Sometimes you happen to stumble on products you have been waiting for. Today, this happened to me once again. In fact, if I hadn’t been so busy lately because of an exam (which went well, as far as I can tell), I might just have written a post asking why there are no E-Ink tablets or at least eReaders with a dual core chip and Android. Why? Well, eInk is great, and my Nook Simple Touch is not only an eReader to me, it also serves as a simple Android tablet from time to time, as it is light and super portable (in comparison to iPad) and has a pretty decent battery life. But the Nook Simple Touch is still on “Eclair” or Android 2.1 (which runs nicely with the 600MHz ARMv7 and 256MB, but it’s getting really old). And until I read this post at “The Digital Reader” the only hope for a slightly better eInk-Tablet was the Tolino Shine, which ships with Android 2.3 and a higher-res eInk screen.
Now, as I write this, there is hope for such a product which can be significantly faster. But head over to “The Digital Reader” and read the facts yourselves.
The world, back in late march, knew 3-4 popular browser engines: WebKit, the engine that once was created by Apple (based on KDEs KHTML&KJS) and picked up by Google for their own Chrome browser, Mozillas’ Gecko, and Microsofts engine for (mobile) IE10. The fourth one, for the curious ones, would be Opera Softwares ‘Presto’, which Opera is replacing by WebKit in order to achieve better rendering, especially of mobile Webpages, where Apples mobile Safari alone has a huge market share.
Now, as of April 6th, there are 2 more entries to the list.
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Geeksphone, known for their open Android phones called “One” and “Zero”, is no more in the Android market, but have released the first two Firefox OS developer phones.
Both look nice, but aren’t exactly high-end devices, in fact, with only 512 MB RAM (and as they are build with Qualcomm’s SoCs, this means even less RAM for application) and thus not too interesting.
QML component API’s to come together?
Together, Ubuntu for smartphones, Jolla´s Sailfish OS and Plasma Active would have much better chances to make a dent in the universe. Let’s hope that this will happen.
Ubuntu – soon on your mobile phone
Ubuntu just announced that it will be on smartphones soon, too. While there have been many players announcing to enter the (very) mobile space with their own OS (in 2013, Samsung is believed to bring Tizen to market, Mozilla’s Firefox OS will launch (at least in Brazil) and Jolla will release their first Sailfish OS phone), Ubuntu is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and quite popular.
Being an Ubuntu user on my notebook, I am really excited, especially after I have seen Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement video.
As an Android Linux kernel is all that is said to be needed to run the new QML-powered Ubuntu mobile OS, porting it to your Android smartphone should be as easy as with Firefox OS, but most likely a lot more tempting than the latter (which is tempting, too).
That’s all I have to say for now, head over to the link above and watch the announcement or just get your Galaxy Nexus ready.. ;-)
Engadget have a nice hands on video, that makes the whole thing a lot more believable (MPEG4 video for those on desktops without flash)
The Verge have another hands-on (this time with out the “benevolent dictator”)
arstechnica have a nice news posting, too.
Phoronix: Open source Tegra drivers soon in Linux 3.8
And I have always avoided Tegra since the LG Optimus 2x because of NVidia’s drivers.
This weekend I finally decided to de-jailbreak my iPad 2 and get iOS 6 onto it. A dumb idea, as it turns out, as this de-jailbreaking makes the iPad even more inconvenient. It’s not that the Jailbreak made it so much better, but it offered a few features like the “Quick Settings” in the Notification area, that are really missing once you have ever had them. (In fact, I miss them even more, as I disabled 3G before flashing using these settings, and now can’t enable it again).
Lately, I like my hacked Nook Simple Touch a lot more as a tablet than my iPad. It’s not only significantly smaller and lighter, the smaller size is still a definite improvement over a smartphone. And on Android, you are just so much more free, you can use simple stuff like a file manager to get your stuff on and off the device. That’s the great thing about Android: In most cases, you’ll find a work around around stupid restrictions imposed on you by the manufacturer that is rather simple.