Follow me on Google+

Posted by – November 24, 2011

I'm quite active on Google+ since July. Thus far I have 3916 people circle me there. I post a lot of ARM related and general tech related posts, comments and opinions every day. You can circle me here: https://plus.google.com/106075758531242552855

I believe Google+ is already far better than Twitter and Facebook. These are my stats on each platform:

Google+: 3916 followers in 4 months
Twitter: 750 followers in 3 years
Facebook: 261 followers in 4 years

I think Google+ is going to get even much better as soon as Google implements clever recommendations algorithms for your stream. Based on your +1 ratings it will be able to display "People who +1 the kind of content that you +1 also +1 this content:", thus filtering out the randomness and listing only the interesting posts automatically. Every good post will automatically get the deserved audience, more or less regardless of who is circling who.

Samsung roadmap guesses

Posted by – November 24, 2011

Here is my speculation for some of the upcoming high-end Samsung Android phones based on the recently rumored new Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 at 1.5Ghz, and based on looking at the Texas Instruments OMAP4 roadmap and thinking the faster OMAP4 processors are fully backwards compatible requiring little design and software changes for Samsung to upgrade:

- Galaxy Nexus 1.2Ghz OMAP4460 dual-core SGX540 308Mhz 45nm launching before Christmas
- Galaxy Nexus 1.5Ghz OMAP4460 dual-core SGX540 384Mhz 45nm around January/February
- Galaxy Nexus 1.8Ghz OMAP4470 dual-core SGX544 384Mhz 45nm around March/April
- Andromeda (Galaxy S3) 1.5Ghz Exynos 4412 quad-core Mali-T604 32nm around May/June/July
- Hydra (Galaxy Nexus 2) 2Ghz OMAP5 ARM Cortex-A15 SGX6 28nm around September
- Quasar (Galaxy S4) 2Ghz Exynos 5 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T658 28nm around November

I'm using the names Andromeda, Hydra and Quasar because I think Samsung may at some point stop using the Galaxy name in every new phone.

Samsung will likely also continue to release high-end phones using the best that Qualcomm and Nvidia can come with. Thus expect some Qualcomm Krait and Nvidia Tegra3 in some new Samsung phones also. The reason being Samsung is so big they need to use all the major processors in their phone designs, thus spreading their reach further over the market.

What do you think Samsung is going to release?

Ice Cream Sandwich on the Tegra3 powered Asus Transformer Prime

Posted by – November 22, 2011

Nvidia just released this video demo showing Ice Cream Sandwich running on an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime (click to pre-order for $499 on Amazon). It will be awesome to see if a full Chrome browser can be run on top of Ice Cream Sandwich for when a device like this is used in ARM Powered Laptop mode and using the HDMI output and USB/bluetooth keyboard/mouse in ARM Powered Desktop mode.

Engadget.com: Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 development platform tablet

Posted by – November 19, 2011

This is the new Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 Krait development platform with the Adreno 225 GPU, on a pretty high-end tablet development kit, with a 1366x768 capacitive screen, 13 megapixel camera, 3D camera, 2megapixel front-facing camera for 1080p video conferencing and a bunch of other new sensors, fingerprint reader, an MHL connector, full sized SD card slot and more.

Source: engadget.com

Qualcomm also announced a new bunch of their Krait S4 ARM Processors due to arrive in Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops and more starting early next year:

The Krait CPU is the next generation of Qualcomm’s micro architecture and is purpose-built from the ground up for significant mobile performance and power management advantages leading to enhanced user experience and better battery life. The Krait CPU is an essential part of the Snapdragon S4 class of processors. Today, Qualcomm announced several new S4 chipsets, including the MSM8660A, MSM8260A, MSM8630, MSM8230, MSM8627, MSM8227, APQ8060A and APQ8030. These are additional chipsets to the previously announced MSM8960, MSM8930 and APQ8064. Snapdragon S4 MSM processors include Qualcomm’s leading-edge wireless modem technologies, including EV-DO, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, LTE FDD, LTE TDD and Wi-Fi® standards.

