The LG G6 is the latest flagship phone from LG. The LG G6 features a 5.7″ (2,880 x 1,440) screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Unique aspect ratio of the LG G6 enables having two screens at once. The LG G6 also has a minimal bezel which ensures the as much of the device as possible is screen. The G6 features a Snapdragon 821 processor. There is 32GB storage, microSD expansion, and 4gb of ram. For connectivity there is USB type C 3.1 with Quick Charge 3.0, NFC and LTE of up to 600 Mbps. There is a dual 13mp camera on the back 5mp camera on the front. The LG G6 is a dustproof and waterproof up to IP68. The vbattery is no longer removable and the design is no longer modular. The price and release date are to be determined and vary by region.
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$1700 ODG R9, $1000 ODG R8 Augmented VR Headsets
ODG stands for Osterhout Design Group. ODG is a German producer of Virtual Reality glasses aimed primarily at enterprise with models for consumers and prosumers. ODG VR headsets are much smaller than normal VR headsets. The R8 headset features a 40 degree field of view and a 720p display for $1000. The R9 headset features a 50 degree field of view and a 1080p display for $1700. The R9 also features a front facing camera for augmented reality. The R9 features a MIPI port for different sensors. Both headsets feature a Snapdragon 835 processor and run on Android 7.0.
$129 Endless Mission Mini, $249 Endless Mission One Mini Linux Computers for Education
Endless computers are mini computers that run the Endless OS Linux distribution which is designed for education purposes and informing people about coding. The mission mini runs on a Quad Core Amlogic 805 ARM processor offering 2gb, 32gb or 64 of storage for $129. The Mission one runs on a Intel® Celeron® processor N2807 Dual Core CPU up to 2.17 GHz for $249.
AMD RYZEN x86 CPU, AMD Vega GPU
AMD RYZEN is being released in March 2017. The AMD Socket RYZEN brings higher x86 core count 8 Core/16 thread processors to the mainstream. AMD RYZEN promises a 40% gain in IPC over AMD Excavator. AMD Vega is AMD’s successor to AMD Polaris. AMD Vega is targeted towards high performance graphics applications such as 4K gaming.
Nowy Styl Smart Chair uses Gemsense RED AMBER sensor IoT platform
Jonathan Schipper of Gemsense shows their Smart Chair made in partnership with Nowy Styl of Poland. They have integrated 14 sensors into the office chair, motion sensors, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, temperature, humidity and more. It can be used to expand the VR gaming experience. Gemsense partners with DSP Group to use their Ultra-Low Energy (ULE) System-on-Chips (SoCs) wireless chipset solutions to power the new Navigo Smart connected chair by Nowy Styl Group, maker of furniture solutions for office and public spaces. The Navigo Smart chair is further enhanced by the RED AMBER sensor IoT platform by Gemsense. You can also watch the interview filmed by Android Authority here
Inforce 6410Plus Snapdragon 600 Development Board
The Inforce 6410Plus is a Snapdragon 600 based development board. The Inforce 6410Plus features compatibility with a wide array of I/O such as camera connectivity and various sensors such as accelerometer. The Inforce 6410Plus features Arduino connectivity. The Inforce 6410Plus can run either Android or Linux. The Inforce 6410Plus is aimed primarily for robotics applications.
What Google needs to do to make the OP1 Samsung Chromebook Plus a massive success
I hope somehow I can get my Chromebook Plus before MWC. Seems unlikely, Amazon.com and B&H don’t have any in stock (I need it shipped here to Europe, I should probably have ordered it on Samsung.com or Bestbuy.com and forwarded to Europe using Borderlinx or another similar package US-to-Europe forwarding service, but it seems too late). Samsung seems slow at getting these out to the world. Here’s what needs to happen with the OP1 RK3399-C Chromebook platform:
– Make these available worldwide. $299, $349, $449, $549 with different skews from FHD 4GB RAM 32GB Flash at $299 to 2400×1600 8GB RAM 128GB Flash at $549. Samsung, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, HP, all need to get in on the OP1 flip platform.
