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Nikon Announces Coolpix S800c Android 2.3 Camera

August 23rd, 2012 10 comments

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.

Cortex A9 Android CameraNikon lists the primary features of their Android camera as follows:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 ideal to shoot night landscapes and pictures taken indoors under dim lighting.
    • 1920 x 1080p/30-fps full-HD movies recodring with stereo sound
  3. my Picturetown app – A cloud storage app by Nikon to store and share pictures and videos on The app is available on Google Play, but the description and app is only in Japanese…
  4. Android UI in CameraGPS function (A-GPS compatible)
    The GPS module incorporated into the camera can be used to record positioning data (latitude and longitude), and when the “my Picturetown” app is used, the place where these photos and movies were recorded can be displayed on Google Maps.
  5. 3.5″ OLED touch panel display.

The camera also features 4GB internal Flash (My guess as 680 MB is reserved for apps and 1.7 GB for storage) a SD/SDHC memory card slot, an Hi-Speed USB port, and it is powered by a Li-ion Battery.

You can watch the video promo below which will show you that the Coolpix S800c  camera is so much better than your smartphone when it comes to taking pictures, that it will really impress your girl and your friends, and that you will end up becoming some sort of social media celebrity thanks to the great pictures you will take and share…

You may find further information on Nikon Coolpix S800c page.

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

August 22nd, 2012 11 comments

I’ve been tipped off about a new Android mini PC called IP878 selling for less than $40 on a site called 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.

IP878 mini PC

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:

  • 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 manufacturer website IP878 is supposed to run Android 4.0, which seems normal for AllWinner A10 device, but there is also another device with the same casing called IP872 based on InfoTMIC iMAPX210 (ARM11) that runs Android 2.3, which makes me wary of the $38.5 announced on the site, as the cheapest A10 devices I’ve found cost just above $50, and some online sellers have (purposely) misleading titles and/or descriptions. The flash size also differs between the manufacturer website (2GB) and reseller(s) website (4GB), but it could be a mistake on the newmi website as they indicate that A10 can only output to 720p…

Having said that, this device sells on several other English and Chinese websites for 250 CNY (about 40 USD), and some show it’s based on AllWinner A10, so that must be true. I can’t find it on Aliexpress or Dealextreme yet.

The device sells with a user’s manual, a power supply cable and a remote control. No power supply is included. They said it’s not needed, even though my A10 based Smallart U-Host won’t boot without connecting 2 USB ports, or using an external power supply. Every system is different, so it’s possible they have better power management…

VIA Announces VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX Board Based on Freescale i.MX537 Processor

July 24th, 2012 8 comments

VIA Technologies has announced the VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX board powered by a Freescale i.MX537 (ARM Cortex A8) processor clocked at 800MHz or 1GHz depending on the requirements, with 1GB DDR3-800 SDRAM and support for eMMC Flash with a capacity of up to 64 GB. The VIA VAB-800 is an industrial board that can operate in a wide temperature range and targets high-end industrial and in-vehicle embedded applications.

VIA VAB-800 (Click to Enlarge)

Here are the specs of the board:

  • Processor – Freescale Cortex-A8 single core iMX537 @800MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3-800 SDRAM, using 128M x16 memory devices
  • Flash – eMMC Flash, up to 64GB
  • Graphics  – Supports two independent, integrated graphics processing units: an OpenGL® ES 2.0,  3D graphics accelerator and an OpenVG™ 1.1 2D graphics accelerator
  • Ethernet – SMSC LAN8720A 10/100 PHY transceiver with HP Auto-MDIX support
  • Audio – Freescale SGTL5000 low power stereo codec with headphone amp
  • HDMI – Silicon image SiI9024A HDMI transmitter
  • CAN – TI SN65HVD1050 EMC optimized CAN transceiver
  • USB – Hub SMSC USB 2.0 high speed 4-port hub controller
  • Onboard I/O
    • SATA I connector with voltage select jumper
    • SATA DOM power supply connector
    • 2 x COM connectors with power supply (one supports 8-wire, another supports 4-wire)
    • 2 x Single-channel, 18/24-bit LVDS connectors
    • CMOS sensor connector for BT.656 camera module
    • RTC battery connector
    • Front audio pin header for line-in, line-out and MIC-in
    • JTAG connector
    • 2 x Boot flash select pin headers
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB device port, 2 CAN bus ports, system power-on and reset
    • Miscellaneous pin header for 1 SDIO port, 4-wire resistive touch screen interface, 1 I2C pair and 8 GPIOs
    • 5V DC-in power connector
  • Back Panel I/O
    • VGA port
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    • Mini HDMI port
    • RJ-45 LAN port
  • Watch Dog Timer
  • Power – 2W typical, 5W max.
  • Operating Temperature – 0 ~ 60°C (-20°C ~ 70°C for option)
  • Operating Humidity – 0% ~ 95% (relative humidity ; non-condensing)
  • Dimension:  10 cm x 7.2 cm (Pico-ITX)

The company provides Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows Embedded Compact 7 (through third party) BSPs for the board.

