HP Touch Pad WebOS

Posted by – February 19, 2011

HP bought Palm to use WebOS as their upcoming proprietary platform for HP branded phones and smartphones. Here’s a demonstration of that OS.

30 more MWC videos to be uploaded starting tonight

Posted by – February 18, 2011

The Mobile World Congress press center closed 4PM on last day of the show (yesterday), and closed 7PM on each show day, making it nearly impossible for me to upload all my videos during the show, as I was constantly filming interviews and product demos from 8AM to 6PM each day, when show floor closes. I wish conferences like MWC would consider closing their press rooms, media centers at much later time, why not keep those open until 10PM or even later. I met many other video-bloggers complaining very harshly about them not being able to publish their videos during the show. We can’t find any fast upload speeds at hotels or any other place around Barcelona, and it’s the same in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, Hannover, conference organizers need to understand videos require a lot of upload bandwidth and that can only be found at press rooms, and thus they need to spend a 50€ or whatever is necessary to pay a security guard to keep that media room open until much later. Otherwise, the conference simply isn’t getting half as much video coverage published to the web as it could be getting. Conference organizers have to consider we video-blog in HD, and HD video files can be very large and thus require 10mbit/s or faster upload speeds for it to be workable. I met many other video-bloggers at MWC who simply gave up even trying to get their videos uploaded during the show. What is the point in organizing a conference if video-bloggers don’t have time to upload the videos with all the informations and news from all the exhibitors of the conference?

Except from the unfortunate early closing media center, this Mobile World Congress was probably one of the most awesome, most action packed conferences that I have ever video-blogged since I started video-blogging at CeBIT 2004. Look forward to many more videos to be posted here starting tonight.

Freescale talks i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 platform at Mobile World Congress 2011

Posted by – February 16, 2011

Freescale announced their ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core and Quad-Core processor platform. Here´s an interview with Freescale about their performance and features.

Dialog Semiconductor real-time 2D to 3D conversion

Posted by – February 16, 2011

This is the first real-time 2D to 3D video conversion in silicon presented by Dialog Semiconductor at Mobile World Congress 2011, it may be useful for the upcoming glasses free 3D screen devices that are coming out. I am not sure though how they analyse the video to “guess” the 3D features in the images, do they analyse each static image or do they process frames before and after to determine 3D space based on the motion?

ST-Ericsson A9500 ARM Cortex-A9 Development Board

Posted by – February 16, 2011

This is the SKY-S9500-ULP-CXX aka SNOWBALL, the ST-Ericsson ARM Cortex-A9 development board, they put in there all the memory and everything needed to hack together end user products. It will be sold for about $200 from around April or May, it runs Android, Ubuntu and Meego thus far. You can find more information at http://igloocommunity.org

Blackberry Playbook to get Android Dalvik engine support?

Posted by – February 16, 2011

Here’s an interview with Blackberry about the Playbook, topics include the QNX software, the potentiallity for Android apps support through integrating the Dalvik engine, productivity apps on tablets, and a brief history of Blackberry and where it’s going.

Hoccer app at Mobile World Congress 2011

Posted by – February 16, 2011

App to send stuff from one device to another using swipes or movements.

Meego on Freescale i.MX51

Posted by – February 16, 2011

This is my first experience with Meego, it´s running on the Freescale i.MX51 development board presented by Nomovok at Mobile World Congress 2011, it may be one of the first ARM Powered Meego implementations to take advantage of hardware acceleration.

LG Optimus Pad

Posted by – February 16, 2011

The new tablet from LG, Honeycomb on Tegra2 powered, comes with LG´s built-in 3D camera, to allow consumers to make more 3D contents for their 3D HDTVs. It uses a 8.9″ capacitive touch screen, hdmi output, no usb host.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

Posted by – February 15, 2011

New standard first used in the Samsung Galaxy S2 to output HD and charge at the same time through the Micro-USB connector, it also allows for some data to be sent back from HDTVs such as using the TVs standard remote control to also remote control the device. The MHL 1.0 spec for now does not transmit Gigabit Ethernet or USB 3.0 Host functionality.