– Make sure there are 10-20 perfectly optimized apps for productivity covering all the basics people need on a Laptop. At least a few apps that cover “what people need on Windows/Mac” need to work on the Chromebook with OP1, make sure there is 3 perfectly optimized Office apps (Microsoft Office included), 3 perfectly optimized video and image editing apps (should be good enough for semi professionals to do fast rendering smooth 4K video editing and “anything that’s done with Photoshop/GIMP”), 3 perfectly optimized Chat/Video-conferencing apps including Skype, Whatsapp, Hangouts, few more “Facebook Messenger”, “Snapchat”, whatever young people use.. Just make sure there is a good range of very well optimized apps, that will show the way for other developers to also optimize thousands among the 2 million Android apps best suited for productivity. Have 10 “Nintendo-quality” awesome games work perfectly also, for optional gamepad bluetooth gameplay on large display or with any cheap $10 Type-C to HDMI on a HDTV. Google can offer “free” app re-optimization support to the developers who have promizing Android apps that just need to be slightly upgraded to work great on large display and well optimized also for keyboard/mouse usability.
– Nougat multi-window resizable. All the features of Remix OS, Phoenix OS, nicely resizable multi-window Android framework needs to be there.
– App/extension for perfect stylus annotation collaboration, annotate any webpage, any article, any document, and have collaborators over Google Drive. We also need a perfect community(ies) for “the annotated web”, when you select any text and you type in your comment/annotation on the keyboard. Needs to be ultra smooth and easy to use to make this revolutionary for productivity. It has to be a must-have for any student, for any professional and for any creative. If you select any text on any article on any webpage that has a comment section, then that selected section is automatically “quoted” when you type your comment, hit enter to post your comment about that selected quote. Or easily Google+1/tweet/blog, write your comment and link when you highlight a text. Thus different configurable modes/features for that pop-up menu when the stylus is taken out of its slot. Some will always want to annotate docs to collaborate in Drive, others will always want to auto-share quote and link article to Google+ or to Blog with typed comment, and easy switch between Stylus modes, should work with any content. Just only being able to annotate/scribble on a screenshot is too basic.
– Maximum dual display (external display) productivity, using Type-C to HDMI dongles/docks, it needs to be super easy to “open link in new highlighted or background tab in other window on other display” or to tab browse on one display while Android multi-window apps run on the other display.
– Android for productivity on these Chromebooks obviously has to be a taster of what can become available with “Android Continuum” once Android super phones dock with external displays and Lapdocks using DisplayLink, MHL, Slimport or a Chromecast-Continuum background app with Nougat/Miracast. Somehow, I wish the OP1 Chromebooks Type-C port would also allow for Lapdock functionality, to use your external superphone on Kirin 960 or Snapdragon 835 to “speed up” your OP1 Chromebook performance, somehow. Perhaps run some tabs/apps on the OP1 while others can be accelerated by your external phone which might have a more powerful ARM Processor. All the while the OP1 Chromebook also charges your phone by that same Type-C port. Somehow combine the Hexacore ARM Cortex-A72/A53 of your OP1 Chromebook with the Octa-core ARM Cortex-A73/A53 of your phone, also combine the GPUs, to have all these 14 ARM cores work nicely over that Type-C cable or even wirelessly (especially if your phone is the LTE hotspot for your Chromebook) for your optimal productivity.
