TCL and Tencent Launch iCE SCREEN 26″ Mobile Android Display

TCL and Tencent have jointly launched the iCE SCREEN, a “large screen mobile entertainment smart cloud product” featuring a 26″ screen with 1366×768 resolution. The companies expect this new type of smart TV to be used as  large portable screen, a video player, a music and photo album and an high-definition video communications device. You would have thought a device with such a name to use an operating system such as Android “iCE SCREEN” sandwich (sorry I had to),  but Engadget Chinese reports it  to feature a customized version of Android 2.2, and in the press release, the companies referred to it as “independent operating system” that enables internet access to all sort of cloud based applications such as video playback, audio streaming and gaming. Tencent will bring their QQ services to the display with apps such as QQ Video, QQ Album, QQ Music, QQ Messenger and QQ Game. iCE SCREEN can be used horizontally or vertically thanks to a …

Nikon Announces Coolpix S800c Android 2.3 Camera

Nikon announced the first Android camera to hit the market. The Coolpix S800c is a 16 MP Wi-Fi camera powered by an unnamed ARM Cortex A9 processor with 512 MB RAM running Android 2.3.3 that will sell for $349. The S800c is basically a smartphone without the voice network capabilities, but with a proper camera capable of shooting clear pictures and videos, and a 10x optical zoom. Nikon also included a GPS to add localization info to pictures. Nikon lists the primary features of their Android camera as follows: Android 2.3 and Wi-Fi Simple setup and connection Browse and post to social networking sites (SNS) such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Support for Google Play and built-in Google apps Simple image transfer to other smart devices via “Upload to Smart Device” app. Better shooting performance and images quality and definition (compared to a smartphone). 10x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens and built-in lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function. Backside illumination CMOS sensor …

Archos Unveils 101 XS Tablet Powered by TI OMAP4470

After teasing us last March, Archos officially launched their new Gen10 XS tablet line, and specifically announced the Archos 101 XS, a 10.1-inch Android 4.0.3 tablet powered by Texas Instruments OMAP4470 (Dual core Cortex A9) @ 1.5 GHz that features a detachable magnetic keyboard called the CoverBoard which also serves as a protective cover when not in use. Here are the specs for this new tablet: Processor Texas Instruments OMAP4470 @ 1.5GHz with SGX544 GPU Storage 16 GB Flash Memory + microSD Slot (up to 128GB) System Memory 1GB RAM Video codecs and containers • H.264 HD ([email protected], up to [email protected] fps and 1080i/[email protected] fps) • MPEG-42 HD (SP/[email protected], up to [email protected] fps) • With optional plug-in: MPEG2 HD (MP/HL, [email protected] fps) • With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF Audio codecs • MP3 • WAV (PCM/ADPCM) • AAC3, AAC+ …

How to Create a Custom Android Firmware for CX-01 mini PC

I’ve written a post about updating the firmware on CX-01 mini PC last week. But, this week I’ve been able to go further since I’ve learned some tools available for Telechips TCC8902/TCC8903 firmware files are also compatible with TCC892X firmware files, and it’s possible to extract the firmware, modify/add files in different partitions and repack all this to burn it with FWDN tool. I’ll explain the different steps in this post, and even if you don’t own CX-01 it could be interesting as some of the commands are common to all Android devices. But first: BIG FAT WARNING!!! Although I believe the steps mentioned in this post are safe, and errors can be recovered by using the CX-01 firmware, CX-01 mini PC is not unbrickable, and if I’m wrong your device will become useless and you won’t be able to fix it. I may also mention some tools (but not show how to use them) that modify startup code and could …

IP878 Android TV Box – $40 AllWinner A10 mini PC?

