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I am going to film 50 videos at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2010
Mobile World Congress 2008
Image by Mark Wiewel via Flickr

Olé! I am going to Barcelona for the worlds biggest and most influential conference on Mobile phones, mobile Internet devices and future technology in the mobile world. This is going to be my first Mobile World Congress, so I am really looking forward to it.

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I am looking forward among other things to film videos of amazing new products and technologies among these:

- ARM Cortex A9 powered stuff, I expect Texas Instruments will have awesome demonstrations of this, and for sure more Nvidia and I wonder who else will show this technology.

- Nexus Two, Three and Four. What I mean by that are alternatives to HTC in making at least 3.7" WVGA AMOLED, Android 2.1 and 1ghz ARM Cortex A8 or faster smart phones. Those are likely to be on display by manufactures among others that are Samsung, Motorola, Acer.

- ARM Powered laptops are getting even closer to worldwide release. I would like to film more demonstrations of awesome looking Android laptops like the HP Airlife 100, Quanta manufactured prototypes, Marvell reference design prototypes and many more. It would be nice to see some of them run smooth Google Chromium OS and fast and smooth web browsers.

- May this be a perfect opportunity for big manufacturers to officially announce and launch Pixel Qi screens in new Laptop and Tablet form factors at affordable prices and with amazingly long batterz runtimes.

- I expect to see huge things from Google and from all the Open Handset Alliance and ARM Solutions Center for Andriod providing new amazing hardware acceleration solution in new software updates, demonstrating next generation Android solutions, showing more high resolution large screened Android solutions.

- Chrome OS demos, show those. Anything that is ARM Powered and that runs Chrome OS smoothly will be very interesting to see and interview software engineers about the status of running a full speed Chrome browser on ARM devices, what they plan to do and how soon it will be released and for how much. Can they run unlimited amounts of tabs on a $150 ARM Powered laptop with only 128MB RAM inside?

- How cheap can the cheapest Android phones be at this point? Will we see huge amounts of new manufacturers from around the world demonstrate cheaper Android phones and that still perform pretty well? Can we see $100 unlocked Android phones already, or at least below pointing at well below $200?

Please do contact me or post comments here if you hear about any specific awesome ARM Powered devices that I should film at the Mobile World Congress, I will try to film all the requests that I get in comments, by email and to my Google Buzz threads.

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Exclusive video review: First non-Nokia Maemo Tablet device, installing apps on the Optima OP5-E

Posted by Charbax – February 4, 2010

After my unboxing and review video and my video-interview from IFA, hyere's my third Optima OP5-E video where I test the installing of some of the .deb Maemo Linux applications (found at http://www.woojoy.com/repository/) from the File manager directly onto the Optima OP5-E.

This device is now being released with 3G access in China through China Mobile and is being integrated with HSDPA for release to the European market, if distributors or telecom service providers approach Optima for the release of this device. If you are a distributor, Optima has told me that they can be contacted directly about any enquiries on this device at Stephen Kwan's email address: shkwan@wtpacific.com or through their website: http://en.optima-china.com/

This is the first example of a Maemo Linux based device that is not manufactured by Nokia. I think this device might be sold below $300 unlocked while consider that the Nokia N900 costs over $600 unlocked.

My previous Optima OP5-E videos have had coverage on these sites among others:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/04/optimas-maemo-running-op5-e-mid-demoed-on-video-priced/
http://nexus404.com/Blog/2009/12/08/optima-op5-e-mid-reviewed-optimas-maemo-mid-comes-with-4-3-inch-screen-3-2-megapixel-camera-3g/
http://pocketnow.com/tech-news/optima-op5-e-runs-maemo-linux-just-like-nokia-n900
http://www.softsailor.com/news/13436-optima-op5-e-tablet-is-running-maemo-5soon-starting-from-300.html
http://www.jdmag.com/optima-op5-e-mid-the-first-non-nokia-maemo-device/
http://www.journaldugeek.com/2009/12/08/optima-op5-e-maemo/
and many more sites...

