Tegra Zone, nVidia’s showcase for Tegra optimized games, will be offering Borderlands 2 and Demolition, Inc. At PDXLAN 19 in Dallas last week, Borderlands developer GearBox Software showed off Borderlands 2 running on a Tegra 3 tablet. Although juicy details for Borderlands 2 are scarce, it is currently scheduled for a release sometime around summer of this year, which could lay the groundwork for the first console-quality game released simultaneously for Android. The original Borderlands was a great game (I’ve only played it on PC) and with the Tegra 3′s PC-class GPU on board, I can only imagine how great BL2 will be once it’s released.
Demolition, Inc. will also be featured on Tegra Zone, an action strategy game where you play the role of a demolition worker. The game is designed to showcase the physics processing capabilities of Tegra devices. The game is scheduled for release sometime in March. Here are some of the features to expect:
- Car and building physics are fully simulated. Everything is destructible and nothing is pre-animated
- Use the endless possibilities of combining your tools and weapons to make devastating chain reactions
- Use your tractor beam to take control of cars, place anti-gravity ramps to maximize damage, use the huge wrecking ball to make way
- Three cities and 15 districts are awaiting to be demolished by you and lead to their true destination!
- Compare your skills with those of your friends and the world-wide steam community
Sound interesting? Sure does. Hit the break for a couple of short preview videos.
Having already spent some time with the early build of CM9 on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, I am getting really excited to see what the final product is going to be like. It already seems like it’s a pretty finished product as is, but I imagine there will be a few tweaks added that will set this ROM above and beyond the rest.
To tease us even more, the CyanogenMod team released a video of the CM9‘s boot animation today and once it’s released I am sure I will probably reboot unnecessarily just to see it over and over. The animation is far from basic and it has a cool Dr. Who Tardis time tunnel feel to it. Excuse me if you don’t know what I am talking about here, but if you check out the video below you will see what I mean (awesome soundtrack included). Now don’t go searching the web for the zip file just yet, this is one I imagine the CM team will keep close to their chests until the ROM is officially released. Hopefully this video will tied you over until then… we’ve got to be close!
Check out the video after the break.
Today, Barnes & Noble officially announced the smaller 8GB version of the NOOK tablet. The device is pretty much the same as the original 16GB model except it has half the storage capacity and 512MB or RAM instead of 1GB. The new 8GB NOOK is going to run $50 less than the original and will sell for $199, available now online and in stores. This new version of the eReader will now be in direct competition with the uber popular Kindle Fire and it will be interesting to see how the two tablet’s sales figures will compare head to head.
Along with the 8GB NOOK announcement, Barnes & Noble today also announced the the NOOK Color will now be offered at the discounted rate of $169. You can read the full press release after the break.
The 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue didn’t just land on newsstands today, it’s now also available on your pre ICS Android device. For those of you who have a membership to the magazine you probably already know you can access the weekly publications on the app at any time you want. All you need to do is download the free app, sign in, and your on your way to an enriched, sports filled mobile experience. What you may not have known is that the swimsuit issue is also available on your Android device and comes complete with added video, a collection of songs and more. You can also use a printed copy and use the free SI Viewer app that activates the videos by focusing your phones camera on the designated images. Somewhat similar to augmented reality, when your phones camera detects a certain code embedded in the picture, the correlating video fires up instantly. Now you can get more up close and personal with the models during their photo shoot (too bad it’s at the price of watching a bunch of cross promotion with Direct TV), and get a better glimpse at the hotties in real live-action. This ain’t your dads swimsuit issue that you sneaked off with when you were a kid.
As the Android platform continues to evolve, industries that utilize the platform evolve too. Verizon and Motorola recognize this by creating a landmark partnership with BoxTone to provide secure mobile devices and apps for the healthcare industry. The goal of this partnership is to make things more efficient at its most basic level. In addition, the partnership will aim to improve patient care through “the sharing of clinical data in near-real time to help speed decision making and control costs.”
Many of you are asking, “ok this is great and all— but how does this relate to me?” Well folks, think of it this way: you’re in a doctor’s office and instead of seeing the usual bundle of forms and paperwork you’ve grown accustomed to, you’d see your private and sensitive information presented to you in the form of a device— the MOTO XYBOARD or DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX to be exact– all using Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Here’s Dr. Peter Tippett, VP and Chief Medical Officer of Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions adding some insight on this breakthrough partnership:
“This solution underscores the important role mobility is playing in transforming health care. Working with Motorola Mobility and BoxTone, we have brought together complementary capabilities to create an easy-to-deploy and manage mobility solution for our health care customers.”