I’ve been tipped off about a new Android mini PC called IP878 selling for less than $40 on a site called ahappydeal.com. This HDMI Stick is said to run Android 2.3, features an ARM CPU, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB flash and comes with a basic remote control. There’s no mention of the exact processor on the website mentioned above, but I found what looks like the (a?) manufacturer website (NewMi), which describes IP878 features as follows: SoC – ALLWINNER TECH A10S RAM  – 512MB DDR2 Storage –  2GB Flash + microSD card slot Video and Audio out – HDMI (high-resolution video output up to 720P ???) Video Containers – *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.mp4 *.wmv, *.FLV, *.3GP Video Codecs – H.264, H.263,VP8,RV8/9,MPEG4,Xvid,Divx 3/4/5,MPEG1/2 USB –  USB 2.0 Host & OTG Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g Power – 5V/1A Remote control – IR extender Weight – 25 g Dimensions – 9.2 x 3.2 x 1.5 cm According to the …

SYSGO Releases ELinOS 5.2 Industrial Grade Linux

SYSGO, a software company for the real-time and embedded markets, has announced the release of ELinOS 5.2, an Industrial Grade Linux distribution, updated to kernel 3.2 and with new features related to scheduling, memory management, file systems, networking and security. The new 5.2 version brings the following improvements: Integration of new kernel 3.2 to support new features and availability of previous versions of kernels 2.6.33 and 2.6.34, to respond to customers demand. Real-time extension based on Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) implementation (PREEMPT RT) especially designed and tested for industrial needs. Support for latest embedded CPUs including Intel, Freescale QorIQ, ARM Cortex, TI OMAP 4, Freescale i.MX6 and MIPS. SMP (Symmetric multiprocessing) support on all multi-core platforms.  QEMU simulator supported for all architectures. New functionality support in areas of graphics (i.e. AMD Llano Fusion APUs), Wi-Fi (i.e. Intel iwlwifi 105 and 135), SATA (i.e. Intel C600 serial-attached-scsi controller), USB 3.0 (i.e. Ralink RT5370 USB), networking (i.e. several Realtek RTL81xx …

XBMC for Android With Hardware Video Decoding on Telechips TCC8925 Processor

Taehyun Kim, a developer working for Inisoft (Korea), has been working on video hardware acceleration on Diceplayer for Telechips TCC8925 processor (The one used in CX-01 and Zero Devices Z900) and call this player from XBMC. He has uploaded a video to demo his progress and that’s pretty impressive. You can try it yourself by downloading and installing the following apps: xbmckor-armeabi-v7a-20120821.apk (Korean version). [Update: Kim has also uploaded the English version]. Diceplayer – Free app via Google Play You’ll also need to create a file called playercorefactory.xml in /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc/files/.xbmc/userdata directory with the following content: <playercorefactory> <players> <player name=”MPC-HC” type=”ExternalPlayer” audio=”false” video=”true”> <filename>com.inisoft.mediaplayer.a</filename> <hidexbmc>true</hidexbmc> </player> </players> <rules action=”prepend”> <rule video=”true” player=”MPC-HC”/> </rules> </playercorefactory> I’ve tried it in Zero Devices Z900. The default language is Korean, but you should manage if you’re familiar with XBMC interface. When you play videos, you lose the usual XBMC interface, as those are played in Diceplayer. I haven’t connected external USB storage to the device, …

Group Buy – Get UG802 Dual Core Cortex A9 Android 4.0 mini PC for 73.99 USD

A little while ago, I bought my CX-01 mini PC for ~$42 thanks to a group buy organized by togetho.ru. This website does not sell directly, but negotiates with online merchants such as Pandawill and sellers on Aliexpress so that interested buyers can buy a particular product at a discount with a Coupon. This time, togetho.ru is organizing a group buy for the Rockchip RK3066 dual core Cortex A9 mini PC for $78.99 (vs $89 normal price) on HK Good Aliexpress website (Product name: UG802). Here’s what you have to do to participate: Go to UG802 product page on Aliexpress Select free Hongkong Post Air Mail shipping. You are also supposed to select the “Black” version, but I can’t see this option in the site. If HK post is not available, select another method, and leave a comment (See below). Click “Buy Now” and “Confirm”. In the message box: Write TOGETHO_MEGASALLEEE The device is shipped with a EU charger by …