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Android IoT Hub Case Study

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May 2019

Android IoT Hub Case Study

In hardware-manufacturing manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Project Scope Create an industrial grade Android IoT Hub in a custom waterproof case that has all the standard technology of an Android smartphone and interacts with external sensors (such as temperature and humidity sensors or camera) using Bluetooth. Application Background Since Android IoT Hub isn’t a well known or well-defined product here’s an explanation. […]

Android Wi-Fi Tablet Chipset Review Q1 2019

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Mar 2019

Android Wi-Fi Tablet Chipset Review Q1 2019

In Chipsets hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

The Android Wi-Fi tablet market has been fairly stagnant for the past 3 years.  With less consumer demand for these products, there are less IC manufacturers designing new chips for the market and those which are still making chips are updating less frequently. Below is a list of selected popular chips from the leading China […]

The Difference Between Android Product Development Success and Burnout

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Apr 2018

The Difference Between Android Product Development Success and Burnout

In Case study hardware-manufacturing Testing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

A few months ago personal friends of mine – let’s call them The Dream Team – asked me if I wanted to get involved with making a custom Android tablet for use in a car, primarily as a navigation and DVR system, but also with some entertainment functionality.  Key details of the project were that […]

Industrial vs Consumer Electronics – Differences in Engineering Design

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Mar 2018

Industrial vs Consumer Electronics – Differences in Engineering Design

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

When approaching a new electrical design, there are many factors an engineer must consider. These are defined by the specification of the project: namely, whether the application is intended for industrial or consumer use. This decision has a considerable effect on the design of the product and is the basis for this article. Choosing between […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part IV

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Feb 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part IV

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Karim Yaghmour, CEO Opersys inc. (www.opersys.com) Inside Treble (continued) This is a continuation of the “Inside Treble” section of Part III. Vendor NDK (VNDK) As I mentioned earlier, the lack of testing of the native layer by the CTS made it such that “anything goes” underneath the framework.  Since there was no limit to what […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part III

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Feb 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part III

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Karim Yaghmour, CEO Opersys inc. (www.opersys.com) Inside Treble To understand how Treble achieves its goals, we need to take a closer look at the internals of Android and get a better understanding of how the Android framework interacts with the lower layers of the system.  Only then can we explore the technologies introduced by Treble […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part II

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Feb 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part II

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Karim Yaghmour, CEO Opersys inc. (www.opersys.com) Treble and the Android release flow Why have Android updates been generally difficult, long and expensive?  What are the specific issues with older releases that made such updates so difficult?  And how does Treble attempt to solve this? Let’s take a closer look at the processes at play and […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble?

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Jan 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble?

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

This month I’m honored to share an article written by my friend Karim Yaghmour, one of the world’s leading experts on the Linux and Android platforms, about Treble, a major revision to Android’s architecture.  The article is in-depth enough for an experienced engineer to appreciate, yet explains the details in simple enough language that most […]

6 Vital Areas to Consider when Sourcing Android Tablets and Smartphones

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Jan 2018

6 Vital Areas to Consider when Sourcing Android Tablets and Smartphones

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

We’ve encountered countless customers with the idea that sourcing products in China is simple; go to Alibaba or Global Sources, find a supplier and order your product. This idea is more or less correct, but the results vary, seemingly with a high percentage of customers having bad experiences and financial loss, even as Chinese suppliers […]

Android and IoT – An (almost) Perfect Match

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Dec 2017

Android and IoT – An (almost) Perfect Match

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Hatch has started working on IoT projects involving both Android and embedded MCU platforms. Therefore we’re often comparing in which scenarios each platform delivers a better result. In May I brought you an article explaining the Advantages of using USSD for IoT. This month I’ll cover in what scenarios Android is the right platform for […]