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4 years ago

Day 1 of the Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience a HUGE Success!

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Thought I'd pen a quick roundup for you all this evening (or is it morning!?). Yesterday was a LONG but VERY enjoyable day here on the 2013 CES Experience. Long travels for many, a shorter distance for others… but we've all made it and we're all having a great time! The day started for most of us by hopping on a plane (or 2 or 3), to make it to Vegas in time for a casual meet and greet with NVIDIA and Mobile Nations. As a special surprise, NVIDIA opened a box and handed each of the 'experience' participants a brand new Nexus 7... to keep! How cool is that!? After the excitement of a new tablet in-hand calmed down, we all took part in the NVIDIA press conference that took place at the RAIN Nightclub in the Palms Hotel and Casino. Front row seats were enjoyed by all, and the announcements (namely the Tegra 4 processor and Project Shield) blew the group away.

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4 years ago

Live from LG's CES 2013 press conference

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We're up bright and early in Las Vegas for LG's CES 2013 press conference. In amongst all manner of consumer electronics -- from refrigerators, to televisions, to cleaning robots -- LG's teased some new Android-powered goodies. An recent video has teased what looks like an Optimus G-class device, so we're likely in for some new Android-powered phones this morning.

Naturally, we're covering the whole event live. You can catch our liveblog after the break. The action kicks off at 8am PST (11am EST).

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4 years ago

Unlocked HTC Butterfly available from MobiCity for $849

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The unlocked, international version of the HTC Butterfly is available from online retailer MobiCity for only $849. We first heard about this device as the HTC J Butterfly bound for Japan. Then, we saw that it was heading to China and a version, known as the Droid DNA, was coming to the United States.

If you've been salivating over the 5-inch, 1080p device, but didn't want to go to Big Red, you're in luck, as you can get the unlocked version, albeit at a price.

The unlocked version has the following network bands: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 850, 3G 2100.

This is the only place you'll be able to get this version at for now, as MobiCity has an exclusive. You'll be able to get it in red (as pictured above) and white. They claim that it will begin shipping on January 18th, so only a days away.

Source: MobiCity

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4 years ago

Acer announces new 7-inch Iconia B1-A71 tablet, aimed at first-time users and children

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Acer today announced a new 7-inch tablet offering, the Iconia B1-A71. They have said this tablet is suited for first-time tablet users and children, so not ideal for the power-user base.

The Iconia B1-A71 boasts:

  • Jelly Bean
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 7-inch display (1024 x 600)
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • WiFI 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • Front-facing 0.3 MP camera

No specific prices yet, but Acer did say it will be priced below $150, so very aggressive.

Source: Acer

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4 years ago

PowerA introduces new game controller for the MOGA Mobile Gaming System

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PowerA unveiled a new controller this morning for the MOGA gaming system. The new controller, the MOGA Pro, brings a more console-like experience to mobile gaming.

Features include:

  • Full size console-style grips
  • Precision dual-analog sticks
  • Four action buttons
  • Directional pad
  • Two shoulder buttons
  • Two shoulder triggers
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • USB charging cord
  • Tablet stand

As mobile gaming gets increasingly better, the more we're going to see innovations like the MOGA gaming system. The controller that comes with it now, while functional, does not present enough of a console-like feel. The MOGA Pro does, so it will be interesting to see how it is welcomed by serious gamers. The new controller will come out this spring and the price has yet to be announced.

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4 years ago

Alcatel hits CES with three new One Touch Android smartphones

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Alcatel perhaps isn't the first brand you think of when choosing a new Android device, but as the CES madness kicks into gear, they have announced three new devices out in Las Vegas. Say hello to the Idol, the Idol Ultra, and the 5 inch Scribe HD.

The Idol comes right out of the gate swinging, claiming to be the lightest smartphone in its category at just 110 grams. Spec wise we're looking at a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.7 inch IPS display, an 8MP rear camera coupled to a 2MP front shooter and running Jelly Bean. No specification on whether or not it's 4.1 or 4.2, but the important thing is that it's Jelly Bean. And if the press shot here is anything to go by, it looks pretty stock.

