In the slide you see above from Nvidia's presentation at the 2011 Citi Technology Conference, we get a look at Nvidia's SoC (System on Chip) roadmap for 2012 and 2013. What piques our interest the most, are the two new chips and how they may be used. We've been hearing news and waiting for the Kal-El for a bit now, and the Wayne chip has been thrown around, but what exactly are the Kal-El+ and the Grey?
Forgive us for a bit of speculation here, but there are a few logical progressions that we can make. The Kal-El+ coming in mid-2012 would be an excellent way to introduce a minor spec bump to the Kal-El quad core Tegra we expect to see late this year -- timed just right for Windows 8 ARM devices. A Windows 8 tablet is likely going to include business and productivity tools from the desktop, and would surely benefit from new tech even if it falls in the middle of a release cycle. The good news for us is that those improved specs will surely work their way into Android devices, making the Kal-El better performing and more battery friendly. We certainly won't be complaining about either.
Maybe even more interesting is the Grey. If rumors are to be believed, the Grey will incorporate the 28nm manufacturing process, with its own radio on-board -- in 2G, 3G, and 4G flavors. This would put the new Nvidia SoC's in direct competition with Qualcomm's offerings, and will again be a major player on the Windows Phone 7 side of things. We're not too surprised, as Nvidia acquired Icera (and their ultra-low power software modems) last May, and surely knows the market better than most of us. If Nvidia can pull off an integrated single chip solution that delivers GeForce graphics as well as great power management, it may be the first step towards the long-lasting battery life devices we've all been waiting for.
You might recall the Motorola Electrify from the US Cellular roadmap we broke last month. It's now officially official, coming to the regional carrier later this month for $199 on contract and after $100 rebate.
The Motorola Electrify basically is USCC's version of Sprint's Photon 4G (read our full review), with a 4.3-inch screen at a qHD, dual-core 1GHz processor, HDMI out and the other sundry smartphone options.
After a week or so of teasers, unofficial builds of CyanogenMod 7 are now available for the HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D. You won't find these n the source tree just yet, and there's no word on when they will be merged and join the nightlies so many love to flash, but if you're up for an Alpha sneak-peek of CM7 on your new 4.3-inch HTC beauty, now is your chance.
Installing these builds is the same as what we're used to, root and unlock, flash ClockworkMod recovery for your device, backup, then wipe and flash. You can grab the downloads at the source links, as well as read what others have to say about the new builds -- from what I have read they seem pretty stable. Great way to start the week isn't it?
It's been another week filled to the brim with Android news, device announcements, and killer new apps. We should be used to it now, but it still can be difficult to catch it all. You can catch the Podcast each Thursday, follow us on Twitter, even add us to your RSS reader and still miss some -- so here's a list of the week's highlights, in handy bullet point form:
Are you ready for another great contest from Nvidia and Android Central? One that gives you a chance to win a Tegra 2 device each day for a full six days? We hope so, because we're about to kick off our 6 days of Tegra madness mega-contest and make it happen. We've got a big red sack filled with Android phones and tablets, and one of them just might have your name written on it.
Here's how it's all going to work. Starting in a few hours, midnight EDT to be precise, we're going to open a contest thread in the Android Central contest forums. You'll have 24 hours to enter, which is as easy as posting in the thread letting us know you want in on the action. The next night at midnight, we'll close that thread and open a new one, starting a new drawing. You can only enter each contest once (we're going to check), and if you win one you're ineligible to enter the next. The winner will be picked at random, and next Sunday (Sept. 18) we'll announce the winners and get in touch with them all using the address used to sign up for the forums.
Day six is the grand prize, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Jambox Bluetooth speaker, a Tab 10.1 Keyboard, and a $25 AMEX card
Tegra 2 devices totally blew us away when they first came out, bringing a level of graphics performance to mobile devices that we hadn't seen before. 12 months later, newer chips have come that throw out mind-boggling numbers, but there's something missing -- software optimization. We poke plenty of fun at our iOS loving friends, but Apple shows us that raw hardware numbers don't always equal the best performers, especially when it comes to mobile gaming. That's where Nvidia steps in, working with developers to make games and apps that utilize the full power of the Tegra 2's GeForce GPU. It's just plain awesome, and I've darn near worn through the glass on my G2X playing Fruit Ninja THD, and Riptide GP on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 or via HDMI out to a television redefines mobile gaming.
Nvidia takes things a step further, offering a complete experience with the Tegra Zone. Available as an app for your Android device or via the web, they keep us up to date with news and articles about Tegra powered apps, offer community discussion, make it easy to share links to the latest games and news through Twitter and Facebook, and have a full set of tools and resources for developers in the Developer Zone. It shows that Nvidia is in for the long haul, and their dedication to Android is a deep as yours and ours is. You can find some screenshots, and a link to the Tegra Zone app for Android after the break, and to keep up with everything as it happens, you can follow @nvidiategra on Twitter.
We'll be sure to announce each contest to remind everyone as they happen, you guys just get ready to enter. Good luck to all!
The LG Enlighten is a mid-level Android smartphone that's been mentioned for weeks now, but without any official info. Looks like the unofficial promotions are continuing, however, as it's made an appearance in the upcoming Verizon catalog. To recap the specs, you're looking at a 3.2-inch slider, with four-row keyboard, Android 2.3 and an 800MHz processor. The rumored Aug. 25 launch date obviously has come and gone, but the catalog still has it as "coming soon," so that's better than nothing.
Our man Cory is at it again -- he has the hacking guides for the Motorola Droid Bionic ready to go and you can find them in the Bionic section of the Android Central forums. Start with his rooting guide, where the procedure is outlined for both 32 and 64 bit Windows (the Mac section is already reserved and will be coming shortly), and he has a great set of FAQ's about rooting your Bionic already set up. The best part? You can ask any and all questions and get quick and simple answers. The way Cory supports us all is legendary, with good reason -- the man eats, breathes, and sleeps Android!
Once you've got that bad boy opened up and ready for a bit of real customization, you're covered with a full bloatware removal guide. And I mean full -- just like we saw for the Droid 3, you have everything you'd ever need to know written out, and a complete walkthrough using Root Explorer to do the deed. It's another awesome piece of work, and just one of the reasons why our forums kick ass.
If you've been holding off, waiting for someone to take charge and get everything simple and easy to understand, here you go. Cory, my hats off to you -- thanks for the great work!
As we all know, games are a pretty big thing to many people, lots of people love to download new games and play them for countless hours, most of the time right until your battery dies. With tons of games in the market and so many different categories of games, finding and sharing fun games with others can be a bit difficult. When hearing about game releases, or looking for a new game in the Android market, what type of games do you look for? Are you more of a sports person, someone who enjoys the casino experience from their device, or someone who wants to challenge themselves with a nice puzzle style game? Be sure to let us know what you chose, and it will be interesting to see what the Android community views as their favorite game type!
Drooooiiiiidddddd... It's a sound plenty of us know and love, and we realize that along with it comes some serious bloatware from the folks at Verizon and Motorola. The Droid 3 is no exception. Of course, that's when the Android Central forums shine -- we'll help you twist and wrangle all the "value added" applications right off your D3, and get it set up to your liking. Cory, our fearless forums leader and world-famous midnight tinkerer, has worked up quite the masterpiece for doing just that for your D3. It has all the directions spelled out for easy understanding, and full lists of what you can and can't get rid of -- as well as an explanation of what each one of them are. Top it off with a complete walkthrough using Root Explorer (no need for a wire or a computer) and it's a thing of beauty. Make sure your D3 is charged up, and hit the forums to take care of business.
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