We handed out our first of three Transformer Pad Prize Packs earlier today so it’s now time to start week two. We will be giving away the same prize pack which consists of an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. For this week all you have to do is comment below with your favorite TegraZone game in terms of graphics. You have until next Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the winner on Thursday, May 24th and start up the third week as well.
As you know, we have ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to give away. We’re giving away three of them, and we just finished week one. Congratulations goes out to Jason Keilholz who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Jason voted for Shadowgun for best graphics, which I think was an excellent choice.
These prize packs are for the celebration of the one year anniversary of the NVIDIA TegraZone, which now has around 40 games all optimized for the Tegra 2 and/or the Tegra 3 processor. If you haven’t already, please head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site and cast your votes for the best TegraZone games of the year. They are giving away seven, yes that’s seven, of these same prize packs. All you have to do is vote and your automatically entered for a chance to win.
Talk Android still has two more prize packs to hand out so look for our next contest post shortly.
HTC was off to a great start this year, but just hit a bump in the road when the U.S. Customs halted shipments of the Sprint EVO 4G LTE and the AT&T One X due to violations with Apple patents. It also caused a delay for the EVO 4G LTE launch, which was supposed to be in stores starting tomorrow. It all surrounds the messaging and browser app, in which a pop up of options appears when tapping a link. For example you might get a choice of which email client to use when tapping on an email address. This infringes on Apple patent #5,946,647.
The interesting thing is that HTC already removed these pop ups with both the Sprint EVO 4G LTE and the AT&T One X. Not only that, there is an App Associations menu (pictured above and below) that allows you to choose default apps to be associated with certain items. So when tapping on an email address, you can set Gmail to be the default or the stock Email app.
We have some bad news for those of you clamoring to get your hands on the new HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint. It was supposed to be released tomorrow, May 18, but due to the U.S. Customs holdup, it’s not going to happen. If you didn’t read about it, Apple is the culprit as they were granted an ITC exclusion order for hyperlinks in the messaging app and browser late last year. Shipment of the EVO 4G LTE along with the AT&T One X are being held up at U.S. Customs as a result.
Sprint did make a statement, but unfortunately there’s no timetable to speak of. It’s in the hands of the government, which could be really fast or really slow.
Sonic lovers can rejoice since Sega just released Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II in the Google Play Store and NVIDIA TegraZone. It’s optimized for Tegra 3 devices and delivers a near console-like experience that you won’t find on any other mobile platform. Thanks to NVIDA’s Tegra 3, it has dramatically higher quality textures, better lighting and glow effects, and objects that are absent from other mobile versions. It’s the most technically advanced mobile version of the game, and you will find it’s a near mirror-image of the PS3 and Xbox versions. Just take a look at the images below to see the difference (click images to enlarge).
The FXI Cotton Candy is something we heard about late last year and then we got a good look at it at Mobile World Congress. It’s a mini PC that’s only 8 centimeters (3-inches) long that supports Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu. It features a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, a quad-core ARM Mali-400MP GPU, 1 GB of DRAM, micro SD for up to an additional 64GB of storage, a 1080p-ready HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, and a micro USB port.
Pre-orders begun at Mobile World Congress for $199 and now FXI is announcing that units will ship by the end of the month in Scandinavia (FXI is based in Norway). Unfortunately we probably won’t see it in other parts of the world until the end of the summer. Hit the break for another photo and feature video.
One day after getting a good look at the HTC Desire C from Vodafone, HTC has made it official. The Desire C is an entry-level phone with a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display. They didn’t release processor details, but we’re expecting 600 Mhz. Other highlights include a 5MP camera, Beats Audio, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Owners will also be part of the Dropbox partnership in which they will enjoy 25GB of free storage for two years.
It will be available in your choice of black, white, or red and will be available next month on Orange, Three, and T-Mobile UK. TMo will be offering it for free for £15.50 per month for two years or if a commitment is not your cup of tea, you can grab it for £169.99 ($270) contract free.
Full press release and “First Look” video after the break.
We have another DROID RAZR to give to one of our lucky readers and this time it’s white. We are going to keep this one really simple. All you have to do is head over to our forum post and tell us what phone you have now. You have until Thursday, May 17 at 11:59pm EST time to enter. We will pick one random winner and make the announcement on Friday, May 18. The winner will be contacted through the email associated with their username. Good Luck!!!
Congratulations to campbellmnc as our winner. We are sending you an email to the account associated with your username. Just get back to me with your info and we will get it right out to you. Special thanks to Motorola for providing the DROID RAZR’s.
Thank you everyone for playing and be sure to enter our ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaway.
There’s no question there was a lot of disappointment in the air when Samsung announced the Galaxy S III with just a Super AMOLED HD display without the “Plus” in it. By not having the “plus” means PenTile and that makes everyone nervous. So where is the Super AMOLED HD Plus display? Apparently it’s in the GT-i9500, but don’t get excited yet. The GT-i9500 isn’t even an Android device, it’s a Tizen developers phone also codenamed the Frazer. Samsung just handed out the device during the Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Plus display just wasn’t ready for prime time or maybe it was and price was an issue. Either way, I’m sure it will be on the next Samsung flagship, possibly the next Nexus.
For those of you that are wondering why Samsung would test it on a non-Android device, they did the same with the Super AMOLED display. It showed up on a Bada phone before it did on Android.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available on all major networks in the UK, but if you’re a T-Mobile UK customer and favor the Full Monty plan, you’re in luck. The GSIII will be priced at £49.99 (up front) with a monthly charge of £36 for 24 months. If you’re not familiar with the Full Monty plan, it offers unlimited data, texts, and mobile to mobile calls (same TMo network). You also get 2,000 minutes for other network calls. Unfortunately they didn’t offer up any other plans, but hopefully they will do so for those that don’t need all the bells and whistles.
source: T-Mobile UK