Why I’m looking forward to video-blog at the LeWeb conference in Paris December 7-9th

Posted by – November 19, 2011

LeWeb in Paris is one of the few web conferences in Europe every year where all the top most influential US, European and worldwide bloggers attend. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, LinkedIn, Ustream, Renault, CNN are sponsors, some of the most hopeful upcoming European Startups compete, all look to get most of the bloggers and industry insiders attention. Leo Laporte and the Twit.tv crew have a live show coverage on a stage in the middle of the event, Michael Arrington and the whole Techcrunch.com staff is there including MG Siegler, Robert Scoble takes pictures and blogs from the front row. Om Malik and his staff from GigaOm.com attend every year, Gade Rivera of Techmeme.com hangs around, this is the conference where I first met Chris Pirillo, Steve Gillmor and Kevin Marks (I don't know if they will attend again this year). As you can see in the conference program, featured on the stage are going to be keynotes and discussions with Eric Schmidt, Marissa Mayer, Yves Behar designer of the OLPC, Niklas Zennstrom (Skype/Kazaa founder), JP Rangaswami, the CEOs or top executives at Twitter, Virgin Galactic, Foursquare, Deezer, Instagram, Flipboard, Airbnb.

For updates and links to info on how to win tickets you can follow LeWeb on twitter

So if you are interested to attend this conference you can register to attend at LeWeb.net and you can look forward to my video interviews to be posted here on ARMdevices.net from the conference around December 7-9th. I'll try to video interview all the company representatives and bloggers that I listed here, if you have any questions that you would like me to try to ask to any of them, please post them here in the comments or send me an email at charbax@gmail.com

Ice Cream Sandwich works on ST-Ericsson Nova A9500 ARM Cortex-A9

Posted by – November 19, 2011

Using a small modification to ICS to use software GL from Vishal Bhoj, Linaro engineer Mathieu Poirier was able to get ICS running on the Snowball board. This may be the first demonstration of Ice Cream Sandwich running on another SoC than the OMAP4?

FXI Cotton Candy, Exynos 4210 computer in a USB stick

Posted by – November 19, 2011

Norwegian FXI Technologies is showing their new Exynos 4210 ARM Cortex-A9 based computer in a 21 gram USB stick form factor. It has HDMI output, it powers from USB, has a built-in MicroSD card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth. It's to be released next year.

Video by: booredatwork.com

E Ink is giving away E Ink watches (US residents only)

Posted by – November 18, 2011

E Ink is giving away 4 E Ink wrist watches worth $195 every Tuesday until the 13th of December on their Facebook page. All you have to do is "Like" the E-Ink page on Facebook and enter your name, email and click to let it grab your Facebook contact info. E-Ink wrist watches are pretty awesome, I got mine since June 2010 that I wear every day, I only had to install the batteries once in the beginning and it's still running on the same small wrist watch battery. It's nice to be able to change the design of your wrist watch, have it display the date and all in a very sunlight readable way. It's just cool to know you've got an E Ink e-reader type screen on your watch. Check out this video where I show my E Ink wristwatch:

Here is more information about the $195 Phosphor E Ink watch that you can win on the E Ink facebook page: http://www.phosphorwatches.com/E-Ink-Digital-Hour-Clock-Watch-Stainless-Steel-p/70510565280.htm


A couple video reviews of that watch: 1 2

Liliputing.com: Google Marketplace works fine on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet

Posted by – November 17, 2011

Liliputing.com just posted this video showing how nicely the full Google Marketplace can be made to work on the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire. For the next step, I expect Amazon will update it to Ice Cream Sandwich, and when they do, I expect Amazon to pre-install the full Google Marketplace and all the Google Apps, just because that's what is better for the consumer. And I think Amazon will figure out that it'll actually increase their own content sales in terms of revenue per tablet to simply fully unlock the Kindle Fire.

It still doesn't have HDMI output, kick-stand, MicroSD card slot, USB host, webcam, legal Mpeg2/AC3/DTS codecs up to 1080p legally either.

Source: liliputing.com

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the OMAP4 Pandaboard

Posted by – November 17, 2011

Texas Instruments released this video showing that Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 now already boots fine on the OMAP4430 based $179 Pandaboard which you can buy at http://pandaboard.org. I expect that we might see Desktop-optimized user interfaces and a full Chrome web browser soon, maybe with Android 4.1 or 4.2. As I also think it's important for every ICS smartphone to turn into a "desktop mode" when using the HDMI output and when a keyboard and mouse are detected.