Tag Archives: Android

Samsung extends Android Galaxy to a credible point-and-shoot camera

You can now add Samsung to a small-but-growing list of digital camera vendors offering Android-based point-and-shoot cameras. The first was Nikon, announcing the S800c camera last week. (See “Nikon announces Android-powered camera: the $349 Coolpix S800c”) Now Samsung has introduced … Continue reading

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Nikon announces Android-powered camera: the $349 Coolpix S800c

Nikon has just announced an Android-powered point-and-shoot camera—the $349 Coolpix S800c. It’s a 16Mpixel camera with a 10x optical zoom but the real innovation appears on the back in the form of a touch-panel LCD 0.8Mpixel OLED display that is … Continue reading

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Which Android Phones are winning in Asia, and where?

This is too cool! Animoca publishes games for Android-based platforms and, apparently, collects information about what type of platform a game is downloaded into. So the company just published an analysis titled “Animoca data: the top Android phones in key … Continue reading

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Android-based, open-source gaming venture OUYA raises nearly $5 million on Kickstarter (so far, 22 days left to fund)

Gamers are passionate. This time, they’re passionate enough to more than completely fund game console startup OUYA’s drive to produce in volume what it’s already prototyped: an open game console for the television. If you’re not a gamer, you might … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Slo-mo video shows how much faster and smoother Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is than Ice Cream Sandwich

Project Butter was a concerted effort by Google software engineers to make the display in Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) much smoother, faster, and more responsive than in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). But how to show it? Here’s a great … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Two more low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards from ODROID and Google

Recently, I published a list of 39 low-cost, ARM-based, embedded-Linux development boards. (See “39 low-cost boards for embedded Linux application development starting with Raspberry Pi. Want the list?”) I ran across two more of these dev boards this week that … Continue reading

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Innovate or die! A high-tech parable from this week’s Time Magazine

Today I was reading this week’s issue of Time Magazine while eating lunch in my secret fish-and-chips restaurant at an undisclosed location in Milpitas, California when I chanced upon a fascinating article about RIM, maker of the BlackBerry. The article’s … Continue reading

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Architecting Android Apps: FREE, in-person seminar in San Jose, May 7. Priceless. Pizza and Soda—$2

Android has quickly become the OS/GUI of choice for highly interactive 32-bit embedded devices and part of the appeal is the relative ease of developing applications (apps) for the platform. Now you have a chance to hear about the art … Continue reading

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Software development for SoCs requires “bespoke” software enablement platforms

I’ve always wanted to use the British English word “bespoke” in a blog and Cadence Group Director of Product Marketing for the System Development Suite Frank Schirrmeister has now given me that opportunity with his EDPS forecast on system-level EDA … Continue reading

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Towards the $100 smartphone: Spreadtrum Communications moves up the food chain with Android baseband SoCs

Just a year ago, EDA360 Insider discussed the successful tapeout and first-pass silicon success of the SC8800G cellular baseband SoC from Spreadtrum Communications. (See “Spreadtrum achieves first-pass success with 40nm cellular baseband SoC, credits Silicon Realization”) Now, an EETimes article … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Circuit simulation app for Android. SPICE for $10, runs in your hand? Well, almost.

Here’s the most unlikely Android app I can imagine: a fully realized circuit simulator created for touch-screen use on Android phones and tablets. How geeky can you get? The $10 app is named EveryCircuit. It was written by Igor Vytyaz … Continue reading

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ExtremeTech.com provides some lessons to be learned from the Google Nexus One smartphone’s system-level design and Android 4.0—Ice Cream Sandwich

Ryan Whitwam at ExtremeTech.com has written another insightful article on System Realization as it relates to the Google Nexus One smartphone’s supposed inability to run Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest and soon-to-be-introduced version of the Google Android OS. As … Continue reading

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Have you considered the Android factor in multi-core SoC processor management?

