Category: Android

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Rockchip RK3229 Smart Speakers Solution runs Android Things with Google Assistant

Posted by Charbax – February 25, 2018

Rockchip has optimized their RK3229 and RK3036 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 System on Module solution to run Android Things or another optimized Linux OS to be able to support Google Assistant, Alexa, iflyertek, DuerOS for high-end to low cost smart speaker products and intelligent voice interactive products, supports sound source localization, sound field enhancement, echo cancellation and noise suppression technology. This Rockchip RK3229 Solution supports 8 channel digital silicon microphones directly connected chip solution, and thus achieves an overall solution of cost-effectiveness and high expandability for the Smart Speakers market.

Onyx Note 10.3″ vs reMarkable 10.3″

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2018

I think the most promising Note E-reader form factor, here I compare devices using the same awesome 10.3" flexible (plastics based) E Ink display at 1872x1404 at 226dpi, in thin and light 320-350gr form factors but with different E Ink implementations yet where the Onyx Note seems smoother in the way it manages note taking, page turning, navigating inside of its Android based UI. While the reMarkable seemed to "blink" more in its (Linux?) based UI and with the note taking also seemingly smoother on the Onyx Note at least based on the current firmware that I was able to test and based on how I was able to use the reMarkable. The Onyx Note is shipping shortly at $549 on Amazon (I think they said it's to start shipping between now and February) while the reMarkable is available at $599 on their website once the perfect Android apps for smart collaborative and productive work are available especially for the Onyx Note (I am not sure how the reMarkable manages evt collaboration work and productivity?), I believe this market segment could grow rapidly to be a very important new market segment. One where creative people will be able to read and work with ideas, with texts in a much more interesting and productive way.

$1499 DLP 4K Projector Optoma UHD50 and UHD51A with Amazon Alexa

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2018

World leader in 4K projectors, Optoma presents their lower cost UHD50 to make 4K Projection more accessible to the mass market. This one features 2x HDMI 2.0 ports, HDR10, 50% vertical lens shift, 1.3 zoom. 2400lumen while the UHD60 is 3000lumen, RGBRGB color wheel, 2 inches smaller, 2 pounds lighter. For $200 more, they are also shipping the UHD51A with the same features as the UHD50 but it also comes with Amazon Alexa support, an Ethernet port, it runs Optoma's implementation of Android (not for installing apps, possibly for Google Assistant support also), USB Host port.

Onyx Boox Note 10.3″ and Max2 13.3″ now shipping

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2018

At CES 2018, Onyx is launching Boox Note, the nicest E Ink device yet, thin and light (320gr) 10.3" 1872x1404 (227dpi) E Ink notepad e-reader to be shipping in February at $549 on Amazon (with a red limited edition for Valentine's Day) and the Onyx Boox Max2 is a 13.3" 2200x1650 (207dpi) E Ink notepad e-reader at 550gr in weight for sale now at $849 at (price to be $799) both run on a Quad-core ARM Processor, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, very long battery life with a 4100mAh battery in both. The HDMI input is available on Max2 to use the 13.3" E Ink display as a Computer monitor. Both come with WACOM stylus note input with 2048 levels of touch input for annotations, note taking, idea scribbling, pdf document scribble overlays, with 11 ebook formats supported, eventually that can be used for collaboration and productivity. Both run Android and any Android apk that runs on Android 6 can be loaded and used on these devices which run with 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash storage with a MicroSD slot.

Gemini PDA at CES 2018

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2018

Successfully funded with over $1.2 Million on Indiegogo, the Gemini PDA dual boots Android and Debian Linux, comes with a nice keyboard, dual USB Type-C, HDMI output through Type-C, USB Host, option back facing Camera module, 5megapixel front facing camera for video-chat. They have a whole bunch of keyboard shortcuts and a nice UI for shortcuts at the bottom. One SIM card slot and a second eSIM support, LTE it runs on the MediaTek X27 with LTE.

Skyworth 100″ 4K HDR Android TV, 77″ OLED, cheap 55″ Android TV

Posted by Charbax – December 22, 2017

Skyworth shows their latest and upcoming 4K HDR TV range with Android TV. Including a 100" Android TV. Skyworth also sells 77", 65", 55" OLED TVs (probably manufactured by LG) with JBL audio. Skyworth 65" 65Q8 LCD LED. 55" 55G7 and 55G6 with Android TV with HLG support, cooca sound bar.

Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 970, 10nm, AI computing

Posted by Charbax – December 22, 2017

With 5.5 Billion transistors, this is one of the most advanced ARM Processors for smartphones in the world, included in the Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A73, quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-G72MP12 GPU, featuring the built-in neural network processing.

Geniatech Tablet Dock for 96Boards

Posted by Charbax – December 11, 2017

Geniatech shows their Tablet Dock for use with 96Boards compatible/sized development boards, where the board can just be swapped into the Tablet Dock to power it, including with touch support. To be distributed by Arrow at an affordable price.

Geniatech also provides a range of 96Board sized open source Qualcomm 410, 820 based development boards which you can see some of them featured in this video filmed at Embedded World 2017:

$79 Poplar Android TV Development Board by Hoperun on Hisilicon Hi3798CV200

Posted by Charbax – December 4, 2017

Poplar is the first development board compliant with the 96Boards Enterprise Edition TV Platform specification. Developed by HiSilicon, the board features the Hi3798C V200 with an integrated quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex A53 processor and high performance Mali-T720 GPU, making it capable of running any commercial set-top solution based on Linux or Android. Its high performance specification also supports a premium user experience with up to H.265 HEVC decoding of 4K video at 60 frames per second. It's available for $79 at

Thundersoft CTO Pengcheng Zou talks Open Source Automotive and more

Posted by Charbax – December 4, 2017

Thunder Software Technology Co., Ltd. is a smart device operating system and platform technology provider since 2008, providing smart device operating system solutions, speeding-up time to market for smart phone, IoT, automotive, robots, drones, cars, smart logistics, with years of R&D investment in mobile OS technology such as Android, Linux, Windows and HTML5, from the hard drive, operating system kernel, and middleware to upper application, and has accumulated extensive experience along with a large number of IP including protocol stack, deep learning, computer graphics techniques, operating system optimization, security solutions, etc.