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SBC apes RasPi, beefs up CPU, adds SATA

April 22, 2014
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A $49 community-backed “Banana Pi” SBC is a Raspberry Pi lookalike, but uses a faster, dual-core Allwinner A20 SoC and adds SATA and several other features.

Android kitchen computers offer transparent touchscreens

April 21, 2014
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Cloudproject and Elam Kitchen have launched a line of Android-based home furnishings and appliances that feature transparent multitouch displays.

Amazon reportedly developing 3D-enabled Android phone

April 16, 2014
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Amazon reportedly will enter the Android smartphone arena later this year, with a device that makes some images appear to be 3D, similar to a hologram.

Rugged Android fleet computer offers 3G, GPS, CANbus

April 15, 2014
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Micronet announced a rugged touchscreen fleet computer that runs Android 4.x on a TI Sitara AM3715 SoC, and features optional GSM 3.5G, GPS, and CANbus.

Android TV box to run KitKat on quad-core Cortex-A17

April 14, 2014
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Ugoos is readying a “UT3″ media player mini-PC that will run Android 4.4 on a Rockchip quad-core, Cortex-A17 RK3288 SoC, and will support 4K video output.

Linux-ready SBC runs on 2 Watts

April 14, 2014
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Embedian has launched a 3.5-inch sandwich-style “SMART-MEN” SBC that combines a baseboard with a SMARC COM running Linux or Android on a 1GHz TI AM335x SoC.

Automotive i.MX6 SoC to include Cortex-M4 MCU

April 14, 2014
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Freescale announced an automotive focused version of its Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 SoC that integrates a Cortex-M4 microcontroller and supports Android and Linux.

Android IPTV set-top features 802.11ac, Marvell SoC

April 10, 2014
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Swisscom released a “Swisscom TV 2.0″ set-top box that runs Android 4.2.2 on a Marvell Armada 1500 Plus SoC, and also features a Marvell 802.11ac WiFi chip.

Leaked images and video show simplified Android TV UI

April 9, 2014
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[Updated Apr 9] — Leaked images and a CES 2014 demo of Google’s new Android TV user interface show a more streamlined and intuitive approach to the big screen than Google TV.

Hackable home automation controller runs Android

April 8, 2014
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Habey has launched a Kickstarter project for a hackable, Android-based “HIO Wallpad” home automation controller that offers PoE for drop-in deployment.

Tiny Cortex-A9 SBC is hackable and stackable

April 5, 2014
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Habey unveiled a tiny, open-spec, Freescale i.MX6-based SBC that runs Ubuntu and Android, and features stackable daughter boards, PoE, and wing extensions.

Intel tips 14nm Atoms, 64-bit KitKat, IoT gateway

April 4, 2014
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At IDF Shenzhen, Intel tipped 14nm Atom SoCs and unveiled its IoT Gateway design due to ship in devices from ADI, Adlink, Advantech, Eurotech, and Portwell.

Android BSPs target Atom E3800 reference board

April 4, 2014
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Insyde Software and Timesys have each released enhanced Android BSPs supporting Intel’s “Bayley Bay” evaluation board for the Intel Atom E3800 SoC.

IoT on tap at upcoming Embedded Linux Conference

April 3, 2014
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The Internet of Things is front and center at the Embedded Linux Conference, held April 29 through May 1, and colocated with the Android Builders Summit.

Amazon unveils Android-based Fire TV STB and SDK

April 2, 2014
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[Updated 10:30PM] — Amazon unveiled Amazon Fire TV, a $99 multimedia and gaming oriented TV companion box running Android 4.2 on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC.

MIPS-based Newton module takes on Intel’s Edison in wearables

April 1, 2014
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Ingenic unveiled a tiny MIPS-based “Newton” COM for wearable and IoT devices that runs Android or Linux on an Xburst SoC, and offers WiFi and sensors.

KitKat developer tablet previews 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805

April 1, 2014
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Intrinsyc has launched a 10-inch developer tablet that runs Android 4.4 on a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC, and features 802.11ac and a 3D gesture camera.

Intel unveils tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max open SBC

March 31, 2014
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[Updated Apr 6] — Intel and CircuitCo revealed a smaller, faster, second-gen MinnowBoard SBC featuring an Atom E3800 SoC, revised I/O, and both Android 4.4 and Linux support.

New Intel Bay Trail-T SoCs target Android tablets

March 30, 2014
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Intel is prepping a new Atom Z37x5 lineup — a family of at least nine Android-ready, quad-core Bay Trail-T tablet SoCs that offer better graphics.

Free ebook tackles Android on x86

March 27, 2014
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Intel and Apress have released a free 380-page ebook called “Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel Architecture.”