Seriously Google, partner with Microsoft, pre-load Microsoft Office with some amount of included free months of trial for Office 365, pre-load Skype, help Microsoft make a perfect LinkedIn app, and also partner with Adobe pre-load some perfectly optimized Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere for Android, need to be VERY usable, very optimized for Android productivity and also include the Adobe Creative Cloud trial on there. Do this Google. And people will be impressed. No need to “force people to use Google Drive and Google Photos only”, you can bundle free trials for your services too (consumers will prefer Google apps anyway if those are better), just make sure the advanced apps people “need on Windows/Mac”, that those, even for semi professionals/enthusiasts, that those already work good BUNDLED on Chromebook with OP1. Close the gap and shut down any argument people might have against the Chromebook. Wanna do even more? Convince Apple to pre-load fully optimized iTunes and Garageband on the Chromebook with OP1 also (I’m sure Apple already has secret betas for these apps for Android, ready to release “just in case”). Don’t you know how to convince Apple this is a good idea? Let me know, I’ll tell you how. Shame them if they don’t.
Before the end of 2017, Google needs to “open up” the marketing angle on Chromebooks (basically fully supported (same auto security/feature updates) Chromium OS rebrand service for Chrome OS for any competitor), so Microsoft, Apple, Baidu/Tencent, Yandex and Adobe/Salesforce/others will be shipping customized Chromebooks with their apps/shortcuts defaults pre-installed. Don’t force anyone only ship with Google apps/shortcuts/search, let the consumers change those defaults if Google is better. Login should not only be using Google account, let users login with any other Microsoft/Apple/Baidu/Tencent/Yahoo/whatever user account. Let your competitors ship your free and open source software and with your usual Chrome OS support when it comes to security/speed/feature updates), help subsidize/promote the platform. Let competitors submit improvements/patches to the platform. Before the end of 2017, sub-$100 ARM Chromebooks need to reach every child in the world, just as OLPC intended more than a decade ago.
Don’t make OP1 Chrome OS exclusive, let it nicely run anything else. Let people boot into any Linux or into any other OS from MicroSD card or from a simple Type-C Flash memory dongle. So if Microsoft wants people to dual-boot or to replace Chrome OS with Windows 10 (with x86 win32 app emulation support) they should be able to do it. If Apple wants consumers to dual-boot or replace Chrome OS by a new Mac iOSX UI, let them do that. If consumers want to dual-boot or replace Chrome OS by Ubuntu or any other Linux, let them easily do that. Even have staff of Google employees support that and “recommend” stable OSes that work nicely. Always stable “factory reset” to manufacturer’s shipped official or custom Chrome OS no matter what would be ok, if there is a memory for that.
- Google confirms Android apps out of the box on all Chromebooks launched from this point forward (9to5google.com)
- Every new Chromebook from here on out will support Android apps (liliputing.com)
- All Chromebooks launching in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps (techcrunch.com)
- Samsung’s latest Chromebook shows the future of Google’s laptops – but it has a long way to go (GOOG, GOOGL) (businessinsider.com)
- Samsung’s new Chromebooks get Google Play access and a stylus (techcrunch.com)
- Samsung’s new 2-in-1 Chromebooks now include a stylus (mashable.com)
ARM OP1 Powered Samsung Chromebook Plus shipping on February 12th
You can buy the $449 Samsung Chromebook Plus Powered by 64bit ARM OP1 Hexacore RK3399-C dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-T860 GPU shipping out on Sunday at Amazon.com
As Intel’s usual tactic when feeling under threat by disruptive ARM Powered technology, Intel is trying to confuse consumers by shipping out their buggy Intel core-m3 Samsung Chromebook Pro version to reviewers here, here, here, here and here.
TheVerge reports that Android apps support on Intel is horrible compared to the ARM Powered OP1 Chromebook:
consider that this ARM processor may do a better job of running most Android apps than the Intel processor on the Chromebook Pro. Those apps need to be translated from ARM code to x86 to run on Intel machines. However, the Android beta on the Chromebook Pro is in such a sorry state that I can’t really judge. Google promises that it’ll all be fixed by April, when the Pro launches. Right now, the Plus handles Android apps much better than the Pro.
