At MWC 2019, Planet Computers CEO Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel introduces Auxens who has ported OXI OS to the Gemini PDA and same will be available on the upcoming Cosmo Communicator. While the potential for Displayport support on the Cosmo Communicator is maybe yet still to be confirmed, as the Cosmo will start shipping to their Indiegogo backers in June.
USB-IF Standards Group shows USB Type C enabling the HP Lapdock to use a phone to power productivity on a Lapdock display. And they also show the Latest iPad that uses USB Type C that takes advantage of charging via Type C and Display output.
Laurent Alaguero of Auxens shows their latest version of OXI the Desktop productivity user interface for Android phone's external displays, such as here demonstrating running on the BQ Aquaris X2 Pro which has Displayport USB Type-C support. Here demonstrating OXI running with the Lapdock launched on crowdfunding on Indiegogo starting at $100. OXI can bring in and run Windows 10 apps in resizable Windows inside of this Android user interface, no need to boot all the way into a Windows 10 remote desktop just pulling in the needed Windows apps over the Internet, using virtualization, streaming, with servers that can nearby and served through Enterprise's existing Windows server infrastructure. The Windows 10 apps can feel like they are running locally on Android with minimal lag. Auxens is now reaching out to Smartphone manufacturers to try to pre-install OXI on shipping phones with Displayport USB Type-C support. Hopefully they can integrate by getting some API access with http://shadow.tech cloud PC service and hopefully OXI comes with the Cosmo Communicator that is being developed and which I filmed here
Colorii CH1 is the world's smallest USB Type C to 4K 30Hz HDMI adapter, it works with phone or laptop. Colorii also shows USB 3.0 to VGA adapter, USB 3.0 to HDMI/VGA dual display adapter, USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI adapter and more at Colorii's CES 2019 booth. Colorii also shows the Lapdock project which is now as a working sample crowdfunding starting at $100 at http://igg.me/at/lapdock
Planet Computers are showing their latest prototype of the Cosmo Communicator now crowdfunding for $569 on Indiegogo here which is an upgrade of their very successful Gemini PDA which I used as my main phone for the past 9 months and you can see some videos I filmed about it here the Cosmo Communicator upgraded the CPU to MediaTek P70, Memory, the keyboard gets backlit, an external OLED display is added to be able to use the phone without having to open it, a fingerprint reader is added that is a combo with being a selection button, an external high quality 24 megapixel camera is now also default. The new design also allows for better antennas for a stronger LTE signal and possibly also for a stronger Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support too.
Now crowdfunding the Lapdock project on Indiegogo at http://igg.me/at/lapdock starting at $100. The future of Laptops will not have a powerful CPU in them but will be modular when you buy them, they can be powered by your phone, or you can buy a small compact ARM Powered internal or external Type-C Stick to run them off of. Laptops are all about getting a great keyboard, mouse and display, but the CPU, Memory, Connectivity, those things can be swapped according to progress in the industry. I will be posting updates on this project at http://Lapdock.net and on the Updates tab at http://igg.me/at/lapdock if this project gets funded by at least $100 thousand, then the suppliers in Shenzhen China will be able to deliver the Lapdock at this price. If Lapdocks can become a larger success with a lot of demand then prices will be able to reach sub-$100 for high quality components, high quality keyboard, mouse pad, display and batteries also that last at least 20 hours on a charge. With a lot of support, this concept will also bring high performance and affordable USB Type-C Sticks to run all sorts of productivity user interfaces based on Android (such as the OXI UI) or Linux OSes or even Microsoft can bring Windows support to the Lapdock. This form factor could also bring the developers who use development boards closer to the mass market consumers, as all work done around the development boards of the future (very compact and affordable USB Type-C Sticks) will directly be able to impact also how end consumers can use devices for actual real work and productivity. The Lapdock will also move Smartphone market more towards their "PC Mode" as Samsung and Huawei already support each their PC Modes, and that is great because Samsung and Huawei are the two biggest Smartphone manufacturers in the world, yet most consumers don't even know that the PC Mode is there. With Lapdocks, the performance of latest 7nm ARM Processors in phones will be tuned further for multi-window, multi-tasking and for running more advanced productivity apps on Android. 2019 will hopefully be the year where ARM Powered productivity finally reaches mass adoption and the mass market and I think that the Lapdock will be at the center point of that major electronics industry upgrade.
At Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018, some engineers are showing the Open Source Chromium OS running on the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. With some talk on the status of using Freedreno for hardware accelerated GPU support in that Chromium OS demo. Over the past few months this solution has been upstreamed into the mainline kernel, display driver, audio driver, wifi driver, all the connectivity and periferal storage drivers, all to make Chromium OS work on that chipset. Running the 4.18 kernel with very few additional patches, it has hardware accelerated video playback using the open source freedreno driver. This could be a clue towards what I think could be an ultimate ARM Powered Laptop, a Snapdragon 845 Powered Chromebook would be so awesome, with Gigabit LTE, with good ARM single thread and multi-thread performance, with smooth Android and Linux apps supported, perhaps even it would be nice if Microsoft could contribute full x86 and ARM compiled Windows 10 apps support directly on this device.
Martin Riddiford talks about the Psion, which he designed in the 90ies it was a ground-breaking PDA design with a full mechanical qwerty keyboard. Trying to combine laptop functions in a pocketable size. In partnership with Planet Computers, Martin Riddiford is happy to have been able to bring back the full keyboard design in with Android on the Gemini PDA and now into the upcoming Cosmo Communicator design that is now being crowdfunded for $549 on https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-communicator
Planet Computers launches the Cosmo Communicator for $549 for early backers at Indiegogo, powered by MediaTek P70 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A73, quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, on TSMC 12nm FinFET. It comes with WorldMode LTE dual-SIM (one is likely eSIM) support. Strong antenna with good signal, and now it also comes with a second 2" touchscreen display, a toggle switch with fingerprint reader, a 24 megapixel high quality front facing camera with flash, and a backlit keyboard. The CPU is thus a performance upgrade over Gemini PDA, it also comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB Flash, MicroSD card slot, headphone jack, dual Type-C ports, dual speakers and microphones and a 4220mAh battery. Planet Computers shipped over 9500 Gemini PDAs to their backers over the past several months which I filmed here previously I have been using Gemini PDA as my main phone over the past 7 months and it has been an awesome experience. The backlight keyboard, fingerprint authentication, high quality back facing camera, improved phone calls support, better signal reception with a stronger processor, all these things are very welcome in their new flagship. Planet Computers intends to continue selling both Gemini PDA and Osmo Communicator as two in their range of devices available for 2019, with continued support and software updates coming on both. In this video they show a working Android 8.0.1 firmware on Gemini PDA and they are talking about Project Trebble, Android 9, new Sailfish releases to be supported, hopefully hardware accelerated improved Debian and other Linux distributions also to be supported throughout. Within less than a day, they have already reached more than 200% funding on crowdfunding here on Indiegogo with shipments scheduled for May 2019, as they optimize and develop everything, impressive working samples are going to be shown in the months to come.
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