Qualcomm Manager of Business Development at Qualcomm for Computing and Consumer Products, Mike Yin, is showing an impressive bunch of what they now call Smartbooks, ARM Cortex A8 based hardware accelerated netbooks runing full Android OS, Xandros ARM or some other Linux OS, launching and navigating in full web browsers, playing back full quality and bitrate videos.
Inventec is showing pretty smooth video playback on an ARM laptop using the Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM Cortex A8 processor.
Wistron is making a Sony looking ARM Snapdragon based laptop device running Red Flag linux.
Kinpo is making a 7 inch Android tablet powered by a Freescale processor. A bunch of engineers happened to come by the Freescale headquarters with this device while I was there filming a whole bunch of other videos. I then convinced them to show it to me and to let me film it. They installed Android on a 800x480 resolution 7" touchscreen tablet device. It works pretty smoothly though they obviously have some tweaking that they still need to do before such a device can be sold. This device currently has some pretty obvious bugs like the video not playing correctly.
The worlds first Android laptop that runs everything awesomely well already!
Asus has an Android and Qualcomm powered smartbook as well, though Asus is hiding it at this point.
Acer, HP, all Nvidia Tegra based laptops, Texas Instruments based devices and Freescale based devices, all are launching with Android support.
In this video you can see how fast the current implementation of a browser in an Android laptop loads pages, while they still have optimizations to do, and I think they should try to get a full Google Chrome running on these, with support for an unlimited amount of tabs (though no need for all tabs to be active and heavy in the RAM memory).
Nvidia Tegra: HD streaming and Flash support demonstrated by Gordon Grigor, Director og Mobile Software
An amazing demonstration by Gordon Grigor Director og Mobile Software at Nvidia (the software engineering lead in developing Tegra solution!) of the ways Nvidia accelerates web browsing, flash, HD video decoding, HD video streaming from the Internet and more.
I was very impressed today I interviewing the Nvidia executives and engineers, they are insanely confident about their Tegra ARM implementation, even though the current demonstration of the Tegra technology does NOT use the latest ARM Cortex processor which is 4x faster for things like a browser compared to ARM11!!!! Nvidia is processing many things from the browser using the GPU! Can you believe that? Rendering of browser contents, scrolling, font antialiasing, image rendering, flash animations, flash videos, all are taken care of by the Nvidia GPU! Look for my videos of all that, being uploaded now and filming more the next couple or three of days.
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Walking in the streets of Taipei looking for Nvidia's demonstration area for the Nvidia Tegra processors.
Netronix is one of the leading designers and developers of E-Ink devices in the industry, providing ODM manufacturing for some of the most popular E-Ink devices on the market. Here they are showing a whole bunch of new E-Ink devices at different screen sizes such as an awesome looking pocketable 5" version, a 8" version and a 9.7" version. The new Netronix 6" versions now also come with touchscreen and built-in WiFi features.