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Nvidia CEO Says New Wave of Android Tablets is Going to Rock the World

NVIDIA CEO – Jen-Hsun Huang is one smart guy, and has helped make NVIDIA on of the top tech companies in the world of GPU’s. Most recently, Huang went on the public record, and said that it is quite safe to assume that concerns and issues surrounding the initial batch of Android-powered tablets “have been largely addressed”, and that things are only going to get better and better. If we can all recall the glory days back to when the original handset was launched, and how far Android has come, and how many devices, countries, and carriers it has gone onto enjoy success with, then we are inclined to agree with Mr. Jen-Hsun Huang, and echo his ideas that things are only going to get better.

Google has reacted rather quickly to a few of the minor maladies in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and is rolling out several key improvements through its Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, to improve the user experience and offer greater customization, and so forth. Hot off the heels of Google I/O – the development team at Android know that they have to set a strong, strident pace, to stay on top of the latest UI developments, and to help users achieve the experience they are looking for. On the hardware end, we have seen some beautiful tablets, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s 8.9 and 10.1 inch, and are confident that, once production ramps up, that Android Honeycomb Tablets will begin to enjoy immense success. This too will motivate top developers to make great apps. Plus, with the promise of unifying Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb in the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich Android 2.4 update, developers will have even greater incentive to produce the apps that users want. According to Huang, there are innumerable improvements expected, and the next generation of Android Honeycomb tablets will be even more awesome. Here’s a small excerpt from the CEO of NVIDIA – Jen Hsun Huang:

“A new wave of tablets are now ramping up and are even more affordable and available on retail channels with WiFi configurations all over the world. You’re also starting to see a lot of different shade of platforms, from devices that are like the Asus transformer where it is a tablet in one configuration and has a detachable keyboard in another configuration. And so those kind of devices are getting a lot of interest and available in computer channels all over the world.

We’re going to expect another wave of tablets that are coming out to the marketplace now, ones that are even thinner and even lighter than the best offerings from anyplace, any supplier in the world. And those devices are just in the process of ramping. There’s the really exciting new build of Honeycomb called Honeycomb 3.1 that Google just demonstrated the other day at Google I/O. We are basically stitching that up now.”

NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform was made the reference hardware platform by Google for Android Honeycomb 3.0. Currently, NVIDIA s working closely with Google on Ice Cream Sandwich, but unfortunately declined to comment on whether the timing was good for a release of the Tegra 3 quad core chip.

As we know, things always improve. The pace of innovation from both a hardware and software perspective is simply staggering – and it’s accelerating. Companies are playing for keeps, and so are users. Do you think good times are ahead, dear reader?

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Google Gaming Console? Android, Google TV, and The Cloud Could Rain Down Awesomeness [OPINION]

We already know (or think we know) that Google TV will play a big role at Google IO next week, under the veil of Android. But if you connect the dots it seems like Google may be planning a powerful foray into the gaming market that could compete with traditional gaming consoles like XBOX360, PS3, and Wii. Let’s follow the trail of clues:

  • First of all, we expect Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) to merge with Google TV in the source code for the upcoming release of Android x.x (Ice Cream Sandwich).
  • That’ll lay a lot of behind the scenes groundwork, ultimately making the deployment of Android Market on Google TV a much easier task (which we hope to see at Google IO).

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Android Market on Google TV provides plenty of gaming fodder alone, but it goes deeper:

  • Last year, Google bought into game company Zynga, investing $100 million
  • GTVsource reports that Google is currently seeking a Project Manager and Developer Advocate that are gaming related positions.
  • GTVsource also confirms that Google TV will receive an overhaul at Google IO to include increased performance, improved UI and… Android apps.

Google clearly recognizes gaming as a frontier opportunity and lately it seems like they’ve lived by the “Go big or go home” motto. Why settle for continuing down the mobile gaming road when they’ve got all the assets to create a gaming juggernaut that competes with the current leaders and takes gaming to the next level?

In this scenario, ridiculously powerful graphics aren’t what I mean by “the next level” but once they develop a critical mass of manufacturers/developers/consumers, technology certainly won’t be holding them back. Much like the inception of Android, the next level of gaming wouldn’t initially be about specs and hardware, but opening the doors of opportunity by unlocking the front door of competition. And once everyone starts walking in, power in numbers handles the rest. Let’s pretend we’re in Rob’s fantasy land for a moment and see how things could potentially play out.

