In a somewhat ironic twist, Microsoft seems to profit much more from Android royalty deals than it ever has with its own mobile platform. During the second quarter of 2012 alone, Microsoft earned a staggering $800 million from Android royalties. Adding to the Android royalty dollars, Sharp has just agreed to a pay an undisclosed sum to Microsoft in order to license the use of the exFat file system, in which MS holds the patent rights.
Why is exFat so crucial that companies like Sharp are willing to pay for the right to use it? Without the extended file allocation table format, the largest file size you could have would be 4GB while using FAT [...]
Sharp is a brand that we associate more with television sets rather than its line of Android phones, but the company is determined to capture a slice of the ever expanding smartphone market. The first step towards that goal is to create a unique Android experience that looks and feels different from what the competitors are offering. Taking inspiration of HTC’s Sense and Samsung’s TouchWiz UIs, Sharp is introducing, the Feel UX, a new user interface for its Android-powered Aquos series smartphones.
Developed together with Frog, a software design company based in San Francisco, the Feel UX was built with a simplified interaction model in mind. Their vision was to create [...]
IGZO, short for indium gallium zinc oxide, is a new display technology currently developed by Sharp in collaboration with Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, that could soon be used in future smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
IGZO displays can apparently offer “high crystallinity” as well as “higher resolutions, low power consumptions and higher performance touchscreens.” According to EE Times Asia, the new technology is different than current amorphous IGZO semiconductors tech:
This jointly developed new IGZO technology imparts crystallinity in an oxide semiconductor composed of indium (In), gallium (Ga) and zinc (Zn). [...]
While tech enthusiasts in the US and Europe are still getting used to seeing waterproof or dustproof smartphones, these features have been standard for a long time in Japan. However, aside from protection to water and dust, another “exotic” function is now being introduced in the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
The new Sharp Pantone 5 107SH smartphone has been unveiled by SoftBank and is set to be the world’s first ever handheld to come with an integrated radiation detector. That’s right, this little guy should give you an accurate measurement of radiation in your area upon its release and all you’ll have to do is push on a dedicated physical button on the front of the [...]