When I was growing up, Sonic the Hedgehog for the SEGA Genesis (16-bit if you care to know) was all the rage at my house. My older brother would allow me to watch him play it for hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes I was lucky enough to play it myself, but I wasn’t all that good at that age. Sonic is one of the most popular game characters of all time, ranking up there with Zelda and even Mario. With 80 million copies of the games sold, SEGA continues to keep his legacy alive with this newest addition, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II. (more…)
Phosphor’s Dark Meadow is now available in the Play Store for select Tegra-powered Android devices. We have been fortunate enough to have the game for a few days and there is no doubt that it is one of more beautifully designed games I have had the pleasure of playing on a mobile platform. You awake in an abandoned hospital, but as you come to find out through exploring the halls and rooms, you are not alone. A single voice through a loudspeaker is your only guide, whose sole purpose is make sure you destroy the witch that has you both trapped there. (more…)
We are teaming up with NVIDIA once again to offer you all a chance to win the top Android tablet on the market. The Transformer Prime along with its matching Lapdock station, was the first tablet in the world to sport the powerful quad-core Tegra 3 processor, capable of delivering an Android experience no other slate can. With the unparalleled gaming experience that the Prime and NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone can deliver, this tablet should have been on everyone’s Christmas list. But don’t worry if Santa didn’t bring you one, here is a another chance (for two of you) to receive one along with a docking keyboard station. (more…)
Today, NVIDIA is making waves by creating the first smartphone powered purely by their processors. The ZTE Mimosa X runs on a Tegra 2 application processor that will work together with their new Icera 450 modem. The first device of its kind. It shall run Ice Cream Sandwich and feature a 4.3″ qHD display, 5MP back camera, front camera for video chatting, and 4GB of internal storage.
The device is set for a Q2 2012 launch and only capable of connecting to HSPA+ networks, so no luck for Verizon customers. But if it did, would you think about spending your money on a pure NVIDIA device? As new modem tech, it’ll be something to watch out for during the next year. NVIDIA is claiming that their Icera modems consume power at ultra-low levels, something many of us complain about with current chipsets, especially those that connect to LTE networks. While none of their Icera chips appear to be compatible with CDMA, they do have a 410 model that can connect to LTE and HSPA+.
We will likely see a push by NVIDIA to get companies to use nothing but their modems and application processors going forward. If they can lead the charge in modem tech as they have done with app processors, this should be something to watch closely. (more…)
Be on the lookout during the first quarter of 2012 – you are in for a treat. Dark Meadow is making its way to Tegra powered Android devices. This creepy first person game is out to haunt you. Powered by the Unreal Engine 3, it brings console-like graphics and an exceptional plot for people who love a scary challenge.
This game is already a huge hit for iOS devices, so there is no doubt that Android owners will love it just as much. It looks genuinely frightening. A mix of Left 4 Dead and DOOM. Below is the teaser trailer for the game. (more…)
A roadmap of NVIDIA’s current mobile processor plans for now through 2013 may have leaked online over the weekend, potentially giving us a look at an already-updated Kal-El (quad-core) chip and their goal of dividing the company into to separate businesses. We had heard last week from CEO Jen-Hsun Huang that Kal-El processors had been delayed slightly, but would be available in tablets some time this year. What we had not heard, was that there may be a Kal-El+ processor that will replace it just a few months after those initial device releases. No details on what the + means in this new quad-core chip were made available in this leak.
The other interesting bit of info we get from this roadmap is the mid-2012 splitting of their mobile processor unit. There had been talk of NVIDIA entering the non-superphone market to help grow this business and I would say this certainly confirms that. Project “Wayne” appears to be the superphone and tablet division, while “Grey” could be their “mass consumption” line of processors. So not only will we see NVIDIA producing a line of game-changing processors that match up with best of them, but we will also see a set of standard processors make their way into the average super phone.
And yes, Windows Phone is listed on there. Would make sense for NVIDIA to jump into bed with additional operating systems.
We love NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang here at Droid Life. The dude has a ton of energy, an addicting personality, and most importantly, loves for his company to push the envelope. After exploding onto the Android scene at CES this past January with their Tegra 2 dual-core chips, Huang wasted no time showing off what they had planned next – quad-core processors. Codenamed Kal-El, these were expected (still are) to be the world’s first mobile quad-core processors with an estimated launch in tablets of this past August and in phones by the end of the year. Unfortunately due to setbacks, neither of those time frames will/has been met. Don’t worry though, we are still expecting to see a quad-core of some sort this year, it just won’t be in a phone.
During a sit down with media this week, Huang mentioned that their time line has now changed. They still expect to launch quad-core tablets this year, but phones will likely be pushed into next year. He also announced plans to move into the mass-processor consumption market, meaning they will do more than just produce processors for superphones and tablets.
On an interesting side note, Huang made a comment about his competitors – well there is only one according to him. During his chat with press, he pointed out that Qualcomm and NVIDIA are really the only two serious players in the game right now:
“We’re the only people seriously on the dance floor with Qualcomm,” contends Huang, who is known for being outspoken. “We’re really the only two active players [in the high-end mobile processor market].”
The funny thing here is that Google has already chosen a Texas Instruments processor to develop their next version of Android on. So while we just professed our love for Huang, we find it odd that he would take such a blatant cheap shot at TI. Is he miffed at the fact that they weren’t chosen for Ice Cream Sandwich or does he really just think that TI processors are crap? Who knows exactly why he left them out, but it sure gave us a good laugh.
Back to the point of the article…anyone saddened by the delay news? Are we surprised by delays anymore?
Oh, and speaking of NVIDIA. We have goodies to give away. Stay tuned for those details.
Along with the launch of NVIDIA’s TegraZone.com, we get a new Tegra-optimized game to check out called Sprinkle. As a “water physics-based puzzler”, you’ll see some of the more polished graphics and water physics of any game on the market. The idea is simple – put out fires using an adjustable water cannon. Completing that task isn’t always so simple though, and requires you to reach back to your childhood fire hose days for inspiration.
The game is available for $1.99 today in the market along with its 46 levels that can be unlocked by tapping 5 fingers on the screen.