Google kicks off their 2011 I/O event in a little under 15 hours and rumors of what will be included at the event are exciting everyone. Thinks like Android 3.0 on phones, Chrome OS, new or upcoming Android-based tablets and most exciting (well, to some) is the possibility of news about a new Google Music app.
Could we see Android 4.0? Who knows, but right now Google's I/O event is full of dreams and whether those dreams materialize into something solid and real - we just have to wait 15 more hours.
GPU giant meets Baseband & RF superstar, and $367 Million later an acquisition is born. Everyone at both companies is clearly excited about the deal, but nothing will be set in stone until a conference call held between the two companies Thursday, May 12, at 2:00PM PDT. Anyone at all can listen in to the call to find out more details, just dial 706-679-2572- no password or meeting number required! NVIDIA and Icera will also webcast the call, and you can listen in here and here. More details below in the press release.
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/09/2011 -- NVIDIA announced today that it has agreed to acquire Icera, a leading innovator of top-performing baseband processors for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets.
Icera has more than 550 patents granted or pending worldwide, and its high speed wireless-modem products have been approved by more than 50 carriers across the globe. By combining the companies' products and technologies, including NVIDIA's Tegra processor, NVIDIA will enhance its position as a leading player in the growing mobile market.
The acquisition, for $367 million in cash, has been approved by both companies' boards of directors and is expected to be completed, subject to customary closing conditions, in approximately 30 days.
16:12 US PST:
UPDATE: Both of the LG Devices will offer Wireless content streaming!! That's right, no plug or HDMI out required (although it's available too).
Tony Curry, LG PR representative, just got up to tell everyone about how much LG loves the Tegra 2 processor. Shipping this week are both the LG G2x smartphone and the LG G Slate tablet, available exclusively on T-Mobile. Life is certainly good with these two devices, sporting 4G capability and optimized battery lives.
Curry waxed enthusiastic about LG Mobile's relationship with NVIDIA:
I don't want to say that we're married to the Tegra platform, but we absolutely love it.
Curry noted that when it came to the best optimization of power, speed, and battery consumption, Tegra won out over other processors. He spoke at great length about the two devices, which appear to be pretty killer- especially with regard to mobile gaming. The G2x brings 512MB of RAM and 8GB ROM that can be upgraded to 32GB Micro USB. Also included is an 8mp camera (front-facing is 1.3mp) and 1080p HD video recording. Starts at Android 2.2, but totally upgradeable to mobile 2.3 Gingerbread come June. Oh, and it's the first DTS Ultra Mobile phone. Ever. That means some of the sickest sound you've seen on a mobile device. I witnessed it myself, it's incredible.
The G Slate tablet is like the G2x's bigger, badder older brother. A gig of RAM, 32gb ROM, and a passive 3D engine.
15:33 US PST:
A very animated Russian just gave a great presentation on the optimization of mobile games. According to Oleg Strikov, NVIDIA Mobile Dev, developers should always follow the 1/200 ratio: the simplest of optimizations on your game can net you a 200% gain in efficiency.
Prikov explained to the audience the options available to developers for optimization- some not so desirable:
Look through all of your code- it's not the right way, I think. Add software counters- hour of work. NVIDIA Performance Tools- less than 3 minutes! Pretty Nice!
This last statement elicited some chuckles from the audience, as it had amusing symmetry to similar quotes from everybody's favorite fake Kazak, Borat. Entertainment aside, Prikov stressed the importance of avoiding premature optimization by utilizing the vat suite of performance tools that NVIDIA's developing platform offers.
No need to optimize from scratch- make some magic!
More photos in the Gallery.
13:52 US PST:
Here at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, I'm listening to Bill Rehbok, General Manager of Mobile Games at NVIDIA tout just how awesome and how important their TegraZone platform is to Android mobile gaming. Android recently surpassed iOS as the most used OS for game developers with over 300 million users. TegraZone is what Rehbok describes as a content curator, ensuring that the best mobile games (those that run on NVIDIA Tegra) are available.
one of the biggest challenges is communicating to consumers what they can run, what they can play, and what they can pay for on their mobile devices.
Right now, there are 5 featured Tegra-based games currently dominating in the Android app market, including Pinball HD, Sumurai 2: Vengeance, Dungeon Defenders, Backbreaker THD and Fruit Ninja THD. According to Rehbok, Tegra is seeing 1 Mil users per week of the TegraZone curating app, that allows in-app purchases and downloads of NVIDIA mobile games. Rehbok cited the dangers of repeating Atari's downfall, something he attributes to crashing under their own weight. With the existence of who-knows-how-many mobile games available on Android, TegraZone gives mobile Android users access to "the best mobile content around":
Developers are coming to us literally every day with a game that knocks our socks off.
The latest happenings from around the web - May 9th, 2011
- Sony VAIO Y Series 11.6-inch Notebook @ Legit Reviews
- HP Pavilion dv6 (Sandy Bridge) @ tbreak
- Aria.co.uk Gladiator 1155 i5 4.4GHz Bundle @ Overclock3D
- Zotac Mini ITX M880G @ XSReviews
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Motherboard @ eTeknix
- New Gigabyte board spotted at eTeknix HQ @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 pictures @ VR-Zone
- AMD's FM1 desktop test board pictured @ VR-Zone
Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 4.21.6.
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.
Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.
Frostwire's features include:
Completely Free & Open Source!
Faster Download Speeds
No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.
Faster Torrent Speeds
Friendly Online Chat Rooms
Even More Connections
New & Improved Skins
Deal of the Day: Refurbished Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote - $189.99 Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Refurbished Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote - $189.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great price for this refurbed Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote! These typically run over $270 new, but get it for just $189.99 shipped free! The customizable color command screens and seamless control of up to 15 home theater components, this touch-screen tablet lets you launch your movies, music, games, videos and favorite stations with a single touch.
Use coupon code: logi_1100_5611 for the discount. Expires 05/10/2011.
Telstra is set to launch their Honeycomb-flavoured, Android-powered Motorola XOOM this month, just 15 days away on May 24. The XOOM will be available at an outright price of $840 and also comes on various plans. Telstra Consumer customers will have a choice of three 24-month Telstra Data+ Cap Plans which include a monthly MRO Bonus credit to put towards the cost of the device when customers sign up for a Mobile Repayment Option (MRO).
The plans start from $29 per month and range up to $79 per month with varying monthly device repayment amounts bringing the minimum monthly spend starting from $54, one with $74 and finally $94. Each plan includes varying included monthly Data (1GB, 7GB and 12GB respectively). More details of the plans and Business-related plans at the source.
There have been various reports of some iPad 2's having bad backlight bleeds with yellow spots that start bleeding out from the edges of the screen whenever something dark is displaying on the screen. It has been found out that this only applies to LG-produced panels.
Both Samsung and LG are manufacturing screens for Apple's iPad 2 when it launched and as soon as the defect was detected (how it was not detected before selling it at retail is beyond me for a company like Apple) production was halted by LG. LG have acknowledged and fixed the defect and will begin shipping panels in the next fiscal quarter.