TalkAndroid at E3: Sneak Peek at Upcoming News

Regular TalkAndroid readers may have noticed that I have been strangely absent the past week.  (What do you mean you haven’t noticed a difference?  That’s not nice!)  Well, there’s a very good reason for this!  You see, this was there was this small event called the Electronic Entertainment Expo (known within the industry as E3) — perhaps some of you have heard of it.  For those unfamiliar with the event, E3 is an opportunity for video game publishers, developers, and hardware manufacturers to get together with the media and show off what they’re working on.  Well, there was a bit of an Android presence there this year, and in order to bring our dear readers every last drop of Android news available, TalkAndroid was there!  That’s right, I sacrificed my time, money, and my feet (and I’m REALLY serious about that last one!) to scour the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you guys every scrap of Android coverage I could find!  While there will be several in-depth looks upcoming in the next 3-4 days, I thought I’d give you guys a little sneak peek of what we have in store!

Anyone who thinks Android will never be a viable gaming platform obviously wasn’t at this year’s E3. While traipsing from one hall to another, I had an opportunity to get some hands-on time with various pieces of Android hardware and some fantastic games to showcase what they can do. Sony Ericsson had QUITE a presence there, showing off the Xperia Play. Their booth was constantly packed, and they had several different games on display. T-Mobile was there was well, with both the G-Slate, and the G2X — the latter of which I got some hands-on time with. Sprint made its presence known as well, with a booth right up front complete with charging tables with connectors for every phone under the phone (yes, even the iPhone.) While phones were charging, people were gathered around the booth playing with the Nexus S, Evo 3D, and Evo View tablet — the latter two of which they have confirmed would be available on the 24th of this month. nVidia also had a booth tucked in the back, downstairs, showing off the Xoom and the Acer Iconia tablets, displayed proudly.

Android wasn’t strictly about the hardware, however. Every booth with Android hardware showcased several different games. Racing games, hack-and-slash, shooters, and MMOs are gracing the scene, many optimized for the hottest new hardware. And of course, the big news at the Sony Ericsson booth was Minecraft making its appearance on the Xperia Play (and yes, we will bring you video.) Those of you familiar with OnLive — the video-game rendering service that does all processing server-side, thus allowing games to be played on a myriad of hardware — will also likely be excited to hear that they had a proof-of-concept demo, though no live games yet, running on the Xoom. I also had a nice little chat with Spacetime Studios, the company who brought us Pocket Legends, about their upcoming space-themed MMO Star Legends.

In addition to the new hardware and games, we’ve got a few surprises in store for you, too. We’ve got an audio company who is building Android into a headset they’re developing — yes, you read that right. And also a French company is working on a piece of hardware that will bring Android (or other smartphones, but we won’t talk about that here) gaming to a table-top experience with an innovative new interactive board.

Full in-depth looks of all the above will be coming in the next few days, likely starting Saturday. I still have a ton of audio and video recordings to wade through and edit, and as luck would have it the charger I bought for my laptop on Tuesday doesn’t actually charge my laptop, so it will be going back to Best Buy and some of this will have to wait until I get back home tomorrow night. I did want to give you all an idea of what you might have to look forward to in the next few days though, so keep watching our front page, our Twitter account, our RSS feed, or “like” us on Facebook to get all our E3 coverage as soon as it becomes available.

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