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Samsung launches SHW-M100S, 3.7″ AMOLED WVGA Android 2.1 phone

Posted by Charbax – February 4, 2010

3.7" AMOLED WVGA
800mhz, probably ARM Cortex A8
5megapixel
720p camcorder
T-DMB tuner
Android 2.1 with Google Marketplace and Samsung Touchwiz user interface stuff

Look forward to my video hands-on of this device at Mobile World Congress February 15-18th.

source: danawa.com
via: techmeme.com

Tim Sweeney talks about Unreal Engine on ARM Powered devices

Posted by Charbax – January 25, 2010

Tim Sweeney is the founder of Epic Games, he is in charge of the Unreal Tournament, Gears of War and plenty more very famous game franchises. But not only does his company make games, Epic makes the most famous and most popular 3D game engines on which hundreds of other games all over the industry are based on.

Now the Unreal engine is being launched for the Nvidia Tegra2 processor and has been showcased to run on other OpenGL ES based ARM Powered devices like the ipod touch.

In this interview, I ask when we will see Android devices with support for the Unreal Engine, and how many games does he think will work on all these ARM Powered devices that have the advanced 3D acceleration built-in.

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When will Nokia release Android devices?

Posted by Charbax – January 23, 2010

Hackers have installed Android as a dual-boot on a Maemo Linux based Nokia N900. Although Maemo Linux for sure is better than Symbian, I think Nokia might soon just as well release Android based devices. Android is free and open-source, it doesn't really make sense for Nokia to stubbornly stay with their own OS even if their own LiMo stuff also is open-source. My guess is Nokia engineers are working on Android and that it's only a political matter until Nokia officially would announce Android based products.

source: engadget.com

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4.8″ WVGA should be the sweet spot for more pocketable devices

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2010

As you would know from checking out my other fansite http://archosfans.com I am a fan of the 4.8" 800x480 resolution screens. I just wonder why we still haven't seen any so called "smart phone" with such screen size and pixel densities. I posted this opinion at crunchgear:

5″ is about the perfect sized screen at WVGA resolution because it fits in mostly all pockets and provides enough resolution with large enough pixels to provide near full PC-like web browsing and movie watching experience. I also think that it can provide near desktop-like applications experiences.

Normally, even with a kick-stand like on the Archos, you will hold the 5″ Tablet at about half arms length from your eyes, while the laptop screen usually is nearly at twice the distance from your eyes down on your lap or on a table further away (also because you have the keyboard and mouse pad).

So basically, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet pretty much provides you 75% the full resolution experience of web browsing on a Laptop and 75% the experience of watching a movie on a laptop. In terms of number of visible and reachable pixels per degree of angle of vision.

While the iphone only provides you with 33% the resolution/experience in both browsing and video watching compared to a laptop. That is why most of the actual use of iphones and other similar sized smart phones are mostly for actually only doing phone calls and playing music and running random low definition apps (with few buttons and little screen size to actually use).

You may count screen size difference between 3.5″ and 4.8″ as “only” 1.3″ difference. Another way to compare screen sizes is the mathematical way, which is to say the truth that Archos 4.8″ screen is 2x the surface area of the iphone screen. Basically it is really a huge difference.

Archos 5 next to the iphone

Archos 5 next to the iphone

And I just don’t think it is right to say that 4.8″ screened devices don’t fit in most people’s pockets. Wallets and Passports are all larger than 4.8″ in diagonal and they are designed to be transported in pockets all over the world. Walking around with business card sized LCD screens is just not good enough in my opinion if you really care to take the Web and Video with you everywhere.

Lotus Elite at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2010

Here's a new design for a phone made by LG.

Samsung Vodaphone 360

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2010

Sasha Pallenberg of http://netbooknews.com shows his Vodaphone Samsung 360 Linux based smart phone with a 3.7" AMOLED 800x480 screen, it features Facebook.
FEATURES
OS: Linux-based LiMo R2.0.1
CPU: ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX graphics
You can watch Sasha Pallenberg's own video-review and unboxing at http://www.netbooknews.de/11914/video-vodafone-360-samsung-h1-unboxing-und-hands-on/

LG Expo with add-on projector

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2010

LG Expo with add-on projector is using an 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon runs Windows Mobile 6.5.

LG GT540 Android phone

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2010

New Android based LG phone.