CeBIT: Day 0,1 and more than the first half of the 2nd day – Round Up

As usually (at least I believe that it has been like that the past years) CeBIT isn´t the place were the great, new revolutionary platforms are being announced. CeBIT is a business centric trade show with tons of non business visitors, that come in because there are tons of tickets available for free. Still CeBIT is interesting, because of its size – there are always some new devices from smaller manufacturers, or new iterations of products that were announced at CES. Before I will head to Hanover tomorrow, I want to share a link list of the most interesting products of CeBIT spotted by fellow tech bloggers so far.

Yifang M707: Rockchip 2818 based (later: Rockchip 2918 -> ARMv7), 7 inch tablet with resistive – I can hear you thinking “So what´s the point with this thing?” – and here´s the answer: Yifang will include it´s infrared based handwriting recognition to this most likely rather cheap model, which certainly makes this interesting. Check out the Video by @charbax on ARMdevices.net

ASUS EeePad MeMO / MeMIC: I liked this tablet when ASUS announced it at CES, partly because it is a powerful (Qualcomm QSD8260 dual core ARMv7 Snapdragon SoC inside w/ support for 1080p @ 30fps and more) 7” tablet, a form factor that´s somewhere in between the large 4.3” phone slates and the huge 9.7” / 10.1” tablets and thus interesting, in fact many people out there that are about mobile computing really like the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000, which is about the same size – it fits in the pocket of your jacket.The other reason I immediately liked it is the fact that it ships with a capacitive pen and thus is handwriting enabled, we don´t know how well this will work out yet, as the software (which is the important thing here, be it “basic stuff” like palm rejection technology or rather advanced like hand writing recognition) is far from being finalized yet, at CeBIT the MeMO runs with (if the icons aren´t ported over) Gingerbread (Android 2.3), it will be released with Honeycomb in June. As the MeMO is a 3G enabled tablet, ASUS thought of an accessory that really sounds like a nice idea, it´s the MeMIC, a bluetooth connected tablet remote and phone. I will try to get my hands on this thing tomorrow, and remain thrilled how well ASUS will manage to create a great experience out of these nice ideas.
Check out another Video by @charbax on ARMdevices.net and the hands on by @chippy on carrypad.com 

ASUS EeePad Transformer: At CES this was the ASUS tablet that I considered the most boring one compared to the Slider and the MeMO. At CeBIT this device runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and what made it so interesting now that I mention it is that there haven´t been to many new devices spotted yet,  and a fact that made me listen up: Using this Tegra2 based device with its keyboard dock is, if we can believe ASUS here, going to give you 16 hours of battery life. Build quality is said to be better than Motorola Xoom (german source). That´s something, and if this 16 hours figure turns out to be true, this device might replace my 10” ASUS netbook.
Check out another Video by @charbax on ARMdevices.net

The fourth thing is an accessory for Galaxy Tab, that Carrypad.com tracked down. Besides that (there are some more AMD Fusion based tablets, netbooks and ultra-thins at CeBIT and much more) I didn´t find anything that did excite me yet. 

MWC2011: Day 3

Just a few links, not too exiting – apparently the major things of MWC have happened already.

Devices:

NEC LifeTouch Note, Android laptop, Japan only,  1GHz nVIDIA Tegra2 dual core, 7” WVGA touch screen, Android 2.2 (Froyo): JKKmobile, CrunchGear (What´s really stupid about this thing: This device has a back-facing 2 MP camera – would have been much more useful if it was front facing (think of video chat))

Platforms:

nVIDIA Tegra “Kal El” (Tegra3), Quad Core 1,5GHz “ARM madness”, said to be about as fast as the (first) Core2Duo – first products shall be out at the end of this year (engadget).
If you are interested in other ARM SoC solutions, that are in par with solutions already on the market, head over to ARMdevices.net

That´s about it, I guess – Intel AppUp Developer Day took place today and it was all about MeeGo from what I hear, and it was completely full – so there are still people interested in MeeGo (or they just wanted to grab ExoPC Hardware..) – it might be more than a dead duck in a swampy pond, e.g. a rising star.

