Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250 News & Analysis 4/16/2014 Post a comment IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Unveils Modular Phone News & Analysis 4/16/2014 1 comment Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit News & Analysis 4/16/2014 2 comments At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
PC Prior Art Cited on iPhone News & Analysis 4/15/2014 7 comments Samsung cited a DOS-based app and an early web server as prior art against two of Apple's five patent infringement charges involving the Galaxy phones and tablets.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple News & Analysis 4/14/2014 5 comments Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
Samsung Grills Apple Expert News & Analysis 4/11/2014 9 comments Samsung's lead attorney grilled one of Apple's strongest experts, a witness who calculated the Korean giant owes $2.191 billion in damages.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’ News & Analysis 4/10/2014 10 comments Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
The Man Behind pcDuino News & Analysis 4/8/2014 7 comments The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed News & Analysis 4/7/2014 15 comments An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Apple, Samsung Allege Copying News & Analysis 4/4/2014 4 comments Apple showed Samsung reports detailing plans to copy a patented slide-to-unlock feature; Samsung countered with emails from Steve Jobs on Google.
Apple v. Samsung Case Tackles Stealing, Scapegoating News & Analysis 4/2/2014 4 comments Jurors heard opening statements and a first round of testimony in Federal Court Tuesday as part of an ongoing battle royale between Apple and Samsung. Attorneys for the mobile giants contested the use of patented technology in the iPhone and devices such as the Galaxy S II, alleging that each infringed each others intellectual property.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit News & Analysis 3/31/2014 11 comments Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap? News & Analysis 3/27/2014 13 comments Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT News & Analysis 3/20/2014 38 comments Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS? News & Analysis 3/20/2014 8 comments After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
Android User Lawsuit Highlights Personal Data Perils News & Analysis 3/19/2014 6 comments In a 2013 lawsuit, Android users claimed that Google had gained access to personal information from their smartphones and tablets and then gave it to a third party. These users claim that they never gave permission for this, highlighting the perils of having personal information on mobile devices.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged News & Analysis 3/19/2014 3 comments Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed News & Analysis 3/18/2014 19 comments China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab News & Analysis 3/14/2014 8 comments Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins News & Analysis 3/12/2014 14 comments MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia News & Analysis 3/10/2014 4 comments Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Apple's iOS Codes Get Inside Car News & Analysis 3/4/2014 15 comments With CarPlay, Apple’s naked ambition to get inside the car has become more evident than ever before. So is the eagerness of carmakers to associate their cars with the popular smartphone platform -- at any cost.
Validity of New Feature Phone Market News & Analysis 2/27/2014 24 comments What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away News & Analysis 2/27/2014 14 comments Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required News & Analysis 2/25/2014 24 comments Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC News & Analysis 2/24/2014 12 comments Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
Sony Xperia Handset Emphasizes Mobile Media News & Analysis 2/24/2014 1 comment Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
Who Has the Best Android Phone in China? News & Analysis 2/24/2014 3 comments Which company offers the best Android smartphone to Chinese consumers? The Mobile Experience Alliance has launched a new rating system called Certimo that both consumers and OEMs can use.