  • Google merges GTV with Android source and launches Android Market on Google TV
  • As apps and games galore pour into GTV Market the value of owning Google TV rises considerably
  • More people buy GTV as its a natural and immediate extension of what they already enjoy
  • More manufacturers start building GTV compatible devices and accessories, from TVs and Set Top Boxes to Remote Controls and Keyboards
  • Without the requirement for “mobile”, devices would be MUCH more powerful, have a MUCH greater storage capacity, and will always have high speed Internet connections out

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There are already hundreds of millions of Android users in the world. All their information, apps, games, connections, preferences and more are already connected to their E-Mail account. Simply connect Google TV and all of a sudden you’ve got an integrated entertainment system that can:

  • Download hundreds of GB of games (free and paid) over your Wi-Fi connection
  • Play pretty intense games created especially for the big screen: without the need to make the device compact for mobile consumption, manufacturers can affordably beef up their offerings.
  • Connect with your friends or groups of friends to play head to head games in real-time over your Wi-Fi connection (at no additional cost)
  • Take the entire Android experience into your home at a very, very low price

And what if Google launches Google Music? Download music on your phone, then listen to it on your Home Entertainment System through Google TV, then load it up on your tablet? Anywhere you’ve got an Android device with a login/pass you’ve got apps, games, music, movies, books and everything else you can imagine right in front of you. Not to mention the ability to use your Google Contacts and connections through apps like Facebook and Foursquare to drive your TV entertainment and Gaming experience.

How cool would it be to browse through your local TV listings and at the bottom of the screen see how many of your friends (and which ones) are currently watching that same station? What if you were able to interact with them while the show was going on, through text, audio, and even video? What if you could instantly challenge friends to games, everything from sports games to first person shooter of intensely high quality?

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Once Google gets Android Market onto GTV, this could very well play out. Would you rather pay $300 bucks for a system that offers everything you can possibly imagine, already integrated with your life as soon as you plug it in? Of course there will be the real “gamers” who require the real stuff, but the masses will want GTV. Once the masses have it in their hands, developers start developing for it. Before you know it… GTV has become the “real stuff” for the “real gamers”.

Android won’t likely overpower XBOX 360 or PS3 anytime in the next few years, but very well could within a decade. I mean come on, using your Android Phone as a controller it could probably be as good as a Wii out of the box. And there’s a reason Sony Ericsson has the XPERIA Play bulit on Android.

Android has a bright gaming future but perhaps mostly on Google TV. Oh wait, I forgot, they’re almost the same thing. And once they are… that’s half the battle.

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

android-gingerbread-update1 Although some lucky Android smartphone users have already received an update to the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, many more are eagerly waiting for the upgrade. There are so many reports about Gingerbread coming to various handsets that it can be difficult to keep up with news for your own smartphone but now you will be able to see easily if your phone is on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade list.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS gives better speed, enhanced battery life, an improved interface along with an improved keyboard. The 2.3 upgrade has already been received for the HTC Nexus One and the Samsung Nexus S and now a really useful article by J R Raphael on Computerworld has rounded up all the Android 2.3 Gingerbread news for many different Android smartphones. The list will give you your phone’s current status if you’re waiting for Gingerbread and is split into categories. Not only that but the list will be regularly updated so you can keep informed about how much longer you may have to wait.

First on the list is phones that have already received the Gingerbread upgrade and those are followed by phones expected to get the new OS, giving launch dates where known, estimated times from rumors and the latest information. For example an upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread for the HTC Thunderbolt is expected in the second quarter while an upgrade is expected for the LG Optimus 2X but with no specific date yet. Another category lists phones for which the upgrade looks ‘iffy’ and then there’s another category for those handsets that won’t be getting the upgrade.

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Finally if your phone is not listed at all that’s because there’s no clear information available yet but we can really recommend this article, which has been thoughtfully put together to make life simpler for you. For the full article head to the earlier Computerworld link and remember the list will be regularly updated with the latest info available.

Also if you want to find out more about Android 2.3 Gingerbread, another useful article over on MarketNews gives a lot of details and information about new features. Is your phone on the Android 2.3 upgrade list? Let us have your comments about this.

 

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XDA-Developers Attends Xperia Play Launch Event

IMG_0917-238x199 So, XDA-Developers was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Sony Xperia Play Launch Event in London tonight, giving us hands on time with the much anticipated new Android gaming phone!

