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Pictures and Specs for CubieBoard 8 Development Board Powered by AllWinner A80 SoC

July 1st, 2014 14 comments

Back in April, AllWinner announced partnerships with Linksprite and CubieTech for respectively PcDuino 8 and Cubieboard 8 development boards to feature  AllWinner A80 octa core ARM Cortex 15/A7 big.little SoC. However, at the time all we got was some photo-shopped pictures of older versions of the boards with an A80 processor pasted by graphics designers. Some pictures of Cubieboard 8 have now surfaced, and they are clear enough so that we can start to get most of the specs.

Cubieboard 8 (Click to Enlarge)

Cubieboard 8 (Click to Enlarge)

Here are Cubieboard 8 specifications derived from the pictures (incomplete because we don’t have pictures of the back of the board):

  • SoC – AllWinner A80 octa core big.LITTLE processor with 4 ARM Cortex A15 cores, 4 Cortex A7 cores, and Imagination PowerVR G6200 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 (4x SKhynix H5TQ4G83AFR – 4Gbit RAM chips) – TBC in case they’ve added more RAM chips at the back, unlikely IMHO.
  • Storage – TBD (At the back?) + SD Card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI and VGA
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, Line In, Line Out, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 module)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x Micro-B USB 3.0 port
  • Debugging – UART close to VGA port (TBC)
  • Expansion Header – 20 pin header
  • Misc – RTC battery slot, 2 LEDs, 3 push buttons
  • Power – Round DC power jack (5V?)
Top View (Click to Enlarge)

Top View (Click to Enlarge)

That’s about all we know for now. AllWinner announced support for Android, Chrome OS (Chromium OS?), Ubuntu, Firefox OS, and Windows RT, so hopefully most will also be available with the board expect probably Windows RT, and possibly Chrome OS. Price and availability are unknown, but since AllWinner A80 MP is supposed to start this month, and in a previous interview, a $100 price target had been talked about, I’m really expecting the board to be available for around $100 by the end of this month.

Thanks to Jibril!

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Mozilla Netcast is ChromeCast-like Device Powered by Firefox OS

June 21st, 2014 2 comments

According to Gigaom, Mozilla has been working on an HDMI TV dongle that might be codenamed Netcast with ChromeCast like video streaming and screen mirroring functionalities, and that runs Firefox OS with an open bootloader.

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There aren’t any hardware details available for the device, but we more or less know how it will work. As you are using your Firefox browser or another Firefox OS, you can simply click a “Casting button” to watch YouTube videos, mirror the screen or so on. I also understand it will be compatible with ChromeCast apps.

Gigaom got hold of an engineering sample and gave it a try run Firefox browser in Android (Nexus 7), and playing a YouTube video on the TV using Netcast.

It’s also working with Google Music, Plex, but some other apps are not working just yet.

Mozilla’s media casting device has not been officially announced yet, so we don’t know when it will be available, nor its price. But since they’ve given a demo sample to the press, we can only assume it won’t be that far off, and pricing should be at least equivalent to ChromeCast, i.e. $35, or it’s unlikely to gain traction.

Thanks to CSilie!

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Firefox OS Smartphones, Tablets and Reference Designs at Mobile World Congress 2014

February 24th, 2014 3 comments

Beside the $25 smartphone, Mozilla has also announced a number of smartphones and tablets running Firefox OS during an event at Mobile World Congress 2014. The first devices such as ZTE Open featured a single core processor, the new models come with more powerful dual and quad core processors, mostly from Qualcomm, but also WonderMedia and AllWinner, together with better screen and features. Let’s have a look.

ZTE Open C and Open II

ZTE_Open_CZTE Open C smartphone features a 4″ display (800 x 480 resolution), powered by Qualcomm Snadragon 200 SoC @ 1.2 GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 2MP camera, as well as a 1,200mAh battery. Engadget has an hands-on video.

ZTE Open II sports a 3.5″ (HVGA -> 480×320) display, with a dual core Snapdragon processor @ 1.2 GHz, 256 MB, 2GB flash, a 2MP camera, and a 1150 mh, according to CNet. It also supports 3G networks.

Both devices run Firefox OS 1.3.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, Fire E, Fire S Smartphones, and Fire 7 tablets

Alcatel_OneTouch_Firefox_OSAlcatel unveiled three Firefox OS smartphones:

  • OneTouch Fire S – 4.5″ IPS display, 960 x 540 resolution, with Quacomm Snapdragon quad core processor @ 1.2 GHz, with 4G LTE support, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, NFC, and GPS.
  • OneTouch Fire E – 4.5″ display (not IPS), dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM, 4GB Flash, and 5MP and 0.3MP cameras.
  • OneTouch Fire C – 3.5″ display (HVGA), dual core @ 1.2 GHz,  and VGA camera.

