WonderMedia Technologies introduced the PRIZM WM8980 system-on-chip. The Soc features the 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and supports 1080p video playback. The chip is ideal for tablets, Smart TV, SmartStream for wireless display and multimedia streaming, networked projectors, digital signage, and thin clients. The WonderMedia PRIZM WM8980 platform is sampling now and is scheduled for volume shipments in the first quarter of 2013.
YoYo Games unveiled GameMaker: Studio MIPS Edition. The fast and easy game development software is ideal for MIPS-Based products such as tablets and other devices. GameMaker: Studio is a leading 2D development suite for game developers. With the new MIPS Edition, developers of existing GameMaker games can quickly bring their games to MIPS-Based devices. The MIPS software tool is available now for free.
Strategy Analytics announced that the market share for the Android operating system decreased to 56% from 60%. In addition, Blackberry’s smartphone market share declined from 11% to 7% over the past year. This is its lowest level in recent history. Consumers, businesses and operators continue to be frustrated by Blackberry’s limited touchcreen smartphone portfolio and repeated delays to its new BB10 operating system.
Autodesk announced an Android version of their ForceEffect conceptual simulation app. ForceEffect replaces the slide ruler, protractor and manual calculations that engineers have relied upon for years. According to the company, the app represents the next evolution of engineering technology. The app was first launched for iOS devices in November 2011. To date, the free app has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
VIA Technologies introduced the $49 APC Android PC system. APC features a WonderMedia ARM processor, Neo-ITX motherboard, VGA and HMDI display ports, four USB 2.0 ports, microSD slot, Ethernet port, 2GB NAND Flash, and 512 DDR3 SDRAM. The Android PC system includes a browser, preinstalled apps, and a custom build of Android that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input. The APC will be ship in July 2012.
National Instruments introduced Data Dashboard for LabVIEW mobile apps. The apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices help engineers integrate the latest mobile technology into their applications. The NI Data Dashboard for LabVIEW mobile apps help engineers access measurement data from data acquisition and embedded monitoring systems. The new apps combine the portability, ease of use, faster start-up time and longer battery longevity of mobile devices with the power of LabVIEW.
Embedded Artists and NXP Semiconductors teamed on a new Android Open Accessory Application (AOAA) development kit. The AOAA Kit for Android includes the NXP LPC1769 and the LPC11C24 microcontrollers, which are based on the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M architecture. The board in the kit features a remote CAN node and interfaces for Ethernet, CAN and IEEE 802.15.4. The AOAA Kit for Android makes it easy for designers to develop, evaluate and prototype more complex accessories for Android smartphones and tablets. It is available now for $79.99.
Panasonic teamed with Red Bend Software to develop a new solution to protect personal data such as photos, videos, documents and emails stored on Android smartphones. The new solution will be integrated into its future smartphone models. The solution prevent leakage of personal data from lost smartphones and unintended behavior of downloaded applications.
yaSSL is making their IT-level security tools available for the Open Source Community. The company is doing this to ensure that mature, advanced security tools like Kerberos, wpa_supplicant, and OpenSSH are readily available for devices. By bringing widely adopted standards like Kerberos, OpenSSH, and wpa_supplicant to developers, yaSSL provides developers the resources they need to easily integrate their applications with the larger enterprise infrastructure and market.
According to a NPD In-Stat research report, Less is More: The Worldwide Emergence of Low-Cost Android Smartphones, low-cost Android handsets will reach a penetration rate of 80% of total smartphones in Africa, India, and China by 2015. Low-cost Android will flourish in these emerging areas. However, it will face heavy competition in some regions. Samsung has bada, and Nokia is developing Meltemi. In addition, Microsoft has stated that it wants to sell Windows Phone in developing regions as well and could aggressively lower prices to gain market share.