The event was actually in a nightclub set up in a warehouse in the centre of London, with loud thumping music that all the geeks were straining over in the dark and dry ice in order to hear the Sony reps. However, this did not stop us from trying out the funky new phone.

The Xperia Play runs Gingerbread and feels pretty smooth and responsive switching from home screen to home screen and launching apps. The phone itself feels quite light and plasticky but sturdy at the same time. The slide mechanism in particular felt smooth and stable. The FWVGA screen is bright and vivid although one of the Sony reps told me that the Play does not sport any Bravia technology like the Arc.

The Play is roughly the same size as an HTC Desire, but slightly thicker with the control pad.

The battery cover as has been publicised is rather tricky to remove and unfortunately the SIM card and SD card slot are located at the top of the phone under the battery cover .

Once the screen is slid open, Sony’s Xperia Play app opens up and a choice of games are presented where you can scroll horizontally to the game of your choice and launch. I was told that the games range from £1 to £10, so not ‘break the bank’ money although some may think £10 is a lot for a mobile platform game. Spiderman was easy to control and anyone familiar with any Playstation controls will find the Play intuitive to game on, with the standard left and right buttons at the ‘top’ of the Play and the keypad and buttons in the usual place. Having said that, the control pad also features a pair of ‘control sticks’ in the centre, which I found to be too close together to game in any comfort.

The Play also comes with some cool widgets, one of which is the Playstation pocket widget that places a small or large icon on your homescreen from where you can launch your favourite games. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try out the game store as this does not officially launch until tomorrow. Apparently, this is also when developers can also submit their own games (so I was informed).

All in all, a great phone but a tad on the light side with a cheaper feel about it. Let’s see how much of the market Sony can pick up. What do you think?

 

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HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will arrive in the UK in April

htc-desire UK mobile network operator Three has announced earlier, via Twitter, that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the original HTC Desire will become available for smartphones it sold sometime near the end of April, or perhaps the beginning of May at the latest.

Judging by the fact that carriers usually release such updates for their branded smartphones after unlocked devices have already received them, it’s probably safe to assume that HTC Desire handsets bought in the UK SIM-free and unlocked will notify their owners that the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread is available sometime during the month of April.

Also, we’ve previously heard that the HTC Desire, Desire HD, and Desire Z would get updated to Gingerbread after the Desire S had begun shipping. With that already happening, these tidbits of info line up nicely. As they do with the one claiming that the Desire HD will get updated in April. No word yet on the Desire Z specifically, though it seems pretty okay to assume that it too will start receiving the update sometime around April or May.

As for owners of the original HTC Desire, in a few weeks your phones will receive a new lease of life, so rejoice.

 

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Sprint launches HTC Evo 3D

Picture_024_1_270x403 ORLANDO, Fla.-Sprint kicked off its stay here at CTIA 2011 by announcing the HTC Evo 3D. The handset continues the Android experience you’ve seen in previous members of the Evo family, but adds Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 3D camera.

The slim candy bar design will be familiar to HTC fans. Its shape and size is very similar to the original Evo and a gorgeous 4.3-inch QHD display dominates the front real estate. The touch screen is wonderfully bright and responsive and the handset has a sturdy feel. In addition to Gingerbread, the Evo 3D runs HTC’s Sense UI, Leap (see all seven home screens by pinching your fingers), and Friend Stream (social media updates). And it’s all powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Turn the handset around, however, and you’ll notice the biggest change from the first Evo. The Evo 3D has two 5-megapixel cameras for capturing the 3D video, with a flash sitting in between. The design is very similar to the LG Optimus 3D, which we saw at Mobile World Congress last month. When taking 2D still shots and videos you’ll use only one lens, but both kick in to record 3D content.

A toggle on the right side switches between 2D (1080p) and 3D (720p) recording. Next to it are a shutter control and a volume rocker. A second 1.3-megapixel camera sits on the front face, as do the usual navigation touch controls. Up top are a 3.5mm headset jack and power control, while around the corner is the Micro-USB charging and syncing port.

As with the Optimus 3D, you don’t need glasses to view 3D content. As we said after seeing LG’s device, the experience is not the same as what you’d expect from a 3D movie. The images float off the screen rather than poking you in the face. It’s subtle, but definitely noticeable and rather fun.

