InHand Hydra-T3 Ruggedized 7″ Pixel Qi tablet released

Posted by – March 28, 2012

InHand releases their new Hydra-T3 ruggedized 7″ Pixel Qi tablet. It runs on the Texas Instruments DaVinci DM3730 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 and 800MHz TMS320C64X+™ DSP, up to 1GB DDR2, up to 16GB eMMc Flash, the Pixel Qi LCD screen is the 7″ 1024×600 built using a chemically strengthened resistive touch screen layer (I wonder how readable this resistive Pixel Qi implementation is). Having been tested through the military specs MIL-SPEC, MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F it can support extreme temperature, fluid contaminates, solar radiation, fungus, immersion, shock and vibration. It uses a 37WHr redundant 3.7V Lithium Polymer battery for up to 10 hours of battery life. It can run Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows Embedded Compact 6.

This tablet seems to compete with the Orchard Inc Toughlet which is also a ruggedized 7″ Pixel Qi tablet for military and industrial use. The military and the industry must be very eager to use the Pixel Qi screen for tablets outdoor readability, low power consumption as soon as possible.

Read more about this new Pixel Qi tablet at: inhand.com
Source: InHand press release

Sony to launch the first ARM Powered Chromebook?

Posted by – March 24, 2012

According to some FCC leak and rumoring, it looks like Sony is about to release a new Chromebook and the FCC info may point towards it running on an ARM Processor! T25 is the leaked processor info, that sound like the Tegra 250 T25. I think the thinking was T25 is intermediary between T20 and T30, in between Tegra2 and Tegra3. Basically, I think, the hope should be that if it’s a Tegra2, that it has a new faster memory bandwidth and a higher clock speed compared to the “first generation” Tegra2 devices that were released back since the end of 2010!

The Dual-core TI OMAP4470 runs at 1.8Ghz, the Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Krait S4 runs above 1.5Ghz, might it be that a new Dual-core Nvidia T25 processor also runs at similar clock frequency and might it be that the T25 has an improved memory bandwidth?

If Sony plans to have a target price for it around $199 for the 11.6″ version, with upwards 20 hours battery life, make it the thinnest, lightest, this can become one of the new top selling laptops in the world.

Source: laptopreviews.com via: engadget.com

900,000 Rockchip RK2918 7″ Tablets purchased by Thailand’s Government for Education

Posted by – March 21, 2012

The 900,000 Scopad SP0712 Android tablets are going to be delivered before the next semester. The first batch of 50,000 tablets to be delivered within 15 days of the signing of the memorandum of understanding (which may mean 15 days from now).

The price per tablet is $82 and to be delivered by Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development. The Chinese Government had suggested four suppliers be considered for the deal including also Huawei Technologies Co, TCL Cooperation and Haier Information Technology (Shenzhen).

I don’t know if those have capacitive screens, what the battery life is going to be.

I think it’s crucial for the successful use of tablets in education for those to include a Pixel Qi LCD screen! Readability and very low power consumption are crucial features for these! Android tablets can become very successful tools for education, but they need to last 20 hours on a battery and not 5 hours! And the screens need to be as readable as paper! And the screen must be usable outdoors!

Not using Pixel Qi I think may be the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful educational tablet initiative! In rich countries, consumers don’t care much, because they always have enough power, they don’t care about reading and they are satisfied just playing video games on the devices, in rich countries, the tablets are just being used as entertaining gadgets for a bit of fun, nearly no productivity happens thus far. If you want to use tablets in education, you really carefully have to think about usability, battery life and productivity.

A $5 keyboard dock design can also be quite crucial for those to actually be usable for productive learning!! A built-in kick-stand I think is also pretty much compulsory.

The Pheu Thai Party promised during its campaigning ahead of last year’s election that, if voted in, it would give a tablet computer to every first-grade student nationwide.

Gp Cpt Anudith said the next step was to draft the agreement and forward it to the Office of the Attorney General for checks. The process would be finished before the end of this month, he said.

Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretary-general to the Office of Basic Education, said: “The G to G contract and MoU agreement are not that different, and the Chinese government will help us deal with the supplier and get as low a price as possible.”

Mr Chinnapat said the first batch of about 50,000 tablets would be sent to Thailand within 15 days of the MoU being signed. A team of 1,000 experts will train 15,000 teachers and supervisors nationwide on tablet use in early May.

According to Rockchip, here are the 3 key points for the Rockchip Tablet solution to win governmental tender projects:

1: RK2918 has the highest cost-performance for governmental tender projects;
2: RK2918 MID has already passed CTS certification from Google both on Android 2.3.5 and Android 4.0.3 version, which is the most important thing for governmental tender projects;
3: RK2918 has its good reputation for its well software-supporting service from Rockchip Electronics among its clients all over the world.

Source: bangkokpost.com

Grandstream GXP2200, GXP2124, DECT phones announced at CeBIT 2012

Posted by – March 19, 2012

GrandStream is one of the leaders in cost effective VOIP SIP phones. They’ve now been on the market for 10 years and they are showing their next generation Android powered VOIP phones for the office, hotels, also for any consumers to use in the home. Just get one of these with your SIP VOIP account and you’re all set for free phone calls!

This video features following devices:
GXP1105: 1:49 (40€)
GXP1405: 2:18 (50€)
GXP1450: 2:38 (60€)
GXP2100: 3:00 (80€)
GXP2110: 3:35 (110€)
GXP2120 (110€)
GXP2124: 4:48 (new announcement at CeBIT)
GXP2200 Android HD IP Phone: 5:22 (new announcement at CeBIT)
GXV3140: 7:18 (140€)
GXV3175: 9:06 (240€)
DECT phones: 10:06 (new announcement at CeBIT)

NameRobot.de, online naming tool

Posted by – March 19, 2012

NameRobot.de is built by linguistics specialists and programmers, it can help generate names with available domain names for startups.

Twago.com freelance marketplace

Posted by – March 19, 2012

Twago is one of the biggest marketplaces for freelancers that can program web apps and anything else in IT that someone can need. This service competes with freelancer and elance.

Transfluent, translation for social media and websites

Posted by – March 19, 2012

Transfluent is a service that offers effortless, near real-time professional translation to social media feeds and websites.

CorruptionTrak, crowd-sourced corruption tracking

Posted by – March 19, 2012

CorruptionTrak is a service that aggregates data regarding incidents of petty/day-to-day corruption in India and acts as a channel to direct this data to relevant authorities. All the reports logged are made freely available to the public, including journalists, NGOs and concerned governmental authorities. They withhold the names of their citizen reporters from public view and make them available only to trusted authorities for further investigation. The relevant authority may contact citizen reporters for more information if it decides to investigate the case.

Xattel, augmented reality community/messaging app

Posted by – March 19, 2012

Xattel is an app shows an augmented reality layer for social networking.

brightsideofnews.com: Huawei U9510 Ascend D Quad XL Benchmarked

Posted by – March 17, 2012

Brightsideofnews.com provides this benchmark of the HiSilicon K3V2 powered Huawei U9510 Ascend D Quad XL phone comparing it with some of the other super phones on the market:

According to this benchmark (which I don’t really know how it was measured and what it really means in terms of real Android usage performance):

Huawei K3V2 processor managed to beat NVIDIA Tegra 3, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660, Samsung Exynos, TI OMAP4 right off the bat. At 1280×720 resolution (HD Ready), the HiSilicon K3V2 and its GPU managed to achieve 25 frames per second, with the closest follower being Qualcomm Snapdragon and its Adreno 220 GPU with 18 fps. In the same benchmark, NVIDIA Tegra 3 with its ULP GeForce GPU only managed to reach 12 frames per second.

Source: brightsideofnews.com

Read more at: huaweidevice.com

More benchmarking: phandroid.com