More word of Xbox Live trickling down to other platforms is on the rise as a Microsoft spokesperson has acknowledged they realize some are playing their games elsewhere.
“While the Xbox Live experiences and games always work best on the Windows platform, we understand that some Xbox fans may be using other types of devices”.
“To satisfy that need, we are working to extend a few of our Xbox experiences and titles to other platforms.”
While they didn’t flat out say “Android” or “iOS”, one would only hope that they would target two of the biggest platforms out there. Stay tuned Xbox fanatics as we aim to deliver the scoop once and if the application becomes available for Android.
[via Forbes by BGR]
Everyone continues to say Android tablets will never put a dent in Apple’s iPAD 2. Last March, I predicted that by March of this year, Android tablets would rule the market share or at least be close. For the 4th quarter 2011, Android tablets maintained a 39% market share. Apple’s iPad dropped to 58%. At this point it doesn’t look like Android will take over by March, but I did say that at a minimum things would be close. With the glut of tablets offered by various manufacturers along with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, there’s no way that Android tablets won’t enjoy success. They will eventually dominate the entire market, it’s just a question of when?
Global shipments of tablets hit a record 26.8 million units in the 4th quarter, which was up 150% from a year earlier of 10.7 million in the 4th quarter 2010. Apple sold roughly 15.4 million iPads worldwide which isn’t too shabby. If you’re doing the math, Android tablet sales for the quarter were a little over 10 million, and Android’s tablet market share the previous year was at 29%. You have to give credit to Apple though because their success is based on one tablet where with Android it’s many manufacturers and several devices.
I think its now clear that Android tablets are here to stay and that developers need to step it up. 2011 was just a start for the Android and tablets, but 2012 should put them in the forefront.
Grand Theft Auto III for Android has been updated to version 1.3 and it looks to enhance the overall experience for those playing the game. In addition to the game tailoring your visual experience with new video display settings, you can expect the following:
- Added support for Medion Lifetab and the Asus Transformer Prime
- Integrated with Immersion Haptic Vibration Feedback
- Improved controls for supported gamepads
- Improved controls for Xperia Play
- Game can now be installed to an SD card
- Gamestop Wireless Game Controller fully supported
- Additional technical fixes
We’re sure you all will especially appreciate the idea of installing the game to an SD card and improved support for gamepads. If you own the game already, be sure to get the update ASAP— especially if you want to take advantage of the new features.
[via Rockstar Games by Droid Gamers]
With the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich and the continued hype surrounding the Galaxy Nexus, the DROID RAZR MAXX isn’t getting much play in the blog world. Seriously folks, this is one cutting-edge device. It comes in at 8.9mm thick and sports a 3300mAh battery. Everyone has been crying about battery life for 4G LTE phones, and Motorola just solved the problem with a phone that’s thinner than most of the competition, including the Galaxy Nexus. Motorola is promising 21 hours of talk time and continuous streaming of seven hours of video while connected to 4G LTE. One rep even told me you could listen to the top 100 songs for the last 100 years on one charge. Anybody feel like testing that?
Yes, the lack of ICS is a major bummer, but I still say a lot of consumers aren’t caught up in what version of Android is on their phone. This is one badass phone and deserves a serious look for anyone shopping for a new phone on Verizon. You can also checkout our hands on video from CES here.
Please let us know if you’re a buyer today and how you like it.
Motorola has added the iPhone 4S and iCloud to a legal battle going on in the Sunshine State of Florida. This battle is not a new one but rather just an add on to an existing case already in the system. However this one now adds the iPhone 4S and iCloud to the list of infringements that Motorola claims Apple committed.
Motorola claims six patents have been infringed upon by Apple,
Sega brings more Sonic to Android with the release of Sonic 4 Episode 1, a continuation from Sonic CD.
In this version you can look forward to the following:
- 2 Exclusive Levels - Two exclusive levels build specifically for smartphones using the accelerometer.
- New Moves - All of Sonic’s classic moves are available, including the newer Homing Attack which will add a new level of control and excitement.
