Category: Texas Instruments

Alcatel One Touch and Archos partner up for low cost Android Tablet and Smartphone combined data plans

Posted by – February 8, 2011

Alcatel One Touch is one of the makers of cheap Android Smartphones such as the Alcatel OT-980 which is sold for only £99 on pre-paid plans in the UK. Alcatel One Touch is a brand of TCL Corporation, a $16.7 Billion valued Chinese consumer electronics company.

Alcatel One Touch's partnership with Archos would enable an easy sharing of data from a low cost Android Smartphone using a ‘’One Touch Connect’’ button to share the 3G data automatically with the Archos tablet over a mobile WiFi hotspot. This may be a one-click process, and the carrier may be able to limit access of that WiFi hotspot only to the Archos tablet through Mac address filtering and not as a totally open or encrypted WiFi hotspot for use with other devices.

The idea is that one affordable subscription plan include the voice and data through the low cost Android smartphone as well as the low cost yet high-end Android tablet. This way, consumers don't need to subscribe to more than one package. I think it can be expected that Alcatel One Touch will present a new range of cheap Android Smartphones at Mobile World Congress next week with this One Touch Connect mobile hotspot functionality built-in.

Here is expectation/guess/suggestion for a pricing model which I think would make this kind of offer a sure hit:

Pre-paid only, no contract: $299 for the basic 3.5" capacitive Alcatel-OT Smartphone and the latest Archos 7" capacitive tablet, both are on pre-paid and no contracts are needed, pricing for pre-paid should be below $30 per month for something like 300 minutes or unlimited use of voice and 3GB to 5GB of data per month to be used on the Tablet and the Smartphone. The 3GB monthly data hotspot may be open for other devices as well if the carrier wants to allow it. For example $10 to $20 extra per month it could open up the mobile hotspot to any other device and increase monthly limit to something like 10GB per month.

Phone alone on pre-paid no contract should be $149. Tablet alone no contract needed would be $249.

6-month contract, then pre-pay: $249 for the Smartphone+Tablet package, $30/month for unlimited voice/data to use on both devices or more. $50 early termination fee, lowered $5 each month.

12-month contract, then pre-pay: $199 for the Smartphone+Tablet package, $30/month for unlimited voice/data to use on both devices or more. $100 early termination fee, lowered $5 each month.

18-month contract, then pre-pay: $149 for the Smartphone+Tablet package, $30/month for unlimited voice/data to use on both devices or more, $150 early termination fee, lowered $5 each month.

24-month contract, then pre-pay: $99 for the Smartphone+Tablet package, $30/month for unlimited voice/data to use on both devices or more. $200 early termination fee, lowered $5 each month.

What do you think of the idea to use a cheap Smartphone mostly for voice and basic apps and tether it with a larger screen Tablet, use all on one same low cost voice+data plan, and even have this work for pre-paid plans?

France: Archos has 22% Tablet marketshare

Posted by – February 8, 2011

According to French market analyst GfK, Archos is now the second biggest tablet maker on the French market, far in front of Samsung (4%), Toshiba (3%), Huawei, Viewsonic and others. Sure enough Apple has the biggest market share with 67%, but I think that's mostly due to Apple having more cash for manufacturing and distribution. If Archos had been able to spend more money producing more units and having better stock availability at all resellers and never run out of stock during these past 3 months, then I think Archos would probably be number 1 in market share, even in front of Apple.

Source: archoslounge.net

As I run the biggest Archos fansite community at http://forum.archosfans.com and I have been publishing the earliest and most popular video reviews of Archos products for over 6 years, publishing the earliest and most popular videos of Archos full Tablet line such as the 70 Internet Tablet, 7 Home Tablet, 101 Internet Tablet, 32 Internet Tablet, 43 Internet Tablet, I may be biased. But I am sure that if all stores had enough Archos in stock to satisfy the demand for tablets over these past 3 months, Archos would sell even more than Apple.

What matters to the consumer is the value proposition. What features they can get for what price. Archos newest Gen8 Android tablets are about half the price of the iPad and provide more features.

TI OMAP5 28nm ARM Cortex-A15 sampling second half 2011 already

Posted by – February 7, 2011

Texas Instruments just announced OMAP5430 for smartphones (14x14mm with DDR2 PoP memory) and the OMAP5432 (17x17mm with DDR3 memory) for mobile computing usage, includes 2x up to 2Ghz ARM Cortex-A15 cores, 2x Cortex-M4 for general purpose computing and real-time control, C64x DSP, 5x faster graphics processing using SGX544MPx, 1080p60fps all codecs or 1080p30fps in 3D, can output up to 4 screens including 1 HDMI, it has TI's M-Shield Security system which includes ARM Trustzone Hardware Support, USB 3.0 host, Sata 2.0, SDXC Flash. Designed for easy porting of software from OMAP4 to OMAP5, for more information visit http://ti.com/omap5

Android Bicycle, In-flight Entertainment and 32″ Touch screen

Posted by – January 27, 2011

Touch Revolution makes projected capacitive touch screens, and demonstrates here at CES 2011 some of their large capacitive touch screens integrated in demonstration prototypes for training bicycle, in-flight entertainment and just some very large 32" multi-touching fun showcase.

Impressive multi-tasking on RIM’s Blackberry Playbook

Posted by – January 24, 2011

The RIM Blackberry Playbook is using the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 Dual-core 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A9, with 1080p@30fps video playback, powerful graphics. The QNX embedded OS on it shows impressive UI and multi-tasking, as you can see in my video of the RIM Blackberry Playbook filmed at CES, it has been chosen as Best of CES by several influential bloggers and podcasters such as Leo Laporte of Twit.tv showing off the Playbook on the Regis and Kelly show.

Here's an interview by ARMflix with Brian Carlson of Texas Instruments talking about this device:

This video was published at: blogs.arm.com

Motorola Cliq 2

Posted by – January 18, 2011

New phone with a slide-out keyboard designed for fast thumb typing.

Mastone 10.1″ OMAP3630 Android Tablet

Posted by – January 10, 2011

This is a 10.1" tablet by Mastone powered by the Texas Instruments OMAP3630 ARM Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor.

Polaroid Android Tablet

Posted by – January 9, 2011

Uses same 9.7" panel as on the iPad, it uses the Texas Instruments OMAP3630 ARM Cortex-A8 processor.

LG Optimus black

Posted by – January 8, 2011

An awesomely thin and light 109 grams Android Super Phone from LG using the Texas Instruments OMAP3630 ARM Cortex-A8 processor, it comes with LG's new 700nit NOVA LCD screen and Wi-Fi Direct functionality demonstrated in this video.

Medapps health monitoring

Posted by – January 8, 2011

Provides real-time monitoring for diabetics, congestive obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, uses several monitoring equipment with Bluetooth and a GSM system that uploads that information wirelessly to the health monitoring system called Healthcom that doctors can use to monitor up to 400 patients at the same time to provide early intervention in case of health problems.