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LG Rolly is a Bluetooth Keyboard that Folds into a Stick

August 31st, 2015 4 comments

There are already some flexible Bluetooth keyboards that you can roll into your bag or pocket after being done typing on your smartphone or tablet, but LG is about to launch Rolly Keyboard, a solid Bluetooth keyboard for mobile device that can be rolled into a stick, which should may be sturdier than flexible keyboards, and it can also hold a smartphone or tablet in upright position with a display of up to 10″ in size.

LG_Rolly_Keyboard

LG’ latest keyboard (model KBB-700) is comprised of 17mm keys – a standard keyboard comes with 18mm keys – arranged into four rows, that can be folded into a stick as shown above. The company also claims the keyboard offers “satisfying tactile feedback not found on flexible silicone keyboards”.

The keyboard is powered by two AAA batteries supposed to last about 3 months during typical use, and pairing over Bluetooth 3.0 occurs automatically to up to two devices as you unfold the keyboard. If the keyboard is paired to two devices, you can switch between them by pressing a key.

The Rolly Keyboard will be unveiled at IFA 2015, and start selling in September in the United States, and soon followed by “key markets” in Europe, Latin America and Asia in Q4 2015. LG did not disclosed pricing nor availability.

Via Connectedly

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Asus Zenphone 2 Deluxe Edition Smartphone Comes with 256 GB Storage, 4GB RAM

August 28th, 2015 11 comments

As far as I’m concerned the talk about a “Post-PC” area is just that: talk. As long as the hardware specifications of smartphones don’t match the ones of entry-level computers, and mobile operating systems don’t support a desktop mode, desktop PCs will still be popular, and I can see it everyday as 60 to 70% of visits of this very blog are made with Windows, Linux and Mac OS computers. However, that’s not to say mobile and desktop converge is not getting closer, as on the software side, Canonical is working on bring Ubuntu to different form factors and support desktop mode for mobile desktop, and Microsoft is also working on Continuum, and on the hardware side, Asus announced a smartphone with 256 GB storage and 4GB RAM, which is pretty close to the specifications of an entry-level computer these days.

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Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe Edition specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3580 quad core processor @ up to 2.5 GHz with PowerVR G6430 GPU
  • System Memory – 4 GB RAM
  • Storage – 256 GB internal storage + micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Display – 5.5″ IPS display (Full HD)
  • Camera – 13MP and 5MP PixelMaster cameras
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, FM radio
  • Cellular Connectivity – LTE cat 6, dual SIM, dual active (DSDA).
  • USB – Micro USB OTG port
  • Sensors – G-Sensor/E-Compass/Gyroscope/Proximity/Ambient Light Sensor
  • Battery – 3,000 mAh
  • Dimensions – 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
  • Weight – 170 grams

The specs are impressive and based on Zenfone 2 Deluxe, just with more storage. However, the phone runs Android Lollipop, and appears to lack HDMI and/or MHL support, so it’s probably not something you’d run as a desktop replacement just yet.

Zenfone 2 Deluxe will sell for 1,999 Brazilian Reals ($560) with 128GB storage, but price for the “Special Edition” with 256 MB storage is not known at this stage.

Via XDA Developers and Asus Fanaticos

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i-mobile IQ II is an Android One Smartphone for Thailand

August 5th, 2015 No comments

Android One program aims to delivers low cost smartphones for emerging market with the latest Android version and firmware updates for at least 2 years. Google started with India, shortly followed with Indonesia, and now the company has announced the launch of an Android One smartphone for Thailand with its partnership with i-Mobile.

 i-mobile_IQ_II_Android_One_Thailandi-Mobile IQ II specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) quad core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.2 GHz with Adreno 306 GPU and Hexagon V50 DSP
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Display – 5″ multitouch display, 1280×720 resolution
  • Connectivity – WiFi, A-GPS
  • Cellular Connectivity
    • 2G: 900/1800 MHz (for AIS, Dtac and True mobile providers)
    • 3G: 850/2100 MHz (for AIS, Dtac, True and 3GX mobile providers)
    • HSDPA (Mbps) Download : 42 Mbps; HSUPA (Mbps) Upload : 11 Mbps
    • Dual SIM card support
  • Camera  – 2.0 MP front-facing camera, 8.0MP rear camera with back-side illuminated sensor (BSI), auto-focus, and flash.
  • Audio – 3.5mm headset jack, microphone and speaker
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Misc – Volume and power button
  • Battery – 2,500 mAh LiPo battery. Up to 200 hours standby, 8 hours talk.
  • Dimensions – 140.5 x 69.75 x 9.3 mm
  • Weight – 134 grams

