After my initial video showing off the Moto Z and its awesome Moto Mods, here is an Interview with Stephen McDonnell, Director of the Moto Mods Developer Program and with Christian Flowers, Engineer on the Moto Mods platform, talking about the plans that Motorola has to promote their awesome Moto Mods ecosystem, promoting ideas and innovative development through Indiegogo at https://enterprise.indiegogo.com/motomods/ and through Hackathons in New York, in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere to come read more at http://modthefuture.com/
Moto Z Moto Mods Developer Program on Indiegogo, Hackathons
Moto Z, Projector, Camera, Speaker, Battery MotoMods
Lenovo Motorola Moto Z is an amazing new Smartphone, with Greybus (watch the video that I filmed with Greg Kroah-Hartman on their Greybus development for Google’s discontinued Project Ara) based data and hot-swappable power pogopin docking technology on an ultra-thin Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Smartphone design, with options to dock a TI DLP Pico Projector MotoMod, a Hasselblad True Zoom Photo/Video Camera, JBL SoundBoost Speaker and the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, all MotoMods that customizes and expands the functionalities of a Smartphone. An absolutely fascinating potential evolution for the Smartphone market, Motorola is developing a potentially amazing ecosystem for future-proof MotoMods that can turn your Smartphone into a Project, into a point-and-shoot quality Camera, into an amazingly loud Speaker and that can expand its battery life easily. All these MotoMods are magnetically locked onto the back of the Moto Z. Now Motorola is also releasing the Moto Mods Development Kit to enable third parties to develop new MotoMods for the Moto Z, for example I hope someone makes an ultra-thin E Ink Mobius (flexible, plastic and non-glass) display for the back-size of the smartphone, a Kent Displays CH-LCD based notes taking back case and a LapDock Laptop Dock to use the Moto Z to power the Ultra-thin Laptop dock and desktop dock. The functionalities of Moto Z can also expand through the TurboPower fast charging USB Type C which I have used with USB Type C to SD card adapter, for example to upload videos from my SD card to YouTube. The possibilities with the Moto Z ecosystem are very, very interesting. But for these to get the attention of the consumers worldwide, I think that Lenovo/Motorola needs to lower the price of the bundles to around $599 for the phone including the Projector MotoMod, $699 including Projector and E Ink MotoMod, $349 or $399 for the Moto Z by itself (instead of the current $699). $699 should also be a bundle to include an ultra-thin and ultra-light small bezel 13.3″ Laptop Dock and Desktop Dock MotoMod and with the appropriate Remix OS like Android implementation through Android Nougat to support full Android Powered Productivity on the external display.
Alldocube 13.5″ (3000×2000) Reference Design Laptop and Reference Design Phablet For Windows and Android
Alldcube is an ODM that makes reference designs for other companies to use on various products such Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones with ARM and x86. Alldocube has a unreleased 13.5″ (3000×2000) reference design laptop with undisclosed internals. Alldocube has ARM reference designs for laptops and Tablets. Alldocube 6.98″ HD (1280×720) phablets have an msm 8909 processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 marketed by Allwinner to be used with Android or Windows phone.
Oppo N3 swiveling camera smartphone
The Oppo N3 is a smartphone with a swiveling camera above the screen that rotates through a motor, as demonstrated here. This allows one to use the same camera for the front and the back, as well as the flash. The phone runs Oppo’s ColorOS built on top of Android v4.4 KitKat. It features a Snapdragon 801 chipset with 5.5” 1080p display, 32GB of onboard expandable storage, 2GB RAM, and a fixed 3000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with QHD display
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 both feature Super AMOLED displays at QHD (2560x1440px) of 5.5” and 5.1” respectively, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB of onboard expandable storage, a 12MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording, and a 5MP front camera. Depending on markets, the phones come with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset (dual 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual 1.6 GHz Kryo cores) or Samsung LSI’s own Exynos 8890 (4x 2.3 GHz Mongoose + 4x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores) and boot Android v6.0 Marshmallow. Both phones are IP68 water and dust proof certified.
Sony Xperia X Predictive Hybrid Autofocus in action
Sony Xperia X is an upper-midrange device that comes with a 5” 1920x1080px LCD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset (Dual ARM Cortex-A72 at 1.8 GHz & quad ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.4 GHz), 3GB RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage and expandable storage (up to 256GB), optional Dual-SIM connectivity, and with Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The 23MP rear camera features phase-detect autofocus for extremely fast focusing they’ve called it Hybrid Auto-focus as demonstrated. The front camera is a 13MP unit that can shoot 1080p video. The phone’s 2620mAh battery can be charged to 60% in half an hour of fast charging.
