Mark Powell, Executive Director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, answers my questions on Bluetooth LE (also known as BLE, also known as Bluetooth 4.0 and 4.1). Bluetooth Smart is Bluetooth LE with an application framework making it easy for applications developers to add support for the more advanced Bluetooth features. Bluetooth.com says it as "Bluetooth Smart products represent a quantum leap for Bluetooth technology, allowing billions of previously disconnected devices to join the connected world." at http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/Bluetooth-Smart-Devices.aspx
This summer, Archos will release this Touchscreen E Ink Smartwatch, running an E Ink optimized UI to display your smart notifications through the upcoming Archos Smartwatch App for Bluetooth 4/3 Smartphones on Android and iOS. Sunlight readability, always-on and battery life should be great. Archos also will release their non-touch E Ink Smartwatch for $129 a couple or so months before this one.
Qualcomm presents their latest ARM 64bit ARMv8 Snadragon 610 and 615 based on the ARM Cortex-A53 quad and octa core. These new include the Qualcomm Gobi 9X30's LTE Advanced Category 6 capability with up to 300Mbps 4G LTE modem, 3G HSPA+, CDMA, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi all in one chip. Enhanced ISP for imaging and camcorder quality and Adreno 405. Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 are pin compatible with the cheaper 64bit Snapdragon 410 enabling faster time to market. Qualcomm also shows their upcoming Snapdragon 805 with amazingly fast 4K video upscaling, 4K video gaming.
As I have been Google+'ing for the past 3-4 years, this is it, Nokia is finally releasing their low cost ultra nice Android phone. Selling worldwide starting today for around 89€. This is totally amazing and congratulations to the Nokia team for an awesome first step in the right direction!!
I would also like to see a few more improvements to this:
- Nokia Home be a home replacement on Google Play (to turn any other Android device into a Nokia Home Experience device (including switching over to Nokia Store, Nokia Maps and everything else that ships with a Nokia X)
- Bring Windows Phone apps to Android. Tweak the Android AOSP software to add Windows Phone apps support. (same in the other direction, support Android apps on Windows Phone platform).
- Announce that Nokia and Microsoft would not be against Google authorizing them to pre-install and support the official installation of Google Apps like Google Play, Google Maps, Gmail, and etc. If Google won't allow it, simply put public pressure so that media forces Google to open up how their Google Apps may or may not ship with modified Android devices. I think every device must be able to ship with any app and I think multiple app stores on a device is the best way.
- Nokia Store should include unlimited free apps for a very low monthly subscription price. Something like $5/month for unlimited games and apps. Start signing up as many paid app/games developers and of course include all the free ones anyway. Subscribers can have advertising disabled on ad-supported apps. For developing countries the monthly cost can be much lower, perhaps even for free in certain countries where the GDP per capita is very low. App/games developers can for example agree that their apps and games are to be free in certain regions of the world where people don't make a lot of salary.
ValueBasket.com provided me with a review sample of their MySaga M2 branded MediaTek MT6589T 1.5Ghz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 phone with a SGX544MP GPU running at 357MHz, running Android 4.2 smoothly with 1GB RAM and 16GB Flash. The quite impressive 5.0" 1920x1080 441PPI 16Million color display is manufactured by LG, back-camera is 13.0MP CMOS Sensor , F2.0 Aperture, 6P Precision Lens, with LED lights and front camera is 8.0MP BSI CMOS Sensor, F2.2 Aperture, 5P Precision Lens. My 12-year old cousin Henry with his YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/techtothepeoplevideo shows here the device in his video review. I have been using this phone as my main phone during these past 3 weeks and I can tell you it shows MT6589T runs 1080p 5" phones smoothly. With a 2100mAh battery the battery life is decent enough. Bluetooth 3, Wi-Fi, GPS, Dual-SIM HSPA+ all seems to work great. I don't know if MT6589T phones can be upgraded officially to Android 4.4 yet, but it can be rooted quite easily. At $234/189€/162£ retail price from http://www.valuebasket.com/en_US/mainproduct/view/15102-AA-WH including free shipping (you can see the different prices by changing the country in the bottom right corner of the page), this phone is quite good value for money.
Go East Electronics from Shenzhen shows their 2014 range of phones. Go East sells around 20,000 phones per week and 80,000 per month. Go east has a factory that employs around 300 people. Go east has a 6" WVGA (800x480) android phone with a MTK 6582 processor for 30 USD. Go East has another model with a a 5.3" screen and MTK 6582 processor for an unspecified price. GO east has a 4" WVGA with a MTK 6572 processor for 52 USD.
The latest range of tablets from Shenzhen Ployer.
Here's the contact information for Ployer (please tell them you saw the video):
Company Name: Shenzhen Ployer Electronics Co., Ltd.
Address: Building 8, Yusheng Industrial Park, Gushu, Xixiang, Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.
Zip Code: 518102
International Business Contact
Vuzix is showing their $1000 Smart Glass headmounted computer solution uses a compact WQVGA 16:9, 1Ghz OMAP4430 Powered, White Pearl display module and ultra-low-power driver IC from Kopin Corporation, 16GB Flash, 32GB MicroSD support, head-tracking sensors are 3 axis Gyro, 3 axis Accelerometer and 3 axis Magnetometer. 600mAh battery offering 1-2 hours of display usage but much more can be achieved with an external 3800mAh battery pack. Camera does 5megapixel photos and 1080p video. Mounting options include over head, Safety Glasses and can be used on either left or right eye. They have an SDK for further Android development for it links up using Bluetooth 4.0 to Android or iOS host device. You can read more about it here: http://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_m100/
Showing their latest tablets. RK3026 for $35, the best they have is 1280x800 $105 MediaTek powered tablet. They also have a $17 NFC power bank that doubles as a speaker. MT6589 5" 1920x1080 for $130.
MediaTek MT6572 powered Smartwatch with 512MB, 4GB Flash, Camera, SIM card support. $37 RK3026 7" tablet. Also a more-than-$200 Intel reference tablet.