Cyberlink Unveils PowerDirector Mobile App For Android Devices, Stresses Tegra 3 Optimization

One of the most effective video editing applications around is now on its way to a device near you. Cyberlink has decided to use CES to announce the mobile version of its PowerDirector application will be available for the Android platform. PowerDirector has long been known as one of the best video editing programs with a great allotment of features. What’s even better is while the app should work with most Android devices, it will be optimized for devices with Tegra 3 chips. Cyberlink CEO Alice Chang put it best:

“PowerDirector Mobile for Android is an exciting development for us, delivering unparalleled on-the-spot video creation experience. We are delighted to work closely with NVIDIA, enabling consumers to create high-quality personal movies directly from portable devices.”

There’s more too. Here are some of the noteworthy features of the PowerDirector Mobile app:

  • Real-time HD video decoding optimized for maximum bus speed, providing two simultaneous 1080p video real-time decode capability.
  • Theme-base video editing with transition and video effects. Users can create pro-like movies in minutes using their content along with professionally designed templates.
  • 4-thread optimization with unparalleled performance, enabling:
    • Live preview of multiple HD video in real-time
    • Accelerated real-time video frame composition
    • Faster video production with unprecedented encoding speed

No word yet on when PowerDirector Mobile will be formally released or how much it will be, but we expect to get more information in the coming days and weeks. Make sure you hit the break for the full press release.

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Snapseed Photo Editing App Due In Early 2012, Tegra-Based Tablet Owners Rejoice


The continuous announcements of Tegra-optimized programs continues to grow and grow at CES. Nik Software has announced its popular Snapseed app is finally on its way to the Android platform. For those unfamiliar,  “Snapseed offers powerful tools that inspires and enables anyone to create amazing photos. Using Snapseed, anyone can capture, enhance, edit, email and share their photos via social networks in just a few seconds”. Yes that means select Android users will finally be able to enjoy all of those noteworthy photo editing features such as the various enhancements and filters. Notice I said select Android users as the app will only be available for specific tablets when the app is launched in the Android Market. How specific? Well the app will “initially compatible with NVIDIA® Tegra®-powered tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x)”. That means those of you who are lucky enough have a Tegra 2 or 3-based tablet and Android 4.0 are the only ones who will be able to take advantage of the photo editing app (for now).

Photo editing junkies won’t have to wait very long for the app to arrive in the Android Market too. Nik Software highlights the app will be available in early 2012 and will cost $4.99. Hit the break for the full press release.
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Sphero Unveils Two New App/Games at CES [Video]

A while back we showed you a quick look at Sphero, the robotic ball that is controlled by your Android device. While we were at CES we were able to meet up with the guys from Orbotix to get a run down on two new games that are available for the device, Chromo and Space Fighter. Unfortunately they are only available for iOS devices right now, but are due to drop in the Android Market in the near future.

In Chromo, challenge your coordination and memory by correctly matching the colors on your screen by tilting Sphero in the right direction. And in Space Fighter, use Sphero as the controller to navigate a virtual Sphero through outer-space, dodging flying meteors and gaining power-ups along the way. These mixed-reality apps are only the beginning of many exciting apps to come in the year ahead.

Jump past the break to see these cool games in action and be sure to check out the rest of our CES coverage from this years show!

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Verizon LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Plus Hands-On At CES 2012 [Video]

Well, it’s been in the making, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Plus has finally made its way over to Big Red with full blown out LTE on-board.  The device is the first of its kind, offering a full 7.7 Super AMOLED display for a tablet device (1280 x 800).  In addition, there’s an integrated IR port so you can use the device as it will ship with a proprietary remote software for operating televisions and DVR’s.  The device is running Honeycomb 3.2 with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay.  Check out our hands-on below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Hands on with the DROID RAZR MAXX at CES [Video]

Yesterday Motorola and Verizon announces the DROID RAZR MAXX. This is one is a slightly thicker DROID RAZR, but trust me it’s a good thing. They put in a 3300mAh battery in this bad boy, which is exactly what you need for LTE/4G. They’re promising nearly 24 hours on one charge, and basically it adds 1.8mm of thickness. Unfortunately it will launch with Android Gingerbread for now with most likely an Ice Cream Sandwich update in quarter 2. The extra thickness actually gives the phone a better feel in my opinion.

