Android. We know the name but do we truly understand the ideals behind it?
A few points to mull over before we begin this piece:Android is Google’s brainchild. Android is property of the public. Android is, and has been, a boon to mobile manufacturers, app developers, and retail outlets.
Think about the above for a moment. Imagine a world without Android. Would we still have diversity in the market? Would Windows Phones have Android’s market dominance in a competitive battle with iOS? I surmise it wouldn’t but let’s backtrack for a moment. Google develops each release of Android. However, leaked ROM’s, forks and mods are by and [...]
Next week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Canonical will show the world Ubuntu on Android, its next move in the strategy to expand the reach of Ubuntu Linux across multiple devices.
The Ubuntu on Android project aims to unleash the computing power of modern smartphones, by enabling them to act as fully-fledged PCs. Just think about it. Any Tegra 2 device has enough brainpower to compete successfully with older laptops. And the upcoming quad-core chips will put even more computing oomph right into your pocket. So why not take advantage of your Android device and use it as a PC? All you need is a dock to connect to a monitor, plus a Bluetooth keyboard and a [...]
Remember Raspberry Pi, the tiny $25 computer that’s launching very soon, and promises to revolutionize the world? It seems its GPU comprehensively beats the Tegra 2 GPU and is even twice as powerful as the iPhone 4S GPU. At the heart of the device it’s a Broadcom BCM2835 chip that comes with a 700 Mhz CPU, and this ultra-powerful GPU. A Broadcom employee had this to say about it:
“I was on the team that designed the graphics core, so I’m a little biased here, but I genuinely believe we have the best mobile GPU team in the world at Broadcom in Cambridge”.
He was also not very impressed with the Tegra 2 GPU:
In advance of CES, Freescale has unveiled a new tablet reference design for smartbooks that is aimed at helping OEMs get a tablet into the market quickly. The design features a 7-inch (1024×700) touchscreen display, Linux or Android OS with instant on functionality, Freescale’s own Arm Cortex-A8-based processor, a 3 megapixel camera (video recording up to VGA @ 30fps), 512 MB DDR2 memory, 4-64 GB of internal storage, micro SD expansion, GPS, USB 2.0 and mini USB port (for charging), a 1900mAh battery, and always on connectivity through 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and an optional 3G modem. The tablet will support an optional docking keyboard and will feature a widget-based [...]
ZiiLABS, a subsidiary of Creative technology, announced a new 3.5/4G smartphone and development platform for the Android and linux-based Plaszma operating systems. This new platform, dubbed TRINITY, will be powered by ZiiLABS’ StemCell system on a chip and promises to deliver 1080P video playback and 3D enhanced graphics. ZiiLABS will be hawking this platform to Chinese manufacturers at the Zii Summit 2009 which starts today in Shenzhen, China. More about TRINITY after the jump.
It appears that Garmin-ASUS is giving up on the Garmin developed flavor of the Linux operating system in favor of Android. The company’s G60 smartphone uses a custom build of Linux from before Garmin and ASUS joined forces. Since then, it has announced an intent to develop Android smartphones in addition to its Windows Mobile smartphones.
Garmin-ASUS’ Hektor Tung told CNET that the G60 will be the only device to use that custom Linux system when it becomes available later this year, and that future Linux based devices will be built upon the Android platform.
When asked about the potential of Garmin-Asus’ current Linux platform for future devices, [...]
ArsTechnica has posted an interesting story about how Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, is building an Android runtime environment for the Ubuntu (and potentially other) Linux platforms.
While Android is Linux and Java based, it doesn’t exactly play nice with other flavors of Linux and Java, hence the need for a layer of special sauce to go between Ubuntu and Android applications.
Canonical claims that it already has a working prototype version of the Android execution environment running under Ubuntu, and that it will eventually publish the source code so that it might be used by [...]
An Android enthusiast with an old (and discontinued) Dell Axim x51v has recently found the nerve to create a working port of Android for the device. Furthermore, we can now follow his exploits on his purpose built blog. Running the Cupcake branch of Android, the custom Axim x51v has a 624 Mhz CPU which should allow it to run the OS without breaking a sweat. More information and video after the jump.
A developer by the name of [ghostwalker] has managed to not only get X11 running on Android, but has also assembled a how-to guide should you feel inclined to try this type of thing for yourself. The end product of this little experiment results in you being able to literally run a fully fledged Linux desktop environment on your G1. However, there are a few little hang-ups which you will need to overcome if you are to be successful with this endeavor.