While we continue waiting ever-so-patiently for the Tegra K1 from NVIDIA to show up in hardware we can actually buy, we shall proceed to drool over its benchmark scores. The 64-bit quad-core and dual-core models of the Tegra K1 were announced back in January at CES, featuring a somewhat unheard of 192-core GPU, based on the Kepler architecture which is found in NVIDIA’s GeForce line of PC graphics cards.
To sum up the hype in simple terms, this mobile SoC features desktop grade performance, which will be essential for next-gen mobile game developers to take advantage of. (more…)
Mediocre, the creators of Sprinkle and Granny Smith, launched a new game to Google Play this morning, Smash Hit. In Smash Hit, you continue down a pathway, with objects coming towards you, with the main objective being that you must throw balls at the objects. When you hit an object, you get points. Hit enough objects and you get special powers. (more…)
This morning, NVIDIA unveiled a new family member in the Tegra family tree, the Tegra Note 7 LTE. The device is the same as the Tegra Note tablet they released last year, manufactured by EVGA, but comes with 4G LTE and HSPA+ connectivity. Support for LTE is through AT&T and T-Mobile, as it appears that Verizon or Sprint are not listed as supported bands.
HTC is currently hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, completely focused on nothing but Android updates. As Android users might be aware, HTC for the most part hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to updating flagship devices in a timely manner, but they have given it their best since the launch of the One.
When Google released Kit Kat last year, HTC announced that in 90 days, all US variants of the device would be running Android 4.4+. As it turned out, they didn’t quite meet their own timeframe, but you have to give them credit due to the company’s complete transparency on social media as to why devices weren’t being updated. Now in February, all One devices should be running Kit Kat. (more…)
Thanks in part to a somewhat unsuccessful year for the Tegra 4 in 2013, NVIDIA is re-gearing its focus for their line of smartphone processors. As stated by the company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang during NVIDIA’s quarterly earnings call, “Our non-focus is mainstream (budget) phones.” (more…)
It’s always a bit of fun to spot well-known Android devices on TV shows or movies, and the latest device to hit the spotlight is the NVIDIA SHIELD. The Android-powered game console was used in NCIS: Los Angeles to spy on someone by a female character who was piloting a drone in Afghanistan. Once the drone is airborne, we even get a nice closeup of SHIELD’s 5″ HD display and see the drone’s point of view. (more…)
This morning, NVIDIA pushed out an update, version 2.9, to the official TegraZone app on Google Play. The update will now work with all Android devices, regardless of whether it is powered by a Tegra processor or not. Since all devices are now supported, you can track all of your Android gaming through Google Play Game Services on the app, and also use the Google+ login to help personalize your TegraZone experience. (more…)
Early benchmarks for the Tegra K1 processor from NVIDIA are hitting the web this week, apparently running on a Lenovo ThinkVision 28 4K smart display which features the Android OS. The thing is, NVIDIA would state that these are just preliminary benchmarks, as the processor has unlikely been optimized for such testing, and these numbers shouldn’t be taken to heart quite yet. The new SoC is still unavailable to the public, so NVIDIA still has time to make these already-impressive numbers go up from here. (more…)