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Huaqiangbei Shenzhen Smartphones Market

Posted by Charbax – April 8, 2012

Here is my first 2012 video at the Shenzhen Smartphones Market! This market is so awesome, huge, fantastic, compressed, action packed, full of devices, walking around the Shenzhen Smartphones market is hugely impressive. Check back in the days to come as I'll post videos of the coolest devices that I can find here.

Smartphone repair at the Shenzhen Smartphones Market

Posted by Charbax – April 8, 2012

At the Smartphones market in Shenzhen China, you can find these experts who can open up any broken phone, find out what is broken and fix them. They have screws, soldering irons, volt measuring equipment, cutters, and other equipment to analyse, find the defects and fix the devices.

I’m in Shenzhen and Hong Kong this week!

Posted by Charbax – April 7, 2012

I'm video-blogging 3 conferences this week, Shenzhen Electronics Fair (April 10-11th), China Sourcing Fair (April 12, 15th) and the HKTDC Electronics Fair (April 13-14, 16th). is the place to be, in the coming days I will post over a hundred videos of the latest upcoming Chinese Android devices, such as the coolest most affordable newest Android smartphones, tablets, ARM Powered laptops, set-top-boxes, e-readers, is the website to go to to get the most extensive coverage of the status of those technologies out of Shenzhen and Hong Kong China!

As last year, I'll try to provide you with some behind the scenes videos showing how the factories, electronics markets, PCB design houses, that is, if I find some companies who invite me in for filming.

Let me know here in the comments of any awesome Shenzhen company that you think I should visit today, tomorrow, on the 9th, and let me know right here and to my email if there are any awesome Chinese companies that you think I should video-blog in priority at the 3 upcoming conferences.

Here are some of the topics I expect to find here and film:

- MT6575 qHD 4.3" ARM Cortex-A9 ICS smartphones, sub-$140? (also 3.5-5" at variable pricing)
- MT6573 WVGA 3.5-5" ARM11 ICS smartphones, sub-$80?
- RK2918 (other?) awesome ARM Powered laptops running ICS and Chrome for Android smoothly today, sub-$80?
- 9.7" IPS (exact same screen as iPad1/2) Android ICS tablets, powerful Boxchip A10/Rk2918 and faster, sub-$120?
- Super smooth Boxchip A10, RK2918, AmLogic, i.MX53 ICS capacitive 7" 1024x600 tablets, sub-$70?
- Smooth ST-Ericsson U8500 7" 1024x600 ICS with built-in 3G, sub-$80?
- RK2918, AmLogic (other?) set-top-box, potentially Google TV ready, sub-$50?

Of course it'll be awesome to discover all those and much more. Things like flexible E Ink devices may be brewing somewhere in Shenzhen (to be shown already?), can I find some Pixel Qi devices? Which are the other affordable ICS Smartphone, Tablet platforms that are coming out of Shenzhen?

Let me know what you think is coming out of Shenzhen now. Let me know what you know is coming out of Shenzhen now. Give me company names, product names, component descriptions, send me everything and comment, thanks!

FON launches Fonera Simpl with EAP

Posted by Charbax – April 3, 2012

FON is the worlds biggest WiFi community, thus far with 5 million users around the world using FON routers to share their WiFi internet with neighbors and roam the world for free. Now they are adding EAP functionality to the WiFi router offering mobile operators a unique way to relieve congested networks. The idea is that you can maybe soon get closer to unlimited data for a very cheap pre-paid or subscription smartphone contract, all the while the carrier tries to connect you on WiFi as often as possible and as automatically as possible. As is trying to do it in the USA, all the worlds carriers should implement FON support and automatically connect to FON WiFi hotspots for transfering the data and voice packets and thus save on 3G and 4G bandwidth costs. Monthly traffic generated via Fon WiFi is over 2 Petabytes, a 20 fold increase in just two years. Today, the size of the Fon network increases by a thousand hotspots every four hours, 100 times faster than in 2008. I'd like to see FON include White Spaces in the routers and thus contribute to create a worldwide free unlimited bandwidth network for everyone!

You can read more in the press release

Apple buys Facebook for $92.5 Billion, investors panic

Posted by Charbax – April 1, 2012

At 1:13PM Eastern Time, Apple Computers Inc announced that they have been in advanced talks for the past 3 months to acquire Facebook Inc of Santa Clara. The deal is about $69.1 Billion in cash and $23.4 Billion in shares. Apple Computers Inc CEO Tim Cook said:

We love what Facebook Inc has done with Social Networking and find it to be a perfect match to integrate with our iCloud and iTunes. If the European regulators approve of our plans to acquire Facebook Inc, we will integrated it Ping and the App Store. Our goal is to strengthen our position on cloud technologies through acquiring Facebook's technology and talented workforce and together we plan to build a strong search competitor to Google.

At the news of this acquisition, Apple Computers Inc stock price was down 11.94% in after hours Japanese Nikkei tradings. Wall Street analysts are in shock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc chief analyst George Moignon had this to say:

We didn't see this one coming. After Apple for the first time announced a dividend just 2 weeks ago, we were very surprised to hear this. We have been valuating Facebook Inc at $102 Billion because we believe in the value of their social graph. Yet we did not anticipate that Apple would spend nearly all of its cash and assets to buy the social network.

Baird Research analyst Colin Fritz reports:

After hearing this announcement, we have decided to recommend shorting AAPL stock. Our calculations demonstrate that over 90% of Apple's current profits come from the sale of their ARM Powered devices, most importantly the iPhone 4S which currently represents over 80% of Apple Computers Inc's overall profits. We would have thought Apple would invest their cash in owning Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean manufacturing capacity and blocking out the cheaper and better Android competition. We would have recommended Apple acquire Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron, that they acquire Sharp Display Inc and that Apple's cash reserves could have allowed Apple to own a controlling share of Japan Display Inc and then block out cheaper and better Android competition from getting access to the latest screen technologies and that Apple could have tried to also get exclusives on more crucial hardware components of ARM Powered tablets and smartphones. But instead, we now hear that Apple has planned to spend most of their cash on purchasing Facebook, which quite frankly, we do not estimate to have that much value. We believe users easily can migrate over to competing social networks such as Google+, and that Facebook's social graph actually is quite worthless.

What do you think of this announcement? Do you think Apple has a chance to build a Google search competitor now that they are announcing the purchase of Facebook? If this is not the right move, what do you think Apple should have done with their $100 Billion? What do you think Mark Zuckerberg is going to do with the $23.7 Billion cash that is his share of this acquisition?

Metaio Augmented Reality status on the Texas Instruments OMAP4

Posted by Charbax – March 30, 2012

Metaio shows a demo featuring their latest status for augmented reality on the Texas Instruments OMAP4 platform.

MHL for the car, using the Pioneer AppRadio2

Posted by Charbax – March 30, 2012

Now the MHL standard can be used to charge your MHL compatible phone in the car and at the same time send audio and video to the car, and remote control the phone over Bluetooth and MHL using a larger touch-screen GPS and in-car entertainment type of screen like the Pioneer AppRadio2. As every phone is getting to have an MHL connector, it's likely that every car also soon enough are equipped with an MHL connector. Your smartphone screen isn't big enough to provide a safe in-car user interface, but it should be fully synchronized with your in-car optimized screens and user interface.

InHand Hydra-T3 Ruggedized 7″ Pixel Qi tablet released

Posted by Charbax – 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" 1024x600 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:
Source: InHand press release

Sony to launch the first ARM Powered Chromebook?

Posted by Charbax – 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: via:

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

Posted by Charbax – 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.