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Microsoft Windows 10 Continuum on ARM

Posted by Charbax – March 9, 2016

Microsoft is proud to present their Windows 10 Continuum running super smoothly on Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 based Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950XL, the Microsoft branded devices resulting from the acquisition of Nokia, following a huge work by Microsoft together with their partners such as Qualcomm, to bring a full Windows 10 experience to ARM, powering the future of the Desktop and the Laptop through an ARM Powered smartphone, outputting a full Windows experience to an external display using DisplayPort over USB Type-C through a desktop dock or a laptop dock.

Backwards compatibility of x86 Windows apps can be supported through a cloud solution, such as the one HP is providing with their HP Elite x3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 based Windows Continuum phone coming out a few months from now.

I believe the best solution for Microsoft will be to support Windows 10 on Android, so when you dock an Android phone through a desktop dock or a laptop dock, then Microsoft needs to make sure that a full Windows 10 Continuum on ARM experience can be outputted from the Android phone on that secondary display. Microsoft needs to make Windows 10 an "external-only" home replacement which needs to work on any Android device.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 runs Windows 10 Continuum for productivity

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2016

Seshu Madhavapeddy, VP of Product Management, responsible for the mobile compute product line at Qualcomm, presents the awesome HP Elite x3 phablet powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 running Windows 10 Mobile with Continuum. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to bring Windows to Qualcomm ARM SoCs, running the Universal apps and enabling Continuum using the dock.

Ubuntu booth tour at MWC 2016, Convergence, Phones, Tablets, Drones, IoT and more

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2016

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

Kirk Skaugen, General Manager of Intel PC Client Group at Huawei MateBook launch

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2016

Intel partners with Huawei to release Huawei's first Intel consumer device, the Huawei MateBook running on an Intel Core-M3/M5/M7 processor, with different skews from 4GB/8GB RAM and from 128GB/512GB SSD storage, to be sold from $699 to $1599 without the keyboard dock. Kirk Skaugen talks about how Intel says that the 2-in-1 segment is their fastest growing consumer client market after the phablet with a 40% growth in 2015 compared with 2014 (but not saying how many units that represents). Kirk Skaugen also says Intel is looking forward to provide "full" Windows Continuum products also taking advantage of USB Type-C DisplayPort and other screen outputs and smart docks that add connectors also through USB Type-C like the MateDock.

Off camera I asked him (as I've been asking every Intel spokesperson that I see at tradeshows for years) when Intel would be making ARM Processors for consumer devices in their Fab, letting the market choose which architecture is best to use, but he smiled and didn't respond. Check back later on my channel for more on that, probably.

Skyworth L18A $100 Octa-core MT6753 Smartphone 5.0’ 3G 16G

Posted by Gennie – February 27, 2016

Skyworth shows smart phones powered by MediaTek MT6753 Octa-core Cortex-A53 with different price range on MWC2016. Skyworth L18A is affordable smart phone with 5.0’ HD display at 1280*720 resolution, 3GB RAM, 16GB Flash, bulk price at $100 for 5000pcs MOQ. Skyworth T612 is smartphone support full world-wide bands network in any country, bulk price at $175 for 2000pcs MOQ.

You can contact Skyworth here: (Please let them know if you watch this video)
Johnny Zhang, Deputy General Manager
zhangguojian@skyworth.com

Best of MWC 2016: HP Elite x3 with Windows 10 Continuum on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Posted by Charbax – February 27, 2016

HP shows the future of computing! HP's vision for the future of consumer and enterprise pocketable electronics, the Windows 10 Continuum enabled HP Elite x3 running on the super fast 14nm (Samsung Fab) Snapdragon 820. HP offers DeskDock with USB Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB2, DisplayPort, USB Type-C. It outputs to a large display, with an RF or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. HP Elite X3 has a 5.96" 2K 2560x1440 Super AMOLED with 550nits brightness "best in class".4GB LPDDR4 RAM. 64GB internal with Dual Nano SIM that can also be One Nano SIM and one MicroSD card slot. "Best in class" single touch fingerprint scanner. A second biometric authentication is the iris scanner. IP67 waterproof 1.5m for 30 minutes "all sealed". Shock-proof with Gorilla Glass. 4150mAh battery. HP even shows their "empty" 12.8" thin bezel Laptop Dock "mobile extender" under 1kg to be powered by this amazing phone! The Laptop dock also miracast wirelessly. Bang and olufsen sound. Pogopins on the back of the phone allows it to extend with Smart back-cases, a POS (point of sale) solution and I also suggest them in the video to do an E Ink back-case for long battery life sunlight readable e-reading. Everybody at Microsoft, Qualcomm, HP and even Marc Benioff CEO of Salesforce is excited about this product. HP talks about running their virtualization engine to run any x86 app through the cloud. This looks like they are all going to make sure this product gets successfully deployed on the market by Summer this year.

I think that HP should try to price the full bundle at below the current price of a high-end iPhone/Samsung, thus below $700 including the Desktop, keyboard/mouse and also including the "empty" 12.8" Laptop Dock. The Desktop Dock needs a HDMI output. Of course I'd like to finally see Google supply an Android Continuum UI alternative solution at Google I/O. I also perhaps think that Microsoft's Continuum dock is better with a cable and the phone on the table than having it docked upright.

Rockchip RK3288 is better than Intel Celeron N2840 for Chromebooks

Posted by Charbax – February 25, 2016

This video compares the Haier Chromebook 11E on Rockchip RK3288 with the Samsung Chromebook 2 on Intel N2840. They are also being compared by Moor Insights and Strategy at https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/cor4EPWfvP97lt There are several other "latest" Intel Chromebooks from Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, HP which all are running on N2840 Celeron, or N2830 Celeron, and thus for all these, Rockchip can claim to have better value, better performance and better battery life. Thus to be best suited for the worldwide education market.

Here are some of the numbers claimed in favor of the ARM Powered Chromebook in the case of RK3288 vs N2840:
80% better video performance
32% faster multi-tasking
37% faster app loading
265% faster 3D graphics
31% better power consumption for online video, Google Docs and Gmail

I have already been testing the Haier 11E as my main laptop over the last 6 months, and I can tell you that it performs absolutely great. There were some WiFi disconnect issues but I think those have been solved by Google's automatic software updates to the Chromebook. I will post a new video with my Haier 11E Chromebook soon so check back for that.

Moor Insights and Strategy has conducted a detailed analysis comparing Rockchip RK3288 with Intel N2840 Chromebooks which is available as a slideshow here: https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/cor4EPWfvP97lt

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DisplayPort over USB Type-C at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – February 25, 2016

DisplayPort has been implemented over USB Type-C, showcased in products such as the Microsoft Continuum products, Apple, Dell, Lenovo also have laptops that output video using DisplayPort over USB Type-C. Then the dock or adapter outside may then convert DisplayPort to HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort output.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – February 24, 2016

Ubuntu is being used around the world, on servers, to power the cloud, switches, routers, base stations and Snappy Ubuntu works on drones, robots and more for the IoT world. Snappy 3.0 will be on Ubuntu 16.04. Ubuntu also shows off Ubuntu on Smartphones, Tablets, and their Nexus 4 showing convergence running "the same" Ubuntu on the phone and on the external display as a dekstop. Check back for my Ubuntu booth tour video coming up.

Huawei press conference launching MakeBook at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – February 22, 2016

Watch the Huawei MWC 2015 press conference from my seat. Please link to the official recorded press conference video in the comments so that I can also link to it here for people who prefer to watch the official video, if there is one.