Posts Tagged ‘Android’
This year, is the year of getting to know Android better for me, and also dig deeper into several Internet of Everything (IoE) technologies such as MQTT. I came across an excellent post by Dale Lane from IBM and his blog post on building an Android MQTT client application. It was extremely helpful and led to a Android project that uploaded to Github.
While my brain is unusually active on ideas, I rarely write them down. Back in May in my post The Dell Dilemma – I wrote about how Dell needs to innovate. At that time I had an idea to propose, I never got around to writing about it. The idea can be best expressed by the seeing what this Litl startup has done. Dell needs to innovate their PC and Notebook lineup to better compete with HP. John Gruber of Daring Fireball makes very good arguments on why PC companies need to out of the box innovation here and here – and gives example of what Litl has done.
For now, Dell is trying to mimic IBM and HP with the acquisition of Perot Systems to compete with them. I think that is, culturally, a much more difficult move for Dell, not to mention it is not their core competency.
Dell should learn from Litl or may be even acquire them and come out with dual function notebook or webbook. I would, though, enhance the Litl platform in the following ways:
1. A Dual-Mode machine = PC + Media Player
2. Install a Android-based OS (or may be even Ubuntu Karmic!) – increase the PC functionality on the current design of Litl
3. Make it a dual boot OR rather a dual-mode machine by providing a “dock” that has the HDMI connections to the TV
4. When the machine is docked, it would work as a Entertainment Netbook (the SW would switch upon docking)
5. Bundle a nice remote with the package (and of course the Dock)
5. License Boxee software and have it pre-loaded on the Book
6. When Undocked – it works like a PC with support for Google Docs or Open Office
Future editions could bundle the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook support to make it work like an e-Reader. The bottomline, though, is that Dell’s operational and supply chain expertise could bring down the cost of manufacturing and marketing and introduce a new category in the Computing Market.
While my day job is @ Cisco’s SPVTG BU is Business Development and/or Product Strategy, I am certainly a geek @ heart. And hence the nature of these posts and the gadgets that I play around with…
- Android has started with OMAP/ARM Cores, you can get all the source and it is based on the Linux 2.6.2x Kernel for OMAP
- The ARM Core also powers the Apple 3G iPhone – it is supposed to be a Samsung chip, you can find the info here.
- As noted in #1 above, the first Android Phone – the T-Mobile G1 (by HTC) is also powered using OMAP/ARM core.
- The Amazon Kindle 2 is also powered by an ARM-11 Core, look here for details.
You see the common theme, it has been a long, long time since I hacked/coded on the ARM core but I am sure this will all come back to me….
(BTW need to look at investing in ARM Holdings, the company that licenses the ARM Cores …)
A post on GigaOm led me to get the BeagleBoard by TI.
It has arrived last week! Unfortunately I have not ordered any of the accessories, and as I dug through my tech pile I was unable to find a Micro USB cable that is required. So I wait patiently for a bunch of Beagleboard accessories that I have ordered from here.
I must say the packaging that came with the board was really cool!