So one of the biggest problems befalling 3D devices like the Optimus 3D -- and all (erm, both) 3D phones at the moment -- is the lack of 3D content right? Well, LG is making a play to change all that at the upcoming IFA 2011 show in Germany, by showing off for the first time their Open-GL based 3D game converter software ahead of its inclusion in the first Maintenance Release for the phone in October.
The idea is simple. The software allows existing 2D games that have been made compatible to be played in 3D, and around 50 titles will get a full 3D makeover. Unsupported games can be manually tweaked to achieve the desired effect.
LG are expecting 50 titles to be fully optimized in October, with another 50 being added before 2011 is out. Many still aren't convinced by 3D phones, but LG is determined to make it less of a gimmick.The question still remains as to how successful it will be in convincing consumers to buy their flagship device.
The latest Angry Birds Rio update is now available in the Android Market and with the new airfield chase level episode, that means you get 15 new levels to jam away at. We're sure you'll have them beat in a matter of just a few hours. Still reading this? Why? Hit the break for the download.
LG has released the Kernel source and assorted GPL bits for the Gingerbread build on their Optimus S device. No reports of anything showing in the LG updater tool just yet, and rumor says mid-September for an OTA. For now, this just means that our resident Optimus warlords (yes, they have transcended developer status) have some new code to play with and see if they can improve the Gingerbread builds they have had running for the Optimus S for quite a while. Realistically, there will be a few things here of value for all Optimus developers, who have been forced to use hacks and work arounds for some of the closed-source functionality from LG. With this new codebase, expect your favorite Gingerbread ROM for the Optimus S to get even better.
Motorola has announced that the Milestone 3 will be available for customers in Brazil starting Aug. 29. As we've seen in the past, Motorola Milestone devices are copies of their Verizon counterparts, minus the America-centric CDMA radio and Verizon Droid branding. Like the Motorola Droid 3, the Milestone is no slouch when it comes to specifications:
Dual-core OMAP4 CPU at 1GHz
4-inch qHD display
8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p capture, front camera for video conferencing
16GB internal memory
Also included are Motorola's comprehensive set of business features, like GAL lookup, remote document access, data encryption, and remote wipe. And we can't forget the five-row QWERTY packed onto this one, one of the best Motorola has offered thus far. The Milestone 3 should be a hit with Android fans in Brazil, and in six other Latin American nations by October. Read the full press release after the break.
The LG VS920 has just received FCC certification, and we're pretty sure we're looking at the LG Revolution 2. We first heard that it would be coming along to replace the Revolution in that leaked roadmap we saw early in August, and since the Revolution is the VS910, it's not that much of a leap to call the VS920 the Revolution 2. What we didn't know, and makes us happy all at the same time, as that this appears to be a world phone with CDMA, LTE, and GSM bands just like the Droid Pro.
The rumor said we'll be seeing this one on or around Oct. 20, and the FCC certification lines up well with that timeline. We'll just have to wait and see.
There's more controversy surrounding the Motorola Droid Bionic, as PC Mag's Sascha Segan has confirmed that the "official" @DroidBionic Twitter account isn't so official after all. According to Sascha, both Verizon and Motorola have come forward and stated that the account is not an official feed from either company.
So who is it? We have no idea. Just a heads-up to take those "official" September 8 launch details with the proverbial grain of salt.
If you've been holding out, waiting for your HTC Sensation to be available for bootloader unlocking over at HTCDev then today may be the day you have been waiting for. HTC has added a few more HTC Sensation variations to the list including T-Mobile this time around. You can head on over to the site now to get started, though -- we suggest reading up on just how unlocked your bootloader really is when using the HTC provided tools first, then deciding if it is still something you wish to do.
Starting today (Aug. 29), Waze and Android Central will be giving away an Android phone or tablet each day to a lucky winner. Entering is fun and easy -- download Waze from the Android Market (link after the break) or Waze's website, register a user profile so Waze knows how to get in touch with you, then find the "Road Goodies" that appear on your map and drive over them to collect. Entrants who collect the most each day will be eligible for a daily drawing to win an awesome new Android device. Which devices? We're glad you asked!
It gets even cooler -- each of the phones on the list will also include a car dock and charger, making it the ultimate traffic survival kit. The contest begins now and runs through midnight Sept. 4. The winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 7. Full rules and details are after the break.
Just what is Waze? It's a free social mapping tool: you can get directions, find out where the traffic is, ping other users, and generally find your way around while helping other Waze users get better location and traffic information. Check out the full details on the Waze Blog.
Perusers of our Rumored Devices Forum were the first to learn weeks ago that the Nexus Prime is (a) coming to Verizon and (b) we should expect it in October. But what if it's a Droid-branded device? BGR brings that bit of unofficial info this morning, adding that it'll be the SCH-i515, and it's an interesting idea, spawning several possibilities.
