4 years ago

NVIDIA announces the Tegra K1 SoC with 192 GPU cores


192 cores all in one processor

NVIDIA has taken stage in Las Vegas at CES to announce some great new things, and among them is the Tegra K1, their latest processor. Making a huge jump from the Tegra 4 the all new Tegra K1 brings 192 cores to the table. This chip, which NVIDIA calls a super chip, will be fully programmable by applications, and will allow all of the cores to be used in parallel.

This year NVIDIA has some large plans with bringing products into consoles and cars, and the Tegra K1 helps bridge that gap. Based on the Keplar technology they will be able to bridge the gap between many of their products all while giving the best experience to every user.

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4 years ago

NVIDIA dedicated to pushing Android on consoles and the auto industry


Company's 'next steps' outlined at tonight's press event

Nvidia tonight in their CES press event made no bones about what's next on their roadmap, and is ready to push Android to consoles and the auto industry. 

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that these areas are a natural progression after televisions. Putting Android on a console makes perfect sense, because all your digital assets are already there, and the open platform allows anyone and everyone to build something that follows their vision. For Nvidia, this is the reason they built the Shield.

As for your car, Jen says it plainly. You car is the most expensive, most intricate, and most important mobile computer you'll have one day. Android is a perfect fit, because you can have the same data and applications on your mobile device that you do in your vehicle.

While there was no word just when to expect any of this new tech, but Nvidia seems bullish on it. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Pro edition tablets make an early appearance in this giant banner at CES


Samsung outs themselves ahead of their CES event

If you were hoping for a Pro line of Galaxy tablets from Samsung this year at CES, it looks like you're going to be happy. This incomplete billboard at the Las Vegas Convention Center basically gives up the Galaxy Note Pro and the Galaxy Tab Pro, and we expect Samsung to announce them at their event tomorrow. This isn't the first time this has happened, and we imagine at this point in time Samsung isn't really worried about keeping any big secrets.

While we don't learn much from the banner, it looks like we'll be seeing a new full-size (or bigger if the rumors hold true) version of both the Note tablet and the Galaxy Tab. 

Stay tuned for the whole story tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT. We'll be there to help you sort out what's what.

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4 years ago

Watch NVIDIA's #CESlive press conference live tonight at 8 p.m. PST!


We're coming at you live tonight from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, where our pals at NVIDIA are going to talk about ... Something. New internals? New devices? Dunno. But they're streaming the the event, so you can follow along with us here.

Check in at 8 p.m. PST — that's 11 p.m. on the East Coast, and 4 a.m. in London — for the whole thing.

And be sure to swing by our CES hub for all the latest news!

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4 years ago

The #CESlive stage is taking shape ...


The special live #CESlive coverage begins from South Hall on Tuesday. In the meantime, catch all of our pre-CES special live coverage at our CES hub here.

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4 years ago

Lenovo announces the N308, an All-in-One Android computer


All-in-one Android powered computer starts at $450

With the start of CES Unveiled Lenovo has taken the wraps of its first all-in-one Android computer, the N308. Having to hop between an Android tablet and a desktop computer can be a bit tedious at times, and Lenovo hopes to have solved that for many people. Featuring a 19.5 inch HD+ display the N308 runs Android 4.2 at launch. Inside the computer you can have either a 320GB or 500GB hard drive depending on preference, and it will support up to 2GB of DDR3 memory as well.

Much like a full desktop computer the N308 has two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone, headphone, and LAN jack as well as a 6-in-1 card reader. In addition it will come with a full sized wireless AccuType keyboard and a wireless mouse. Inside the device you will also find a battery that is said to last about three hours, so if you feel the need to move this 19.5 inch display around with you  it can be done. With full access to Google Play and Amazon's AppStore you will be able to download your favorite Android applications without issue.

Starting at $450 for the base model and going up from there depending on options, Lenovo has unfortunately not given an exact release date at this time. 

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4 years ago

Sphero introduces an all new form factor with the Sphero 2B


New form factor brings interchangeable parts and more

Sphero has drawn a ton of attention with their little robotic balls that were controlled by Android devices, and today they have announced an addition to the family. With the Sphero 2B they have brought a bunch of changes to the device with a whole new form factor, and the ability to change various parts like the hubcaps, wheels, and tires. Having two main points of contacts the Sphero 2B is able to turn on a dime, and offers some crazy speed along with the ease of maneuverability. 

In addition to the new hardware Sphero has also launched seven new applications for CES, which now brings their total up to 35 different titles. In addition to being able to play with this by yourself you can use the built in infrared technology for player vs player or multiplayer game play as well. Priced at $100 the Sphero 2B will start shipping in Fall 2014. If you want to be among the first to have one be sure to hit the link below to reserve your spot, and stay tuned right here to see if we can check one of these out live from Las Vegas.

Source: Sphero

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4 years ago

Follow the Android Central CES 2014 crew on Twitter and Google+


Don't miss the color commentary from the fellows on the floor

You'll get all the news you want about CES 2014 from Android Central. We're lined up to see all the press events, we're going to walk the floors to see what's there, and of course CES Live will bring the people who make this news and the whole story behind it right to you during the week. If there is such a thing as tech overload, this week will come close to it.

But you'll also want to follow along with the crew on Google+ and Twitter to see what doesn't make the front page here at AC. We promise it will be mostly safe for work and PG-13, and you can even send some feedback to Phil, Alex, Andrew and Richard. They love to hear from you, just like all of us here at AC do. Here's everything you need to know.

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Hit them up and say hello!

