Square Enix just posted their presser announcing their upcoming Tegra 3 -optimized title, Demons’ Score. It’s a breakbeat action game that seemlessly fuses music and battles and it was developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 to produce high-quality 3D graphics.
“What’s more, the soundtrack has been composed by a number of musicians renowned in the Japanese music industry including Kohei Tanaka, known for his work on the Sakura Wars series, and Yoko Shimomura, whose accomplishments include work on the Kingdom Hearts series.”
The premise is Serenity is just your average college girl, but when her father goes missing, she sets out to find him at the lab facility where he works. All Hell breaks loose when she lays hands on the Demons’ Score, a mysterious program that allows her body to be possessed by various demons. Where did her father disappear to? What’s the mystery behind the Demons’ Score? Serenity’s battle begins with the thunderous tunes of Hell!
Okay this one is for developers and the pure geeks. Splashtop just released the Win8 Metro Testbed for Android tablets. Splashtop is already a major player for remote apps for both Android and iOS. They already launched the Win8 Metro Testbed for the iPad a few months ago, and due to its popularity it’s now on Android.
It brings the full Windows 8 Metro UI experience to Android tablets running version 3.1 and higer. Developers can easily test their apps and it gives a chance for anyone to see what the Metro UI is all about. There is a couple of caveats. First, you need to have A PC with Windows 8 Release Preview since this is a remote app. Second, it costs $24.99. Actually it costs $49.99, but for a limited time it’s on special for 50%. If you do decide to go for it, you will need to install the latest Streamer from the Splashtop website for your Windows 8 PC. That part is free.
The speedy success of Android has been mind boggling, but nothing lasts forever. IDC is reporting that things will slow down this year and 2012 will actually mark the peak for Android. The good news is that it will continue to to be the market leader for the next five years.
I know this may sound depressing to Android Fan Boys, but lets look at the fact that Android is projected to have a 61% market share for 2012. Realistically how much higher can it go? With Apple taking 20.5%, you can’t expect them to drop much and the rest of the group (Windoes, BlackBerry, etc) probably will continue to hold their own. BlackBerry could drop even more, but Windows is likely to gain some market share even though it has been dismal lately. With Nokia’s partnership just beginning and Windows 8 on the horizon, it is expected they will make some noise.
With around 500,000 apps available in the Google Play Store, it’s so hard to find the right apps. Who has the time to search and search? Thanks to Appreciate Personal App Market, users are spending less time searching for apps and instead, getting recommendations based on their profile. You receive app recommendations each and every day all based on your tastes. What’s even more impressive is Appreciate creates a page for each app in the Play Store and gives you a relevancy score. This means that you can search for an app and Appreciate will tell you if you should even bother based on your current tastes.
It’s also social. You can connect to Facebook and see what apps your friends recently discovered. If you like an app and think a friend will like it, you can send the app directly to their device to install.
At this point in the game, there really shouldn’t be a phone released without global capabilities. I know a lot of people don’t need it, but it’s something that just needs to be there for convenience. You can’t ask people to simply be forced to buy a certain phone because they “might” travel overseas. It shouldn’t be in the equation, it should just be there. With the news that the DROID 4, Rezound, and DROID RAZR will be getting global capabilities, it looks like we have a trend started because we can now add the Samsung Galaxy S III to that list. Unfortunately it won’t be out of the box as it will require a future software update. I find that totally annoying. Even looking at the DROID 4, Rezound, and DROID RAZR, these phones have been out for 7+ plus months. Why force customers to wait that long into their contract? Let’s hope the update for the GSIII happens a tad quicker.
You can now pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S III from AT&T, but the big question is when will it be released. In their presser they stated the release would be in the coming weeks, but really, who wants to pre-order something without having any idea when it will ship? We’re happy to tell you that you if you pre-order, as you go through the process online, you will eventually be told that it will ship on June 18th. We still don’t know when we will see it in stores, but I think it’s safe to assume the following Sunday, June 24th would be a good bet.
Pricing is $199 for the 16GB version with a contract or $549 for full retail. You have your choice of Marble White or Pebble Blue. Of course if you’ve got your eye on the exclusive Red version, you will have to wait till we get deeper into the Summer. Hit the source link to get your order in.
E3 just kicked off a few minutes ago and our friends at NVIDIA are showcasing 5 big time TegraZone games at their booth. All five are Tegra 3-optimized, which make them console-like quality. The first is Dead Trigger (pictured above), which we told you about last week. It’s a First Person Shooter and it’s your job to take down all the zombies. The Tegra 3-optimized version provides effects like enhanced water, specular lighting, volumetric fog and ragdoll physics. It should be available by the end of this month.
Toshiba is upping the anti for tablets in 2012 after the lack of success from the Thrive lineup. These newer versions are thinner, sport a better design, and feature more horsepower. We recently reviewed the Excite 10 LE, which didn’t quite impress us, but Toshiba has three newer tabs from Excite line: the Excite 7.7, Excite 10, and Excite 13. All three tabs sport the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers enhanced by Toshiba and SRS Technologies, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. All three look gorgeous and feels great in the hand thanks to the textured aluminum body.
The biggest difference with the three models is the display size. I’m reviewing the 7.7, which sports, you guess it, a 7.7-inch display. This version is the only one with a AMOLED display and it’s resolution is at 1280 x 800. They did include a microSD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage, a microUSB port, and Toshiba’s proprietary connector slot for charging and connecting to optional docks.