The phone is currently running Android Lollipop, and since it has been launched in July 2015, it will receive firmware updates with the latest version of Android until June/July 2017. The battery, a micro USB charger, a headset, a user’s manual, a USB cable, and a protective film are included in the smartphone package.

The phone is available now for a rather inauspicious 4,444 Baht price tag (~$126) at i-mobile shops, and online. You may find out more information on i-Mobile IQ II product page.

Via Liliputing

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Leadcore Roadmap Until 2017 Shows 14nm FinFET Processors Planned

July 31st, 2015 No comments

I first heard about Leadcore in 2013 when they announced several ARM Cortex A7 and A9 mobile processors, but since then they’ve become a bit more popular after Leadcore L1860C quad core processor found its way into in Xiaomi Redmi 2A smartphone. The company has now shown its roadmap for  2016, and 2017 with some interesting developments.

Leadcore_Roadmap_2017We can expect three processors in 2016 all with 64-bit ARM cores manufactured using 28nm process:

  • An 8-core 64-bit processor with Mali-T820 GPU and LTE Cat 6 modem
  • A 4-core 64-bit processor with an unnamed Mali GPU and LTE Cat 6 modem
  • A quad core Cortex A53 processor with TD-LTE and LTE FDD

And in 2017, one processor is scheduled, should be manufactured using 14nm FinFET process, which could mean 2017 will be the year 14nm FinFET goes mainstream even for lower cost processors. That currently unnamed processor will feature eight 64-bit cores and an LTE-A modem. The other parts in the chart should all be modems.

Via AndroidPC.es

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Orvibo Wiwo S20 Smart Socket Now Sells for $16

July 30th, 2015 6 comments

Kankun KK-SP3 used to be the cheapest smart socket on the market at around $20, and it is hackable too, but only available with a Chinese / Australian plug, and for some reasons, many sellers stopped selling the device. Last year, a similar product called Orvibo Wiwo S20 launched with US, UK, EU or AU plug types, but sold for nearly twice as much as KK-SP3 at the time. The good news is that the price has gone down considerably, as it can be purchased for around $16 on GearBest, and it’s available on others for $20 to $26 including on Amazon US, DealExtreme, and GeekBuying.

Orvibo_Wiwo-S20_Multi_Countries_PlugsLet’s remind us of the specifications first:

  • Material – ABC 94V-0 (fireproof)
  • Wi-Fi
    • 802.11 b/g/n
    • Security – WEP, WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK
  • Power Plug – US, Europe, United Kingdom or Australia plug
  • Output Current – 10A
  • Output Power – 2000W max.
  • Voltage Range – 100-240V AC
  • Power Consumption – ≤0.3W
  • Dimensions – 10.3 cm x 6.3 cm x 3.7 cm
  • Temperature Range – -20 C to 60 C
  • Relative Humidity – ≤80%
  • Weight – 110 grams

You can control the device with Orvibo’s Android or iOS app. Since it has been around for a while, there’s quite a lot of user’s feedback, and users are usually satisfied.

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Images Source: https://sites.google.com/site/orvibos20/hardware (Click to Enlarge)

Orvibo Wiwo S20 is also compatible with Linux based Ninja Block automation box, the communication protocol has been reversed engineered, and an open source app “Orwivo S20 socket manager” has been released, and can be available as a command client client, or with a simple GUI. So beside Wiwo S20 getting cheaper, it has also become more flexible, thanks to the work of the community.

Thank you Onebir!

