Windows, Google Makes Impression at Computex

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by Franz Bicar

In this year’s Computex exhibition held in Taipei, Taiwan, two companies showcased what it can do with two different technologies. First we have In Technology, a Chinese company based in Guangzhou China, who showed what it calls the world’s first Windows XP phone. The phone, named xpPhone, can wake Windows from standby mode to receive calls and text messages. It has a battery life of seven hours when not in standby mode, and with a larger battery it can run for 12 hours.

The device has a pull-out QWERTY keypad, a 120GB hard disk and a 4.8 inch LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. It weighs 400 grams and is 2.5 centimeters thick. The xpPhone will support Wi-Fi, optional WiMax, GPS and next-generation mobile.

The xpPhone will go to market in China in about three months and later be marketed worldwide.

The device incorporates a customized chip from Advanced Micro Devices which powers this mobile phone/ computer. But then again, most smart phones nowadays serves as both a phone and a computer. Of course, you have the iPhone as the most perfect example, then you also have phones based on Google’s Android platform.

Speaking of the Android, another company at Computex showed of devices based on a version of Google’s Android platform. The OS was modified by MIPS and customized for MIPS chip architecture.

MIPS earlier announced the availability of its Android port, which it expects to be used mainly in embedded household products.

The events mark an expansion of Android’s use into embedded devices, and growing industry interest in running Android on different processor cores. Android normally runs on Arm processors and was made for mobile phones, though a string of PC makers have announced plans to offer netbooks running Android.

MIPS displayed a home media player running Android on a MIPS core at a press event at the exhibition. It also showed a 10.4-inch LCD display with a keyboard and a built-in computer running Android that connects to the Internet with Wi-Fi.

MIPS has a strong customer base in home electronics, where it claims 75 percent of the market for processor cores in Blu-ray Disc players, Kitagawa said.

Android fits well with devices such as television set-top boxes and digital picture frames partly because they could download applications from Google’s Android Market.

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