Sounds like a welcome solution and impact indeed. Hit the break for the full presser from Big Red itself.
We heard back in December that U.S. Cellular was planning on adding the Samsung Galaxy S II to its lineup, and now it’s a reality. They just officially announced that it will be available soon for $229.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. Not a bad deal, but unfortunately it won’t be compatible with their upcoming LTE network. If you want LTE, we’ve already heard about another Samsung device baring model SCH-R930, which could release as soon as April. Back to the Galaxy S II, as you know, there are a number of U.S. variants with different specs. The U.S. Cellular version will include the 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor.
Full press release after the break:
Today, LG announced a trio of new smart phones and ultimately the meaning behind the recent mysterious “L” messages. In what appears to be a refreshing attempt to follow in the footsteps of HTC and Samsung, ‘L’ is going to be the simplified moniker for the new line of smartphones from LG. The three L-Style phones that were announced today span across hardware specs and retail price points. It appears that the L-Style devices wont strictly be limited to either budget or high-end models.
L-Style’s design philosophy is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention.
The larger of the three devices announced today is the 4.3-inch LG Optimus L7. The device will run Ice Cream Sandwich while the processing power is still unknown. The styling of the device will somewhat resemble the blunt edges as seen on LG’s Prada Phone 3.0 and will contain a leather textured back and metallic accents.
The next device unveiled is the mid-size, mid-range L5 sporting a 4-inch display. Like the L7, this device will also run Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a 1,500 mAh battery. The styling will also be similar to the L7 with metal accents and a leathery feel to the battery door.
The LG Optimus L3, the final and smallest of the three phones announced, will have a small 3.2-inch display and instead of sporting Android 4.0 it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Not much else is know about these new L-Style devices as it appears LG wants to leave the further details to be unveiled at MWC next week. We will let you know as soon as we hear more. Press release after the jump.
MWC is finally here next week and Panasonic is out to reveal more at the event, but first it wants to tease us a little. According to Pocket-lint, Panasonic is set to unveil a new device. The mysterious device will be a premium toy— perhaps more premium than that sexy Eluga smartphone and feature a dual-core processor, a bigger screen, front-facing camera and have a display featuring a Panasonic-designed technology. One other noteworthy feature is the smartphone will also utilize Panasonic’s Lumix technology in some sort of way.
Word on the street is a second mysterious device may be launched, which will be a tablet. There are little details and information about this except we do know that it won’t be a Toughbook tablet or similar to their other attempts at making tablets. Pocket-lint reports the device will be more consumer-orientated. This likely means Panasonic is finally ready to take a bigger bite into the Android pie.
Samsung just announced the followups to the Galaxy Ace and the Galaxy mini. Of course they are appropriately named the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy mini 2. They continue the trend of catering to users with active lifestyles who want something affordable.
The Galaxy Ace 2 (top left) features a 3.8-inch WVGA (800 x 480) display, a 800MHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera with auto focus and flash, VGA front facing camera, 4GB of internal storage, 1,500mAh battery, HSPA+ at 14.4Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, USB 2.0, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Galaxy mini 2 (top right) features a 3.27-inch HVGA (480 x 320) display, 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 3MP rear camera with fixed focus, 4GB of internal storage, 1,300mAh battery, HSPA+ at 7.2Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, USB 2.0, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Shortly after the announcement, Three in the UK announced they would be carrying both devices. Samsung plans on releasing the Galaxy Ace 2 in the UK from April and the Galaxy mini 2 in France from March with a global rollout soon after.
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When we last reported on speculative details of Google’s upcoming Android 5.0, it was rumored that Jelly Bean would be further optimized for tablets by adding some elements of Chrome OS. This sparked off the assumption that dual-booting with Windows 8 would be possible.
We are now learning that what actually might be included is a native docking mode, similar to Motorola’s Webtop, which launches a custom desktop-like interface when the device is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. In his latest column for mobile-review, Eldar Murtazin writes that the dual-boot rumor from last week “remains a hypothesis from the realm of fantasy…” and that this may have been confused with a native docking mode similar to what Motorola was doing since the first Motorola Atrix.