OneTouch Fire 7 will come with a 7″ diaplay (qHD -> 960x 540), a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB NAND flash (expandable via micro SD card slot) and a whopping 2GB RAM (Or is it 2Gbit?), as well as front and rear VGA cameras. It weights  285g and has a thickness of 9.9mm.

CNET reports Fire C and Fire E smartphones will be available in Q2, for respectively 59 and 139 Euros, whereas Fire S and Fire 7 will retail for 169 and 79 Euros in Q3 2014. All new Alcatel devices run Firefox 1.3.

Huawei AscendY300

Huawei_Ascend_Y300Huawei Ascend Y300 will come with a 4″ WVGA display, and be powered by a dual core Snapdragon 8225 processor @ 1 GHz with 512MB RAM. It also packs a 1,950mAh battery, and 5MP and VGA cameras. Contrary to the aforementioned devices running Firefox OS 1.3, Huawei phone runs version 1.1 of the mobile operating system. You can find more details on Huawei Ascend Y300 F1 post.

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

LG Fireweb

LG will also run Mozilla Firefox OS 1.1, and features a 4″ display (480x 320), Qualcomm snapdragon processor @ 1GHz processor, and 5 MP camera. It also supports 3G, GPS and FM radio. Fireweb will be available in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Firefox OS Flame and VIA Vixen Reference Designs

Beside consumer products, Mozilla also added two reference designs for developers and manufacturers on top of the existing InFocus New Tab F1 powered by AllWinner A31:

  • Firefox OS Flame – Smartphone with a 4.5″ display (854 x 480 pixel), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) dual-core processor @ 1.2 GHz , 8 GB  NAND flash, and between 256MB and 1GB RAM (adjustable by developer). The phone also includes 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G UMTS, and NFC wireless, as well as a 1800mAh battery.
  • VIA Vixen – Tablet with 7″ LCD screen (1024×600), powered by VIA WonderMedia WM8880 dual core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, 0.3 MP and 2.0 MP cameras, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Developers, testers, and people ready to localize and translate Firefox OS UI, can apply for a free Infocus or Vixen tablet via Mozilla’s Expanded Tablet Contribution Program.

Via Liliputing

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Mozilla Working on $25 Firefox OS Smartphones With Spreadtrum SC6821 SoC

February 24th, 2014 5 comments

The cheapest Android smartphones cost about $50, and this price is still a barrier to entry to many, as about 46.4% of phones sold worldwide in 2013 were feature phones according to Gartner, which still corresponds to about 838 million units per year. Mozilla and Spreadtrum are currently working together to bring $25 smartphones to market, and that’s retail price, running Firefox OS and powered by the latest Spreadtrum SC6821 SoC.

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$25 Firefox OS Smartphone – Source: Twitter

The $25 smartphone will come with 128 MB RAM, 256 MB NAND flash, and feature a 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, FM radio, and run Firefox OS with HTML5 apps such as Twitter and Facebook, and access to a full web browser, according to Spreadtrum representatives. You would certainly not trade this phone with your existing Android phone, but if all you could afford until now was a feature phone, these upcoming ultra low cost Firefox OS smartphones could be appealing.

Spreatrum also put out a press release about their new SC6821 SoC with WCDMA support, but gave very little details, preferring to mention Mozilla partnership. I could not even find out if it is ARM based or not.

The $25 phone prototype is now being showcased in Mozilla booth at Mobile World Congress 2014.

Via EETimes

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Geeksphone Revolution Multi OS Smartphone Supports Android, Firefox OS, and Soon More…

February 21st, 2014 2 comments

Geeksphone, the company behind the earlier Firefox OS developer’s phones, and the privacy-enhanced Blackphone, has now officially launched the Geeksphone Revolution powered by a dual core Intel Atom Z2560 processor and supporting Android, Firefox OS, or more exactly Boot2Gecko (B2G), and potentially other OS supported by the community such as Sailfish OS.
Geeksphone_RevolutionGeeksphone Revolution specifications:

  • SoC – Dual core Intel Atom processor Z2560 up to 1.6GHz
  • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR2
  • Storage – 4GB EMMC + MicroSD support, Up to 32GB
  • Display – 4.7″ IPS LCD Multi-touch, qHD resolution.
  • Cellular network – HSPA/WCDMA: 2100/1900/900/850 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, HSDPA up to 21Mbps, HSUPA up to 5.76Mbps, GPRS Class 12 / EDGE Class 12
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth Class 3.0, GPS, AGPS
  • Camera – 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash, 1.3 MP front camera
  • System I/O – 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
  • Sensors – G‐Sensor + E‐Compass + Light/Proximity Sensor
  • Battery -  2000 mAh.