Moving on to the Idol Ultra, and we're greeted with another bold statement -- the Idol Ultra is the thinnest smartphone in the world. It's crazy thin at just 6.45mm, and like the Idol packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear camera with a 2MP front facer, Jelly Bean and a 4.7 inch display. The display on the Idol Ultra however is a HD AMOLED display instead of the IPS found on the Idol. 

And then we get to the Scribe HD. The Scribe HD is a 5 inch smartphone, and is the first to pack the MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chipset. There's no mention of it being a 1080p device, just "HD," but it's still pretty big. Again, like the other two devices, the Scribe HD runs Jelly Bean, and has an 8MP rear camera, with a 720p capable front facing camera. We're also told that the Scribe HD supports "4G speeds" but doesn't make any specific mention of LTE. 

There's a whole lot more to come from CES, and we're only just getting started. Stick around for everything Las Vegas has to throw at us. 

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4 years ago

Nuance unveils Swype Living Language -- brings crowd sourcing for the keyboard

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Nuance, the folks behind Dragon voice recognition, and of course the Swype keyboard, has announced a new version of Swype beta, complete with a new feature you'll want to check out. They are calling it Living Language, and it takes auto correction and word prediction to a new level with crowd sourced data.

First, let's talk about a few other important, but not quite as flashy, updates to Swype. The correction engine has gotten an upgrade, and the new Smart Editor now analyzes your entire sentence, flagging any errors for correction or suggesting the best substitution based on the context of what you're saying, not just the word order. And now, it can do it in 12 new languages, including Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian. I'm not a keyboard engineer, and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I have a feeling building a keyboard that is as complex as Swype for completely different character sets is no small feat. These features and upgrades won't get the glory a new way to personalize the auto correction and prediction experience will, but they are pretty damn important. Especially if it was your native language that was missing.

Those features tie in nicely with the new Living Language feature. How it works is that you can connect to Swype online through a service they're calling Swype Connect, and share your usage data to help improve prediction and auto correction. You can also elect to let Living Language auto update with new crowd sourced words. Languages are funny, and often times you need to learn by listening and talking -- Swype does, too. Yes, people will question how much privacy this gives up (and we imagine it's a good bit) but the service is opt-in both ways. You don't have to contribute or receive updates unless you ask to.

So how's it work? Well, I'm glad you asked. I'm been fiddling with it, and I think you'll like it. The Swyping works as well as it ever did, or possibly better -- I'm not the biggest Swyper out there -- and the prediction and auto correction seems to work as advertised. While I've not had a long time to let it learn from me, I can see a bit of improvement in just a few short days. It's certainly something you will want to try yourself, and you should. My takeaway from using it is that you don't necessarily need to use the swipe, err Swype feature to love this keyboard. I'm going to continue using it for a bit and see how it matches up to the competition.

It's becoming clear that there's two "killer" features a good Android keyboard must have -- Swyping, and a great prediction engine. Swype's new beta offers both. There's a lot of big competition in this space, and Swype is an excellent choice. Hit the break for a handful of screenshots and the press release. You can download Swype by visiting http://beta.swype.com.

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4 years ago

Tegra 4 versus the Samsung Nexus 10

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We didn't get to see NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 system running on any new tablet hardware tonight at CES, but we did see it in a highly controlled demonstration by president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. In the demo, NVIDIA put Tegra 4 up against the Samsung Nexus 10, currently the most powerful Android tablet available, with each loading 25 web pages over a local network (taking Internet latency and speed fluctuations out of the equation).

The end results? Well, NVIDIA would run a demo to lose, would it? We'll still have to wait a little while for some real-world testing. But for now, Tegra 4's looking pretty impressive.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA Project Shield official unveiling video

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Want to get a little closer to NVIDIA's Project Shield? The company's just uploaded the official unveiling video shown at today's pre-CES event in Las Vegas. The innards of this Android-powered hand-held games console are laid bare, as a virtual Project Shield device is constructed from the ground up. Take a look above.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA Project Shield photo gallery

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CES hasn't even officially begun yet, and already we've had what might be the biggest Android announcement of the show -- NVIDIA's Project Shield. A hand-held Android-powered games console running NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 chip, Shield promises the ability to run Android games from Google Play and Tegrazone, as well as games streamed through a PC with a GeForce GPU.

