At LeWeb 2013, Eightly is launched, presented for the first time. The idea is to make it easy for anyone to create iPad/iPhone and Android apps/experiences just by filling out a form, or/and by dragging and dropping actions, events, rules, parameters, sources of content, links etc onto an experience creator user interface. The idea to provide wiziwig type of UI for people to create apps for Smartphones, Tablets, Set-top-boxes, Smart Watches and more. When you create a channel inside of Eightly, you can assemble and combine experiences, features, designs, while Eightly thus combines those features using their smooth graphics accelerated native code user interfaces and fill them out with the contents and ideas that people have and want to share on smart devices with their friends, family, perhaps also for businesses to share their ideas to customers also.
Shenzhen Geniatech http://geniatech.com was founded by Mr Fang 16 years ago and is one of the world’s early Multimedia Set-top-box makers. Starting since 4 years ago doing ARM based Set-top-boxes, Geniatech is now the world’s leader using the latest AmLogic multimedia optimized ARM Processors, getting early access to AmLogic alpha development, being able to optimize the multimedia functionality, supporting all audio and video codecs, implementing innovative features that other Set-top-box makers don’t support. For example 4K2K decoding, open source, many licences including Adobe and with a strong support team in Shanghai. The use of ARM Powered Android for TV Set-top-boxes is a high potential high growth market, many competitors are trying to use Android on the Set-top-box, as Google TV is turning into Android TV, Geniatech still has very big room for innovation into implementing Android on the TV Box, doing more customization based on Android and AmLogic’s latest SoC, porting DRM, NFC Driver support on USB, Zigbee driver and more differentiation based on different kind of accessories for example microphone on remote control also TV Tuner USB Dongle, HDMI loop-through input functionality, able to release private API on CEC HDMI Control Interface, IR Blaster, Bluetooth etc enabling customers to develop B2B applications on top of Geniatech’s platform. For example hotel VOD, Games and more.
Onyx Shenzhen R&D Headquarters Tour, E Ink Android Freescale i.MX6 Solo Lite Product Manager, Device Driver Engineer
Onyx International shows the first ARM Cortex-A9 Android 4.0 E Ink e-reader in the world at their Shenzhen R&D Headquarter. Onyx is able to do custom designs for Android based e-readers, engineering new features, designing new devices, enabling E Ink alternatives to Amazon Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Providing the fastest yet Android support on E Ink. Watch in this video filmed at the Onyx Headquarters in Shenzhen China, how the Onyx teams of engineers do their innovative work.
Here’s the founder and lead engineer on the Samsung Exynos 5410 based Octa Core Tablet, sold at sub-$300 prices out of Shenzhen, possibly available near-$200 if you look correctly for it. Or you may wait for a potential more stable faster Exynos 5420 device to come from this or other team.
The cheapest 13.3″ Ultrabook killer, now selling at near $100, with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor WM8880 from VIA WonderMedia. Running smooth Android, but of course would be nicer with Chrome OS (or Chromium OS) and Ubuntu, on dual or triple boot. It has 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash, 1366×768 screen resolution, 5000mAh battery could do 10+ hours battery life if the display was a Pixel Qi ultra-low power sunlight readable LCD. This is where the upcoming Intel-killing Ultrabook-killing is going to come from.
Pipo releases this Ultra-U7 tablet, with the same 7.85″ display as on iPad Mini, it’s with the 1.2Ghz MediaTek MT8389 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB RAM, with 3G dual-sim calling functionality, selling at retail price of 999rmb in China ($164) the retail price target may be below $199€ in USA/Europe (consider import taxes etc). It also includes an excellent back-facing 8megapixel camera with auto-focus and flashlight.
You can read more about it here: http://pipo.com.cn/product.php?id=127
Luke Shields of JCSC shows off his supposed to be platform for open source platform development in schools, encouraging children to experiment making hardware, re-painting old home consoles, integrate ARM development boards, modulate, what you want may not be what I want and what I want may not be what you want. Check it out.
Quip is a new social/professional online mobile-first word processor which is Bret Taylor’s new startup. He was at Google Maps before 2007, then made Friendfeed that got acquired by Facebook, then he was the Facebook CTO.
Here’s the official video of the full keynote discussion of Bret Taylor at Gigaom Roadmap 2013:
Geniatech releases the Pad TV Tuner, a very small Micro USB device that works in any Android device that support OTG on the Micro-USB port. You just plug it in and it automatically works with the Geniatech DVB-T Tuner Android app.
You can find out more about it at http://www.geniatech.com/pa/pt115m.asp
Geniatech ATV1800 Enjoy TV Quad Core Box does 4K video on AmLogic M802 Set-top-box on new KKTV $1100 55″ 4K LCD TV
In China, the 55″ 4K TV now sells for $1100!!!!!!!! Dreams come true! We’re all about to get a 4K TV (this one is the Konka KKTV LED55K60U). Android Set-top-box leader Shenzhen Geniatech shows me here their ATV1800 on AmLogic Quad-core M802 with Eight-core Mali-450 to actually playback 4K video over HDMI. This is the beginning of the Ultra HD future, on Android Box, here beautifully showing off this amazingly affordable new Konka KKTV LED55K60U 55″ 4K TV sold for only $1100 all over China!!!! The trick of course is how we in the future will get 4K video contents, the trick I think is to stream it all from the web. I believe most movies of this last century are or can be digitized and made available in 4K streaming as soon as movie studios and cinemateques around the world make the 4K version of all 35mm-sourced or often 4K-digital (for movies filmed in the last 5 or so years) movies available. How much bandwidth does one need for good 4K video streaming? My guess is 20mbitps may be enough, even less sometimes if the 4K comes from YouTube and Netflix, while a good 4K streaming provider should scale above 20mbitps if your home Internet connection for example has 50mbitps, 100mbitps downstream speed or above.