6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra dual phablets

Sony is toying with the idea of phablet which seems like is a niche market of its own. They announced a mid-range phablet called Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra dual.

Xperia T2 Ultra’s highlight is 6-inch screen, with 720×1280 resolution measuring 7.6mm. The phablet has the following specification:

  • Quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB microSD-expandable (up to 32GB extra)
  • 13MP Camera and 1.1MP front-facing

The other T2 Ultra is the same kind of device but it has an additional NFC and LTE capabilities


Android in 2014

2013 came and soon it will go with 2014 right in the corner and Android is growing stronger and bigger every year. I thought of taking the time today to blog about what is going to happen in 2014 and where will Android be.

One thing for sure Android will go stronger, bigger and faster next year with new hardware coming out with higher specifications and bells and whistles. The question will be, is this going to be enough for the consumer ? and the answer I can say loud and clear will be NO. Consumer will want more and more and they will crave for new cool and exciting stuff, which vendors can only deliver though new innovation. There are 2 parts in Android – hardware and software.

In hardware world boundaries of coming up with smaller component is the real trend, you will see more smaller component or the merging of peripherals into single chip. In most devices we see accelerometer, gyroscrope, WiFi, etc all coming from different vendors and running separately, the next generationd devices will start seeing merging of these different technologies. This also means that cost will be much lower, what you $300 this year will gives you more next year. New sensors will start emerging allowing different variety of usage for consumer too.

ARM based SoC will pop up like mushroom everywhere especially from China. There will be new player that will come up with new SoC for specific niche market that will run Android on it. Android accessories market is the one area that are still in its infancy but hopefully Google will make it easier or provide moreA API that allow external peripherals communicate with the core Android.

Looking at the software side there will be more innovation happening here. Google will be pushing Android hard and fast and I’m sure they have big plans on pushing this boundary. They will try to make Android slimmer and faster, what I’m seeing will be a dual version of Android – heavy and light. The light version will have the basic infrastructure – packaging, security, etc while the heavy version will be what it is today but with more features added. Eventually Android will be streamlined to work as a base platform with all the different services added on top of it. Surely if you have seen Android source code base you notice that it’s just like a bunch of wire string together to make the different parts work, which it does work, however I’m sure internally Google are planning to clean this up and come up with a different approach to make it more easier to integrate. This is a big approach and it could be done incrementally.

It won’t be fair to talk about software and not touch on developing on Android. Google will try to push HTML 5 as one of the languages that developer can use to write app for Android. Chromium by itself has been mildly successful in their own space with their own ecosystem and it is now part of Android stock browser which makes it an obvious candidate for Google to push this further. Android Studio will be the de factor standard for IDE as it has been designed to make it simpler for developer to write apps.

In education world (high school, university, etc) will make Android as part of their curriculum, also in embedded topics Android will be an ideal choice to work with as it covers the whole stack from low hardware layer all the way to the application and distribution. Android is attractive to be included as curriculum because of it’s openess and maturity in the market, allowing new upcoming engineer to get exposure more than what they can every dream of.

Android has evolved and 2014 will be the time for new innovation and I’m excited to be part of this great journey.

Jolla to launch Sailfish for Android devices

Before the evolution of Android devices phones were only capable to run specific operating system and most of the time it is proprietary. With Android devices not only you can run Android on it, but now you have a number of operating systems that you can install such as Firefox, Tizen and now Sailfish. Jolla, the Finnish smartphone company is planning to enable users to install the operating system to Android devices. Details are not very clear at the moment but this could be something different.

The question that people should asked themself, what benefits they will get by running Sailfish on their devices ?. If Sailfish does support running Android application on its operating system than that will be a BIG win for them and users will likely do that, otherwise it’s not going to catchup as they expect it to be.

Nintendo Android Tablet

Nintendo’s employee has take it to twitter to talk about their new Android tablet project, which the company prefer not to comment on. In reality this make sense for Nintendo because indirectly their sales are impacted with the number of tablets and games console now running Android, it’s the next evolution for Nintendo if they want to stay alive in the ultra competitive gaming market.

MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core mobile

The race is on for System-On-Chip vendors to release Octa cores processor. Quad core is the de-facto standard for most devices in 2013 and Octa will be the defacto standard in 2014-2015. This time MediaTek announced their MT6592 Octa core processor which we will be seeing devices end of 2013 or early 2014. Some of the capabilities of the processor are:

  • Each core capable of clock speeds up to 2GHz
  • Quad-core graphics engine
  • Video playback supporting Ultra-HD 4Kx2K H.264, H.265 and VP9
  • 16MP Camera
  • Full HD display.
  • Multi-mode cellular modem
  • Dual-band 801.11n Wi-Fi, Miracast, Bluetooth, GPS and an FM tuner

With the specification as above for a single processor the price of Android mobile phones will be under $200 starting next year for quad cores.

Ultrasound Gesturing SDK for Android

Elliptic Labs, a 20-member team showcased its ultrasound gesturing technology using chip from Murata baked into the phone. The device allows user to gesture in various direction without having to be close or in the proximity range of the phone or camera. Check out the video demo to see the prototype. Now it will be a matter of time before it will be part of your next phone or tablets.

UK Tesco Selling Android Tablet

Android has become the defacto standard for tablets worldwide. No matter which supermarket you go to you will find Android tablet, now it’s Tesco turn to sell Android tablet. Rumors has it that the tablet will be a 7inch tablet based on JellyBean 4.2.2 and has the following specification:

  • 7inch 1440 x 900 resolution
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz
  • 16 GB of flash storage
  • microSD slot
  • WiFi connectivitity
  • 3MP camera

The tablet will be priced at £119 and will be made by Archos. The device will be available starting September 30.

Smart NaMo Saffron Android smartphones

Snapdeal an online retailer in India is taking pre-order for the Smart NaMo Saffron One & Two Android phones, which is expected to be released in second week of October. The device has the following specification:

    Saffron One

  • 5-inch with 1920 x 1080p resolution
  • Android 4.2.1
  • Quad core 1.5 GHz processor
  • 1GB or 2GB RAM
  • 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing camera
  • Supports Dual SIM
  • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS
    Saffron Two

  • 6.5-inch with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • Android 4.2.1
  • Quad core 1.5 GHz processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP rear and 5 MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and aGPS


Anything and Everything Android