Back in June, Nyko and NVIDIA announced a joint project to bring wireless controllers to Android devices. I’ve been patiently awaiting the day until the controller’s release. According to GameStop’s website, it now looks like the day has arrived as you can pick up the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro for $39.99 each. Gaming on our devices these days has become a fairly large industry, and with games becoming increasingly more detailed and rivaling console games, it’ll only gain in popularity.
RPG lovers everywhere who are toting around one of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 powerhouses should be excited to hear that Heroes Call THD is now available for free in the Play Store. Tweaked specifically for Tegra devices, this epic medieval RPG looks quite fantastic for those who have been missing some D&D action as of late. Over 40 quests, 100 plus enemies and incredible 3D graphics are all jam packed in this freemium game. That’s right folks, I can’t go into great detail but you will definitely be hit up for some spare cash throughout the game. Whether it will be required to actually advance the storyline or not is still uncertain.
So there you have it. Heroes Call THD looks to be a great title and I will definitely check it out when I get my hands on the new Google Nexus tablet soon to be announced! Check out the video below to see what all the noise is about.
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Following closely behind its US launch, which brought with it a slew of smart deals from retailers nationwide, the Acer Iconia A100 Tablet has now launched in the UK and similar deals are popping up already.
PixMania, an online European ‘E-tailer’ for electronic goods has posted an offer on the tab for £259 plus shipping (that’s about $372 US). At that price, this 7″ Android tablet is an affordable option for consumers that don’t want to relinquish features, functionality or their wallets. The device runs on Honeycomb, has a 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chip, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing cam and 8GB of internal storage space that can be expanded to 36GB with a MicroSD card.
Fresh on the heels of NVIDIA’s announcement for their new Tegra Zone website, a new Tegra-optimized game called Sprinkle has been released. This game challenges users to solve brain-teasing puzzles by using a water cannon mounted on a crane to fight fires, spin wheels, activate traps and even use its power to move boulders and blocks of ice before the time and water run out.
The unique look of the game and its realistic water physics is surely a bargain at $1.99 in the Android Market and I will give you this little tip for free: Tap five fingers on the screen to unlock 46 levels of this puzzler. Concerning the forthcoming “Tegra 3” quad-core processor NVIDIA Kal-El, there will be an optimized version of Sparkle also.
Hit the break for the Android Market link and a QR code.
If you have a NVIDIA Tegra-powered mobile device and want to find the best games to reach the full potential of the that Tegra mobile processor, the NVIDIA Tegra Zone app is a must-have. To the delight of many, NVIDIA has now announced the launch of their new Tegra Zone website to give you access to the latest game news, reviews and release information right from your laptop or desktop too. You’ll also find high-resolution game screenshots, HD gameplay videos, game developer interviews, a community forum and the ability to share your favorite apps through your social networks.
In a comment aimed at game developers, they added that “with over 250,000 Android games in the Android Market, it can be a challenge to get your game noticed” and go on the direct these developers to their ‘Zone In’ section for an opportunity to have their games listed on the Tegra Zone site.
Tell us what you think of their new site. To the developers out there, how do you feel about the exposure the site may offer?
Nothing ground breaking here since we’ve heard about this before, but the Samsung Galaxy R is now official. I’m still having a very hard time getting over that home button though it looks a little different than the Galaxy S II.
Here’s what we’re looking at: 4.19-inch Super Clear LCD (800×600), 1Ghz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, GeForce GPU, twin cameras (5MP on the back and 2MP on the front) with single LED flash, 720p video capture, 8GB onboard storage, micro SD card slot (support for 32GB Micro SD), Gingerbread, and TouchWiz over the top. If this phone even hits North America it will probably be a budget little brother version of the SGSII especially without the Super AMOLED+ display.
To get a peek at how it runs check the video. Do you think there will be a market for this if it hits the U.S.?
At Computex 2011, NVIDIA had some interesting displays of power within the much anticipated quad-core processors known only as ‘Kal-El’. The tablet device shown is simply a development tablet, which looks pretty juiced up to say the least, and Engadget got to grab some real eyes-on time in the video after the break.
The demo was done on an Android 3.1 10inch tablet device without any branding but the NVIDIA logo. It has dual cams on the back, one on the front, and 1280×800 screen resolution to make those graphics really move (and make most processors sweat in terror). Demo consisted of the Glow Ball game, where we see awesome lighting and graphic realism, and even the difference when switching between dual-core and quad-core processing. Also demo’d briefly was the Unreal Development Kit and Lost Planet 2 which was ported to Android from PC.
We don’t know when these are coming out, but I suspect we may see some quad-core tablets by the end of 2011. Video and images below!
Here is a tablet from Acer that’ll be sporting the tablet designed mobile operating system, Android 3.0. As of late, in this race for tablet domination, the processor often found powering them is an Nvidia Tegra. This device in-particular will be powered by Intel’s processor for tablets, the Atom Z670 Oak Trail.
This specific processor is set to run at 1.5GHz, support 1080p video, HDMI, via Intel’s GMA 600 integrated graphics, improved video playback, faster Internet browsing and longer battery life.
“Sources from upstream component players” say that the Acer device is slated for release in July. Also that the Acer device is already being mass produced. Lenovo and Asustek Computer are said to be inline to follow in Acer’s footsteps, and jump on board with Intels Oak Trail platform.
About two weeks ago, we reported that Asus were to release an Android based Eee Pad next March. Well, news coming out of Taipei today seems to confirm this along with some hardware details.
The source of this information is not exactly clear, but the report seems to suggest that it was gathered from comments made by Asus vice president Kevin Lin.
At the end of this article they present a number of facts about the planned Eee Pad:
- It will be a 10-inch panel. I assume they mean the screen, not the device it self.
- Nvidia Tegra Processor
- Android Operating System
- The price will be less than $399
There is still no mention of the version of Android they plan to run on this tablet. I think it would be safe to assume we will see 2.2 (Froyo) on this device.
Anyone excited about this? Will this be the Android Tablet that you go for? Is 10-inches too big for a tablet?
Whilst NVIDIA’s current focus is mainly on Windows Mobile, the company believe that by 2012 sales of the Android platform will have surpassed that of the Windows Mobile platform.
For that very reason NVIDIA have announced that their NVIDIA Tegra 2600 chip is currently being development with a with an optimized and accelerated Android release aimed at OEM development.
It is unclear how long it will be until we see the finished product, but the latest product information from NVIDIA details two prototype handsets apparently set for release in Q3 and Q4 of this year – the IAC S2 3Q09, and the YULONG N8 4Q09.
Here’s some information on the NVIDIA Tegra chip, and some smartphone sales projections.