Here’s Archos new cheaper 8″ Rockchip RK3066 1024×768 4:3 tablet with smooth Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, thus being released by Archos in January for $149/149€. Consider that european prices always include about 20% VAT taxes which are never included in US dollar prices thus $1 = 1€.
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Archos releases the worlds largest tablet at an affordable $299/299€ price. Right now available in Europe for 299€ with the Allwinner A10 processor and with a 1280×800 wide view capacitive screen.
Archos updates the firmware (in the next few days) on their latest high-end $299/299€ Archos 101 XS Tablet to 4.1 Jelly Bean, fully using hardware acceleration, integrating Google’s Project Butter, now with Google Now support, Archos also has upgraded some of the web-based meta-data functionalities in their Video Player application, it automatically detects videos that need meta data, posters and fan arts loaded in so that you can have a more interesting way to browse through your movies and tv shows library. This video also features the $49 Keyboard Coverboard Dock and the new $149/149€ dual-25W stereo Archos Speaker Dock.
Here are my expectations for Google’s rumored upcoming Chrome OS laptop/tablet hybrid:
- 12.85″ Pixel Qi LCD, Google sponsored, to be available to all other Android hardware makers as a new component. (Plastics based flexible unbreakable LCD for thinner lighter waterproof dustproof unbreakable build)
- Optical lamination allows for outdoor readable capacitive Pixel Qi LCD. Otherwise IR based Neonode touch can work.
- 20 million initial production batch, enough to make a significant mark on the market, next batch can be 100 million units.
- Android 5.0 to support Chrome OS on top of Android. Same for Ubuntu on top of Android. Multi-booting becomes standard feature of Android. It’s not really multi-booting, it’s enabling to run alternative Linux OSes on top of the base Linux OS of Android.
- $200, available worldwide on day 1. Second batch can be sold for $150 or $100. Schools can get rebates if they order one for every child. Google can subsidize a few of those millions to be used by Children in developing countries through the One Laptop Per Child project.
- 16GB Flash with SD slots and potentially a 2.5″ HDD slot.
- 25 hours battery life. 200 grams flat battery dock doubles battery life to 50 hours.
- Swivel screen. Super slim keyboard can hide behind screen for tablet mode.
- ARM Cortex-A15, either OMAP5 with SGX544 or Exynos5 with Mali-T604. Maybe another comparable ARM Processor.
- Modem slot, all types modems available as options, 3G+, LTE, White Spaces, easily user swapable. There is space for an internal usb modem too.
Let me know what you think of this rumored Google hybrid here or at my Google+ thread.
- Google reportedly gearing up to launch its own, 12.85-inch Chrome OS touch notebook in Q1 2013 (thenextweb.com)
- Google reportedly releasing 12.85-inch touch-enabled Chrome OS notebook at the end of 2012 (9to5google.com)
- Google Reportedly Preparing To Sell Self-Branded Chromebooks (techcrunch.com)
- Why Google might market a touchscreen Chromebook (pcworld.com)
- Chrome OS and Android: There can be only one (pandodaily.com)
- Google’s Touchscreen Chromebook − Pros and Cons (news.softpedia.com)
- [News] Why Google might market a touchscreen Chromebook (pcworld.in)
- Ubuntu for Android is imminent (armdevices.net)
- How I think that the ARM Powered Chromebook is a big deal for the industry (armdevices.net)
- Is Google Readying a Chrome Touchscreen Laptop? (scooprocket.com)
Here is http://www.eink.com/ereader_tale.html‘s official latest comedy video showing why we should all consider buying an eink e-reader, at least the crazy cheap $69 Kindle if you haven’t already and let’s get to some serious e-reading going on again if you aren’t already.
I’m looking forward to spend more time outdoors with devices with sunlight readable screens, reading more of the awesome ebooks that I haven’t read yet. I fill those up with the best of project http://gutenberg.org for free, and still looking for Google to fix http://books.google.com
By the way, I’m still very much looking forward to official Google Android support on E Ink, synchronize the Chrome browser on my Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone so that I can always continue reading articles, emails, blog posts, Google+ circles on the WiFi connected and automatically synchronized E Ink e-reader comfortably without a backlight.
Do you ever use your backlit smartphones, tablets or laptops to read your ebooks? I wouldn’t recommend it, even turning down the brightness of the backlight doesn’t come close to the experience of using a backlight-free, frontlit device for any serious reading indoors and outdoors.
Yves Behar talks about wearable computing, the Ouya project on Kickstarter, the upcoming OLPC XO Tablet and more. Design has the power to educate, inform, change society and create new opportunities where none existed. And in an environment of connectivity, design has another aim: It wants to be free. Hear why from the designer that brought you the Jawbone headset, the open-source game console Ouya, and many other groundbreaking product designs.
You can also watch his discussion with Om Malik at Gigaom Roadmap here:
A couple of days ago, I posted my version of the keynote recorded from my seat in the audience, but now, ARM’s official YouTube channel has posted the official high quality version with direct audio and large slides:
my version is here:
In the future, when I record my own videos of keynotes, I should try to get a direct audio feed from the system, I need to buy some good wireless microphone setup and plug that into my camera. I’ve heard of Sennheiser and Sony making decent wireless microphone systems, let me know if you have any good suggestion for which wireless microphone system I should buy, perhaps one with lapel microphone so that I can also use it more often when I video-blog, to have some better audio quality at conferences than just using my Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone.
I’m in the San Francisco area until November 8th, so let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for tech companies that I should try to video-blog at in the Silicon Valley. Of course it’d be awesome to video-blog with Google engineers in Mountain View about Chrome OS on ARM and Android, but I don’t know how to contact someone there who can say it’s ok for them to invite me. I’ll video-blog at the GigaOm Roadmap conference on November 5th. I still have a few ARM Techcon videos to post, so check back. Some new devices, RK3066 HDMI Stick with BT and audio-out mini-jack and i.MX6 Quad-core HDMI Stick are going to be added to the Members Store also imminently, so also check back if you’re interested in that.
Industry Analyst Gary Smith of http://garysmitheda.com talks about what’s happening in the ARM industry, electronic design automation, ARM is defining the new heterogeneous architecture for the future using the ARM Connected Community. You can also watch my videos with Gary Smith from ARM Techcon 2011 and from ARM Techcon 2010.
Versatile Express is ARM’s development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.
ARM provides simulation models a year or more before the first silicon can be made for upcoming ARM Processors, here demonstrating how developers can work today to prepare software for upcoming ARM Processors such as the ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors that are to be manufactured next year.