The ASUS Transformer Prime is the first of the next generation Android tablets, packing the brand new quad-core Tegra 3 chip and offering a boatload of performance while managing the battery life. We've sort of fell in love with it because of it's thin and light build and the way it runs Honeycomb. It would be the tablet to get if you're in the market for one.
Something that you've heard us (well, mostly me) talk about is how well this beast handles games. All the beef under the hood is great for normal daily use, and it handles multimedia very nicely, but cracking open some games that really tax the system was something we had to show you. That's where I come in. As a child at heart, I love to spend some time playing games on my tablet, and have grown to love more than a few of the great ones developed for Android. The Prime takes everything to a new level -- both games that have been optimized by NVIDIA, as well as standard OpenGL games built for all devices. While some of it you just can't tell from a video -- things like colors and lighting effects -- some things you sure can. Hit the break, and check out how smooth and fluid the Prime runs a handful of CPU eating 3D games that I throw at it.
If you are a Firefox user on the computer odds are that you have already tried Firefox for Android, but if not there is no better time to do so then now. Featuring a freshly redesigned tablet interface, some additional features along with a faster start up time they are certainly aiming to bring the best possible experience to mobile. In addition they have opened up camera support so developers can now integrate camera functionality directly into websites, which is a pretty neat feature. So whether you currently use Firefox for Android or not, you will certainly want to hit the break and grab it from the download links!
Google TV might not have taken off like some folks expected it to, but those of us who use it (especially with the Honeycomb/Google TV 2.0 update) know that it can be a great way to get the web into your living room. A cool thing I've been fooling with is watching my podcasts on the 42-incher while kicked back in my recliner, so I'm sharing my guide for watching the Android Central Podcast on your Google TV with everyone. Wait until you see our pretty faces in high-def on the big screen! Hit the break and follow along.
Google Currents has received its first update, with no new features to report but a couple of important fixes.
In the changelog we get stability improvements, and performance improvements in data sync. The second of these in particular will be welcome, with sync initially proving to be quite slow in some cases.
The Myriad Alien Vue is a system that allows TV and set-top box manufacturers to bring Android and HTML5 apps to their existing products with no decrease in performance. By offering OEMS this functionality along with a branded app store, Myriad is hoping manufactuers will be enticed to integrate their services to offer end users a better overall experience. The concept is interesting and it looks rather nice but adoption is a key thing here -- if manufactuers don't adopt the technology then it really isn't all that useful to anyone.
Either way, we're not really seeing a slow down in the efforts of folks looking to win the war of the living room but it's a fun battle to watch and we'll be keeping our eye on all the action. Jump on past the break for a quick look at Myriad Alien Vue in action and expect more when CES kicks off.
The guys over at Dropbox have slipped a preview of a forthcoming update to their Android application out into their forums, complete with optimization for Ice Cream Sandwich.
Besides looking pretty sweet on ICS, there are also a couple of other nice additions that are forthcoming with this release. These include single tap access to all file and folder actions, ability to favourite files for quick offline access, and bulk upload for photos and videos.
This release isn't yet available in the Android Market, so if you want to try it out, the download and full changelog can be found by hitting the source link.
Naughty by Nature has been around for 20 years. We'll let that sink in for a minute. But they're also cooler than you in that they've got their own Android app. Photos, music videos, behind-the-scenes videos and social networking -- the holy trinity of any app -- are all there. And photo captions are narrated by Vin Rock. (And dude's pretty excited about that.)
Check out the video review above, and we've got download links after the break.
The NFL on Thursday announced that Super Bowl XLVI will be streamed to the web and mobile devices -- including the NFL Mobile Android app available on Verizon devices. Additionally, the wild-card games and Pro Bowl also will be streamed. You'll get the same features we've long enjoyed on Sunday night games, including additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live statistics.
Just in case you never caught the prolougue for the game while watching the Galaxy Nexus unboxing video, Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is a real game that is currently available in the Android Market. Based on the previous generation Nexus unboxing videos by Patrick Boivin, you get to play the red ninja who has to protect his new Galaxy Nexus from the likes of the black and white ninjas who have decided to join forces in an effort to steal your precious cargo.
You'll have to kick and punch your way through six action packed levels full of enemies and bosses but don't be afraid to unleash Nexus power. It's a power that is so awesome -- it can take out a multitude of ninjas at once. Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is available now for free -- download link is past the break for you all.