Nandan Nayampally, ARM VP of Processor Marketing presents ARM Cortex-A17. ARM expects over 500 million mid-range smartphones to be shipped in 2015. The ARM Cortex-A17 provides a product that will be defining the performance and feature set for that mid-range smartphone segment. ARM Cortex-A17 is the most efficient mid-range mobile solution for smartphones and tablets ARM has ever delivered, essentially delivering a new mid-range performance point for 2015 (and beyond) that matches today’s high-end phones and tablets at a mid-range price point. ARM Cortex-A17 provides 60 percent higher performance than the Cortex-A9 and by using big.LITTLE technology Cortex-A17 can be paired with the Cortex-A7 processor for full system coherency. ARM Cortex-A17 is launched as part of ARM’s new suite of ARM IP for mid-range mobile devices together with the Mali-T720 GPU, Mali DP500 DPU, Mali-V500 and ARM POP IP.
Wiko Wax to be sold at 200€, with 4.7″ 720p, LTE using the Nvidia Tegra4i platform, to be available around April or so. Wiko is the third biggest Smartphone brand in France and they want to expand to more markets around the world. Wiko for example sells more than Apple and is second after Samsung in France at online retailers like rueducommerce, fnac, ldlc, cdiscount and more. 5megapixels front camera and 8megapixels back camera.
Sony’s new flagship phone on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 records 4K video, has a 5.2″ FHD improved Triluminous Bravia LCD, possibly the best LCD yet in the world, features Live Color LED, red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and customized color filters to produce a brighter and more uniform light creating richer colors on the screen without over-saturation like on some AMOLED. Then there’s also the latest psychovisual algorithmic Sony X-Reality picture engine, which analyzes each image to optimize colors, sharpness and contrast while also reducing noise. The latest Exmore camera does impressive 4K video record and the phone also has MHL 3.0 to output the 4K videos to a 4K TV.
Since 2011, many of the MeeGo team left Nokia to form Jolla, a Finnish company that wants to make phones based on their Sailfish OS. Sailfish OS is what’s left of Nokia and Intel’s MeeGo and the N9 mobile phone, the Sailfish software is based on the open-sourced components of MeeGo, while the Sailfish user interface is closed-source and had to be developed from scratch. Sailfish is compatible with some Android apps done in collaboration with the creators of Alien Dalvik, the Myriad Group, known for running Android apps with the Nokia N9. At their MWC booth, Jolla shows Sailfish OS running on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.
This is 360 video, presented by Finwe Ltd CEO Juha Kela. 360 video is a special video production technology that utilizes multiple cameras to produce a full spherical 360×180 degree video experience. Video from multiple sources is synchronized, fine tuned and stitched together with a software called Autopano Video and Autopano Giga by Kolor. Kolor also delivers solutions for 360 video hosting and playback on a PC and web browser. Web player is based on html5.
Finwe ltd has developed a movement and touch controlled 360 video player for mobile devices, called 360 VideoBall. In collaboration with Kolor, they also just released a pre-version of free Kolor Eyes Android player. Beyond that, mobile player can also be used with Kickstarter funded goggles vrAse. This cool gadget has lenses and a special frame that holds mobile phones inside. The mobile phone is then used as a movement controlled display device, producing a separate image for both eyes. There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro’s in a 360×180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
Finwe CEO Juha Kela also demonstrated a special custom technology that enables 6k 360 video playback on a mobile phone. Current devices support only 4k resolution, but with the special technology they developed devices can play back videos even with 8k resolution! With this solution, user can zoom into the video without losing the quality.
To be able to provide a full turn key solution for 360 video production and to support the marketing of the mobile 360 video player technology Juha Kela founded a company called FinCloud Ltd. FinCloud has already done number of multi camera productions and one of their productions, a 360 music video for Finnish band Apulanta is currently nominated in Spotify “Innovator of the Year” category in Emma Gaala. Emma Gaala is an annual event, which rewards the most significant players in the industry during a year.
There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro’s in a 360×180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. Special camera rigs are manufactured by Freedom360 and 360 Heros. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
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.