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Texas Instruments Closing Factories In Houston & Japan Despite Up Quarter

Texas Instruments, the makers of the dual core OMAP processor reported their fourth quarter earnings on Monday. TI beat the forecasts for Q4 from both Wall Street and their own management.

TI earned $298 million or 25 cents per share which is ahead of the 23 cents per share Wall Street was forecasting. Q4 2011 was the first full quarter for the company after the absorbed National Semiconductor which became TI’s Silicon Valley presence in September of 2011. TI, like other silicon companies, spent part of 2011 recovering from supply chain demand problems stemming from last years earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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The Summer Of OMAP Continues With Thedroidguy & Texas Instruments

The Texas Instruments OMAP processor is one of the hottest things in Android this year.  The Motorola Droid 3 and the upcoming LG Thrill (Optimus 3D) feature the OMAP 4 dual channel processor.

Texas Instruments is also one of the signature sponsors for the Android Homecoming and the Big Android BBQ.  Last year at the Big Android BBQ they made a big splash with their more than life sized Cowboid.  Cowboid is back this year and in full force.

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Texas Instruments Making Battery Life A Priority

Sometimes people don’t realize in their smartphone they are carrying a mini computer capable of doing things we could only dream about, even back at the start of the new millennium.  Battery life is often the most talked about issue when it comes to any smartphone, but it’s especially plagued the Android user.

Good battery life on a smartphone,  or Android phone is 6 to 8 hours.  Most smartphone owners keep a charger at the house, the office and in the car.  These users don’t get a clear picture of what the smartphone battery can or cannot do. The worst part is, those users using multiple chargers still only get a few extra hours.

One of the biggest draws on battery life is the processor. It seems Texas Instruments recognizes that and is planning on working their next OMAP processors up to a full days battery life.

Texas Instrument’s Tim Carlson said in an interview that they plan for the next OMAP processor will offer “true all day computing”. Carlson wouldn’t say exactly how long all day computing would be but we are hoping that it’s truly all day.

source: Phandroid

LG Optimus 3D Arrives In UK July 7th, US Announcement Expected Tomorrow In New York

According to British mobile technology site, Mobile Today, the LG Optimus 3D will be launching at Carphone Warehouse (a subsidiary of Best Buy Mobile) on July 7th. Carphone warehouse already has the Optimus 3D up for pre-order.

The Optimus 3D features a glassesless 4.3″ 3D screen, HDMI port, Android 2.2 (upgrading to 2.3), and a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP processor, as explained in the video below.

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Bionic Coming To Verizon With OMAP In Toe?

Now that the HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, and the LG Revolution have all been released on Verizon Wireless’ 4G/LTE network that leaves just one phone left.  Out of the quadruple play of Android 4G/LTE devices announced at CES in January only one remains and that is the Motorola Droid Bionic.

A few months ago rumors started popping up all over the internet, suggesting that the Motorola Droid Bionic was either scrapped or merged with another piece of hardware and as such, would release later in the summer.

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Texas Instruments Introudce New Me-D Experiences

Although both had a presence at CES, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm were mum on big announcements this year, instead waiting for Mobile World Congress to make any big 2011 announcements.  Texas Instruments has done it again.

A lot of Android enthusiasts think Snap Dragon, Hummingbird and Tegra 2 when thinking processors, however if youre one of the millions of people with a Motorola branded Droid device than you know the name OMAP, Texas Instruments is now building on that.

Today at Mobile World Congress Texas Instruments has unveiled Me-D experiences.  We aren’t talking about just some crafty marketing scheme to sell 3D either.  Me-D experiences offer the users an unparalleled experience.  These include, touchless gesturing in a natural dimension, stereoscopic 3d in the third dimension and interactive projection in the projected dimension.

So what is this all exactly? Texas Instruments is going ahead of the curve for the next couple of years.  The total Me-D experience covers gestural interfaces, glassless 3d hd video and a unique combination of unparalleled processing speed and Texas Instruments pico technology to provide all encompassing projected environments.

One of the coolest parts of this is the gesture interface.  Texas Instruments has partnered with a company called Extreme Reality where they use a low res camera to detect movement, like moving a cursor with your finger in mid air.

Source: Texas Instruments at MWC