The Gear Live is Samsung’s first Android Wear watch. It’s compatible with Android phone running Android 4.3 or 4.4. And we like it. It has the same AMOLED display as the Gear 2. Samsung says the phone should get about a day of battery life. The Gear Live costs $199. The big plus for us at BayLibre is that it is the first Samsung phone to be compatible with any Android device.
James Bruce from ARM explains that, in the tablet world, there are no use case for 8 core SoCs. However 8 is a lucky number for Chinese customers. The Exynos 5 octa is based on 4 cortex A15 combined with 4 A7 for instance. According to James Bruce 75% of the time, such a processor is either asleep or waiting for interrupts. So the actual need for the processing power is not proven.
Out of the 250 millions tablets shipped in 2013, 100 millions were shipped with a Chinese SoC inside.
And kickstarter did it again: an Android based quadcore device which controls the home automation and is a router. It even connects to Nest, the connected thermostat recently acquired by Google. It embeds an Exynos SoC from Samsung. Actually the hardware platform is probably over-dimensioned for what it actually does. Yet it comes in the form factor of a tablet which means that for once the User Interface is user friendly.
As we could expect from such a sexy product, the pre-orders are higher than what was initially requested.