Sega’s ‘Sonic Jump Fever’ set for summer launch on Android

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E3 is here, and all of the major gaming companies are beginning to announce the new titles they’ll be releasing in the next year.

SEGA today announced ‘Sonic Jump Fever,’ a new installment of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.

This game is a bit more social than others before it, as it centers around beating your friends’ scores. You can chose your character and compete in vertical jumping challenges, much like Doodle Jump in the Sonic universe. There are a bunch of power-ups and boosters to collect as well as unique character abilities.

The actual release date is not known, but stay tuned for more as the beginning of summer comes closer. Hit the break for the game’s promotional video.


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New NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Gaming Keyboard for Android Announced by Mad Catz

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It appears that Mad Catz, the manufacturer of quite a number of not-so-cheap gaming companions like mice, controllers, games and even apparel, have just announced they’ve heard the vast cries for a more Android centric gaming keyboard. That’s right, the company is introducing their latest product, the S.T.R.I.K.E. The keyboard is an NFC-enabled device with bluetooth capabilities solely focused on Android gaming. Remember the M.O.J.O. console from E3? Yeah, that’s them. The team is dubbing this as “GameSmart” and will be showing off their implementation of micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys which provide precision actuation and tactile responses.

In addition, there’s an optical finger navigational mouse sensor with dedicated hardware buttons for a better gaming experience on Android. Furthermore, the company is clearly pushing the aesthetics department a bit with their futuristic Bill & Ted excellent design. Overall, we think they look pretty innovative. The company is offering the option of three different colors for now. You’ve got the choice of gloss red, black or white.  Check out the rest of the images below as well as the presser and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O. gaming console revealed at E3

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As we expected, today at E3 Mad Catz revealed their entry into the Android-powered gaming console market with the Project M.O.J.O device. The gaming platform will run on Android and will support both traditional Bluetooth devices and those running Bluetooth Smart 4.0 when that is available for Android. There will be two USB ports available for wired controllers or accessories and support for HDMI, WiFi and microSD cards to expand on the 16GB of internal storage expected to ship with the device. The devices is expected to ship with a C.T.R.L.R. Bluetooth controller. Mad Catz is also building in support for mouse devices to account for the fact that a touch screen will not be available. This support is expected to eventually include the ability for the game controller to function as a mouse via the joystick.
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NVIDIA Shows off Tegra 4 gaming processor in Dead Trigger 2 video— game set to launch this summer

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Making use of before/after effects, NVIDIA showed off the graphics and performance of Dead Trigger 2 with a Tegra 4 processor in comparison to Tegra 3. This is all in preparation for the 2013 E3 gaming conference scheduled for next week. The Tegra series emphasizes low power consumption and high performance for playing audio and video. There are definitely some nice improvements— check it out for yourself after the break.
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More Details On Microsoft’s SmartGlass, Still Strongly Aims To Be The Ultimate Media Hub In The Living Room

Why in the heck are we reporting news on Microsoft?  Good question.  As we briefly touched upon a couple of days ago, in an attempt to integrate seamlessly several media outlets through the medium of one device, your Xbox 360, Microsoft has brought to the table “SmartGlass”.  What is SmartGlass?  It’s quite a few services, features and benefits rolled up into one package.  For starters, it can be considered an application.  An app that allows your phone and tablet to be transformed into another screen, an extension if you will, for your television as well as a game controller and Internet access tool.  The feature will work with iOS, Android and of course, Windows, giving great flexibility and squashing for the most the necessity to go out and purchase a new device for compatibility.  Using your 360 console, your tablet, phone and even PC becomes a multi-screen companion for your convenience and at your fingertips.  For example, the company demo’d Game of Thrones on the TV via the Xbox, a SmartGlass enabled tab was showing a map of Westeros and other pertinent info related to the show.  In addition, the content itself can either be pushed from the PC, phone or tab to the Xbox or from the Xbox to the TV set.  SmartGlass seamlessly integrates all devices to work together to enhance the media experience.  Furthermore, in addition to these avenues , gaming was taken to another level as the company demo’d how the user could use the tab as a playbook while playing Madden on the 360 console.  The company is also reportedly adding Internet Explorer to the Xbox and will allow you to use your Android smartphone as a mouse.  Yes, a mouse I said.  This will allow you to surf the mighty web on the big screen using the smartphone as a mouse to navigate.  As most who follow Microsoft know, it’s no hidden agenda that the company aims to make their Xbox 360 the center hub to control all of your media, thus transforming your living room experience with their product at the helm.  It will be the hub that powers all, so to speak.  Only time will tell how the product ultimately pans out and whether or not Android devices will integrate into the mix with little effort.  Stay tuned and as we find out.  Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

source: Gizmodo

 

Minecraft Limited Edition Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Lands On eBay

It’s amazing what you can find on eBay these days.  The latest in mobile tech to hit the popular online auction comes to us by way of the developers of Minecraft.  The popular game will soon be released for the Android operating system and is sure to be a hit.  To kick things off, the developers have chosen to fully deck out the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with its own tricked out Minecraft theme and have tossed it up for auction.  The game will be an exclusive for a while after its initial release and all proceeds go strait to charity.  At this time the device is already at $1,325.00 with just over six days left on the bid.  Hit the source link to enter your bid, that is, if you don’t mind paying eight times more than what it’s worth.  Hit the break to check out the full listing details and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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TalkAndroid at E3: ePawn Brings Smartphone Technology to Table-Top Gaming

The last few years, we’ve seen smartphones completely take over the consumer market. If there’s one thing that Apples iPhone has done well, it has taught the general public that smartphones aren’t just for geeks anymore. When you go to get a new cell phone now, you’ll see many choices of iPhones, Android phones, Blackberry devices, Windows Phone 7, and WebOS, all of which are now more prominent than “dumbphones” or feature phones. (Well, maybe not so much with the WebOS.) But as much as we love our smartphones, there’s one function that still can’t be met by your smartphone: Sitting around the table with your buddies, poring over a game board together. ePawn intends to bring those worlds together, with its Arena.

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TalkAndroid at E3: Nox Audio Gives Us a New Look at Android…In a Headset?

It’s no secret that here at TalkAndroid we love us some Android. We love the hottest, newest, coolest Android toys. Phones, tablets, rumors of radio-free mp3 players…we love them all. But honestly, for an open source platform, we’ve seen very little outside of phones and tablets. Where else might Android choose to reside? How about a headset? According to Nox Audio, it’s a perfect fit.

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TalkAndroid at E3: Meeting With Spacetime Studios

Spacetime Studios invited us to spend some time with them and their new project Space Legends. Some of you might know them from their very successful mobile MMORPG (MMMORPG?) Pocket Legends, and they are releasing a space-themed pseudo-sequel called Space Legends. I visited with Gary Gattis from Spacetime for about twenty minutes, and he talked about the project and gave us a (very short) video run-through of the opening of the game. More after the break.

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TalkAndroid at E3: Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play


Last week at E3 was hectic, crazy, busy, frantic…and just plain fun! This week has been nearly as busy, so I apologize for the delay in getting coverage posted, but here goes the first of many E3-related posts! I got to spend some time with Stephen Sneeden of Sony Ericsson’s Product Marketing group, and he gave me a nice little intro to the Xperia Play, the much-talked-about “Playstation Phone.” We discussed the interface switching between game, and he demoed a few Xperia Play exclusive titles, as well as several that will be available on multiple platforms, but “optimized” for the Play. Full video after the break.

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