Sony's new flagship phone on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 records 4K video, has a 5.2" FHD improved Triluminous Bravia LCD, possibly the best LCD yet in the world, features Live Color LED, red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and customized color filters to produce a brighter and more uniform light creating richer colors on the screen without over-saturation like on some AMOLED. Then there's also the latest psychovisual algorithmic Sony X-Reality picture engine, which analyzes each image to optimize colors, sharpness and contrast while also reducing noise. The latest Exmore camera does impressive 4K video record and the phone also has MHL 3.0 to output the 4K videos to a 4K TV.
Since 2011, many of the MeeGo team left Nokia to form Jolla, a Finnish company that wants to make phones based on their Sailfish OS. Sailfish OS is what's left of Nokia and Intel's MeeGo and the N9 mobile phone, the Sailfish software is based on the open-sourced components of MeeGo, while the Sailfish user interface is closed-source and had to be developed from scratch. Sailfish is compatible with some Android apps done in collaboration with the creators of Alien Dalvik, the Myriad Group, known for running Android apps with the Nokia N9. At their MWC booth, Jolla shows Sailfish OS running on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.
This is 360 video, presented by Finwe Ltd CEO Juha Kela. 360 video is a special video production technology that utilizes multiple cameras to produce a full spherical 360x180 degree video experience. Video from multiple sources is synchronized, fine tuned and stitched together with a software called Autopano Video and Autopano Giga by Kolor. Kolor also delivers solutions for 360 video hosting and playback on a PC and web browser. Web player is based on html5.
Finwe ltd has developed a movement and touch controlled 360 video player for mobile devices, called 360 VideoBall. In collaboration with Kolor, they also just released a pre-version of free Kolor Eyes Android player. Beyond that, mobile player can also be used with Kickstarter funded goggles vrAse. This cool gadget has lenses and a special frame that holds mobile phones inside. The mobile phone is then used as a movement controlled display device, producing a separate image for both eyes. There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro's in a 360x180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
Finwe CEO Juha Kela also demonstrated a special custom technology that enables 6k 360 video playback on a mobile phone. Current devices support only 4k resolution, but with the special technology they developed devices can play back videos even with 8k resolution! With this solution, user can zoom into the video without losing the quality.
To be able to provide a full turn key solution for 360 video production and to support the marketing of the mobile 360 video player technology Juha Kela founded a company called FinCloud Ltd. FinCloud has already done number of multi camera productions and one of their productions, a 360 music video for Finnish band Apulanta is currently nominated in Spotify "Innovator of the Year" category in Emma Gaala. Emma Gaala is an annual event, which rewards the most significant players in the industry during a year.
Example 360 videos:
Power Park theme park Finland:
There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro’s in a 360×180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. Special camera rigs are manufactured by Freedom360 and 360 Heros. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
Kolor Eyes video wall:
360 Video and Panorama stitching solutions and 360 video HW:
360 video production services:
FInCloud Ltd: firstname.lastname@example.org
vrAse immersive media frame for mobile phone
Free 360 Video apps for iOS:
Free 360 VideoBall app for Android:
Kolor Eyes: Join Google+ group for a pre-release access:
Software developers Kolor and Finwe announce the launch of their new 360-degree video player for Android devices, named Kolor Eyes, featuring pixel-perfect 4k 360 video playback, multiple projections, and image effects. Press release: http://www.kolor.com/images/stories/press/press-releases/2014/20140225-kolor-eyes-android-beta-version.pdf
Mozilla Principal Evangelist Tristan Nitot shows the latest Firefox OS devices that were launched at Mobile World Congress with Alcatel One Touch, LG, ZTE and Huawei. They even show a $25 phone running on the entry-level ARM Cortex-A5 smartphone SoC from Spreadtrum.
Yota Devices shows their next generation YotaPhone 2 with the Snapdragon 800 LTE and a 5" AMOLED screen and a 960x540 curved touch-screen E Ink display covering the back case. They upgrade their YotaPhone SDK to enable Android apps to send data to the back-screen with one touch. Battery life when using the backside only can be measured in days and sunlight readability is full.