The situation on the Plus is miles better than the situation on the Intel-based Chromebook Pro right now, which is so riddled with bugs and issues that I declined reviewing it in favor of this Plus. I describe in more detail the situation in another article, here.
As I suggested in my article demonstrating how OP1 is a Rockchip RK3399-C:
OP1 is optimized for the Chromebook market, with optimal performance, power consumption and price point. Optimized for smooth performance on high resolution display, dual USB Type-C, reliable Wi-Fi, 4K playback, it uses GPU Compute to optimize the performance of every aspect of the Chrome OS web browsing UI. Fonts, scrolling, displaying images, animations, video, all is optimized, improved and accelerated also by the Mali-T860 GPU. Unlike Intel x86 Chromebooks, I believe that the OP1 platform runs all Android apps natively without emulation, that is especially important for running advanced Android apps optimized for productivity, such as Microsoft Word, Excell, Powerpoint, OfficeSuite, PDF Editor, Free Office, Docs to Go, Google Drive, Polaris Office, Quip, WPS Office and thousands of other productivity apps already available on Android, and thousands of advanced games on Android, all these apps are optimized for ARM, with Native Code in them that just runs better on ARM. I would guess that running any of these thousands of advanced Android apps might consume half the power to run on ARM compared with x86.
Micro:bit CTO and CEO interview
Johnny Austin is the CTO of the micro:bit foundation, they have distributed about 1 million units for free to every school kid age 12 in the UK, who use them to learn programming. The retail price is £13 in the UK. Micro:bit Foundation has announced three new Founding partners to join the current six. The British Council, Amazon and Lancaster University will be joining the BBC, Nominet, ARM, IET, Microsoft and Samsung. Zach Shelby is the CEO and he talks about how they are working to make the micro:bit available worldwide to everyone who wants to use it. The micro:bit is now available in 32 countries, with resellers in eleven. The micro:bit Foundation with element 14, the distributor of the BBC micro:bit, announced resellers in six new countries. This means educational organisations, teachers, kids, parents and makers will now also be able to locally purchase the BBC micro:bit in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and Finland.
EC Technology shows $50 Projector docks with $75 Mini PC, $100 Combo, and S905 TV Box
EC Technology has a pico projector for $50. EC Technology has a mini pc for $75 and mini PC/pico projector combo for $100. EC Technology has a Amlogic s905 Android set top box for $100 plus a keyboard with integrated touch pad for an unspecified price. More products planned for the future. Moq for all units is 50 units or more.
Emdoor Allwinner+Qualcomm LTE Phablets, 7″, 8″ using Snapdragon 435, 210 and more
Emdoor ships over 9 Million PCBs and finished products combined every year. Here showing their latest partnership with Allwinner which has partnered with Qualcomm to bring more LTE Phablets to the market using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 and now also Snapdragon 435, developing and bringing those to the design houses and factories in Shenzhen to create new volume. Here presenting $70 (for 1000+ orders) design on Snapdragon 210 with a great looking 6.98″ narrow bezel display. Emdoor also shows some of their advanced tablet for logistics ruggedized. Their 8″ QHD narrow bezel on Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940 LTE Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53.
Kocaso shows Allwinner 2-in-1, Double OS, Phoenix OS, Tablets and more
Kocaso sells a lot of Allwinner based products in the USA, north america and Latin America. The products run Allwinner A64 and Allwinner A83T. The slim Kocaso tablet on Allwinner A64 with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. They have sold millions of Tablets over the past few years, now also selling All-in-one VR.
$149 MyGica ATV1960 with AmLogic S912 Octa-core, 3GB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet
Geniatech presents the MyGica booth, MyGica is Geniatech’s consumer facing brand, here presenting the products that MyGica has for sale in the US market. MyGica ATV1960 will be for sale in the USA at $149. MyGica eyetv netstream connects a DVB ATSC/T2/etc free FHD over the air digital TV that can then be streamed to any device within the home.