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Don’t forget to checkout our CES 2012 coverage here.


AT&T LTE Samsung Galaxy Note Hands-On At CES 2012 [Video]

The Samsung Galaxy Note, one of the most talked about devices overseas has finally made its way into the heart of the US as promised.  Running on AT&T’s LTE netowrk, Talk Android happened to get a quick hands-on with the device at CES 2012 and its impressive 5.3-inch capacitive touch display and new innovative smart stylus “S-Pen”, a pressure sensitive pen which offers a plethora of interactivity.  In addition, the sdk has been made available for it and we should see some pretty cool apps and games which are able to take advantage of the technology.  Check out the quick look and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Smartphone Reference Design Released By Intel, Shows Off Major Potential

Image Courtesy of Forbes

Intel took some time to show off their smartphone reference design based on its Medfield SoC and while the device itself may be ugly, the specs aren’t. The biggest aspect of the device is the 1.6 GHz Atom Z2460 Processor with HyperThreading. Intel promises that the device will have good battery life so those of you thinking that the battery will suck the juice right of the device in seconds will have to wait and see. This device promises up to 8 hours of 3G voice calling with a 1430 mAh battery which is surprisingly decent for the battery size.

Another key feature of intel’s design is the fact that the camera processor can support up to 24MP which can lead to some amazingly big and detailed photos down the road. It appears that Intel is letting the ARM folk know that they are ready to throw down and if the specs we see today are any indication they are ready to do just that. Other than that there isn’t much to say, hopefully we will be able to get a bit of hands on time with this new device. Stay tuned for more CES action.

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Polaroid Unveils Android-Powered SC1630 Device, Casually Features 16MP Camera

What do you get when you combine Polaroid’s legendary history with the power of the Android OS? You get an intriguing new camera concept introduced at CES of course. Polaroid is looking to make a new mark in photography while utilizing 21st century technology by introducing the SC1630 Smart Camera. The SC1630 has some breathtaking features as well. For starters, Polaroid has managed to squeeze in a 16MP camera with 3x optical zoom, a 3.2-inch touchscreen and WiFi capability. All of these noteworthy features will look to fully harness the full potential and power of the Android operating system. An example of this is full and complete access to the Android Market— meaning you’ll be able to score any of the photo editing, camera, and photobooth apps which users can then use to create almost limitless possibilities with snapping pics and photos.

With a 16MP camera– I’d be willing to bet that most people are ready and willing to jump on the phone if available to them. Speaking of which, there’s no word on the exact release date of the camera. The only thing we can expect is the SC1630 Smart Camera to be “available in 2012″— meaning we probably won’t be expecting to take those high quality pictures using the cool camera anytime soon. Hit the break for the full press release from Polaroid.
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ViewSonic Introduces ViewPad 10pi & 10e Tablets; ViewPhone 3 Smartphone

It looks like the ViewPad E70 budget tablet introduction wasn’t enough for ViewSonic at CES. They’ve gone ahead and unleashed more toys in the wild for us to play with… this time two more tablets and a smartphone. The tablets— known as the ViewPad 10pi and 10e— aren’t exactly game-changers, but they do have their unique features. The ViewPad 10pi is noteworthy as it features a dual-boot setup of Gingerbread 2.3 and Windows 7, with both OSes running on an Intel Oak Trail processor on a 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen display. While price is a bit steep at $849, the ability to run a dual-boot setup is tantalizing and will certainly sway a potential buyer or two. The ViewPad 10e is a tablet that is again running Gingerbread 2.3, but is only 9.1mm thin, promises 200 hours of standby time and has a sweet IPS display as well. Though there’s no Android Market, the tablet will come preloaded with the Amazon App Store, so you’ll still be able to access a plethora of apps. Look for the ViewPad 10e to be priced around $279. Both the ViewPad 10pi and 10e tablets will be released around the end of January.

The final eye-opener is ViewSonic’s announcement of their newest phone: the ViewPhone 3. As a dual-SIM handset, the phone features HSDPA connectivity, a 3.5-inch screen, 800MHz processor and Gingerbread 2.3. Look for the phone to be released in late Q1 of this year for $279. Hit the break for some photos and the presser from ViewSonic for all 3 devices.
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