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.
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.
Global tablet shipments grew to 26.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. This is an all time-high and a 150% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 (10.7 million units). According to Strategy Analytics, Apple iOS remains strong at 58% (15.4 million iPads). However, Android now accounts for 39% of tablets sold (29% a year earlier). Strategy Analytics expects demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users to remain strong.
In-Stat expects unit shipments for low-cost Android smartphones to reach almost 340 million worldwide in 2015. According to In-Stat, low-cost Android handset segment will cause some fragmentation in the Android platform. Low-cost Android smartphones will most likely be released with Android 2.2 or 2.3 because these versions offer a good blend of features with modest memory and processor usage. The Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) release requires more memory and processor demands, which makes the new version less attractive for low-cost Android devices.
ITTIA DB SQL database for embedded systems and intelligent devices is now available on Google Android. ITTIA DB SQL offers high-throughput write operations, large data set scalability, in-memory table performance, and synchronize with other devices and back-end databases. It is an enhanced alternative to Android’s built-in data storage. A free copy of ITTIA DB SQL for Android is available now for evaluation.
An Android operating system (OS) port now is available as open source code for embedded systems. The port was a collaborative effort between IBM, Mentor Graphics, XGI (now part of SIS) and AppliedMicro. The feature set of the Android OS, and the performance and integration of Freescale and IBM processors based on Power Architecture can help embedded systems designers create products for networking, printing and imaging, industrial, storage and media equipment applications.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced support for the new WebM open web media project and the open source VP8, a high performance video codec that will bring high-quality video content and experiences to web-connected devices. MIPS Technologies will work with its partners and licensees to ensure fully optimized hardware/software support for VP8. WebM and the open sourcing of VP8 were announced separately by Google and partners.
RADVISION® Ltd. (Nasdaq: RVSN), a leading provider of video network infrastructure and developer tools for unified visual communications over IP, 3G and emerging next-generation IMS networks, announced that its technology now supports the Google Android Operating System. A wide range of new RADVISION developer products and solutions, from protocol stack level to comprehensive voice and video client frameworks, now enable visual communications to be embedded into all Android-based devices such as Mobile Phones, Mobile Internet Devices (MID), Netbooks, Tablet PCs, Digital Picture Frames (DPF) and Personal Media Players (PMP).
The introductions of Google Inc.’s Nexus One and Motorola Inc.’s Droid marked the arrival of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology in the cell phone market, a development that is expected to boost the market for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) microphones, according to iSuppli Corp. To implement ANC, at least two microphones are required, and sometimes many more are employed. Partly due to the rising use of ANC in cell phones and other devices, iSuppli has raised its global MEMS microphone forecast from its previous outlook issued in September.
Google is expected to announce the most anticipated phone since the advent of the iPhone. The announcement would be timed to preempt many of the announcements planned for this week’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Android-based phone, “Nexus One”, is based on Google’s open source mobile OS that has received strong support from manufacturers such as Motorola and HTC, and operators such as Verizon and T-Mobile. In releasing its own Android handset, Google steps into the device manufacturing fray to produce an unencumbered vision of what Google would like a mobile device to be.