President of NVIDIA Says a “Great Tablet is Better Than a Cheap PC”

If you need any more evidence that we have moved into a post-PC era, the quote from NVIDIA President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang should be a clear indication for you. In a revenue conference call today, Huang said that consumers know that “a great tablet is better than a cheap PC.” Not a very surprising quote considering the Tegra 3 powers many mobile devices today and NVIDIA’s graphics cards are usually implemented in higher-end PCs.

Huang also dropped numbers about how NVIDIA was doing with an increase of 13% bringing the company $1.2 billion from just this last quarter. It was mentioned that the Tegra line, was making up for the downturn in PC sales numbers. You can expect NVIDIA to be putting more effort into their mobile chips since we are anxiously awaiting the Tegra 4 to be coming in the near future.

Via: Venture Beat

Contest: Win a Transformer Pad and Keyboard Dock From NVIDIA and Droid Life! [RAW] (Updated: Winner Picked)

Day 4 of Reader Appreciation Week starts now! To kick the day off, let’s give away a combo – the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T in blue and a matching keyboard dock. Sporting a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, and battery life for days when docked, this is what we like to call a “Winning Team.” Thanks again to NVIDIA, one lucky DL reader gets one heck of a package.  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Preferred Mobile Processor?

With news of Texas Instruments pulling their OMAP line of mobile processors out of the game, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out the preferred processor for your smartphones and tablets. Clearly, the strongest player in 2012 has been Qualcomm and their Snapdragon S4 that has been thrown in just about every LTE device. NVIDIA with their Tegra 3 and Samsung with their Exynos have lagged behind a touch because of LTE, but things are about to change on that front. We also have Intel as a new player that will eventually make some noise.

Is there a chipset in particular that you prefer? Are you thrilled with the efficiency and power of the Snapdragon S4, especially when paired with LTE? What about the gaming and graphics processing beast, the Tegra 3? Or are you more interested in finally getting the quad-core Exynos processor and LTE in something like the Galaxy Note 2?

And processor gurus, we would love for you to geek out on this one in the comments.

Preferred Mobile Processor?

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Contest: Win a Toshiba Excite 10 From NVIDIA and Droid Life! [RAW] (Update: Winner Picked)

Day 3 of Reader Appreciation Week is here! On day 1, we gave away a Nexus 7. Yesterday, we gave away an HTC One X. Today, well, let’s go big (as in screen size) and hook someone up with a Toshiba Excite 10. While we may not have given the Excite 10 a ton of love as it arrived during a time when 10″ tablets were flooding the market and rarely stood out from one another, it’s safe to say that this device is no slouch. Thanks to its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 10.1″ Autobrite Gorilla Glass display, dual cameras, and variety of ports (including a full sized SD card slot), it matches up nicely to most tablets in the industry on paper.

Who wants one?   (more…)

Texas Instruments Gives up on OMAP Platform for Phones, Looking to Shift Focus

Today, Texas Instruments has come out and announced that they will be looking to “shift focus” away from their mobile processor business. In a market that has become increasingly dominated by Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Samsung, Texas Instruments has not found the wiggle room to keep their business going. This could mean that we won’t see their new OMAP5 processor either.

While the OMAP Platform may have powered some of our most beloved phones like most of Motorola’s DROID line, the Galaxy Nexus, and the Kindle Fire, we won’t be seeing much out of them anymore. They do plan to continue to support current devices for the time being, but will mostly focus their efforts on a broader and more stable market, like cars.

The good news for us is that we are still getting great chips like the Snapdragon S4 and Tegra 3 in our mobile devices. At the same time though, we always love competition, and this means one less player is in the game.

Sad to see TI go?

Via:  Reuters

Beach Buggy Blitz Hits Tegra Zone and Google Play, Packed Full of Karting Madness

The latest game to hit Google Play and the Tegra Zone is Beach Buggy Blitz, a “casual driving adventure game” that sets you and your buggy loose on a mysterious tropical island. From there you get to drive around where you want, collecting coins and trying not to hit all of the distractions scattered around. The coins you collect let you buy other buggies and power-ups to help along your explorations and make the game worth coming back to.  (more…)

[Contest] Phosphor’s Epic Masterpiece Horn Released for Android – Win a Nexus 7 Tablet to Celebrate (Update: Winners Picked!)

Previewed back at Google I/O, Phosphor Game’s Horn has finally arrived for Android. If you didn’t know, Phosphor is the same team that brought us Dark Meadow, which is another epic piece of mobile gaming. Thankfully, Horn is no different. To get an idea of just how epic this game is, the additional download after the 8MB apk is installed is a whopping 1.8GB of data. If you’re on a tiered plan, you might want to find a WiFi spot for this one.  (more…)

Demolition Inc. – Destroy Cities to Your Heart’s Content, With Cows

We have reported on Demolition Inc. a few times before, but the application has now dropped to $1.99 in the Play Store and we wanted to make sure everyone got in on the fun. You are placed in the alien spaceship of a blue-collar destruction worker named Mike and sign several contracts to level blocks of cities using whatever tools you can find. Each level provides you with different modes of destruction: oil slicks that cause cars to spin out, sticky glue that causes them to make sudden turns, and even exploding cows that look quite innocent until you run into them.  (more…)