VIA VAB-800 Pico-ITX board samples are available now. You can find more information on VIA VAB-800 page.

MINI X Android 2.3 Network Media Player Based on AllWinner A10

June 1st, 2012 29 comments

Here’s another tiny device based on AllWinner A10 processor. The MINI X is an Android 2.3.4 set-top box with 512MB RAM and 4GB NAND Flash that costs 77.50 USD including worldwide shipping.

MINI X Android STB

Here are the device specifications:

  • CPU – AllWinner A10 (Cortex A8) with Mali-400 GPU
  • Memory – 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, microSD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.3
  • USB  – 2x USB 2.0 host
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Video Formats –  MKV, TS, TP, M2TS, RM/RMVB, BD-ISO, AVI, MPG, VOB, DAT, ASF, TRP, FLV etc
  • Video Codecs – MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, Divx, Xvid, RM8/9/10, VP6
  • Subtitle – SRT, SUB, IDX, SSA, SMI
  • Audio Formats – MP3, ACC, OGG, WMA, WAV, M4A, APE
  • Image format – JPG, BMP,GIF, TIF, PNG
  • IR Remote Control
  • Dimension: 72 x 61 x 13mm
  • Weight: 51g

This device is half-way between the MK802 HDMI stick and the Mele A1000 STB. It has about the same hardware specifications (and price) as the MK802, but is about twice the size and comes with a IR Remote Control and an extra USB 2.0 host port. There is no Ethernet port, SATA connector nor VGA and composite outputs, so it you need one of those ports, you’d be better off with the larger and slightly more expensive Mele A1000. The MINI X is the only A10 device I’ve seen with an external Wi-Fi antenna which might be an advantage for WiFi performance and range.

You can find more pictures and a 12-minutes video demo of the device on lowyat forums.

If you are interested in this device, you can buy it for 77.50 USD on Dealextreme.

Update: For those who want to buy in large quantities, MINI X manufacturer is PineRiver.

Droid Stick KVD-13 Another Low Cost Android mini-PC

May 22nd, 2012 4 comments

Following the steps of the $74 Android 4.0 mini PC (MK802), a couple more ARM based mini PCs have shown up, including Shenzhen Kimdecent Technology Droid Stick KVD-13 powered by a Renesas processor based on Cortex A9 with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU (possibly Renesas NEC EV2 processor), featuring 512 MB RAM, 4GB Flash and running Android 2.3.

Android 2.3 Renesas NEC EV2 HDMI Stick

Droid Stick KVD-13 Android mini PC

The good thing with this mini PC is that the HDMI connector is of the right gender: male. No offense to HDMI female connectors ;), but for this type of device, it’s just neat to plug it directly into the TV/monitor HDMI connector.

Here are the device specifications:


Renesas Cortex-A9 Dual Core Processor @ 1GHz with PowerVG SGX530 GPU

System Memory

512MB DDR3


4GB NAND Flash
microSD card


WiFi 802.11b/g/n

USB Ports

1x USB 2.0 Host
1x mini USB (for power)

Video Output

1x HDMI 1.4 (Up to 1080p)

Video Codecs and Containers

Codec: MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, Divx, Xvid, RM8/9/10, VP6
1080p Video playback

Audio Codecs and Containers

Containers: MP3, OGG, WMA, WMAPRO

Picture Format


Remote Control Support IR Wireless control


90-230V,50/60Hz input, max. power: 30W, Output: 5V/2A



Net Weight

25g or 38g (depending where you read…)

The Droid Stick KVD-13 also comes with a standard power supply, an HDMI cable, a dual USB cable (USB A to USB A + micro USB) and a user manual in English (or most probably in Chinglish).

This device appears to have better hardware specifications than the MK802 but if it’s effectively the Renesas NEC EV2 it’s clocked at 533 MHz. For some reasons, it has almost become a tradition in the web to show this dual core processor as a 1GHz processor by simply multiplying the frequency on one core (533 Mhz) by 2, and there you go… you’ve got a 1 GHz processor! If that’s the case, the MK802 based on AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 processor @ 1.5 GHz might actually have a better performance.