Besides that, it leaked out that Microsoft won´t allow any GPLv3 (or compatible licenses) licensed software on Windows Phone 7.

CES 2011: First third hand impressions

This post originally appeared at brimborium.net.


While I could spend my time with something else as well (and I mostly do over the day here in Europe), it´s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA again. Even though I haven´t been that much into tech lately (besides scrolling the daily tech news), I must admit that as always (since I follow mobile computing) I´ve been pretty exited.
It´s CES, and that´s great, just like Computex or MWC (the German trade show CeBIT hasn´t been too exiting lately, btw) and while it isn´t too tough to guess which rumors might become true (even as a bystander, like me, I would like you to consider me as an attentive bystander), you still always sense something whenever you see a first “hands on” or follow a live blogging session from a press conference. There is surprise (rare, but it happens), disappointment, sheer exitement or happiness (because something came out the way you dreamt of it) or fear (you don´t like what happens, whatever the trigger is).
I will not bore you with more detailed descriptions, I will just try to name anexample for each of the feelings I tried to describe above.
Let´s start with surprise: When I first saw the ASUS EeePad MeMO I was really surprised (positively) to see a tablet with a stylus from a company like ASUS, which is a hardware company (and adding in a Stylus within a finger touch environment like Android requires additional software to make real sense, from note taking to hand writing recognition). Still, ASUS has proven to be innovative during the last years, and I really hope that others will follow them – don´t forget: it was ASUS who invented netbooks, after all.
Next on: Disappointment. Well, there wasn´t too much disappointment yet, probably because other news have been to overwhelming. Still, there is one product which I followed in the past which will (as I see it now) not live up too its hype, which I´ve been a little part of. It´s the Notion Ink adam. Looking at all these Tegra2 tablets getting ready for the market, announced with better screen resolutions and Android Honeycomb (featuring the Android market) I expect this tablet not to be the success it could have been, if only it would have been ready earlier – if NotionInk had managed to hit the market this November with a less perfect, but still promising and relatively bug free outstanding product, NotionInk could have hit it off. Now, still not available in the stores and about to hit within a plethora of similar devices (to the eye of the average customer), considering the amount of thought the makers of adam put into it, inferior solutions featuring the software Google created and Googles Android Market, sounding alltogether less biblical (I never loved these adam, Eden … names), NotionInks´ solution will have a very hard time to perform half decent next to all these things with known brandnames on them. I just hope, that they will survive (and be it as a team, then part of another company – Toshiba seems to need some brilliant engineers, looking at their failure with the Folio 100 (and other, earlier mobile solutions like the TG01), btw ;-) ).
Sheer exitement / happiness. I like what Motorola did by creating a phone (the Atrix 4G) that will power a subnotebook. This is truely great, even though Motorola sucked at Openness (as in hackability) lately, because it is what I dreamt of years ago, when I had my first Linux powered smartphone, the Motorola A780.
Fear. Well, I could have just mentioned the NotionInk adam in this section, but I felt just too certain about its failure, so what will I put into this section? Yes, it´s Microsoft really porting Windows to ARM. It´s not Microsoft, I don´t expect them to fail, it´s that I am afraid of Microsoft killing other, in terms of user experience superior solutions with its momentum. A momentum it has because almost everybody is used to the shit (not talking about software quality here, but about user interface design) they´ve been delivering for years. I really hoped they´d stick to CE. And to be perfectly honest: It´s not just the usability that makes me worry, it´ s that I am great fan and supporter (whereever I can) of open source software, which will suffer in one or another way (open 3d graphics drivers is one frontier harder to fight at now). Microsoft really entering the ARM platform (a move which, with Intel (&Nokia) working on Meego) makes perfect sense from all standpoints I can think of (be it technics or business), but still, for the reasons mentioned above I would have loved to see Microsoft failing at doing the obvious thing.
I will write more about this CES if I feel like, promised.
Apologies: I left out links out of pure laziness, I expect my readers to be able to find the information they need themselves.