Ryan Whitwam over at Extremetech.com has just published an interesting article comparing the system-level power-management approaches taken by the Nvidia Tegra 3 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 ARM-based multicore SoCs. Both of those products have been discussed here at the EDA360 … Continue reading

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CNN reviews Droid Bionic 4G handset: “first 4G home run” thanks to some spectacular System Realization

Jonathan Geller over on the CNN Web site has just published a review of the new Motorola Droid Bionic 4G cellular handset. There are two paragraphs in this review that really caught my eye: “The Bionic is the first Verizon … Continue reading

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Verizon turns up the apps by creating a free workplace for apps creators. Free lattes too

This article on the CNN Web site tells you what Verizon thinks of apps: they’re essential. Verizon’s Application Innovation Center in the SoMa (South of Market) region of San Francisco has all the trappings of a 21st-centruy apps factory: free … Continue reading

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Google’s planned purchase of Motorola Mobility is a pure EDA360 play: Software drives Hardware

When I told my good friend David Thon that Google’s planned purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility was a pure EDA360 play, he invited me to explain. In simplest terms, EDA360 posits that software now drives hardware in the processor-centric … Continue reading

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Can an $8.48 app sell $500 tablets and smartphones? You betcha!

A fundamental premise of EDA360 is that software now sells hardware. The self-evident proof of this statement is obvious everywhere from smartphone apps to apps running on tablets and HDTVs. People buy these products because apps give hardware the flexibility … Continue reading

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So soon? Lenovo announces ARM- and x86-based tablets. An early skirmish in the war for PC processor sockets?

For the last two days, I’ve written about the ramifications of the IHS iSuppli report on ARM processor penetration into the PC market. (See “IHS iSuppli predicts that ARM CPUs will grab nearly 25% of the PC market by the … Continue reading

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The curious case of the missing Honeycomb apps. Where are they?

Brent Rose has just published a tremendously insightful article on the PC World Web site about the current lack of Android 3.0 Honeycomb apps. He starts the article by nothing that there were few Honeycomb-optimized android apps at the February … Continue reading

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Friday Video (early): Hungry for more details of the Freescale i.MX6 with four ARM Cortex-A9 processors? Thought so. Here’s a 17-minute video with tons of technical details.

This video showing the Freescale quad-core i.MX6 SoC was posted by on http://www.engadget.com by Christopher Trout. (See previous EDA360 Insider blog “Freescale’s Multimedia Group mobilizing ARM Cortex-A15 for an imminent IC, demonstrates quad-core i.MX6 based on ARM Cortex-A9”) In 17 … Continue reading

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Imperas develops fast models for newest ARM processor cores (ARM Cortex-A8, -A9, and –M4)

Imperas has announced some additions to its fast SystemC/TLM-2.0 ARM processor models. New simulation models include the ARM Cortex-A8, -A9, and –M4. These three new models enhance the Imperas stable of ARM processor models that already included the ARM7, ARM9, … Continue reading

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says Android tablets will overtake Apple’s iPad in 30 months

 According to this article on Techspot.com, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told the audience at the Reuters Technology Summit in New York that Android tablets will overtake Apple’s iPad in 30 months. He said that it took the Android phone about … Continue reading

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The ARM-based Marvell PXA510 and GlobalScale D2Plug, more evidence that semi vendor ecosystems must expand to include a lot of software, apps

I found this video on the EngineeringTV video site run by Electronic Design magazine. In it, Marvell’s Scott Dunagan describes the slick new Globalscale D2Plug Developer Kit, which incorporates Marvell’s yet-to-be-announced, high-performance, ARM-based PXA510 Application Processor. According to GlobalScale, the … Continue reading

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Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang explains why Android tablets aren’t selling, yet

This CNET blog covers an interview with Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. It caught my eye over the weekend. In the blog entry, Huang gives his opinion and reasons why Android-based tablet sales trail those of Apple’s iPads. Huang has an … Continue reading

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Sony jumps into tablet game with flat S1 and clamshell, dual-screen S2 based on Android 3.0

Sony has decided to jump into the tablet pool. Today, the company announced two very different tablet products, code-named the S1 and S2, which are based on the new Android 3.0 operating system. Both tablets will have WiFi and WAN … Continue reading

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