Why the Omap 4 Processor, Archos G9, and Google Nexus Prime Are Important For The Development of Mobile Computing

For years smartphone and tablet devices have been nothing more than media players with embedded wireless connectivity. Mobile devices have always been primarily targeted at the consumption of information rather than the creation of information. The reason for this is lack of storage for containing raw audio video files, lack of common USB host support, lack of real estate for editing (eg: resolution and screen size), and lack of processing power and ram on mobile devices. With the introduction of ARM Cortex A8 and Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile devices were finally able to do things like effectively multitask, play hd video and even record HD video. While smart devices were beginning to be able to record HD video and even in some cases replace high end camcorders, but were sill unable to effectively edit said video. With the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 iMovie was able to advantage of the extra screen resolution and screen the two devices had and mobile iMovie became effective for basic editing. The raw file problem can be solved with new video formats such as WebM/VP8 which is not only open source, takes less cpu power to decode and encode and is gaining much developer. Texas instruments said themselves that Omap 4 platform will support WebM/VP8. Flash storage is becoming cheaper and the Archos G9 tablets allow up to 250gb of hard disk space while still having a small ssd for the os and potentially even 320gb of storage. Soon 32gb of storage will be the standard and 64gb will be the premium. Android 3.x brings support for most common USB peripherals and this feature will come to smartphones such as the Nexus Prime with the release of Ice Cream Sandwhich 4.0.

What does the Omap 4 platform bring in terms of performance?, it has 4x the performance compared to Omap 3, a much more powerful GPU, and supports clock speeds of up to 1.8ghz. The Omap 4 also brings improved power consumption which can maximize battery life and allow mobile devices to be used non stop and allow them to be truly mobile. The most important capability of the Omap 4 platform is ability to encode and decode 1080p video which will enable some very powerful editing. On the software side much under the hood optimization for Linux has done to by Texas Instruments software development team to allow the ability to run desktop Linux applications and mobile Linux applications at the same time on the Omap 4 platform. Here are some demonstrations of the platform.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY1EabFAH-c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0STvlyCxog

The Archos G9 and Nexus prime bring larger higher res display with Nexus Prime packing a whopping 4.65 inch super amoled display with a 1280x720p resolution and the Archos G9 with hard drive capilities. With these new added capabilities mobile apps become much more advanced. Ice cream sandwhich on the Nexus Prime will allow devices to have no navigation buttons and devote more space to screen size. Android navigation buttons have been pretty pointless because most devices have capacitive buttons which don’t give a tactile feel and generally make devices look uglier.

Here is a picture of what the Nexus Prime might look like this minus the nav buttons

What Archos G9 will be like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2yupa-lF4I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zQuY_zF2e8

Nexus Prime and Archos G9 will be launched right around September and October.