- Classic Sonic Stages - Race through 4 unique zones containing 4 acts each as well as 7 special stages.
- Special Stages Return - A staple of the Genesis-era games, the special stages return allowing fans to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds and unlock Super Sonic.
- Revamped Classic Boss Battles - Dr. Eggman returns with new and improved mechas and will go berserk when he accumulates damage.
Sonic CD was a success and it looks as if Sonic 4 is going to be as well. However, we personally have experienced some technical difficulties. For instance the game hangs on the Galaxy Nexus as well as the Transformer Prime. Even more peculiar is that we had it up and running on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with an ICS ROM, but were incompatible as far as the market was concerned when trying it on another Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Honeycomb 3.2. Hopefully Sega can get Sonic past these initial speed bumps quickly.
If you were to walk into any local wireless carrier in search for a tablet, you would find a plethora of 3G and some 4G devices to chose from. Of all the manufacturers who make those wireless radio-packing tabs, as hard as you looked, you will not see one 3G or 4G tablet made by Sony (unless you’re in Japan and you’re looking at the Tablet S or P) – all Sony tabs are currently WiFi only. According to a recently leaked AT&T roadmap, those stats are soon about to change with a mysterious 3G enabled tablet code named the Crystal.
We don’t really know much about this upcoming tablet other than it will be restricted to HSPA+ networks, yes that unfortunately means no LTE. According to the roadmap, we should see the Crystal sometime within the first quarter for $409.99, and you can expect that price to reflect the required signing of a two year contract.
So what is the Sony Crystal tablet going to look like? Good question, but since there are no rumors of Sony building any new and improved hardware it’s thought to possibly be a revamped Tablet S. On the other hand, Sony could have a tight seal on an all new tablet design and we could be pleasantly surprised come Mobile World Congress, as that would be the most likely place for the Crystal’s unveiling. We will keep you posted as we learn more.
Sprint is getting a shinny new tablet for their line up. The ZTE Optik Tablet will be the Now Network’s latest addition to their collection of Android devices. The Tablet is available for $99 on a contract, and you can have it shipped to you as early as February 5th or if your are a patient person, it will be ready for in-store purchase March 11th. Read on past the break for all the specs.
- 7-inch display
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 16GB internal memory
- 1GB of RAM
- 4,000 mAh battery
- 5-megapixel primary camera
- 2-megapixel front facing camera
- Mobile hotspot for up to 5 devices (3G)
- Stereo speakers
- Android 3.2
This is not a power-house device, but it is impressive for only $100. I am a Sprint customer and I will defiantly be checking out this device when it lands in stores. Will you? Let us know in the comments section below.
The Verge and BestBoyZ are reporting that Samsung might not unveil the Galaxy S III during next month’s Mobile World Congress. That would be a shocker since everyone is expecting it since we’ve already heard the rumored specs and seen mock ups. The timing seems right because last year they launched it during the same event, and the assumption is they will come out with a new edition each year. So why the change? It could be the fact that the U.S. takes so long to release the devices. Last year, the Galaxy S II was out for nearly six months before anyone could buy one in the U.S. Yes, there will be a Galaxy S III, we just might not see it next month.
So the question is what will we see? I’m sure there will be a newer version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and we just might see the next version of the Galaxy Note. One thing for sure is that we will let you know as soon as we hear more.
[via theverge and bestboyz]
We finally get our first taste of Motorola’s version of Ice Cream Sandwich with the leak that droidrzr just released. Motorola has been under a lot of scrutiny with their UI overlays, but since they’ve gotten away from using the “Blur” name, in my opinion, their skin is the most unobtrusive of all the manufacturers. In fact they’ve added some nice touches like MotoCast.
Now we have some early screen shots of their version of Ice Cream Sandwich, which look pretty good. The biggest change seems to be the lock screen which gives you four options. We are not implying that this is a near final build, but so far I like what I’m seeing from Moto.
This is flashable, but only for the GSM version, NOT for Verizon DROID RAZR owners. See the source link for more info and checkout more screen shots after the break.