Archos updates the firmware (in the next few days) on their latest high-end $299/299€ Archos 101 XS Tablet to 4.1 Jelly Bean, fully using hardware acceleration, integrating Google’s Project Butter, now with Google Now support, Archos also has upgraded some of the web-based meta-data functionalities in their Video Player application, it automatically detects videos that need meta data, posters and fan arts loaded in so that you can have a more interesting way to browse through your movies and tv shows library. This video also features the $49 Keyboard Coverboard Dock and the new $149/149€ dual-25W stereo Archos Speaker Dock.
Here are my expectations for Google’s rumored upcoming Chrome OS laptop/tablet hybrid:
– 12.85″ Pixel Qi LCD, Google sponsored, to be available to all other Android hardware makers as a new component. (Plastics based flexible unbreakable LCD for thinner lighter waterproof dustproof unbreakable build)
– Optical lamination allows for outdoor readable capacitive Pixel Qi LCD. Otherwise IR based Neonode touch can work.
– 20 million initial production batch, enough to make a significant mark on the market, next batch can be 100 million units.
– Android 5.0 to support Chrome OS on top of Android. Same for Ubuntu on top of Android. Multi-booting becomes standard feature of Android. It’s not really multi-booting, it’s enabling to run alternative Linux OSes on top of the base Linux OS of Android.
– $200, available worldwide on day 1. Second batch can be sold for $150 or $100. Schools can get rebates if they order one for every child. Google can subsidize a few of those millions to be used by Children in developing countries through the One Laptop Per Child project.
– 16GB Flash with SD slots and potentially a 2.5″ HDD slot.
– 25 hours battery life. 200 grams flat battery dock doubles battery life to 50 hours.
– Swivel screen. Super slim keyboard can hide behind screen for tablet mode.
– ARM Cortex-A15, either OMAP5 with SGX544 or Exynos5 with Mali-T604. Maybe another comparable ARM Processor.
– Modem slot, all types modems available as options, 3G+, LTE, White Spaces, easily user swapable. There is space for an internal usb modem too.
Let me know what you think of this rumored Google hybrid here or at my Google+ thread.
- Google reportedly gearing up to launch its own, 12.85-inch Chrome OS touch notebook in Q1 2013 (thenextweb.com)
- Google reportedly releasing 12.85-inch touch-enabled Chrome OS notebook at the end of 2012 (9to5google.com)
- Google Reportedly Preparing To Sell Self-Branded Chromebooks (techcrunch.com)
- Why Google might market a touchscreen Chromebook (pcworld.com)
- Chrome OS and Android: There can be only one (pandodaily.com)
- Google’s Touchscreen Chromebook − Pros and Cons (news.softpedia.com)
- [News] Why Google might market a touchscreen Chromebook (pcworld.in)
- Ubuntu for Android is imminent (armdevices.net)
- How I think that the ARM Powered Chromebook is a big deal for the industry (armdevices.net)
- Is Google Readying a Chrome Touchscreen Laptop? (scooprocket.com)
Hanging out with Zach Pfeffer, Android lead at http://linaro.org, they are working to optimize Linux on ARM.
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I think the Norwegian guys at Cotton Candy FXI-Tech actually kind of invented the HDMI stick market, when they first showed a prototype of the Cotton Candy exactly a year ago in November 2011. Since then, tons of other ARM SoCs have been shown and released to the worldwide market:
January 2012: Allways Innovating shows OMAP4 on HDMI Stick (not released yet as far as I know),
March 2012: Telechips Cortex-A5 ultra compact HDMI sticks (2, 3) appears (probably still the most compact)
May 2012: The Allwinner A10 Mk802 appears, has taken most of the market, appearing for $74 but now available for $25 from Shenzhen, a version is $40 with free worldwide shipping in the ARMdevices.net members store.
June 2012: Geniatech shows AmLogic single-core Cortex-A9 in HDMI Stick (available for $49 with worldwide shipping in the ARMdevices.net members store)
September 2012: RK3066 is ready for dual-core HDMI sticks
October 2012: The dual-core AmLogic MX HDMI stick and $99 with worldwide shipping the ARMdevices.net members store).
More RK3066 HDMI Sticks shown, the one with Bluetooth, mini-jack audio out and female HDMI port selling for $60 including worldwide shipping the ARMdevices.net members store.
And now perhaps the most powerful HDMI stick on the market is the i.MX6 Quad-core HDMI stick (2), available for $89 including worldwide shipping hopefully starting later today on the ARMdevices.net Members Store.
Read the full review of the Cotton Candy FXI-Tech HDMI Stick with many pictures here: http://blog.laptopmag.com/cotton-candy-tested-fastest-pc-on-a-stick-can-take-over-any-screen
Versatile Express is ARM’s development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.
The $249 http://arndaleboard.org is the worlds most powerful ARM based development board, providing developers with an ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 Samsung Exynos5250 development platform. It includes Android support now, Chrome OS and Ubuntu support to come soon and more also later. This video includes an unboxing of the development board bundled with the optional $250 7″ touch-screen.
The DragonBoard includes:
– The OPEN-Q™ main board with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A processor with dual-core CPUs, Android 4.0 operating system, WLAN/Bluetooth®/FM (WCN3660), GPS (WGR7640), 1GB SDRAM, 16GB eMMC, Connectors: micro SD, Micro HDMI, mini-USB.
– A carrier board with SIM slot, Audio codec (WCD9310), USB, Dual SATA, Dual USB & Ethernet, JTAG & RS 232, 5.1 Audio Surround, Expansion Connectors.
– A peripheral kit which includes a battery, a 4” MIPI Display Capacitive MultiTouch screen Daughter Board, and a MIPI 8MP Camera Daughter Board
You can read more about it at: http://intrinsyc.com/products/qualcomm/dragonboard.aspx
ARM provides simulation models a year or more before the first silicon can be made for upcoming ARM Processors, here demonstrating how developers can work today to prepare software for upcoming ARM Processors such as the ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors that are to be manufactured next year.
John Kalkman, Vice President, System LSI, Samsung Semiconductor Inc.
Abstract: Mobile computing devices are evolving faster than today’s process technology can support. The solution is in the total system design. By employing a wide range of innovative system centric technologies, we can enable tomorrows workloads today.
Speaker Bio: John Kalkman is Vice President of Marketing for Samsung Semiconductor Inc’s business in the Americas. As a senior member of the development team, John is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Samsung Semiconductor overall System LSI business which includes all logic business including application processor, image sensor and several other contributing silicon. With key target markets such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks, this division is gaining attention throughout the industry for its award-winning Exynos application processors as well as market-leading CMOS image sensor products.