Intel says that the idea behind this smartphone reference design is to speed development time for phone manufacturers that, in turn, can focus on adding additional features and software. The phone features a high-resolution 4.03-inch LCD screen and is running Android Gingerbread OS on the company’s Medfield phone platform. A company representative said versions of the phone are also running Ice Cream Sandwich but none were being shown publicly at CES.
Researchers such as Intel’s David Ginsberg are digging deep into the recesses of the human psyche to learn how technology can be created that connects the emotional and rational parts of the human brain.
Tablet and Smartphone Design on Flickr.
Leading up to Computex 2011 in Taipei, Tawain, several analysts will expecting to see a redo of last year’s event, where a flood of new me-too tablets were revealed and many never hit the market. IDC’s Mario Morales told me he the event would be “an evolution of where they (companies) have so far failed in the areas of smartphones and tablets.” That’s harsh, but he also points out there are many opportunities for companies to built tablets and leverage core strengths: like RIM’s excellent, secure email service and HP’s deep knowledge of the enterprise. Other analysts I’ve read and talked to, like CCS Insight’s John Jackson, are excited about what’s possible, like contextually mobile services becoming more mainstream through smartphones and tablets. One common criticism or recommendation was that tablet makers can not rely to heavily on hardware, but need to take a complete system, software and services approach. Here’s a round up of analyst comments and a video from Intel Free Press: Tech Analysts Disappointed in Tablet Innovation http://intel.ly/ikBheh.
Recent data shows tablet sales of tablets actually declined last quarter and that Apple’s nearly 100% market share has now less than 60%, according to a report in Netbook News.