One of the most interesting aspects of MHL in my opinion is that MHL enables your Smartphone to run your PC/Desktop/Laptop experience. Now Acer is showing their Acer Extend prototype where it’s an “empty” good looking laptop shell as stylish as an Ultrabook, which only contains the display, battery, keyboard, mousepad and basic MHL support electronics, thus potentially being sold at a very cheap price, then you power that Laptop Dock with your Phone, in the similar way to the Motorola LapDock system of a couple of years ago. MediaTek is showing some Android software optimizations that they are doing to run this setup on their Octa Core MT6592 processor, thus switching the Android UI to a more Laptop-friendly orientation and configuration when the MHL connectivity to the Laptop Dock is triggered. Hopefully that Android 5 will feature optimized MHL functionality also, perhaps even enabling to instantly switch to a full Chrome OS like productivity state when the MHL to Laptop Dock is detected. MHL also demonstrates a couple of important HDMI sticks from Dell and from Roku which feature MHL support, making HDMI Sticks easy to use and clutter-free, automatically powered by the TV itself and running the full Productivity Suite or the Entertainment Functions directly on the HDMI Stick. Now with MHL 3.0, MHL supports up to 600mbit/s on the USB Host direction, something that I have been looking forward to since I started video-blogging about MHL in 2011. The potential here is to accelerate the adoption of ARM Devices for powering productivity.
Mozilla Principal Evangelist Tristan Nitot shows the latest Firefox OS devices that were launched at Mobile World Congress with Alcatel One Touch, LG, ZTE and Huawei. They even show a $25 phone running on the entry-level ARM Cortex-A5 smartphone SoC from Spreadtrum.
Archos presents their entry-level music enthusiasts phone, powered by the Mediatek MT6572 dual-core 1.3GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor. 4-inch IPS display with a 800x480pixel resolution, 4GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 1400mAh battery. This phone is released now for 110€ in Europe. You can find out more about it here: http://www.archos.com/gb/products/smartphones/titanium/archos_40btitanium/index.html
Fluendo is New York based provider of multimedia solutions and they have been in business for ten years. Fluendo oneplay can add multimedia support to any application on a variety of platforms. Fluendo oneplay is both an engine and an end user product. Fluendo oneplay enables you to use the same multimedia framework on a variety of platforms without using the different apis on each platform. Fluendo oneplay currently works on Android, iOS, Mac OS, Linux, and Windows. Fluendo oneplay is also hardware accelerated. Fluendo partners with large companies and can therefore use the technology and patents owned by those large companies. Fluendo’s solution is available for both developers and distributors with an unannounced price.
Company Website: www.fluendo.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.