There is not much to write about this years Computex, as almost every news has spread a thousand times throughout the web. This is thus more a personal note: Intel have finally managed to win quite a few smartphone and tablet designs, and at the same time they have managed to really lower the consumption of their performance platform with “Haswell”. Finally, thin, light, powerful and long lasting mobile computing solutions are possible. Thumbs up!
Jolla, that group of ex-Nokia employees working on an ex-Nokia smartphone OS (MeeGo, which is now “Mer” – and on the foundations of Mer Jolla built their “Sailfish OS”), have finally announced their first piece of hardware1, which will ship “at the end of this year”.2 It’s nothing too funky, hardware wise, but Jolla is about software, anyway.
Here’s a first Hands On with engadget:
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,1 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.
- I really like the black and white look… [↩]
The world, back in late march, knew 3-4 popular browser engines: WebKit, the engine that once was created by Apple (based on KDEs1 KHTML&KJS) and picked up by Google for their own Chrome browser2, Mozillas’ Gecko3, and Microsofts engine for (mobile) IE104. 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.
Continue reading “Servo & Blink”
- the Linux Desktop K Desktop Environment. [↩]
- and Chrome OS plus the open source development projects dubbed Chromium & Chromium OS [↩]
- developed based on open sourced Netscape Code, and used for Firefox and Mozillas new mobile OS Firefox OS [↩]
- Microsoft Internet Explorer, often confused with ‘the internet’. [↩]
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.