First, remember that we're all expecting the Nexus Prime (or Droid Prime, perhaps) to be the first running Ice Cream Sandwich, the version of Android that brings the Honeycomb tablet-style OS back to the smartphone. The previous two Nexus devices -- Google's de facto developer phones -- have largely gone unbranded. Verizon attaching its excellent "Droid" branding would be unprecedented for the Nexus line.
We've long been of the opinion that Verizon never got the Nexus One (though it was originally supposed to) or Nexus S because there really wasn't anything in it for them. No carrier-branded apps, with which it makes money, no control over the update process, etc. And aside from Sprint's Wimax version of the Nexus S (appended as the Nexus S 4G), there's been no individual naming. The Nexus One was the Nexus One, the Nexus S was the Nexus S. (Hell, neither one had any branding at all on the front -- Google and manufacturer logos were relegated to the rear.) We never saw an "EVO Nexus" on Sprint or "myTouch Nexus" on T-Mobile (and just as well -- those would be terrible names). Perhaps a Droid branding is the trade-off for finally getting the Nexus line on Big Red.
It's a slippery slope, right? Say the Droid Prime really is a Nexus device. Does that mean Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T -- which for some reason has always been late to the Nexus party -- will each get individualized versions, even if it's name only? We kind of hope not. One of the stronger features of the Nexus line has been its unification. One device, one experience, one name. That's why it's also been the developer line of devices, as well as being popular with those who want a "Pure Google" experience.
The next thing to ponder is that maybe the Droid Prime is completely separate from the Nexus line. The unconfirmed rumor suggests it's a Verizon exclusive, but we do have a hard time believing the next Nexus phone would launch on a device that's really only usable in the United States, seeing as how Verizon's CDMA network is only good here, and LTE's not exactly built out anywhere else yet (and likely will use different frequencies anyway).
There are lots of questions remaining on this one. But we're expecting to get answers soon enough. One way other another, things are heating up, folks.
Update: Oh, and one more thing. Any phone branded as "DROID" by definition is a Verizon exclusive. It's the only carrier to have licensed the name for a line of phones. Food for thought.
While it might not be the most obvious collaboration to have happen, LG and National Geographic have announced their efforts to bring plenty of 3D to the masses. National Geographic Assignment photographers will be creating 3D content using LG’s Optimus 3D smartphone.
“For over a century, National Geographic has been the preeminent institution for world-class wildlife, landscape, travel and lifestyle photography,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “To have six of National Geographic’s photographers showcase the power of Optimus 3D’s imaging capabilities is a true honor and a significant moment in the acceptance of 3D technology in a portable device such as a smartphone.”
The National Geographic photographers work will be shown off at IFA, Europe’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin, Germany, from September 2-7, 2011. Full press release can be found past the break.
Samsung has announced two new products ahead of their presumably big showing at IFA this week in Berlin, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9 -- in LTE flavors. They tell us a few limited specs, 1.5GHz CPU for both, and a size bump to a 4.5 inch screen in the Galaxy S II. The rest looks to be unchanged, so we can't assume that the mythical 720p Super AMOLED screen (the one that haunts my dreams) will show up in the new Galaxy S II. Interestingly, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 product pages have went live at Samsung's website as well, so we're pretty sure the Wifi version will also rear its head at IFA.
We've heard all sorts of rumors and speculation about exactly what Samsung has in store for Verizon customers, and we've said all along to hold tight -- even after the Verizon version of the existing Galaxy S II seemed to have disappeared from the radar. Will Verizon be picking up either or both of these two? We can't say for sure, but it seems like a no-brainer. We expect more details when these all get shown in Berlin, and until then we'll just have to sit tight.
I don't really have the luxury of using one Android smartphone or tablet all the time, but my usage cases don't really change. And one habit I've gotten into is listening to music or the radio while cooking. The kitchen's a precarious place to do that, what with all the heat, oil, water and lord knows what else flying around (never mind the knives.)
I've got my electronic footprint pretty much out of the danger zone, choosing to park my devices between the fridge and the sink. Sure, there's the real possibility of water damage. But for some reason that seems the lesser of two evils when I think about hot oil splashing onto a touchscreen.
So what do I use? Tablet, phone -- whatever's charged, really. Google Music for music, or Tune In Radio if I want local radio. For playback, I've got a Supertooth Disco speaker. Love the thing, but you'll notice I'm plugged in here. Bluetooth works OK (and if I used it more, it'd mean I can keep the tablet away from the sink), but sometimes I'm just lazy and plug the thing in. It's nice to have that choice. If you'll allow a bit of gushing over the speaker -- wow. It's not cheap -- a little more than $100 -- but for its size, it sounds great, and it pumps out 28 watts. You can also unplug it from the wall and run from the internal, rechargeable battery. Noyce.
I'm not sure if all this the food taste any better, but it sure is more fun to make.
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