Category: OS

Litepoint NFC Testing

Posted by – February 26, 2014

Litepoint is a provider of wireless testing technologies that ensure wireless protocols in devices work. Litepoint is a San Jose, CA and Boston, MA based company. Litepoint offers NFC testing that goes beyond the pass/no pass testing systems to better ensure that NFC works. Litepoint sells their testing technologies to manufacturers of devices such as Foxconn. Litepoint technology is meant to be a production test as well as a performance test.

Website: http://www.litepoint.com/

P2i Waterproof Nanocoating

Posted by – February 26, 2014

P2i is a maker of liquid repelling coating for electronic devices. P2i’s nanocoating doesn’t absorb water but rather it repells water and makes whatever it is covering feel dry. P2i’s nanocoating is 1,000 times thinner then human hair. P2i’s nanocoating is based upon military technology. P2i offers coatings that protect against submersion and splashes. P2i will begin launching their technology later in 2014. P2i’s coating could in theory add only 1 dollar in cost to whatever device it is being added to.

Website: www.p2i.com

OAXIS InkCase Lite, ultra-thin E Ink back-cover for Smartphones

Posted by – February 26, 2014

Interchangeable into different back-cases and front-cases for a range of phones, OAXIS presents their InkCase Lite that gets its data from any smartphone over Bluetooth. OAXIS develops an SDK for Android apps to send data from the main LCD or AMOLED display to the secondary OAXIS E Ink display. You can for example read the web articles on your Smartphone’s E Ink back-cover, read an E-book on the E Ink, read your RSS feeds on E Ink and more.

YotaPhone 2, 4.7″ curved Touch E Ink and 5″ AMOLED and Snapdragon 800

Posted by – February 26, 2014

Yota Devices shows their next generation YotaPhone 2 with the Snapdragon 800 LTE and a 5″ AMOLED screen and a 960×540 curved touch-screen E Ink display covering the back case. They upgrade their YotaPhone SDK to enable Android apps to send data to the back-screen with one touch. Battery life when using the backside only can be measured in days and sunlight readability is full.

Bluetooth Smart 4.0/4.1 Low Energy

Posted by – February 26, 2014

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

Archos Touchscreen E Ink Smartwatch

Posted by – February 25, 2014

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 610 and 615 ARMv8 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 quad/octa core, 801 and 805/Adreno420 demos

Posted by – February 25, 2014

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.

Nokia Android Phone: Nokia X series launched starting at 89€

Posted by – February 24, 2014

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.

$234/189€/£162 MySaga M2, MT6589T 5″FHD reviewed by my 12-year old cousin Henry

Posted by – February 17, 2014

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″ 1920×1080 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.

MT6582 and MT6572 phones from Shenzhen Go East Electronics

Posted by – February 14, 2014

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 (800×480) 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.