>> Actions announced that it has signed a license agreement for the 64-bit ARM Cortex A50 processor family, making it one of China's leading technology design companies delivering an ARM-based 64-bit chip for tablet devices.
Every quarter, Apple sees its market eroding away. Xiami was enough problem. It is possible that China in the next 7 years could lead the smartphone market. With great technology and good cost model, they have the opportunity. The usual challenges of technology are breaking and these companies are competing well.
I guess that it'll have to do for now, although it seems more of an allegory to a liquor store than an AA meeting. But that's OK, we can quit any time that we want, right?
Seriously, there is a feel to these devices that is very similar to the early microcomputers and microprocessors. A large part of it is accessibility and control. The PC and Apple worlds are both much more serious than they once were, and they are becoming more and more locked down. There is also a perverse pleasure in doing very useful things with a platform that the establishment tends to look on as being underpowered toys. I know that at some point they, too, will grow up and get serious (such as moving to 64-bit architectures) but for now they are a very approachable set of Legos that we can have fun with.
I shouldn't be hanging around with you guys. You're a bad influence. :-)
I have wondered for a while when these two segments would collide. Personally I figured that at some point I would settle on one or the other of these, but instead I find myself with a Galaxy S5 phone, Google Nexus 10" tablet, a Chromebook, and a relatively monstrous Asus laptop. I am finding myself using each of these for different things. At some point I will probably collapse down the number of devices, but I have no idea what I will go to. Maybe I will try Google Glass when it comes out in a 64-bit version...