This HDMI dongle currently runs Android 2.3, but ffxx68 (user in XDA developer forums) is doing some work on the Renesas NEC EV2 and Android AOSP (gingerbread), the kernel and the bootloader source code is available. This means it should still be possible to run Android 4.0 or Ubuntu on the device, but it would require more efforts than with AllWinner A10 devices where (alpha) Linux images are already available.

The Droid Stick KVD-13 is available for $83 USD on Aliexpress, excluding shipping costs which depend on the destination country. For example, the cheapest price to the US including shipping via iParcel is 90.87 USD.

Build Your Phone Android Distro with CyanogenMod Compiler 0.4 GUI (Cmc-pygtk) for Ubuntu

May 8th, 2012 4 comments

Lithid, a member of XDA Developers Forum, has recently released the 4th version of a GUI tool (Cmc-pygtk) to build Android for a given smartphone as long as it is supported by CM. The CyanogenMod Compiler is supported by Ubuntu 10.04 32/64-bit and greater, and you can either download a deb file or build it yourself by following the instructions below:

  1. Install dependencies:
  2. Clone the source tree:
  3. Generate a gpg key:
  4. Delete the changelog or dpkg will use lithid key instead.:
  5. Edit the EMAIL field in the Makefile and replace it with the one used to generated the gpg key.
  6. Build it for your version of Ubuntu. For Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit:
  7. And install it:

Before using CyanogenMod Compiler (CMC) is installed, you need to install google repo tool:

Now that everything is setup, you can run CyanogenMod Compiler:


A disclaimer message telling that you may render your device unusable pops up, click on OK to enter the UI.

CyanogenMod Compiler set to Build Android ICS for Samsung Galaxy S2

CyanogenMod Compiler (CMC) Set to Build Android 4.0 for Galaxy S2

In the top menu, go to File->Setup to select your device, branch (ics or gingerbread) and other settings. Then click on Sync to download the code and once it is completed, click on Compile to build Android.

If you run into problems, you can read and ask on the XDA developer “[CMC-GUI] [PPA] Cyanogenmod Compiler” forum thread.


Shenzhen Wabook EPC1029 ARM Netbook Runs Android 2.3 / 4.0

March 10th, 2012 No comments

Shenzhen Wabook Technology, a manufacturer with a factory based in Zhuhai, China, showcases their Wabook Netbook at Cebit 2012.

The Wabook EPC1029 is a netbook running Android 2.3 (upgradable to Android 4.0) on a Rockchip RK2918 (ARM Cortex A8) @ 1.0 GHz. The device features a 10.1″ TFT LED display (16:9 aspect ratio) with a resolution of 1024×600, 3 USB host ports, Ethernet. No other technical specs are available yet.

Only Android is available, but it might be possible to hack Ubuntu or another distro to run on it.

You can watch the video below by Charbax of to see the device. Don’t worry pink is not the only color as white and black are also available.

The price for 1,000 pieces (MOQ)  is 93 USD and it takes around 25-30 days to get your order. They have already sold tens of thousands to a company in France. With this kind of factory price, you could probably expect it to sell for around 180 USD retail.

Huawei M2M Solutions: Android Rear-View Mirror, Smart Grid and more

March 10th, 2012 No comments

Huawei is exhibiting their Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions at Cebit 2012 until March 10, 2012.

They are showcasing Smart Meter solutions with home energy gateways, smart gas meters, smart electric meters, in-home displays.. all communicating via Zigbee. Their solution is currently being implement in the UK market. They are also exhibiting diverse modules (mainly based on Freescale i.MX5 processor) featuring Huawei 3G technology that could be used in tablets among other things.

Rear-view mirror with an operating system

Rear-view Mirror Running Android 2.3

But the thing is really found interesting was their M2M solutions for the auto industry especially the Android car rear-view mirror where you can have the left half of the rear-view mirror displaying a menu so that you can access apps such as GPS maps, control your music or your phone and see information about your car.

Here are some details above this rear-view mirror:

  • Samsung SP5V210 Cortex A8 Processor
  • 4.3″ TFT capacitive touchscreen – Resolution: 800×480
  • Operating System: Android 2.3 or WinCE 5.0
  • Camera: 2.0 MPixel
  • GPS support with antenna built-in the rear-view mirror.
  • G-sensor (why?) / Bluetooth / 3G: WCDMA or CDMA2000 or TD-SCDMA
  • Voice recognition

You can watch the video showing Huawei M2M solutions below starting with automotive solutions, different system on modules and finally their smart meter solutions.