Merrii announced a high end, Android- and Linux-ready “H88 Hummingbird” SBC based on the octa-core Cortex-A15/-A7 Allwinner A80 SoC.
The second-generation Raspberry Pi 2 managed to maintain its $35 price despite moving to a quad-core Cortex-A7 system-on-chip, but faster, pricier quad- and octa-core ARM SoCs haven’t seen as much traction in the single board computer scene. Yet, just as we’ve seen a lot of SBCs based on the Cortex-A7 based Allwinner A20 or Cortex–A9 based Allwinner A31, several companies and community projects are now trying out the octa-core Allwinner A80. The A80 combines four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores in a Big.Little configuration.
But companies are indeed bothering to make new designs and try different approaches to the tried and true tablet formula. The latest of which is Dell, which recently launched the clumsily named Venue 8 7000 Series (I’m just going to call it the Venue 8). The $399 Venue 8 is part of a design renaissance at Dell (along with the new XPS 13 laptop), showcasing premium materials and killer displays. It also acts as a vehicle for some never-before-seen mobile technologies from Intel. There are really two things that matter with the Venue 8, and they're why anyone is spending time talking about it: its design and its camera array.
Part of the allure of Android One was that it would bring faster, almost Nexus-like updates to lower end phones, promising an affordable offering that would still provide a decent Android experience. With the slow update to Lollipop and the fact that sale numbers are reportedly not all that high, is Android One delivering on this promise? That’s exactly what we wish to discuss for this week’s Friday Debate. Can Android One prove to be a success, despite a somewhat slow start, or with so many other affordable devices is it a largely unnecessary program?
If you can help it, you’d be wise to hold off on buying a new Android smartphone in the month of February. For those of you that can’t help it, we’ve put together a list of the best Android smartphones money can buy this month.
This month isn’t a good month for smartphoneshoppers. We’re currently just a few weeks out from two major smartphone launches, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, and those that can wait for those launches should wait for those launches. The Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 are expected to replace the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 and both are expected to be two of the top devices of the year.
Over the past year some excellent Android tablets have been released to rival Apple’s popular iPad lineup, and choosing the right one can sometimes be difficult. These days consumers have a lot of choices and making a decision isn’t going to be easy. This is especially true for the average buyer that doesn’t keep up with the latest and greatest device announcements, or know about budget options released during the year.
With 2015 finally here many consumers are looking for tablets, but you may want to wait and see what manufacturers have in store for this year. That said, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best Android tablets available today in an effort to help readers and prospective buyers choose not only the best tablet for them, but one that is at wallet friendly price and not a cheap piece of junk.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi launched its 2014 flagship, the Mi 4, in India last week, and the device is set to on sale on Tuesday in the country for about $325.
While the phone isn’t exactly new, it does come with the latest version of MIUI, the company’s own flavor of Android. The Mi 4 is Xiaomi’s first device to get the update in English.
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This is the Samsung Z1—the world's first Tizen phone. After one of the bumpiest pre-launch situations in recent memory, Samsung's home-grown OS has finally hit smartphones.
Tizen, if you'll recall, is Samsung's "Android Killer." While Samsung rose to power on a wave of Android devices, it was also quietly developing its own OS in the background. If Samsung ever got tired of Google's Android requirements, Tizen would be there as a cold war threat and good negotiation leverage for Google Play licensing talks.
Samsung and Android rocketed up the market share charts together, but was Android successful because of Samsung, or was Samsung successful because of Android? Tizen was supposed to answer that question.
My feeling is that we ought to be grateful that people have a choice. I can’t imagine anything worse than one platform dominating any particular market completely. We saw what that looked like on the desktop when Microsoft ruled the roost with Windows back in the 90s, and it wasn’t pretty.
I wouldn’t want Android or iOS to completely dominate the mobile phone market. In fact, I’d much rather there were a strong third or fourth choice available as well. It’s never a good idea for one or two companies or platforms to have too much power or control over consumers.