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4 years ago

SuperTooth announces the Disco 4 speaker


Bluetooth speaker packs power and portability

SuperTooth has been creating Bluetooth speakers for the past couple of years, and this year at CES they will be showing off their latest addition, the Disco 4. This wireless speaker will pair with devices through Bluetooth 4.0, or users can easily pair their devices through the tap-to-pair NFC technology inside the speaker. SuperTooth claims that after charging the device via USB for only two hours you will be able to get anywhere from 3 to 12 hours of use from each charge depending on your volume level.

The speaker itself weighs just over a pound, and features an 8 watt bass reflex system for optimal sound quality. With a 30 foot range on Bluetooth connection managing the music being played through the speaker is sure to be a breeze, and the included carrying strap will make it ultra portable.

At this time SuperTooth has not announced pricing, but they have stated that the Disco 4 will be launching in Q1 of 2014. The Disco 4 will be on display at CES, so stay tuned to see if we can get some hands-on time with it to see how it compares to some of the other options on the market.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Winging it to Las Vegas and #CESlive!


I'm sitting here in the airport in Atlanta (aka my second home), waiting for the hop out to Vegas and watching the misery that is trying to get out of the Northeast this morning as we all head to CES. Thinking good thoughts for all the journos trying to get to the desert. 

Folks usually have plenty to say about flying through ATL, but I've always found it to be pretty easy. The seven (seven!) concourses are easily laid out and easy to get to. The new international terminal is gorgeous, and worth swinging by if you have time, even if you're flying domestically. Want a taste for what some of the world's better international airports look like? There you go. It's hard to believe F (and to a lesser extent, E) are in the same airport as T through D.

Here in Atlanta, it's just cold and foggy. Good luck to everyone working their way to Vegas.

By the way ...  You can find all our CES coverage here!

And now, a few other thoughts rollin' around the ol' melon. ...

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4 years ago

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch review


Qualcomm's Mirasol display brings a new dimension to smartwatches, but you still have to set your expectations properly.

The Qualcomm Toq tells a familiar tale, one we've heard from smartwatches before. "It's pretty cool, but ..." It's that caveat that has stuck in our mind after a few weeks with the Toq, and it's a big one. Or maybe several big ones.

But perhaps it's better if we better define what Toq is. It's a smartwatch, sure. It connects to your Android phone over Bluetooth and shows notifications, the weather, stocks — and the time, of course, with a number of interesting and attractive watchfaces.

But what Toq is, really, is a Mirasol display with a smartwatch attached to it. As a technology, Mirasol has been around for a few years, but nobody's really picked it up in any great numbers. Even Toq wasn't originally planned as a major consumer product. But here it is, and you can buy one for $350. This is the most expensive smartwatch we've tested. 

Is it worth it? Let's find out.

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4 years ago

Watch this: 'Wrist First: This is the Pebble Smartwatch'


You're about to get a deluge of wearables news this week from CES in Las Vegas. And that includes something Monday from Pebble, the Kickstarter darling that has one of the more affordable smartwatches currently available. (And, what's more, it's cross-platform as well.)

We spent the day with Pebble a few weeks ago to get inside the company, and perhaps get a feel for what's next.

Peep the video above, and be sure to read the full feature, "Wrist First: This is Pebble." Then head on over to our newest sister site, Smartwatch Fans, and say hello!

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4 years ago

Samsung turns its attention to your home at CES this week


Smart Home aims to connect all your devices, appliances with a single app and a new protocol

Samsung has long been entrenched in the smartphone and tablet space. It's begun its push into wearables with the Galaxy Gear. And this week at CES, Samsung is inviting itself into your home.

The new Samsung Smart Home aims to consolidate all your connected home appliances — yes, refrigerators, ovens, TVs ... whatever you've got — with one app, and one protocol to rule them all. And it intends to do so with a three-tiered process:

Device Control uses your mobile devices — phones, tablets or smartwatch — as well as a smart TV to control your home devices. Think lighting and air conditioning, Samsung says. If you're going out for the night, tell your phone (or watch — Samsung's pushing the Galaxy Gear hard in this initiative) "Going out," the lights will dim, and the temperature adjust accordingly. Or say "Good night" to turn everything off. And this will work anywhere, from any device.

Home View will let you peek in on your home through any connected cameras.

And Smart Customer Service lets you know when it's time to have your connected appliances serviced.

To get everything talking together, Samsung's rolling out its Smart Home Software Protocol (SHP for short) that'll let all your Samsung devices play nice. Samsung also says it'll open it up to other manufacturers, too. Whether they choose to do so is another matter.

Samsung's going to start with smart TVs and phones, and run with it from there. We'll get a better look this week at CES is Las Vegas. Be sure to swing by our CESlive hub for all the latest.

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4 years ago

HTC ekes out a $10 million profit in Q4


Finally, a bit of not-quite-dismal financial news for HTC. While the Taiwanese manufacturer didn't hit expectations with its fourth-quarter earnings, it did manage to turn a $10 million profit — which it failed to do the previous quarter.

The uptick can at least in part be credited to its sell-off of the 25 percent stake it still had in Beats Audio — a move that netted HTC a one-time addition of some $85 million. 

HTC's not out of the woods yet, but it's made strides in rolling out updates in a more timely manner, and we'll have to see if there's any tangible result to the continued executive changes.

Source: Reuters

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Calendar Status, Tropica, Tweetings and more!


See the apps we're using on a daily basis

After skipping a week of our regular column to highlight some of the best apps of the year from each of the Android Central editors, we're back onto a regular schedule with Apps of the Week. In this weekly column we show off a single app from each of the writers here at AC, along with a quick explanation of why you can find it on our devices.

While they may not always be the most popular, best selling or flashiest apps, if they're installed on our phones and tablets then there's reason to talk about it. Read along with us after the break and see if we can recommend an app or two for you to install on your own device.

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