Geniatech ARM PC MultiMedia Gateway APC1295 and APC1966 with 3x HDMI inputs
Geniatech ARM PC APC1295 is a Multimedia Home Gateway with WAN port, Gigabit Ethernet Port, HDMI in and HDMI out, it’s a router with 2×2 Mimo, Wi-Fi AC, Android 6.0 based, PVR, Access-point, Home Cloud storage, Media streamer, NAS and more functions are inside. It also allows for Geniatech’s eye TV functionality inside re-broadcasting the HDMI signal to any device in the home. Geniatech is also showing the APC1966 with industrial grade design, 3x HDMI inputs for inputting 3 HDTV or 4K HDMI sources into the box and being able to re-distribute it anywhere in the house, it also has a digital TV tuner such as ATSC/T2/Cable etc. HDCP compliant, local DRM support. Geniatech also shows their Android TV Box and Gateway with 4G LTE modem integrated.
Distributors can contact Geniatech here:
Graalphone 7″ mini PC with sliding keyboard, insertable mini Phone, Tablet 3-in-1
Graalphone is a sliding keyboard 7″ FHD Windows tablet with stylus. The Graalphone has both an Intel Atom and ARM Processor. The graalphone has an Android phone which attaches to it. There are dual cameras for 3d recording functionality. The device is a concept and the target price is about $700.
Bluetimes Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 USB Type-C 10,000mah Powerbank
Bluetimes powerbanks use USB Type C technology for modern connection and Qualcomm quickcharge 2.0 for faster charging. Bluetimes power banks are the first power banks to offer both Type C and Quick charge. The powerbanks can charge any USB type C device including both smartphones and Laptops with type C. The battery capacity for the battery packs is 10,000mah.
Toshiba Dynabook 2-in-1 Wacom Tablet Laptop With Keyboard Dock
The Toshiba Dynabook is a 2in1 Windows 10 tablet with detachable keyboard. The Dynabook features a Wacom active digitizer for inking and note taking. Specifications are unknown and price and release date are to be determined.
Diamond Systems ARM Computing EAGLE I/O-Rich SBCs and Carrier Boards
Diamond Systems, a global supplier of compact, rugged, I/O-rich embedded computing solutions for real-world applications in a broad range of markets, unveiled its EAGLE family of compact, rugged ARM single-board computers and carrier boards designed to work with the Toradex Apalis family of ARM computer-on-modules (COMs), see my Toradex at ARM Techcon video here.
The product line is composed of two models, the full-size, full-featured Eagle and its smaller sized, low-cost Eaglet. For greatest convenience, customers may purchase a fully configured off the shelf solution from Diamond, including a select ARM module and heat sink installed, or they may purchase the baseboard and ARM module separately for greater configuration flexibility and lower unit cost. Development Kits, including the fully configured SBC, pre-configured Linux OS on a microSD card, and a full cable kit, are available from Diamond Systems.
Key highlights of the Eagle/Eaglet family are long product lifetime, configuration flexibility, and a wide range of I/O.
You can read the press release and access links to EAGLE product web pages, datasheets, photos here.
Since 1989, Silicon Valley-based Diamond Systems Corporation has provided compact, rugged, board- and system-level real world embedded computing solutions to companies in a broad range of markets, including transportation, energy, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, medical and research.
The company is renowned as an innovator of embedded I/O standards and technologies; it was an early adopter of PC/104 module technology, originated the FeaturePak I/O module and RSODIMM rugged memory module standards, and holds a patent for a unique analog I/O autocalibration technique.
Diamond’s extensive product line includes compact, highly integrated single board computers (SBCs); an extensive line of expansion modules for analog and digital I/O, wired and wireless communications including multiprotocol serial ports and Ethernet switches, GPS, solid-state disk, and power supply functions; and complete, rugged, system-level solutions.
Interested developers can contact Diamond Systems directly here:
Diamond Systems Corporation