While the Consumer Electronics Show is in full-swing, and Verizon has taken a huge step in making their presence, and the devices launching on their network, known to everyone. But, that's not stopping the company from announcing that they've got something else coming. Our inbox has been hit with a new invite for an event that's happening in four days.
OCOSMOS has officially announced its two mobile PCs, the OCOSMOS OSC1 Tiny Computer (TC) and OCOSMOS OSC9 Tablet PC. The OSC1 TC runs an Oak Trail Intel Atom processor with a 5-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, on-screen QWERTY keyboard and twin cameras, while the OSC9 has a 9-inch 1024 x 768 multitouch capacitive touchscreen, detachable QWERTY controller with virtual keyboard, and a companion pouch with space for a spare battery.
Last we heard of Broadcom's Persona platform, it was being billed as a DVR chipset. Now, the next generation has expanded its ambitions, and has found a home in Compal tablets. The two companies have announced that the Broadcom Person ICE will form the single- or dual-core 1GHz+ ARM Cortex A9 heart of future slates from the ODM.
Microsoft expects Windows Phone 7 smartphones to be on sale at Sprint and Verizon by June 30 2011, according to Aaron Woodman, director of mobile communications business. Woodman outlined the timeframe in an interview with Seattle Times, though we're left hoping that date is the very last in a window starting considerably earlier in the year, rather than a sign that CDMA WP7 devices aren't expected until late in Q2.
It seems the higher-resolution path is one that ereader manufacturers are increasingly taking, with iriver setting its stall at the 6-inch point of the market, and Hanvon's new WISEreader E920 claiming boosted performance at the 9.7-inch point. The E920 uses the same casing design as the color ereader launched last year, but with a monochrome 200dpi panel instead.
HCL has announced Aegis, a multi-platform home automation gateway which promises to control your multimedia, energy monitoring, HVAC, security and more, all through Android, iOS and Symbian devices, and using multiple wireless standards. Debuting at CES 2011 this week, the platform-agnostic Aegis supports WiFi, ZigBee, DLNA and HomePlug networking.
Samsung is making moves to kill off the cable STB, and feathering its Galaxy Tab media line-up at the same time. The Korean company has announced partnerships with DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast that will see digital content services from the three companies feature on upcoming Samsung smart TV sets. However, it will also see Time Warner's cable service and Comcast's Xfinity available as an app on the Galaxy Tab.
Wireless charging has long been a possibility but not an entirely straightforward one, but that could change if Qualcomm has its way. The chip company has announced alliances with Duracell and Powermat to explore new wireless charging technologies and potentially establish an industry alliance to push a power standard.