$59 Geniatech Dragonboard 96Boards, Dronecast DVB-T HD video Streaming for Drones
Geniatech shows their dragonboard development board following the 96board credit card size, to be sold at $59 it uses the 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, 1GB RAM, 8GB Nand Flash, 2x USB 2.0 host, HDMI out, compared with the other 96boards, it comes with Ethernet port and uses a regular 6.5V-18V DC-in power. For Smart Drone development, Geniatech shows their Dronecast development board, for drone video streaming using DVB-T standards, it support 720p live video streaming and controls for the Drone at up to 2 Kilometer distance.
Geniatech also shows their 23″ FHD All-in-one on Amlogic S812 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9, HDMI-in and tuner TV inside.
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sub-$400 Windows Continuum Moly PcPhone on Snapdragon 617
Moly PcPhone is a Windows 10 Continuum phone powered by the 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, features with 6’’ Full HD JDI display at 1920×1080, 3GB RAM, 32GB Flash, dual-band WiFi, 3900mAh battery and USB Type-C. Moly PcPhone come with dual-sim card slot, supports Windows Continuum with WiDi wireless display to stream the real-time Windows 10 desktop to a big TV screen or Monitor via a 60Ghz WiDi HDMI dongle. The retail price of Moly PcPhone can be somewhere below $400 (end price depends on distrobutor/market). Read more at http://molypcphone.com
Aikun 2in1 Cloudbook and Aikun Tablets with Snapdragon 410 4G LTE
Aikun unveils their new generation 4G LTE 7″ and 8″ tablet powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, runs Android 6.0, aiming at Europe and US market. Aikun shows their new Aikun Cloudbook 2in1 PC powered by Intel Cherrytrail runs Windows10 from 11inch to 14inch with private tooling. Aikun also shows Morphus X300 the 3D gaming tablet with four colors in red, gray, silver and black. It is built on the Octa-core Allwinner A83 ARM Cortex-A7, comes with 8’’ 1280*800 3D IPS display runs Android5.1, you can check more videos about Morpus X300 here: http://armdevices.net/category/companies/aikun/
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Website : http://www.aikun.co
Contact information : http://www.aikun.co/html/about/contactus/
Tel.: (+86) 6110 2468 – 6110 2858
A2 building, Lianhe Industrial Park, Fengtang Road,
Fuyong, Baoan, Shenzhen, China
SAYGUS V SQUARED, Waterproof Smartphone with 464GB localized Storage on Qualcomm Snapdragon
Here is the founder of SAYGUS talk about story of SAYGUS. With $1.3million successful funding on Indiegogo at Q3 2015, SAYGUS V SQUARED is a high-end smart phone with waterproof carbon black casing ,it comes with 5’ 1080P display, powered by 2.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon, runs Android5.1, 3GB RAM, comes with dual-SIM card slot and Dual micro-SD card slot with build-in 64GB internal storage on board, support up to 464GB localized Storage. It support 4K video encoding with 21MP OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) auto-focus rear camera and 13MP OIS auto-focus front camera. It support wireless streaming any content from your SAYGUS phone to your HDTV. It comes with 3100mAH changeable battery, side finger printer technology, SAYGUS team really want to bring every amazing thing to SAYGUS fans.
ZTE Spro Plus, TI DLP Laser Smart Projector with 2K 8.9″ Tablet and 4G LTE
ZTE Spro Plus is a smart Android projector, but it is also a tablet with 8.4inch 2K AMOLED display. with 4G SIM card slot, it also can used as a LTE smartphone and WiFi Hot spot , it also can used as a power bank with build-in 12100mAh battery. ZTE Spro Plus using the laser bulb from TI DLP, resolution at 1280*800, support 80inch big screen with only 2.4meters distance. It is Powered by Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM, 128G Flash on board, runs Android6.0, comes with Powerful JBL sound system, estimate shipping start summer 2016, price not confirm yet.