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BQ Introduces Its Second Ubuntu Phone: Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition

June 11th, 2015 4 comments

BQ launched the first Ubuntu phone to the market with Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, but it felt quite low end with a 540 x 960 display and 8GB storage. They company has now announced another version with the same processor, but larger 5″ display with a higher resolution (720p) and 16GB storage.

BQ_Aquaris_E5_HD_Ubuntu_EditionBQ Aquaris E5 HD specifications:

  • SoC – Quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.3 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 500 MHz (likely Mediatek MT6582)
  • System memory – 1 GB
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC, microSD card (up to 32 GB)
  • Display – 5″ IPS multi-touch screen (5-point); 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS
  • Cellular Connectivity –  2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900),  3G HSPA+ (900/2100). Dual micro SIM.
  • Audio – 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone, Ambient noise cancellation,
  • Camera – 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear camera with autofocus and dual flash
  • USB – micro USB OTG port
  • Sensors – Brightness sensor, Proximity sensor
  • Misc – Notification LED
  • Battery – 2500 mAh LiPo battery
  • Dimensions – 142 x 71 x x 8.65 mm
  • Weight – 134 grams

Many new products are either only available in the US or in China, but for once people living in the European Union, Switzerland, or Noraway can have bragging rights, as BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition is only available for pre-order in these countries. Price? 199.90 Euros on BQ website. Shipping will start on June 22.

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Continuum Brings Desktop Mode and Dual Display Support to Windows 10 Smartphones

April 30th, 2015 No comments

I’m eagerly waiting for the day when Ubuntu convergence becomes reality, and I can run Ubuntu on a smartphone which I can also use as desktop PC. But Canonical is not the only company working on convergence and Microsoft has announced Continuum for Phones as part of Windows 10, that will bring desktop mode and support for dual independent displays to next-generation Windows 10 phones.

Windows_10_ContinuumTo switch a Windows 10 smartphone to desktop mode, you’ll simply need to connect it to a desktop display, and Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and it will automatically switch to a standard Windows 10 desktop on the big screen where you’ll be able to run apps like Microsoft Office, and other Universal Windows apps, as if it was running on an actual PC or laptop.

The dual screen feature will allow you to check your emails on Outlook on a TV, while your kids watch a movie on the phone screen for instance, and you’ll also be able to answer a phone call without affecting your current work on the desktop. Microsoft also claims this is only possible on new hardware thanks to Qualcomm chips, which probably explains why Continuum won’t work on existing phones.

The requirement for “Universal Windows app” means only apps from the Windows store will run on the phone, and classic desktop app won’t run, until they’ve been ported and available from the Windows store, which overtime should be the case for most apps. If Continuum really works as promised, Microsoft Windows smartphone market share may rise significantly in the future, that is unless Android and iOS also have planned for desktop mode.

Via Liliputing

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Ubuntu 15.04 Released for PCs, Servers, IoT Gateways, the Cloud, and Phones

April 24th, 2015 3 comments

The road to convergence is a long one, and although you still can’t really use a smartphone as both a phone and your desktop computers, Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” releases brings us closer to this goal, as the Linux based operating systems now supports not only the traditional PCs and servers, but also the Cloud and IoT platforms thanks to Ubuntu Snappy, and phones such as BQ Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition.

Ubuntu_15.04Most changes for Desktop users are under the hood with Upstart replaced by systemd, the Linux kernel is now up to version 3.19, and many packages have been upgraded to a newer version. You can download i386 (32-bit x86) and amd64 (64-bit x86) desktop or server ISO images, and for the first time Ubuntu Snappy for generic amd64 platform, as well as an ARMHF image made for BeagleBone Black, which AFAIK is the very first time Ubuntu formally releases an image for an ARM based device. Ubuntu 15.04 for BQ Aquarius is not available for download directly from Ubuntu website, but the smartphone will soon receive an OTA update.

Developers will also find out that “Ubuntu Developer Tools Center” have gone through various changes, and has now been renamed to Ubuntu Make. Ubuntu 15.04 might also be the last version where we’ll use apt-get and .deb packages, as Ubuntu developers have announced the switch to Snappy (personal) package manager in the development branch of Ubuntu 15.10.

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