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Qualcomm Demonstrates Android on Snapdragon Platform

Posted on 11 January 2009 by Hatem Ben Yacoub

 Company Unveils Innovative OS Leveraging Unprecedented Computing and Connectivity of Snapdragon for Mobile Computing

LAS VEGAS – January 08, 2009 – Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced that a demonstration of Google’s Android mobile operating system running on Snapdragon™ mobile computing chipsets will be available for the first time at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 8-11, 2009. The demonstration runs at WVGA resolution which can support larger displays for mobile computing devices. The technology demonstration underscores the tight integration between the innovative Android platform and the unsurpassed combination of computing performance, low power consumption and ubiquitous connectivity capabilities offered by Snapdragon chipsets.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Android

“Qualcomm’s vision for the Snapdragon platform to redefine how people access information is well-aligned with the Android platform’s capabilities,” said Mark Frankel, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “We are excited to be showcasing Android running on Snapdragon chipsets which highlights some of the advanced functionality that will distinguish this next generation of mobile computing devices.”

Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500 company. For more information, please visit .

Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Snapdragon is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Giinii Movit, The Android Tablet

Posted on 11 January 2009 by Hatem Ben Yacoub

Today the last day at the international CES, 2009 edition. Lots of news coming straight from Las Vegas, starting from the first Android tablet by Giinii : Movit Mini and Maxx !

Movit is a Mobile Internet Device / Mobile social networking service. The WiFi-enabled Movit lets you browse the web and share content on your favorite social networks like Facebook and MySpace.

Movit Android
Giinii Movit Mini using Android

You can do everything with these devices except making phone calls. Just find yourself a wifi hotspot so you can enjoy Movit :

You can watch streaming videos (that are large enough to really see) and use the built-in video camera as a mini-web cam. But best of all, Movit is Skype™-enabled with a built-in microphone and speaker (with Bluetooth option), allowing you to call other Skype users for FREE! That’s right: free calling wherever you find a WiFi hotspot

Movit features include :

  • WiFi for hotspot use anywhere
  • Skype-enabled
  • Built-in microphone/speaker to make Skype calls and more
  • Bluetooth 2.0 if you want to use a headset or pair with other Bluetooth device
  • Video & still camera can be used as webcam
  • Address book gives you easy access to desired phone numbers
  • 4.3” or 7” screen
  • Stream video and audio
  • Built-in lithium battery so you can take it anywhere
  • Easily connect to social networks like Facebook™, MySpace™, Twitter™, etc.

The device showed on the CES was a Movit Mini and was using Android platform. Giinii website did not mention anywhere the usage of Android on its devices. At the time we posted this article, we have requested confirmation from Giinii, but we got no answer since two days. According Gizmodo (photos credits), Giinii Movit will be available for $149 US.

Movit virtual keyboard
Giinii Movit Mini running “Cupcake”

The device itself showed at the CES was using  the Cupcake development edition of Android since no keyboard is provided with Movit – except the virtual one.

More information on Giinii Movit could be found here

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Android on Netbooks, Asus EEEPC 1000H Droided by Mobile-facts

Posted on 03 January 2009 by Hatem Ben Yacoub

Last month I was reading Kevin’s article on GigaOM about Android Netbooks coming soon in 2009, I didn’t thought that it was that soon. Mobile-facts, a mobile start-up runned by Matthaus Krzykowski amd Daniel Hartmann -VentureBeat freelancers, got already Android running on a netbook Asus EEEPC 1000H, including graphics, sound and the wireless card for internet.

Android Asus

A great news for Android community to see more than mobile phones using Google’s technology. I would prefer if the experiementation was using the LG X110 instead of the Asus, so we can see what a 3G netbook looks like with Android, but I think it’s already a great start.

Android Netbooks coming, but more likely in 2010

In addition to porting Android for Asus EEEPC, Matthäus and Daniel posted also some of their discoveries concerning Android running on more than mobile phones. According to the blog post, Android have two product policies in its code, the first is mobile phones and the second is MID, or mobile internet devices; the code itself for Asus could be found here. There is also screenshots of different locale used with Android including Japanese, which mark the entry of Android to the Asian market.

The whole thing took about four hours of work to get Android running on Asus Eee PC. Remember that Eee PC run already on both windows and linux and is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor – not a Qualcomm ! Intel had already drivers for MID chips in place, which makes port easier.

Anyone had more experiments with other netbooks andAndroid ?

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Google Eat Its Dogfood and Save Millions Dollars with Android Gifts

Posted on 25 December 2008 by Hatem Ben Yacoub

This year, Google employees will receive a version of T-Mobile’s G1 cell phone as Xmas gift Instead of the $1,000 pay cheque bonus. The custom G1 phone will be given to 85 per cent of Google’s 20,123 global staff in the United States, Western and Central Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Japan according to an internal Email sent to Google employees. Small calculations, this save at least $17M for Google !!

An anonymous Googler has passed along a Q&A covering the full details of their oh-so-Dreamy holiday bonus to Gizmodo :

The holiday bonus is a Google tradition. In the past, we have chosen to make this a monetary gift. This year we decided to try something different: on December 19th, we will begin distributing free Dream phones to Googlers worldwide.

A great opportunity to encourage google employees to try the dream phone and dogfood the phones !

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G1 Developers Edition, $527 USD for UK

Posted on 23 December 2008 by Hatem Ben Yacoub

Since OHM have a UK address, we ordered the developers edition of the G1 so we could have more interesting experiments and applications for you. It’s $399 USD as announced, but the total is slightly different. First we tried to use our US address to profit from the free shipping, but unfortunately it was not accepted. We will have an extra $42.60 for shipping and handling, that’s a total of $441.6 – still acceptable.

After entering the shipping, now time to finalize order but I just noticed a different total of $527.25. There is another Tax to be paid of $85.65. So the overall price of the developer edition is $399 Tax Free, or to be more precise for US only. There will be an extra $100 or more depending on the country you are shipping to.

 Order Android dev phone

The case of UK for example the total will be $527 USD, I don’t know about other countries, but I think the price remain acceptable for us to get a gadget that you can use to test your android applications on real device. Selected specs for Android Dev Phone 1:

  • Touch screen
  • Trackball
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS-enabled
  • Bluetooth v2.0
    • Handsfree profile v1.5
    • Headset profile v1.0
  • 3G WCDMA (1700/2100 MHz)
  • Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • QWERTY slider keyboard
  • Includes 1GB MicroSD card (can be replaced with up to 16GB card)

Android dev phone

Just a reminder that the G1 Dev phone is available in 18 international markets, including the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Hungary (free shipping in the US only).

Check android project page for more information on Devices availability for developers. Android Dev G1 could be ordered from Android market.

Update : We have information that the G1 Dev Phone cost $537 USD for France ($95 taxes and $42 shipping)!

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