LG T385 Wi-Fi

Posted by – February 29, 2012

Here’s “the only feature phone at the LG booth”. It can be sold probably below $49.

Fujitsu Quad-core Tegra3 phone

Posted by – February 29, 2012

Fujitsu is showing some of their latest Android smartphone designs, here’s their new Quad-core Tegra3 based smartphone.

Eric Schmidt at Mobile World Congress 2012

Posted by – February 29, 2012

I didn’t actually interview him. But here’s the official 1-hour keynote video. I think Eric Schmidt takes the role of kind of being the President of the Internet. He talks for connecting the next 5 billion people to the Internet through $20 ARM Powered devices as soon as possible. He talks about lowering the price of Internet access in developing countries. He talks about the amazing time in technology that is now.

Live from the Windows 8 on ARM Preview event!

Posted by – February 29, 2012

I’m at the Windows 8 Preview event here in Barcelona. It’s probably live streaming somewhere at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/preview

I’m going to try to ask them about third party Desktop Apps for ARM, let me know which questions you would like me to try to ask Microsoft representatives about Windows 8.

Here are some answers:

– Desktop apps on Windows Store and Windows Store for ARM: They’ll clarify it to my email later. Steve Synofsky says it’s clear in the blog post. Windows Store is for Metro apps but there is a “parallel thing” (paraphrasing) for Desktop apps, the whole Third Party Desktop Apps for Windows 8 are not to be previewed on the Consumer Preview release yet.

– Multi-booting other OS when secure boot is in use. Steve Synofsky says that is up to the OEM. Secure Boot is a feature Microsoft provides as an option. The whole point of Secure Boot is that people cannot just “boot stuff from their garage”. But he did not seem to dismiss that OEMs can dual-boot for example Android or Ubuntu on the same device.

He didn’t say if Microsoft plans to do backroom deals with manufacturers to force them only to load Windows 8 and nothing else on devices or not, I guess not, but you never know… Maybe they do not apply “rebates” for OEMs that make things a bit “too open”, does that make any sense?

– Windows 8 remains just TI, Qualcomm, Nvidia business for now on ARM, as with Windows Phone, Microsoft limits the number of ARM Partners that can fully hardware accelerate their software platform for now. I think a lot of the other ARM chip providers are in discussions with Microsoft to see when they can also support their software. My guess is Microsoft wants a very high performance for the first supported ARM SoCs, that is why it only is being demonstrated on TI OMAP4470, Nvidia Tegra3 and Qualcomm Krait MSM8960 for now.

If I do get in contact with someone from Microsoft over email to get clarifications for Windows on ARM, please let me know in the comments what type of questions remain to be answered.

I filmed about 15 minutes of the highlights of the keynote and I will upload that video in a couple hours so check back.

Panasonic Eluga, 4.3″ qHD, OMAP4430 Dual-core 1Ghz

Posted by – February 29, 2012

Panasonic releases this beautiful new thin, stylish, awesome 4.3″ qHD OLED screen, Texas Instruments OMAP4430 1Ghz Dual-core, Android Ice Cream Sandwich phone. To be released worldwide in April, it’s waterproof and dust-proof, the price may even be competitive!

Dream Chip xBounds mirroring to their OMAP3 HDMI dongle

Posted by – February 29, 2012

xBounds is a new solution for low bitrate Android mirroring.

Freescale Augmented Reality mixed with Immersive Virtual Reality

Posted by – February 29, 2012

Freescale shows how Augmented Reality applications can launch Virtual Reality applications.

Freescale Home Health Hub Reference Platform and Augmented Reality

Posted by – February 29, 2012

Freescale is working on some augmented reality using a tablet to identify medecine and help people who can need augmented medial advice.

Panasonic Eluga Power, Qualcomm Krait S4 MSM8960, 5″ 720p LCD screen

Posted by – February 29, 2012

Check out this awesome looking new 5″ Panasonic phone running Ice Cream Sandwich on the next generation Qualcomm MSM8960 Krait processor, with NFC, it’s Waterproof.

Build your own Henri Maillardet Drawing Automaton for $70 with rulers, motors and the Arduino

Posted by – February 29, 2012

James Devine made this automatic pen printer device as his hobby. It took him about 3 days of work, programming the Arduino, the motors, putting stuff together, now it can print any black and white picture automatically. It reminds me of the totally amazing 1810 Henri Maillardet Automaton. James Devine works as a electrical engineer at CERN, standby to work on electrical systems for all the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. James Devine released the source code and info about his robot drawing arm at his blog.