Texas Instruments hopes to expand Android 4.0 to more low-cost devices
- 07 June, 2012 13:29
Android 4.0 can now be used on low-cost and low-power devices, thanks to a new SDK (software development kit) for Texas Instruments' Sitara processors, the chip maker said on Wednesday.
The kind of devices Texas Instruments has in mind include wearable gadgets such as watches, goggles, display panels for home appliances and automation, tablets, point-of-sale terminals and portable navigation devices.
The products will use Sitara AM335x and AM37x, which are both based on ARM's Cortex-A8 processors. The chips are available now, but Texas Instruments didn't elaborate on when it expects products using them to arrive.
The SDK includes the Android OS, drivers for 3D graphics, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as guidance to help product developers with their designs, according to Texas Instruments.
It can be downloaded for free from the company's website.
Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, was introduced in October last year and is used on 7.1 percent of all devices based on Google's OS, as of June 1, according to the Android Developers website.
The most popular version of Android is still version 2.3, which is used on 65 percent of all devices, it said.
Send news tips and comments to email@example.com
Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.
Why change management doesn’t work
Larry Page wants to see your medical records
Dual-Persona Smartphones Not a BYOD Panacea
After two-year hiatus, EFF accepts bitcoin donations again
CIOs struggle to deliver timely mobile business apps: survey
Tips Choosing a Cloud Service Provider
Because cloud is still a new and evolving business model, it can be argued that the decision to select a cloud service provider should be approached with even greater diligence than other IT decisions. Many providers use the same term to define very different services, “hybrid cloud” is one example, making it difficult to compare offers. This whitepaper will help enterprises evaluate their options in two critical areas: the cloud service portfolio and the service provider itself. Read now.
Staying Ahead of the Data Explosion
The total volume of data being processed and stored by businesses is rising exponentially. IDC has estimated that the size of the "digital universe" will increase 29 fold between 2010 and 2020. Data storage technology has undergone a steady increase in capacity, along with a steady decline in the cost per unit to store information. Unfortunately, data storage capacity is not keeping pace with data growth and necessitating greater intelligence in the storage infrastructure. Read more.
Securing the Promise of Virtualisation
For today’s enterprise, this whitepaper identifies three general areas of risk associated with risk; those that are traditionally areas of risk, the hazards that are exclusive to virtualisation and the more recent set of risks that are associated with newly formed hybrid environments. Read more to find out how to keep pace with evolving threats, quicker provisioning and dynamically mobile workloads.