Rockchip is launching their next generation 28nm High-K Metal Gate processor, on the ARM Cortex-A9 with quad-core Mali-400. First devices are to reach the market in the next couple of months.
Microsoft is showing off Surface RT, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, a bunch of devices running these.
Paypal launches a new way to pay for things easily and quickly using a check-process on your smartphone or tablet. Go to the restaurant, launch check in on your paypal app, it launches the restaurant’s menu, you click on the app to order, the server comes with the food, you leave, you’ve already paid. This removes 66% of the waiters effort. Go to a cafe, check-in on paypal, they know you want a cappuccino, you get it quickly and leave, no cash, no confirmation, no anything. You park your car, check in on paypal, that’s it, you’re paying for your car park until you check-out, take the car and leave.
You can watch Paypal CEO, David Marcus’s keynote at LeWeb 2012 here:
Augment is a free application for Android, iPad and iPhone to visualize any 3d model in Augmented Reality. Print the marker, select the model you want to see and the augmented reality happens in front of you. You can upload your own 3d model or visualize one of the 3000 already present in the galleries. You can get the app there: http://augmentedev.com
This is the coolest Android tablet for gaming, Archos releases it imminently in Europe for 149€, US availability to be confirmed. Here I’m demonstrating some of the latest advanced Android games called Dead Trigger, Rip Tide and a couple other.
Archos launches this new cool 8″ 1024×768 Tablet on Rockchip RK3066, super slim and light design, for $199 without the $49 Keyboard Coverboard dock.
Here’s Archos new cheaper 8″ Rockchip RK3066 1024×768 4:3 tablet with smooth Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, thus being released by Archos in January for $149/149€. Consider that european prices always include about 20% VAT taxes which are never included in US dollar prices thus $1 = 1€.
Archos releases the worlds largest tablet at an affordable $299/299€ price. Right now available in Europe for 299€ with the Allwinner A10 processor and with a 1280×800 wide view capacitive screen.
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)