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Prowave Android Tablet powered by Freescale

Posted by Charbax – February 16, 2010

This is a cool looking Android Tablet that has built-in 3G with a SIM card slot, webcam and runs a customized Android user interface powered by the Freescale i.MX515 processor. It is manufactured by a Chinese OEM in Shanghai called Prowave. I'm not sure what the screen size might be, post a comment if you find more information about this product. It's probably going to be much cheaper than the iPad, but this would have to be confirmed by the manufacturer or a distributor of this device. There is the Mastone brand on the device and behind it there seems to be this URL which may perhaps be the website of the Chinese distributor: http://mastone.cn/

ST Ericsson U8500 ARM Cortex A9 based solution

Posted by Charbax – February 16, 2010

ST Ericsson is showing their new U8500 ARM Cortex A9 processor and claims to have achieved the industry's best performance and power consumption.

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Flash support and Unreal Tournament on Nvidia Tegra 2

Posted by Charbax – February 15, 2010

Nvidia is demonstrating working Youtube 720p Flash 10.1 playback and smooth Unreal Tournament gameplay on the Tegra 2 development kit.

NEC EMMA Mobile EV ARM Cortex A9 evaluation board

Posted by Charbax – February 15, 2010

NEC is showing a new single core and dual core ARM Cortex A9 solution running Android.

Mentor Graphics at Texas Instruments showing 3D Android Home Replacement

Posted by Charbax – February 15, 2010

This is a pretty good looking 3D accelerated home replacement using Open GL ES 2.0 hardware acceleration for Android on Texas Instruments based devices.

Qualcomm Android Tablet Prototype

Posted by Charbax – February 15, 2010

Thunder Soft has customized a version of Android for this Qualcomm Snapdragon based Tablet prototype.

Marvell Pantheon 910 and 920 to help bring Android phone prices down below $100

Posted by Charbax – February 11, 2010

Marvell is releasing new processors Pantheon 910 and Pantheon 920 at Mobile World Congress, which they say, will help bring prices of Android phones down below $100 when they are sold unlocked.

Look forward to my video coverage at Mobile World Congress 2010 where I will be looking for cheap Android phones and technologies presented to achieve that goal.

source: electricpig.co.uk
via: phandroid.com

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ARM Powered OLPC XO laptops coming within a year

Posted by Charbax – February 8, 2010

When the OLPC project's XO laptops are used in schools, the results are transforming education around the world. It’s getting children excited about school. It’s getting attendance to increase by 100 percent, which it does in most places where OLPC has deployed laptops, where more girls go to school, where the truancy drops to zero, where children take laptops home and teach their parents how to use them.

The One Laptop Per Child engineers are working on an ARM Powered XO 1.75 laptop which is going to be released within a year from now. My guess is that they might be optimizing it for using the Marvell Armada 610 or 510 processor.

The OLPC's official power consumption target is 2W of power consumption. Though I wonder, is 2W of power consumption really the goal? Not even lower?

For example, the Pixel Qi screen is supposed to consume only 0.1W when backlight is turned off, once Pixel Qi has optimized refresh rates and other details which they have said they will be able to do over the next few months. The whole ARM Processor System on Chip should not consume nearly any power at all when nothing is moving on the screen, when the student for example is just reading an e-book. Then how low really can the power consumption go? Shouldn't 0.2W power consumption in offline e-reader mode be a realistic goal? Thus shouldn't the child get 100 minutes of use for 1 minute of cranking?

Since most of the children served by laptops from the OLPC project live off the grid, and may not get electricity for many years, getting the power consumption down on the laptops is one of OLPC's main engineering goals. This and lowering the cost of the laptops to below $100 per laptop are the main goals of the OLPC project.

I'd like to see all the major ARM Processor makers announce that they will support OLPC in that goal, so that the XO 1.75 may not only be based on the Marvell processor, but that other processors will be optimized for it as well. All ARM Powered laptops shall point towards the same goals in my opinion, also in terms of software optimizations. We need fast and smooth web browsers, have Google and everyone else focus on optimizing the web browsing speed using the Chrome browser. While having everyone focus on one OS for all ARM Powered laptops may be a good idea eventually, until we figure out which OS are the best for which use, having easy multi-boot menus work and utilizing a minimal of extra storage space to ship laptops with multiple choices of Linux OS such as shipping ARM Powered XO laptops with Fedora based Sugar OS, with a Gnome desktop alternative, and with eventually an alternative based on a combination of Android and Chrome OS may be the best solution.

Free wireless broadband is also a priority. Sure a combination of existing cellular, ADSL, Fiber and WiFi Mesh networks of the OLPC project can already achieve a lot. But perhaps the generalization of use of 700mhz spectrum for wireless broadband all around the world will help lower the cost of deploying ubiquituous wireless broadband, especially in countries that deploy the OLPC project without having pre-existing broadband infrastructures in place. The TV spectrum needs to be used for free wireless broadband for all.

Rich countries need to prioritize the OLPC project in deploying revolutionary education using computers and Internet technology all over the world.

Source: smartplanet.com

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Archos opens up Linux Tablets for developers

Posted by Charbax – February 5, 2010

Dozens of awesome open ARM Powered Linux Tablets coming to the market from MSI, Asus, ICD, Notion Ink, HP, Dell and others, most are based on Android and are likely to foster competition that can provide cheaper and better Tablets than Apple. Archos is the only manufacturer with powerful Android Tablets on the market since October 2009, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (8GB) is now available for $249 in Radio Shack and (16GB) for $279 in Best Buy. Today, Archos is releasing the Special Edition Firmware that adds Ångström Linux as a dual-boot for their latest Archos 5 Internet Tablet generation so that developers can start developing powerful Linux solutions for the Archos Linux tablets and not only do Android stuff.

Read more and download the Special Edition Firmware: archos.com

You can discuss this in the ArchosFans.com forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=30431

Exclusive video review: First non-Nokia Maemo Tablet device, installing apps on the Optima OP5-E

Posted by Charbax – February 4, 2010

After my unboxing and review video and my video-interview from IFA, hyere's my third Optima OP5-E video where I test the installing of some of the .deb Maemo Linux applications (found at http://www.woojoy.com/repository/) from the File manager directly onto the Optima OP5-E.

This device is now being released with 3G access in China through China Mobile and is being integrated with HSDPA for release to the European market, if distributors or telecom service providers approach Optima for the release of this device. If you are a distributor, Optima has told me that they can be contacted directly about any enquiries on this device at Stephen Kwan's email address: shkwan@wtpacific.com or through their website: http://en.optima-china.com/

This is the first example of a Maemo Linux based device that is not manufactured by Nokia. I think this device might be sold below $300 unlocked while consider that the Nokia N900 costs over $600 unlocked.

My previous Optima OP5-E videos have had coverage on these sites among others:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/04/optimas-maemo-running-op5-e-mid-demoed-on-video-priced/
http://nexus404.com/Blog/2009/12/08/optima-op5-e-mid-reviewed-optimas-maemo-mid-comes-with-4-3-inch-screen-3-2-megapixel-camera-3g/
http://pocketnow.com/tech-news/optima-op5-e-runs-maemo-linux-just-like-nokia-n900
http://www.softsailor.com/news/13436-optima-op5-e-tablet-is-running-maemo-5soon-starting-from-300.html
http://www.jdmag.com/optima-op5-e-mid-the-first-non-nokia-maemo-device/
http://www.journaldugeek.com/2009/12/08/optima-op5-e-maemo/
and many more sites...

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