Windows 10 IoT Core runs on Raspberry Pi and Inventec Avatar advanced Bluetooth Beacon
Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core is Windows 10 for the IoT market. Windows 10 IoT Core is free, Windows 10 IoT Core Pro is licenced and sold to OEMs like Inventec here showing their Qualcomm APQ8009 powered Inventec Avatar also connecting to Microsoft Azure, bringing advanced Bluetooth beacon platform with Wi-Fi cloud access to upload the log on Azure. Windows 10 IoT Core is also shown running on Raspberry Pi. From a Universal Windows app a developer can talk directly to the sensors and modules on the Raspberry Pi. Windows 10 IoT core is Windows 10 that can run on lower spec ARM devices, taking up about 200megabytes of space, can run on just 256MB RAM.
Microsoft Windows 10 Continuum on ARM
Microsoft is proud to present their Windows 10 Continuum running super smoothly on Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 based Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950XL, the Microsoft branded devices resulting from the acquisition of Nokia, following a huge work by Microsoft together with their partners such as Qualcomm, to bring a full Windows 10 experience to ARM, powering the future of the Desktop and the Laptop through an ARM Powered smartphone, outputting a full Windows experience to an external display using DisplayPort over USB Type-C through a desktop dock or a laptop dock.
Backwards compatibility of x86 Windows apps can be supported through a cloud solution, such as the one HP is providing with their HP Elite x3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 based Windows Continuum phone coming out a few months from now.
I believe the best solution for Microsoft will be to support Windows 10 on Android, so when you dock an Android phone through a desktop dock or a laptop dock, then Microsoft needs to make sure that a full Windows 10 Continuum on ARM experience can be outputted from the Android phone on that secondary display. Microsoft needs to make Windows 10 an “external-only” home replacement which needs to work on any Android device.
7Gbit/s Wi-Fi using 802.11ad over 60Ghz by Qualcomm
Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. shows off 802.11ad, the next generation Wi-Fi over 60Ghz, that enables data transfer speeds at up to 7Gbit/s. The 60 GHz signal cannot typically penetrate walls but can propagate off reflections from walls, ceilings, floors and objects using beamforming. When roaming away from the main room the protocol can switch to make use of the other lower Wi-Fi bands on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz at a much lower rate, both of which can propagate through walls. 802.11ad is supported in Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm Atheros Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) 8064 reference designs combined with its QCA9500 802.11ad chipset. Letv’s first Snapdragon 820 smartphone will support it. New Wi-Fi Access points from Elecom, NEC and TP-Link support it, and Acer and Asus plan to release laptops with 802.11ad. SiBEAM, Inc., a Lattice Semiconductor company, and Peraso Technologies, Inc. will also deliver Adapters to the market.
Sharp Robohon speaks English at the Qualcomm booth at MWC 2016
Sharp Robohon (which I previously filmed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiZSL3o8L7M) is Sharp’s vision for the future of the smartphone. A pocket-sized humanoid Robot, with built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, LTE Sim card slot, it has a built-in projector, microphone, speaker. The concept is to use AI conversations to bring usefulness as a notification robot. I think Sharp needs to mass manufacture it, sell it worldwide for the price of an iPhone, and load all kinds of AI apps so it can be powered by Google, Amazon, Microsoft or anyone else who is making an AI voice assistant.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 runs Windows 10 Continuum for productivity
Seshu Madhavapeddy, VP of Product Management, responsible for the mobile compute product line at Qualcomm, presents the awesome HP Elite x3 phablet powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 running Windows 10 Mobile with Continuum. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to bring Windows to Qualcomm ARM SoCs, running the Universal apps and enabling Continuum using the dock.
Remix OS on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Remix OS is shown here running super smoothly on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A57 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, here on a tablet reference.
Ubuntu booth tour at MWC 2016, Convergence, Phones, Tablets, Drones, IoT and more
After my interview with Mark Shuttleworth, here’s my 17-minute Ubuntu booth tour video. Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition comes with 5.7″ 1080p Exynos7420 octa-core ARM Cortex-A57/53, 3GB RAM. At MWC 2016, Canonical is showing Ubuntu Convergence running on a Nexus 4, running a “Full Ubuntu” Unuity 8 out of the phone on the slimport HDMI output from the phone. Running the exact same Ubuntu on desktops and on ARM Powered Smartphone. Canonical is really excited to see more powerful hardware to come out running this Ubuntu Convergence solution, here poiting out that the phone runs LibreOffice, Firefox, GIMP, xchat, gedit, making it possible to use this as a desktop device.
BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet runs on the MediaTek MT8163A Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali GPU and 2GB RAM. It runs a full Ubuntu, enabling to set it to Desktop mode to run any Ubuntu app.
Snappy Ubuntu Core delivers applications for Drones, Robots and the IoT market. Here showing off the UAVIA Snappy Ubuntu Core powered drone, running on a Toradex Freescale i.MX6 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 System on Module, making a more intelligent drone better to enable autonomous flight thanks to sense and avoid technologies. It also facilitates maintenance of drones by making remote software deployments secure, effective and failsafe. Snappy Ubuntu Core also is being demonstrated for home automation running on a Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c.
Samsung also showcases their new Samsung Artik 1, Samsung Artik 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali400MP2 GPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC flash, built in wireless WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN based Thread protocol for Google Nest. Samsung Artik 10 octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A15 and quad ARM Cortex-A7. All Samsung IoT Artik modules are offered using their new ePoP (package-on-package) design, optimized for the IoT market. Artik includes also cloud-based device management based on SmartThings Open Cloud providing SDKs to help connect endpoint devices to the cloud using Java, Android, iOS, PHP, and Python tools. Open Cloud is partially based on the Samsung SAMI data driven development platform. The Atik 5 development board with the module is available for $100 at digikey
Also at the Ubuntu booth is the lead developer for the Etherum decentralized software platform, using blockchain to power the IoT market. Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. The Ethereum team now works on Slock.it, where the vision is that an unused bicycle in your shed gets a new lease on life. Parking spots can be sublet on demand. Airbnb apartments become fully automated. It’s the future infrastructure of the Sharing Economy, Slock.it was shown at the Lift Conference here
Qualcomm booth tour at MWC 2016
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 on 14nm is ready shown in LeTV Le Max Pro, LG G5 and the Sony Xperia X using their newest Kryo custom ARMv8 64bit CPU, their newest Adreno GPU and their newest Spectra ISP camera image sensor. Qualcomm also releases 3 new ARM processors, the Snapdragon 625 on 14nm, Snapdragon 425 and Snapragon 435 for the mid-tier and sub-premium tier. Those include the Snapdragon 500 series GPU, faster memory bandwidth and more. Qualcomm shows ultrasonic fingerprint technology that can go behind glass. Qualcomm shows 802.11ad for up to 7gbit/s Wi-Fi over the 60Ghz spectrum, and they show their newest LTE modems, the Qualcomm X12 LTE modem, and the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem that can go to gbit/s speeds over LTE.
Best of MWC 2016: HP Elite x3 with Windows 10 Continuum on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
HP shows the future of computing! HP’s vision for the future of consumer and enterprise pocketable electronics, the Windows 10 Continuum enabled HP Elite x3 running on the super fast 14nm (Samsung Fab) Snapdragon 820. HP offers DeskDock with USB Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB2, DisplayPort, USB Type-C. It outputs to a large display, with an RF or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. HP Elite X3 has a 5.96″ 2K 2560×1440 Super AMOLED with 550nits brightness “best in class”.4GB LPDDR4 RAM. 64GB internal with Dual Nano SIM that can also be One Nano SIM and one MicroSD card slot. “Best in class” single touch fingerprint scanner. A second biometric authentication is the iris scanner. IP67 waterproof 1.5m for 30 minutes “all sealed”. Shock-proof with Gorilla Glass. 4150mAh battery. HP even shows their “empty” 12.8″ thin bezel Laptop Dock “mobile extender” under 1kg to be powered by this amazing phone! The Laptop dock also miracast wirelessly. Bang and olufsen sound. Pogopins on the back of the phone allows it to extend with Smart back-cases, a POS (point of sale) solution and I also suggest them in the video to do an E Ink back-case for long battery life sunlight readable e-reading. Everybody at Microsoft, Qualcomm, HP and even Marc Benioff CEO of Salesforce is excited about this product. HP talks about running their virtualization engine to run any x86 app through the cloud. This looks like they are all going to make sure this product gets successfully deployed on the market by Summer this year.
I think that HP should try to price the full bundle at below the current price of a high-end iPhone/Samsung, thus below $700 including the Desktop, keyboard/mouse and also including the “empty” 12.8″ Laptop Dock. The Desktop Dock needs a HDMI output. Of course I’d like to finally see Google supply an Android Continuum UI alternative solution at Google I/O. I also perhaps think that Microsoft’s Continuum dock is better with a cable and the phone on the table than having it docked upright.