USB Audio Recorder Pro brings first USB audio recording

If you need to plug USB recording devices to an android, now you can. exTream team has written custom USB driver for USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 class-compliant devices that support with either USB audio spec 1.0 or 2.0. App cost $4. Compatibility list can be found here.

via phandroid

Related item, if you need multi-track mixer. Audio Evolution for Android is the first app that does that. Maybe the two developers can get together and combined these two apps?

Features are: Multitrack audio playback, Audio recording (while playing back other tracks), Loop playback, Import of wav, aiff, flac, Ogg/Vorbis audio files
Mastering to stereo WAV/AIFF/FLAC file, Non-linear non-destructive editing with move, trim, split, cut/copy/paste, remove, range editing

via Google Play

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Pattrn, Wallpaper patterns for Android

If you like wallpapers based on patterns we recommend you to choose Pattrn App. This is a feature app recently arrived to our Android market (Google Play). If you like to change background very often you have to try Pattrn. The uniqueness of this application offers the best collection of patterns created by the user community COLOUR lovers . techmites

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Square Enix releases Demon’s Score, Final Fantasy II, and FF Dimensions

Square Enix are releasing Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy Dimensions for android. Also Demon’s Score — an Nvidia Tegra 3 exclusive, some beat game. phandroid

Final Fantasy IV for smartphone has been sighted in japan, so can’t be too long before it shows up for the rest of us.

Tho, I wonder how long until Android game reach console parity like the one below… I want it now!

More cheap Processor yay.

Samsung has taped out 14nm ARM CPU with finfet. Hey Samsung, so are we going to get it by 2014?

The Cortex-A7 processor test chip was implemented by Cadence in collaboration with ARM and Samsung. Cadence delivered a full RTL-to-signoff flow, building upon a tool set that has been thoroughly tested on 20nm designs requiring automated double patterning. The tight collaboration with Samsung and ARM enabled Cadence to hone its technology for 14nm FinFET designs, paving the way for 14nm market readiness. ARM used Cadence tools to develop the 14nm FinFET libraries, and Cadence tools were also used for a full-flow RTL-to-signoff tapeout of the processor core on Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process, as well as chip-level integration and verification. samsungtomorrow, androidheadlines

TSMC is building Giant fab in the US.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. CEO Morris Chang confirms that his company is contemplating another U.S. factory, but says the hunt has no connection to Apple.

“The U.S. is one of the places under consideration,” Chang said at the annual Supply Chain Management Forum in Taiwan, according to Taipei Times. “But this has nothing to do with Apple.” oregonlive

Samsung to Proceed With $4 Billion Austin Plant Expansion

the world’s second-largest semiconductor maker, said it will go ahead with a $4 billion expansion of its U.S. chip plants in Austin, Texas, betting on surging demand for smartphone processors. bloomberg

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By 2014 or so, the entire planet will be flooded with advanced chip for sure. More chip please. I want my toys.

Nexus 7 Can Do More

Ever so versatile Nexus 7 with latest custom UI (Floating Banner) and floating apps, plus Wacom tablet. I really think Android is ready for multi windows UI for larger screen. People want to leave windows and laptop for tablet.

Acer Iconia B1

The next cheap 7″ tablet is out. This time with newer Mediatek CPU. (Faster than iPad Mini)

Mediatek dual core 8317T 1.2ghz
PowerVR SGX 531 GPU
512mb ram
8gb flash
4.1.2 JB
32gb microsd
7″ 1024×600 5point multitouch 169ppi
Bluetooth 4.0 i GPS

see also: unwiredview, phonearena

Will Apple Survive Price Competition?

Seven months is not a reasonable life cycle for any durable product. You wouldn’t buy a new TV, game console, Blu-ray player, refrigerator, or car every seven months. In fact, if a manufacturer discontinued and replaced your TV after seven months, you’d be pissed. But it’s like an addiction: carriers and OEMs need the high they get from the fleeting sales bump after the release of an incrementally new model, a bump that quickly flatlines. Hilarious price adjustments ensue; a $199.99 phone falls to $149.99, $99.99, $49.99, and eventually free over the course of a single year. theverge

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Apple right now is riding on huge sales volume, thus they can afford dishing out expensive to make Chip and component while still maintaining unprecedented margin. All in single product. But if one look at current 5 inch line up in China, I seriously doubt Apple can survive this game much longer once consumer jump onto 1080p thin 5″ model. Then they will experience what TI and RIM, sudden collapse of sale while still need to maintain large and complex supply chain.

This is not hypothetical, several of apple supplier went from top in the market to almost broke in no time once apple moves on. The original chip maker went bust and bought by Nvidia once Apple moved to Samsung for iPod CPU. Touch screen suppliers also experienced big jitter from apple changing technology.

So maintaining apple complex supply chain when there is sudden market change will be daunting.

Anticipated Screen Technology for 2013

1. Bendable plastic substrate screen

Samsung-Display flexible-high res AMOLED. New 5.5G lines adopt flexible and LITI technologies from the A2P3 line. Liti make high resolution AMOLED possible and flexible Amoled are also possible with that line. The thin-film process is close to resolving technological difficulties that have prevented flexible displays and delayed 5.5G OLED capex. This lines could be ready for mass produce in 2Q 2013 and 4Q 2013. oled-display

2. Ultra high resolution

According to DigiTimes, the Taiwanese company Innolux will begin mass producing their own 5 inch 1080p panels in Q1 2013. They’re going to use something called AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) technology. androidauthority

AUO introduce high resolution AMOLED with 317ppi. oled-display

3. Igzo

Sharp began making smartphone displays using a semiconductor technology known as IGZO this month at its plant in Tenri, central Japan, Heihachiro Ochiai, a Sharp spokesman, said by phone today. Sharp is also in talks with Dell Inc. (DELL) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) to supply IGZO displays, the Yomiuri newspaper said Oct. 20. bloomberg

[in April] Sharp today said it was making available 32in, 3840 x 2160 panels – that’s 140 dots per inch – for monitors, plus 10in, 2560 x 1600 (300dpi) and 7in, 1280 x 800 (217dpi) for tablets. reghardware

4. In cell touch screen

In-cell touch, DITO tech gaining ground for mobile device displays

With the advent of two new touch sensor technologies, more than 7.5% of the mobile phone market will use “in-cell touch” in 2012 and tablet PCs will see a 5% shipment share of “DITO film structure” technology, reports NPD DisplaySearch. In-cell touch’s market share is estimated to grow to 16.7% by 2018. electroiq