At the IDTechEx show, Sharp demonstrates Memory LCD technology that delivers high-contrast, high-resolution displays for outdoor use. They are already being used in the quite popular Pebble watch. These LCD modules embed 1-bit memory in every pixel to enable each pixel to hold state while requiring low power. This delivers an "always on" display that uses little power (only a single supply voltage is required), even when updating images. This helps designers create products with long battery life. It also eliminates sweeping images or "ghosting", because only the part of the image that requires updating needs to be changed. The response time of Sharp's Memory LCDs makes it fast enough to display motion video. Right now Memory LCD is thus a quite good contender for the Smartwatch market, with Android Wear being a possibility also, perhaps Smartphones could use Memory LCD also to design a smartphone with potentially weeks of battery life instead of a day or two.
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Maysun is an OEM/ODM manufacturer of smartphones now shipping models with LTE, finger printing, large battery capacities up to 5000mAh, wireless charging, their RMA rate is less than 4%. Founded in 2008, Maysun has its own R&D team and a big factory employing more than 300 workers at their assembly and SMT lines, Maysun outputs Smartphones with a production capacity of 8000 smartphones per day, 250 thousand smartphones per month. You can read more about Maysun at http://www.maysuncn.com/
Actions Semiconductor launches their first 96boards development board running Android 5 Lollipop, Ubuntu based on Linaro codebase, based on Actions S900 Quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 with PowerVR G6230 GPU, Memory 1-8GB DDR3, Storage support 4-64GB eMMC. Rich interfaces including HDMI, USB2.0 host and Micro USB2.0, LAN, WIFI.
Huateng flag D1 is a Dual display smartphone with a 5" FHD LCD and a 4.7" E Ink display at 960x540, touch screen is on both sides, the phone is based on MT6752 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 64bit with Mali T760-MP2 GPU. 2G RAM and 16G Flash, Micro SD card support up to 64GB. Android5 is supported.
Gordon Zheng, Founder and Lead Developer, presents Andromium OS, described as a guest OS that run on top of Android, leveraging existing Android API's as well as a new UI library to bring a productivity keyboard/mouse desktop style user experience similar to Windows and OSX. Currently Android does not support a true multi-window experience, however some manufactures like LG and Samsung have made some modification to android (ROM) to bring the side by side apps and windows app experience for their devices. Andromium takes a similar approach, while Samsung and LG's approaches are exclusive to their devices, Andromium OS runs on any Android device as long as their device support Android version 4.4 and above. The next step for Andromium will be to release a Developer SDK and Andromium app store to the developer community, to grow the OS ecosystem.
The Andromium SDK, designed as an additional library that developers can import into their existing Android projects, allowing their android apps to inherit the Andromium OS multi-windows functionality, as well as have the correct UI elements for a keyboard and mouse interface. The Android developers can continue to use their favorite Developer environment: ADT or Eclipse, they just have to import Andromium's library into their project.
Currently Andromium OS in on the Google playstore as a public beta, it is currently around 5mb download. Long term the OS/App will stay relatively small. Andromium can support most devices on Android 4.4 and above (including Lollipop). The Andromium OS/UI is hardware accelerated, so that users should experience 30fps or above according to the performance of the ARM Processor. For example on a Samsung Note 4, Andromium OS can play a 4k video, surf in the browser and still have close to 30fps ui rendering when moving or resizing the application windows.
Using ST Microelectronics ARM Cortex-M4, MediaTek MT2502 ARM7EJ-S or Ingenic MIPS, using Sharp Memory LCD, E Ink or regular LCD, pricing from below $50 to $100 for an MT6572 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 based Apple watch clone running Android. Mifree says that they are currently shipping more than 100 thousand smartwatches per month out of their smartwatch factory. Mifree also shows how they can add a PCB to a classical style watch to make it smart.
You can contact Mifree here:
Unuiga shows their new ultra low cost Rockchip RK3128 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400MP4 Set-top-box selling for only $29 (1K bulk) with 1GB RAM and 8GB Flash. Supports H265 FHD playback. Unuiga can even deliver the RK3128 HDMI Stick configuration for only $25 when ordering 1000 pieces in bulk. Android 5 Android TV should be supported next month.
You can see my previous videos with Unuiga here: http://armdevices.net/category/companies/unuiga/
You can contact Unuiga here (please only contact if you're a distributor):
Company Name: Great Harmony Electronics Industrial Limited
Factory Name: Shenzhen Ulike Technology Co.,Ltd.
Factory Address: 5F, E Building, Dakan Technology Park, Xili Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China
Tel: +86 755 86110143
Fax: +86 755 86330445
Cell: +86 18038133940
Web : http://www.unuiga.com
Allwinner shows their first 64bit Tablets, running the Allwinner A64 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 running Android 5 Lollipop. Allwinner positions this solution as the cheapest 64bit Tablet solution, a step-up from the 32bit sub-$4 Allwinner A33, planning mass production for June 2015, here showing it running in a 9.6" 1280x800 tablet. Featuring 9.9 second fast boot, HDMI, improved smart color, 4K video playback, H265 hardware decode.
GOCLEVER CHRONOS ECO vibrates and displays notifications from the Smartphone. Using the dedicated Android/iOS application, users can choose which notifications from which app to vibrate and display. The display is always on using the Sharp Memory LCD technology, provides pretty impressive contrast for indoor and outdoor use with backlight that can kick in on touch and on lifting the wrist. With an amazing 20-day battery life with the always-on display always active, thanks also to the Nordic Semiconductor ARM Cortex-M0 processor, GOCLEVER CHRONOS ECO is to be available in May for around $70 on Ebay and Amazon in most of the EU.
You can read more about it at http://www.goclever.com/uk/products,c1/smartwear,c114/chronos-eco,a455.html