Category: Android

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Huawei Watch 2 with Android Wear 2.0

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 28, 2017

The Huawei Watch 2 is a smartwatch designed for exercise running on the latest Android Wear 2.0 platform which brings refinements and improvements to Android wear. The Huawei Watch 2 is a reference design for Android wear. The Huawei Watch 2 features a design similar to a regular watch and is available in multiple colors. Pricing ranges from $329 - 379 depending on region. The device has fitness features like GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, and music playback. The Huawei Watch 2 can be paired with Android and iOS devices. There is ip68 dust and water resistance. The battery can last up to 21 days they say.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, 9.7″ AMOLED Tablet

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 28, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features a 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 pixel AMOLED display with HDR support and the S-Pen digital pen technology with up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity similar to tablets with Windows. The tablet features a USB 3.1 Type-C port with fast charging support. There 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and microSD card slot capable of handling cards up to 256GB. The body of the device is glass with an aluminum frame. Price and availability are to be determined and vary by region. There is also a magnetic keyboard with pen holder for the tablet.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus, Snapdragon 625, 5.2″ FHD IPS

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 28, 2017

Motorola Moto G5 Plus is the 5th generation of the popular G series budget Moto smartphone. The G5 has a metal back in fine gold and lunar grey for a more premium look. The Motorola G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch FHD IPS display, LTE, 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. The G5 has a 12 MP back camera with 4K recording. There is also quick charging. The G5 Plus comes in two capacities 32GB or 64GB with microsd. The fingerprint sensor can be used with gestures removing the need for onscreen navigation buttons. The price will probably be at or below $249.

$149 Lenovo Tab 4 10″, $249 Tab 4 10″ Plus, $109 Tab 4 8″ and $199 Tab 4 8″ Plus

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 28, 2017

The Standard tab 4 10" has a Snapdragon 425 processor, a 1200x800 resolution, 2gb of ram, and 16/32GB of storage. The 2MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera. The Tab 4 Plus 10" has a Snapdragon 625 processor, a 1920x1200 IPS display, 3GB ram/16GB storage and 4GB ram/64GB storage. There is A 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera. There's a USB 2.0 Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor as well. The Tab 4 10" Plus will have premium glass design.

$90 DOOGEE Shoot 1, 5.5″ FHD, MT6737

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 28, 2017

The shoot 1 from DOGEE is a their latest entry level Android phone with a Sharp 5.5" (full hd) display, MTK MT6737 64bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-T720MP2 GPU, an 8mp front camera, 13mp + 8mp back camera, 16b of rom and 2gb of ram. The price for Shoot 1 can be around $90 for distributors who buy 100 - 1000 pieces depending on the country.

LG G6

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 27, 2017

The LG G6 is the latest flagship phone from LG. The LG G6 features a 5.7" (2,880 x 1,440) screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Unique aspect ratio of the LG G6 enables having two screens at once. The LG G6 also has a minimal bezel which ensures the as much of the device as possible is screen. The G6 features a Snapdragon 821 processor. There is 32GB storage, microSD expansion, and 4gb of ram. For connectivity there is USB type C 3.1 with Quick Charge 3.0, NFC and LTE of up to 600 Mbps. There is a dual 13mp camera on the back 5mp camera on the front. The LG G6 is a dustproof and waterproof up to IP68. The vbattery is no longer removable and the design is no longer modular. The price and release date are to be determined and vary by region.

$1700 ODG R9, $1000 ODG R8 Augmented VR Headsets

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 26, 2017

ODG stands for Osterhout Design Group. ODG is a German producer of Virtual Reality glasses aimed primarily at enterprise with models for consumers and prosumers. ODG VR headsets are much smaller than normal VR headsets. The R8 headset features a 40 degree field of view and a 720p display for $1000. The R9 headset features a 50 degree field of view and a 1080p display for $1700. The R9 also features a front facing camera for augmented reality. The R9 features a MIPI port for different sensors. Both headsets feature a Snapdragon 835 processor and run on Android 7.0.

$299 Miraxess Mirabook 13.3″ Laptop Dock for Andromium Type-C Smartphones

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 25, 2017

The Miraxess Mirabook turns your smartphone into a 13.3" laptop. The device works with Android or Windows Smartphones through USB type C and charges your phone. The battery life is said to be 24 hours. The Mirabook features HDMI, USB Type C, and an SD Card Reader I/O for and Premium speakers. The device is a prototype with a target price of $299 and availability to be announced.

Inforce 6410Plus Snapdragon 600 Development Board

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 24, 2017

The Inforce 6410Plus is a Snapdragon 600 based development board. The Inforce 6410Plus features compatibility with a wide array of I/O such as camera connectivity and various sensors such as accelerometer. The Inforce 6410Plus features Arduino connectivity. The Inforce 6410Plus can run either Android or Linux. The Inforce 6410Plus is aimed primarily for robotics applications.

ARM OP1 Powered Samsung Chromebook Plus shipping on February 12th

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2017

You can buy the $449 Samsung Chromebook Plus Powered by 64bit ARM OP1 Hexacore RK3399-C dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-T860 GPU shipping out on Sunday at Amazon.com

As Intel's usual tactic when feeling under threat by disruptive ARM Powered technology, Intel is trying to confuse consumers by shipping out their buggy Intel core-m3 Samsung Chromebook Pro version to reviewers here, here, here, here and here.

TheVerge reports that Android apps support on Intel is horrible compared to the ARM Powered OP1 Chromebook:

consider that this ARM processor may do a better job of running most Android apps than the Intel processor on the Chromebook Pro. Those apps need to be translated from ARM code to x86 to run on Intel machines. However, the Android beta on the Chromebook Pro is in such a sorry state that I can't really judge. Google promises that it'll all be fixed by April, when the Pro launches. Right now, the Plus handles Android apps much better than the Pro.

The situation on the Plus is miles better than the situation on the Intel-based Chromebook Pro right now, which is so riddled with bugs and issues that I declined reviewing it in favor of this Plus. I describe in more detail the situation in another article, here.

As I suggested in my article demonstrating how OP1 is a Rockchip RK3399-C:

OP1 is optimized for the Chromebook market, with optimal performance, power consumption and price point. Optimized for smooth performance on high resolution display, dual USB Type-C, reliable Wi-Fi, 4K playback, it uses GPU Compute to optimize the performance of every aspect of the Chrome OS web browsing UI. Fonts, scrolling, displaying images, animations, video, all is optimized, improved and accelerated also by the Mali-T860 GPU. Unlike Intel x86 Chromebooks, I believe that the OP1 platform runs all Android apps natively without emulation, that is especially important for running advanced Android apps optimized for productivity, such as Microsoft Word, Excell, Powerpoint, OfficeSuite, PDF Editor, Free Office, Docs to Go, Google Drive, Polaris Office, Quip, WPS Office and thousands of other productivity apps already available on Android, and thousands of advanced games on Android, all these apps are optimized for ARM, with Native Code in them that just runs better on ARM. I would guess that running any of these thousands of advanced Android apps might consume half the power to run on ARM compared with x86.