I understand the phone ships with Android 4.2.2 by default, but you can go “Settings – > System updates – > Install another OS” and select B2G instead to download and install it automatically. B2G is the open source version of Firefox OS, which does not require an official certification/license from Mozilla. So it appears relatively easy to switch between operating systems, no need for a computer, USB cables, drivers to install, and scripts to run. You can watch the video below to see Android, and B2G, and the menu to switch between the two OS.

I understand the phone does not dual boot, which would be problematic anyway since it only features 4GB internal storage, so you have to choose between Android, Firefox OS, and other potential OS released for the phone. Switching from Android to Firefox OS can be done in the menu, but for switching from Firefox OS to Android, there’s currently no menu, at least with early samples sent to developers. You can get some help on Geeksphone Revolution forms, and firmware files should eventually be available for download. Previous Geeksphone deviced are supported in CyanogenMod, so you should eventually be able to build your own firmware from source both for Android and B2G, and if you please, even port an other OS to the phone.

The phone can be purchased for 222.31 Euros on the company’s website, excluding shipping, and VAT, if applicable. Based on some comments from the forums, I doubt you should be expecting fast shipping, and may have to wait a few weeks.

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Huawei Ascend Y300 F1 Firefox OS Phone Features Qualcomm MSM8225 SoC

February 3rd, 2014 No comments

Firefox OS devices are slowly coming to market, but it could be that most of them are existing Android phones or tablets repurposed to run Firefox OS with little, if any, hardware changes. We’ve already seen Mozilla selected InFocus New Tab F1, an Android Tablet, for its development program, but actual products such as Huawei Ascend Y300 smartphone, will soon be sold with Firefox OS using the model name “Ascend Y300 F1″ or “Ascend Y300 II”.
Huawei_Ascent_Y300_Firefox_OSHuawei Ascend Y300 F1 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm MSM8225 dual core Cortex A5 @ 1 GHz with Adreno 203 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, microSD card slot
  • Display – 4″ touchscreen (WVGA – 800 x 480)
  • Connectivity – 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS
  • Cellular networks – GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS 850/1900/2100.
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Battery – 1730mAh
  • Dimensions – 124.5 x 63.75 x 11.05 mm

These are the specifications from a post by tech2.hu guys who saw the device at CES 2014, but a quick look on pdadb.net shows the original Ascend Y300 has just about the same specifications. If both versions of the phone are indeed the same that means you’ll be able to install either Android or Firefox OS on the device, and it could be interesting to compare the performance of Android 4.1 using Java/Dalvik against Firefox OS using HTML5 in the same low-end device.

No price has been announced with Ascend Y300 F1 yet, but I don’t see why it would be any different from the Android version which costs as low as $100 including shipping on Aliexpress, and $120 and up on Amazon US.

Via Liliputing

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Firefox OS Running in InFocus New Tab F1 Tablet Powered by AllWinner A31

January 18th, 2014 5 comments

So far the only products I’ve seen selling with Firefox OS are entry-level phone such as ZTE Open. Mozilla is now also working on Firefox OS for tablets, with the chosen tablet being InFocus New Tab F1, powered by AllWinner A31 quad core  processor with 2GB RAM, and featuring a 10.1″ IPS capacitive multi-touch screen.

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Here are the specs of the tablet:

  • SoC – AllWinner A31 quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.0GHz with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB Flash + micro SD slot
  • Display – 10.1″ IPS capacitive multi-touch screen @ 1280×800
  • Camera – 2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera
  • Connectivity – 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS,
  • Sensors – Gyroscope
  • USB – micro USB port
  • Audio – Headphone jack, speakers
  • Battery – 7000 mAh
  • Dimensions – 266 x 170 x 9.7 mm
  • Weight – 580 g

This mid-range tablet originally runs Android 4.2.2, but Mozilla has chosen it for its Firefox OS development program, and appears to have named the tablet “flatfish”.

The tablet is available from a couple of sellers in Aliexpress for just over $400, but is also available from Taobao for prices ranging from $250 to $280 equivalent.

Via Liliputing

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