Phil Geldard of Archos shows and talks about the release of the Archos Gamepad on the US market, scheduled to happen in February 2013 at the price of $169 MSRP. Archos has been trying to ramp up mass manufacturing to be able to deliver to supply the huge demand worldwide that there is for this really cool product. When Archos started selling the device in Europe before Christmas, they sold out of all of their European stock in 4 hours after making it available on their website. Archos hasn’t experienced such strong demand for a product since they launched their Gen8 Donut/Eclair/Froyo Cortex-A8 Android tablets in 2010. I know I’ll be playing all my favorite N64 games on this device in the months to come, as well as any really cool new Android games that I may find.
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E Ink has improved the color with Triton2, showcasing the Ectaco Jetbook device (without front light), it’s also possible to use front light with E Ink Triton2 adding more light to the system, which shows off the colors better.
E Ink expects to ship massive amounts of smartphone sized E Ink screens starting this year. The first type has E Ink as the main display. The second type has the E Ink as the secondary display on the back-side of the smartphone behind the LCD or AMOLED screen in the front.
Flexible screens are potentially going to become massively available during 2013 in new mass market ARM Powered devices. E Ink presents their latest flexible screen technologies, showing the shipping flexible E Ink device by Wexler and talking about what may come out next.
Sriram Peruvemba, E Ink CMO gives an overview of E Ink’s matrix and segmented display products at CES 2013.
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Here’s the YotaPhone, the first dual-mode Android phone that works on LCD and E Ink at the same time on each side of the phone. Yota has developed a few customizations and a new SDK to either just send screenshots of anything that’s on Android over to E Ink or to also enable interactivity on the E Ink side, such as flipping pages with their swipe gestures at the capacitive bottom that is on each side of the device. Expected delivery is to be between Q2 and Q3 2013, Yota Devices is a Russian company but the market for this dual mode E Ink and LCD phone can be worldwide.
The Wall Street Journal has an article out talking about the Google X Phone project and its technical challenges. I think that Google Motorola has a lot of work to do. Here are some of the projects that I expect Google to be investing in at Motorola to move Android forward in terms of R&D hardware spending, how Google may be trying to control and influence worldwide components supply for the next months and years of mobile devices development:
1. Dominate worldwide sub-$100 phone market. Target the sub-$200 Android phone market too. Target all world countries, not just rich countries. This is how Motorola “easily” can get to scale and thus get to control smartphones components supply.
2. Design devices that merge Android with Chrome OS and Google TV. That means re-engineer and re-think Motorola’s Laptop Dock, Desktop Dock, Entertainment Dock, when you dock Android 5 thus switches to Chrome OS or Google TV depending on what you want on the external display.
3. Design flexible phones using rubber-like and leather-like materials. As soon as flexible screen suppliers are ready (not just Samsung’s flexible AMOLED), have designs ready to use the new form factors.
4. E Ink phones, be it like the Motorola Fone released in 2006 with an E Ink display, the new E Ink phones use Android. Can be E Ink only Android phones and Android phones where just the backside is an E Ink display.
5. Integrate DLP pico projector technologies in new phone concepts that project something like a 20″ touch-screen display onto any table. Thus design kick-stands, mirrors, lenses that facilitate that.
6. Google Glass, headmounted computing is going to be the new normal next year. Optimize the Motorola headmounted computer to fit every usage, design it so everyone wants to use them.
7. Wearable computing. Android Bluetooth wrist watches, Bluetooth headsets that merge into clothing for voice calls. Make every user feel like they are James Bond.
8. Mass market White Spaces modems and routers, small and low power enough to be included in every new Android smartphone and tablet. Cheap enough so that every ADSL/Cable/Fiber connection install a White Spaces router to quickly cover the whole world with free wireless broadband for everyone.
9. Mass producing Pixel Qi LCD based smartphones, tablets and laptops, for sunlight readablility and to extend battery life significantly.
10. New $100 ARM Powered Tablets for productivity. New $100 ARM Powered Laptops for productivity. Google and Motorola can take over some of the role of the One Laptop Per Child. These new devices are for the worlds children to use to make the world a better place.
- Motorola “X Phone” Rumored As 2013 Android Heavyweight (pocketnow.com)
- Google and Motorola building their own ‘X-Phone’ according to reports (androidcommunity.com)
- Google and Motorola finally working on “X Phone” and tablet (phonearena.com)
- Google and Motorola working on the “X Phone” to take on Apple and Samsung (mobilesyrup.com)
- Motorola And Google Are Working On An ‘X Phone’ According To WSJ Rumor That Kind Of States The Obvious (realzahed.wordpress.com)
- Google said to be building powerful “X” phone with Motorola (phandroid.com)
- Google, Motorola plotting a so-called ‘X Phone’ to take on the iPhone and Galaxy S III (bgr.com)
- Google Prepping “X Phone” To Compete With Apple (valuewalk.com)
Google acquired Wildfire a few months ago. Wildfire is one of the leaders in social media marketing for all the worlds big and small brands. 30 of the world’s top-50 brands use wildfire for their social media marketing campaigns. For example when Coca-cola does something on Facebook, there is a good chance that they are using Wildfire’s software and solutions.
This is the coolest Android tablet for gaming, Archos releases it imminently in Europe for 149€, US availability to be confirmed. Here I’m demonstrating some of the latest advanced Android games called Dead Trigger, Rip Tide and a couple other.
Archos launches this new cool 8″ 1024×768 Tablet on Rockchip RK3066, super slim and light design, for $199 without the $49 Keyboard Coverboard dock.