Other features include 4GB of internal memory, a 1730mAh battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, the usual assortment of Google apps, e-mail and messaging, and a music player.

The Evo 3D will be available this summer with Sprint’s other CTIA announcement, the Evo View tablet. Pricing for both devices is still to come.

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Sprint Android Gingerbread Nexus S 4G Now Official

There have been several rumours about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread toting Google Nexus S 4G for Sprint in the past, but finally the Nexus S for Sprint has been given the official stamp by an announcement from the Google guys.

According to an article over on the Boy Genius Report, Google says that the Sprint Nexus S 4G handset is virtually identical to the previous Android Nexus S smartphone albeit a tad heavier and thicker.

Apparently this slight difference is due to sporting Sprint’s CDMA and WiMAX radio and that the operating system will also differ slightly due to the addition off a 4G on and off check box in the settings application.

As for the availability of the Sprint Nexus S 4G, the word is the device should become available in spring but no hard and fast release date has been offered, and no work on any pricing for the device. So are any of our readers hoping to snap up the Nexus S 4G on Sprint once it hits?

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread Might Hit LG Optimus One Come May

optimusone With many Android smartphones now languishing on Android 2.2 Froyo, albeit many not yet seeing the upgrade, some are looking forward to being upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and one such smartphone is the LG Optimus One.

LG have already stated the LG Optimus One would see the Android Gingerbread update but thus far haven’t let it be known when.

However according to an article over on Unwired View, and by way of Androidos, LG India have said on Facebook that the Optimus One should see the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update before May is out.

However, don’t let your hopes be set in stone as apparently that upgrade date to the LG Optimus One comes with the usual “subject to change” line attached

According to the article over on Androidos, LG says that the update will be available via the Android Market, something that as far as I’m aware isn’t possible; however the guys suggest that Android 2.3 Gingerbread may come via LG’s own update tool.

So there it is if it all holds true, LG Optimus One users can look forward to the end of May for grabbing a slice of Gingerbread for their device…now I wonder when Samsung will update my Samsung Galaxy S to Gingerbread?

 

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Samsung Galaxy S to get Android Gingerbread update

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread software is coming to the Galaxy S smartphone later in March, according to reports.

Samsung Galaxy S smartphones will begin receiving updates to Android Gingerbread by the end of March.

Samsung Mobile’s official Facebook page in Romania has posted a message with some news about updates to the Galaxy S family of smartphones. As translated by My Daily Gadget, it explains, "The 2.2.1 upgrade for the Galaxy S will be available until 20 March and the Gingerbread update will roll out until the end of March." (Presumably, that is supposed to be ‘by’ the end of March, rather than ‘until’.) The posting also confirms that the cheaper Samsung Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5 smartphones will get Android 2.2 Froyo update by the end of March too.

When Samsung took the wrappers off its Galaxy S II smartphone at Mobile World Congress in February, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread software was one of its key features.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Samsung Galaxy S in line for Android 2.3 Gingerbread update this month on CNET UK.

 

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HTC HD2 Checks-In at the Honeycomb Party, Sensefully Steals Several Gingerbread Cookies

HD2_Gbread_Honey-238x171 Looks like HTC’s premiere superphone circa 2009, the HD2, is still alive and kicking. XDA member imilka has cooked up not one, but two impressive ROM dueling for the top spot on your HTC Leo. Hit the break for more details and all the relevant links!

  • [Blue Pill] First up is a brand new, highly functioning port of SenseUI 2.1-laced Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread from the Desire S. While this ROM is still undergoing heavy development, it seems like almost everything other than the camera is functioning. That said, don’t be surprised if there are a few gremlins hidden inside. Continue on to the imilka’s Gingerbread Sense thread if you’re feeling brave…
  • [Red Pill] Next up is the second release of a Honeycomb SDK port by the same developer, along with substantial contributions from fellow XDA developer crawlingcity, who added significant changes upping the day-to-day usabilty of the ROM for its second version. As to be expected in any SDK port, the gremlins here don’t even pretend to be in hiding. Even with crawlingcity‘s contributions, this ROM is not suitable as a daily driver, as the list of broken components is almost as long as the list of working ones. However, it’s still fun for a test drive, right? Continue on to the imilka’s (and crawlingcity’s) HD2 Honeycomb Development Central thread if you’re feeling crazy…

Who said mobile devices can’t live forever… Which one of these ROMs will win its place in your device’s heart?

 

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