Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 both feature Super AMOLED displays at QHD (2560x1440px) of 5.5” and 5.1” respectively, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB of onboard expandable storage, a 12MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording, and a 5MP front camera. Depending on markets, the phones come with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset (dual 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual 1.6 GHz Kryo cores) or Samsung LSI’s own Exynos 8890 (4x 2.3 GHz Mongoose + 4x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores) and boot Android v6.0 Marshmallow. Both phones are IP68 water and dust proof certified.
After my interview with Mark Shuttleworth, here's my 17-minute Ubuntu booth tour video. Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition comes with 5.7" 1080p Exynos7420 octa-core ARM Cortex-A57/53, 3GB RAM. At MWC 2016, Canonical is showing Ubuntu Convergence running on a Nexus 4, running a "Full Ubuntu" Unuity 8 out of the phone on the slimport HDMI output from the phone. Running the exact same Ubuntu on desktops and on ARM Powered Smartphone. Canonical is really excited to see more powerful hardware to come out running this Ubuntu Convergence solution, here poiting out that the phone runs LibreOffice, Firefox, GIMP, xchat, gedit, making it possible to use this as a desktop device.
BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet runs on the MediaTek MT8163A Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali GPU and 2GB RAM. It runs a full Ubuntu, enabling to set it to Desktop mode to run any Ubuntu app.
Snappy Ubuntu Core delivers applications for Drones, Robots and the IoT market. Here showing off the UAVIA Snappy Ubuntu Core powered drone, running on a Toradex Freescale i.MX6 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 System on Module, making a more intelligent drone better to enable autonomous flight thanks to sense and avoid technologies. It also facilitates maintenance of drones by making remote software deployments secure, effective and failsafe. Snappy Ubuntu Core also is being demonstrated for home automation running on a Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c.
Samsung also showcases their new Samsung Artik 1, Samsung Artik 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali400MP2 GPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC flash, built in wireless WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN based Thread protocol for Google Nest. Samsung Artik 10 octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A15 and quad ARM Cortex-A7. All Samsung IoT Artik modules are offered using their new ePoP (package-on-package) design, optimized for the IoT market. Artik includes also cloud-based device management based on SmartThings Open Cloud providing SDKs to help connect endpoint devices to the cloud using Java, Android, iOS, PHP, and Python tools. Open Cloud is partially based on the Samsung SAMI data driven development platform. The Atik 5 development board with the module is available for $100 at digikey
Also at the Ubuntu booth is the lead developer for the Etherum decentralized software platform, using blockchain to power the IoT market. Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. The Ethereum team now works on Slock.it, where the vision is that an unused bicycle in your shed gets a new lease on life. Parking spots can be sublet on demand. Airbnb apartments become fully automated. It's the future infrastructure of the Sharing Economy, Slock.it was shown at the Lift Conference here
Some highlights of the Samsung MWC 2016 press conference, launching Samsung Gear 360, S7 and S7 Edge, with also a special appearance by Mark Zuckerberg. You can also see the full official video of this event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6KeASdz2AI
Watch the Samsung MWC 2016 press conference from my seat. You can see the official video of this event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6KeASdz2AI
Rokid Smart Robot Voice Assistant running Android on Samsung Exynos5410 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A15/A7 big.LITTLE with custom amazingly beautiful Android Launcher developed by Rokid projected using an integrated Texas Instruments DLP Pico Projector. Artificial Intelligence, Voice Conversations and Voice Commands are supported. Rokid supports far-field technology for 5-6 meters voice recognition with a bunch of algorithms with their microphones, such as AEC, beam forming, VAD, and more. Third party apps for music playback and perhaps even also Uber can be integrated, it's a Smart speaker with a microphone array it can detect where the voice is coming from, it can detect who is talking to it through voice print. Rokid implements Gesture Recognition, Face Recognition through it's front-facing camera, Rokid has Touch sensors on each side to do things such as turning up and down the brightness and volume. The experience with Rokid is totally amazing and the features for Smartly bringing notifications and voice commands to a room, this is how the Amazon Echo of the future could look like. There might be Robot Faces which a user can customize to choose if for example it should project a real face and perhaps also use speech based on a real recorded voice.
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Bo Lechnowsky of ameriDroid.com shows the fully-programmable robot kit based on the ODROID-C1+ and controllable through the web. We then moved on to an 8-inch tablet kit for the ODROID-C1+ which includes case, multi-touch screen and battery for less than $100 due to be available this December. After this, we looked at a new 7-inch tablet-style multi-touch display from ODROID called the VU7 that allows attaching an ODROID-C1+ to the backside providing an expandable tablet-like solution for low cost. The ODROID-XU4 was discussed, an Exynos-5422 octa-core ARM Cortex-A15 at 2.0GHz and ARM Cortex-A7 at 1.4GHz ARM board with 2GB LPDDR3 on-board, USB3.0/2.0 ports and gigabit Ethernet along with removable eMMC and microSD storage options. An ODROID-C1+ was shown which is a low-cost but powerful AmLogic S805 quad-core ARM Cortex-A5 at 1.5GHz ARM board with 1GB LPDDR3 on-board with USB2.0 ports and gigabit Ethernet, also with the removable eMMC/microSD storage options. We then moved on to a display from a partner company, Withrobot.com, that showed real-time bar- and QR-code reading from three cameras simultanously through one USB3.0 port on an ODROID-XU4 and a 5MP standalone USB camera processed by OpenCV on an ODROID-XU4. In the background was an ODROID-C1+ with a HiFi Shield and a VU7 streaming high-quality audio to a stereo running Rune Audio. Volumio is also available for this platform. Both distributions are controllable by a smartphone or tablet from anywhere.
1 million 11 year olds in the UK will receive the BBC microbit when they come back to school after the Christmas holiday in January 2016, they can use it to get started with programming and hacking with hardware. BBC micro:bit runs on Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 16MHz 32bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller, Freescale Kinetis KL26Z – 48 MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ core, that includes a full-speed USB 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) controller, used as a communication interface between USB and main Nordic microcontroller, Freescale MMA8652 3-axis accelerometer sensor,
Freescale MAG3110 3-axis magnetometer sensor to act as a compass and metal detector, 25 LED lights in a 5×5 array and Bluetooth technology, it is given for free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK. You can read more about BBC micro:bit here.
Android 5 on 64bit ARMv8 with Mali-T760MP8 shown running Epic Unreal Engine as well as the Mali-T760 MP4 on the Pipo P4 with 32bit Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17.
Possibly the fastest ARM Processor for smartphones yet, it runs Samsung's Exynos 7420 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A57 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 in big.LITTLE on Samsung's 14nm FinFET technology, with a 5.1" 1440x2560 display (at 577ppi), 138gr and a 2550mAh battery. Available for an undisclosed price (probably $600+) starting April 10th.
Here's the official Galaxy S6 launch keynote video:
Tourists in San Francisco compare the top-3 brand high-end phablets in the world, among Huawei Mate7, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. Those are the flagship high-end mass market phablets of the moment from the top-3 Smartphone manufacturers in the world. This video highlights display size to body ratio, camera feature and large screen enjoyment. Come back for 2 more episodes to be posted on http://ARMdevices.net I think the Huawei Mate7 (which I have been using for the past 3 months) is the best phablet among those 3. Check back before MWC in the next 2-3 days for my review of my Huawei Mate7.