Qualcomm presents their latest ARM 64bit ARMv8 Snadragon 610 and 615 based on the ARM Cortex-A53 quad and octa core. These new include the Qualcomm Gobi 9X30's LTE Advanced Category 6 capability with up to 300Mbps 4G LTE modem, 3G HSPA+, CDMA, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi all in one chip. Enhanced ISP for imaging and camcorder quality and Adreno 405. Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 are pin compatible with the cheaper 64bit Snapdragon 410 enabling faster time to market. Qualcomm also shows their upcoming Snapdragon 805 with amazingly fast 4K video upscaling, 4K video gaming.
As I have been Google+'ing for the past 3-4 years, this is it, Nokia is finally releasing their low cost ultra nice Android phone. Selling worldwide starting today for around 89€. This is totally amazing and congratulations to the Nokia team for an awesome first step in the right direction!!
I would also like to see a few more improvements to this:
- Nokia Home be a home replacement on Google Play (to turn any other Android device into a Nokia Home Experience device (including switching over to Nokia Store, Nokia Maps and everything else that ships with a Nokia X)
- Bring Windows Phone apps to Android. Tweak the Android AOSP software to add Windows Phone apps support. (same in the other direction, support Android apps on Windows Phone platform).
- Announce that Nokia and Microsoft would not be against Google authorizing them to pre-install and support the official installation of Google Apps like Google Play, Google Maps, Gmail, and etc. If Google won't allow it, simply put public pressure so that media forces Google to open up how their Google Apps may or may not ship with modified Android devices. I think every device must be able to ship with any app and I think multiple app stores on a device is the best way.
- Nokia Store should include unlimited free apps for a very low monthly subscription price. Something like $5/month for unlimited games and apps. Start signing up as many paid app/games developers and of course include all the free ones anyway. Subscribers can have advertising disabled on ad-supported apps. For developing countries the monthly cost can be much lower, perhaps even for free in certain countries where the GDP per capita is very low. App/games developers can for example agree that their apps and games are to be free in certain regions of the world where people don't make a lot of salary.
Kente shows their latest tablets, PC monitors and more.
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) 2013
ZTE's Nubia brand introduces 5S Mini, priced at around $249 now in China, selling millions of flagship ZTE Nubia units in China, they are now making it available worldwide.
- ZTE Nubia Z5s mini hands-on (phonearena.com)
- ZTE Nubia Z5S and Z5S Mini Now Available in China (news.softpedia.com)
- ZTE Nubia Z5S and Z5S Mini will be released tomorrow (phonearena.com)
Archos presents sub-$200 4G LTE phones, running on the new Qualcomm MSM8926 with 150mbitps LTE support, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 coming, the display is 5" 1280x720p for the $249/229€ Archos 50 Helium and 4.5" 854x480 on the $199/199€ Archos 45 Helium. Both to be released next month. This is attractive in countries where you can get 4G contracts at sub $20/20€ per month, and even have those sometimes included for free on the ISP home broadband contract, people doing pre-paid instead of 2-year contracts want cheap affordable phones like these to include LTE, and Archos sells some for as low as $99/99€ with their 3G-only MT6572 based Archos 40 Titanium.
- Archos introduces Helium 4G smartphones for $200 and up (liliputing.com)
- Archos unveils the 50 Helium and 45 Helium smartphones (technutty.co.uk)
- Archos Announces the 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTE Smartphones Ahead of CES (androidheadlines.com)
- 45 and 50 Helium 4G New Android Smartphones with LTE From Archos (mono-live.com)
- Archos 45 and 50 Helium official: off-contract and quad-core (slashgear.com)
- Archos 45 and 50 Helium smartphones coming with LTE (androidcommunity.com)
- Archos Prepping Unlocked Android Smartphone Under $200 (tomshardware.com)
- Spec Sheet: Sony, Lenovo, and Archos' budget smartphone battle (theverge.com)
- Archos Helium 4G Smartphones at CES (geeknewscentral.com)
- Archos outs 45 and 50 Helium 4G LTE smartphones (digitalspy.co.uk)