This afternoon’s news is full of interesting news. We have VLC getting Chromecast support, Huawei Mulan’s processor competing against the best of the best, and a new Chromebook. Stick around to learn more!
VLC is a very popular media reproduction app. What makes it unique is that it seems to support any format you can throw at it, making it the most convenient media playback app to have. Can it get better? It seems so!
The VLC apps for Android and iOS will soon get Chromecast support, followed by Mac, Linux and Windows. The desktop operating systems are a little harder to work with, apparently, hence it will take a little longer to get it all together.
Opinion: I make sure to always keep VLC handy in all my devices, just in case I happen to run into any rare video formats. So far, it hasn’t failed me once. It will be great to be able to also stream to Chromecast, as the app’s main focus is in media consumption.
The Huawei Mulan has been subject to a few leaks the past week, but so far we know very little of it. Our friends from GizChina have been diggin around and found some information. Though we still don’t have all the details, we do get a pretty important piece of the puzzle – the processor.
The device is said to carry Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 chipset. The processor will be clocked between 1.3 GHz and 1.6 GHz. What is surprising is that Huawei claims this processor will be more powerful than the almighty Snapdragon 805! Should we believe that?
Opinion: It’s hard to believe a manufacturer like Huawei can straight up make such claims, after Qualcomm has been standing as the top processor maker for quite some time. Huawei is no weakling, though. We will have to wait and see.
Not many smaller manufacturers are betting on Chrome OS for their laptops. It’s hard to compete in such a niche market, but the guys at Rockchip have put together the RK3288 Chromebook.
The device still needs a lot of work and is not exactly based on Chrome OS. It is using Chromium OS, which is only different in a few ways. The most important difference is the lack of Google Apps support and Adobe Flash.
It sports a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A12, 2 GB of RAM and a 13.3-inch 1366x768p display. Release date is set for Q3, 2014, meaning it will come out pretty soon for an affordable price point.
Opinion: While it is always nice to have Chrome OS, Chromium is not a bad alternative if you know how to work your way around Google Apps. After all, Google Apps are all in the browser, which Chromium does support.