We still don't know anything about when you'll be able to get your hands on Project Shield, or how much it'll cost, but what we can show you is a selection of photos of the device from today's NVIDIA press event in Las Vegas.

You can find 'em after the break, along with today's press release.

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4 years ago

The Android Central CES Podcast: NVIDIA brings Tegra 4 and Project Shield

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That's it, folks. NVIDIA dares you to top it this CES. Having thrown Tegra 4, the NVIDIA Grid and Project Shield our way tonight at the Palms in Las Vegas, we're more than a little excited about the processing power that promises to propel phones in 2013 and beyond. Alliterations aside (whoops), here comes our first podcast of the week, with yours truly, Simon Sage and Alex Dobie breaking down what we saw tonight -- and what it promises for the future.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA announces Project Shield

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Looks to ship in the second quarter of 2013

Here's why we love CES! NVIDIA has just shown off what they are calling Project Shield -- a dedicated Tegra 4 powered game center and more. It's a 7-inch clamshell device, running atop pure vanilla Android that sends you into a spin of Tegra game goodness at the push of a button. 

Packing a 720p multi touch display, and enough battery power to play up to 10 solid hours of games or 24 hours of HD video, Project Shield is all wrapped up into something we just haven't seen before. Full connectivity via standard ports -- like HDMI and USB, and a unique design to deliver great sound makes this one something to want. Being able to use it as a controller and connect to your TV drives it to the top of that want list.

Maybe even better, you can use the shield (as they are calling it now) to stream games from your computer with a GeForce card, through the shield (there's even Steam support, hello Linux lovers!) and out to a TV. This gets better and better as it goes along. If priced right, this will give conventional gaming systems a serious run for the money. 

Stay tuned to AC, because you know we're going to have to play with this one a bit! Hit the break to see a handful of awesome pics and the press release.

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4 years ago

The Dead Trigger 2 demo at CES from NVIDIA looks incredible [Updated]

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NVIDIA has always been at the forefront of gaming, and their mobile Tegra chips are no different. You may have a Tegra device in your Android arsenal and know just how good it can be, or maybe you've heard us talk about hot Tegra games. If so, and you're like me and love to see things pushed to their limit, seeing the demo of Dead Trigger 2 was a thing of beauty.

We'll have to wait to get our hands on a Tegra 4 device and try the game ourselves, but Simon will be talking with Madfinger at CES, and you can bet he's going to try to get some hands-on time with this one himself. NVIDIA is bringing it!

Update: We've got Madfinger's official press release and screenshots after the break.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA announces Tegra 4 processor with 4G LTE

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Today at CES 2013, NVIDIA announces the Tegra 4 processor, which features 72 GPU cores, 4 A15 CPU cores, and a 4G LTE processor. What does that mean in practical terms? 27 seconds to load 25 unique web pages (versus 50 seconds on a Nexus 10). NVIDIA claims browsing is even faster at browsing the web than the iPad 4, Droid DNA, and Kindle Fire HD.

Another utility is in photography. NVIDIA showed off the Tegra 4 processor handling HDR photography better than the iPhone 5, which takes two seconds to process (compared to the Tegra 4's 0.2 seconds). They demoed on stage a prototype Windows tablet being able to process a live view of HDR photography, complete with a comparison slider. The overall idea here is that every shot is an HDR shot, but Tegra 4 will also enable strobe motion, 3D reconstruction, and object tracking. Here's how they're architecting photography and a full press release.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA announces their cloud platform, say hello to NVIDIA Grid

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NVIDIA's CES event has just started, but we've already come around to something awesome -- NVIDIA Grid. It's a cloud-based gaming service, where a huge bank of NVIDIA powered servers compute and calculate everything needed to render 3G games in the cloud, then stream them to your location. We saw it demonstrated on an awful nice LG Smart TV, but even more exciting we saw a glimpse of it running on the Transformer Prime.

This could be a pretty killer feature, and we can't wait until the event is over and we can have a better look. Keep an eye out for more on this one!

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