Somehow we missed the Verizon press release yesterday on the Samsung Galaxy S III. There really isn’t anything new because we already knew that pre-orders will start tomorrow, June 6th with a price of $199 for the 16GB version and $249 for the 32GB version. What we didn’t know was the release date, but Verizon didn’t offer one up in the presser. It’s likely to be June 21st since Verizon likes to release devices on Thursdays, and yes, sometimes on Fridays, which would make it the 22nd.
They do offer one thing that differentiates their version of the GSIII from the others and that’s the Color App. About a month ago Verizon and Color announced their partnership, so it’s no surprise that it will come pre-loaded on their GSIII. If you’re not familiar with Color, it will allow you to live broadcast video with audio.
The other thing to note is that Verizon’s presser uses “Pebble Blue” terminology as opposed to “Metallic Blue,” which was in T-Mobile’s presser. Rumors have circulated that Samsung may have changed the color. I haven’t received a flat out denial from Samsung reps, only that it’s supposed to be called “Pebble Blue.”
One segment that I see a lot of growth in over the next year is gaming controllers for tablets and smartphones. I think a lot of consumers just don’t understand that they can actually use one, and sometimes it can be complicated to get certain controllers working with rooting and all that good stuff that leaves mainstream consumers in the dust. NVIDIA has been touting console-like experiences with Tegra games and in order for that to happen game controllers need to become more mainstream.
Well NVIDIA has teamed up with gaming peripheral manufacturer, Nyko Technologies. They just announced two new controllers, the PlayPad Pro and PlayPad. These controllers are optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra mobile chips including the mighty Tegra 3 quad-core. By working with NVIDIA, Nyko can ensure both controllers will be compatible with games in the TegraZone.
When Sony introduced the PlayStation Suite a little over a year ago, their plan was to have other manufacturers jump in. So far the adoption has been slow, but HTC is one company that sees a benefit in getting PlayStation Certified. We heard rumors about this a few months ago, but it was just officially announced that HTC is now onboard. HTC might not be the biggest presence when it comes to Android, but they’re definitely a major contender. This deal can only help Sony get the PlayStation experience to more devices in the coming months. We can expect to see HTC One customers benefit from this deal.
Sony also announced that the PlayStation Suite has been renamed to PlayStation Mobile. This change reflects the fact that Sony is now positioned to bring the PlayStation experience to many mobile devices with this HTC deal along with other developers and publishers.
Full press release after the break
AT&T dropped their press release for the Samsung Galaxy S III this afternoon. They announced pre-orders will start on June 6 with pricing of $199 for the 16GB version, but no 32GB version. If you want an additional 16GB, they will sell you the phone and a 16GB micro SD for $238.99. To make things more confusing, they are using “Pebble Blue” terminology for the blue version as opposed to T-Mobile using “Metallic Blue.” Of course they are also offering the Marble White version, but they have an exclusive Red version that will be available later in the Summer. They didn’t offer any release dates, but we expect the Marble White and Pebble Blue (or Metallic Blue) to drop by the end of this month, possibly June 24. The exclusive Red one probably won’t land until sometime in July. Other than that, the specs are the same as the Sprint and the Verizon version in that LTE is onboard, but of course AT&T has the advantage of HSPA+ for people who don’t live in LTE areas.
Now all we need is Verizon’s presser.
Full press release after the break:
Last week when ASUS teased us with their Next Transformation we kind of knew that it was a dual-booting Windows 8 / Android device. Earlier they announced their partnership with BlueStacks, and I was hopeful that wasn’t the tease. Thankfully it wasn’t as they just revealed the Transformer AiO at Computex.
It’s an all-in-one desktop PC that features an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, a discrete graphics card, and an 18.4-inch multitouch display for Microsoft Windows 8. Nothing extraordinary there, but here’s where things get interesting. If you lift the screen out of its base, it becomes a behemoth tablet. Okay what else? While in tablet mode you will be able to switch to Android 4.0. It can also be used as a Windows 8 device in tablet mode by communicating with the dock by some sort of remote desktop.
As of right now, we don’t know much more as far as any other specs or pricing. I’m sure it won’t be cheap though. The folks over at The Verge are at Computex and they grabbed a quick hands on. Hit the break to check it out.
U.S. Cellular is the third major carrier to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy S III. If you want their version, you will have to wait a little longer because it won’t be available till July. No specific date was offered, but pre-orders start on June 12. They didn’t offer any pricing either, but did say it will be available on June 12. It will most likely be inline with others, $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB.
Interestingly enough their presser refers to the blue version as Pebble Blue while T-Mobile and Sprint refer to it as Metallic Blue, which we believe will be the actual color. The 16GB version will be available in both the Marble White and Pebble Blue (I mean Metallic Blue) and the 32GB version will only be available in Ceramic White.
U.S. Cellular’s version will be 4G LTE capable and will have the same specs as the other U.S. counterparts.
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As I said earlier, this must be National Galaxy S III day because it seems like every post today is about the most popular phone right now. Remember last week when we reported that the Pebble Blue version would be delayed from manufacturing issues? Well it appears that they made a change and Pebble Blue is no more. We now have Metallic Blue. In the video below you will see that it has a more grayish look to it and doesn’t look like the original Pebble Blue unless the light hits it ever so right.
Last night’s presser announcing that all five major U.S. carriers would offer the Galaxy S III had “Pebble Blue” as the second color choice (other than ceramic white), but this morning’s pressers from T-Mobile uses “Metallic Blue.” So it’s obvious that Samsung has changed the color, at least ever so slightly. In looking at comments on reddit, there are some that don’t see it as different and other’s that do. It’s also possible that the some of the original Pebble Blues could actually have been sold since they obviously had production units. Not to mention that store demo units in Europe are probably still the original Pebble Blue. Check out the video after the break and you can even learn a little German while you’re at it.