ARM. For example, can we install a full Chrome browser on Windows 8 on ARM, how about apps like Photoshop and Ulead video studio? I expect Microsoft to have support for some recompiled desktop ARM apps in Windows store and support for PC over IP remote desktop for some x86 apps that can work smoothly over remote desktop which I expect Windows Azure to host as a cloud service.
To simplify compatibility, Microsoft is promoting the new Metro style HTML5 based apps system. Sure enough, Metro style apps all work on ARM and x86. But I am also sure that Microsoft carefully plans to also allow recompiled desktop apps on Windows 8 on ARM, they will for sure provide recompilation tools, specifications for use on PCoIP protocols, even partly use some parts of emulation and an ARM based Virtualization hypervisor.
- Microsoft provides details on Windows 8 on ARM (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- ARM-powered Windows 8 devices will likely support desktop apps (bgr.com)
- Windows 8 will debut on ARM tablets at launch (news.cnet.com)
- Windows 8 on ARM: The Desktop Plot Thickens (pcworld.com)
- Windows 8 on ARM should keep traditional desktop (electronista.com)
- Door Open to Windows 8 Desktop Apps on ARM (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Updated: Windows 8 tablets: what you need to know (techradar.com)
- Windows 8 on ARM: The desktop is still there - ZDNet (blog) (zdnet.com)
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Event Set for Feb. 29 (mashable.com)
- Desktop apps may run on Win8 for ARM after all... maybe (engadget.com)
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview to debut at Mobile World Congress (intomobile.com)
- Windows 8 ARM version may still include a desktop mode (slashgear.com)
- Windows 8 ARM edition will include Office 15 and desktop mode (theverge.com)
Here's the worlds most powerful ARM Powered Laptop.
Acer shows this prototype of the Tegra3 Powered Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with an insane 1920x1200 10.1" capacitive screen, wow resolutions are increasing fast and the new high-end ARM Processors like Tegra3 can run ICS on it smoothly.
- Acer Iconia Tab A700/A701 Full HD Tegra 3 tablet revealed (slashgear.com)
- Quad-core Acer Iconia Tab A700 Android tablet shows up in photos, should debut at CES 2012 (unwiredview.com)
- Acer Iconia Tab A700 leaks boasting a 1920×1200 resolution display (mobigyaan.com)
- Acer Iconia Tab A700 with Ice Cream Sandwich slated for launch at CES 2012 (intomobile.com)