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10:08 US PST:
I am floored. Absolutely floored. Engadget livebloggers were unnerved by the people weeping in the audience, but I completely understand it now. Joe Brit and Hugo just finished up the Keynote by giving everyone in the audience the new Samsung Tablet, but let's talk about what Joe Brit revealed: The new Android @ Home network, which allows you to use your house as an android accessory. We're not just talking TVs and communicating with wireless capable devices- in fact, the complete opposite. This is cutting-edge NFC that lets a CD talk to a box, or your phone to turn lights on and off.
I'm thinking thermostats, toasters, refrigerators-pretty much the sky is the limit right now. Google has partnered with Light Signs, a company that will be providing LED light bulbs controllable by Android by the end of the year.
We'd like to think of your entire home as an Android accessory
You take the last word out of that sentence and that's where we're headed with this. Brit talked about the development possibilities, including an alarm clock that slowly raises the lights in your room. Or designing a gaming experience that interfaces with your home to provide more immersive sensations. Imagine, you're in Hoth on a Star Wars level and the temperature drops in your room. Or lights flash every time you frag someone in Quake (which they demoed during the speech)
09:33 US PST:
Mike Claron of the Android Engineer team just announced the delicious (seriously, they name all their OS's after food) new Android OS for Q4: Ice Cream Sandwich. Cleron explained that Google wants 1 OS that runs everywhere, something is almost as awesome as the new logo for the aforementioned OS:
This OS is going to be on tablets, phones, expandable laptops, netbooks- everything. ICS will have the holographic UI, the launcher, enhanced multitasking, richer widgets, advanced applications, "everything" (there's that word again. Anyone else feeling Orwellian?). This is part of Google's initiative to invest heavily within the development framework, including al new APIs. And it's all open source!
Claron debuted a facial tracking interface as part of ICS's new features. Not only does this track your eyes, it knows where your nose is. And your mouth. It will shift perspective according to where you're looking (Minority Report. Boom), and in video chat, it automatically zooms in on who's talking. I'll be damned.
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.
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.
Twitter is on fire right now with the rumor that President Obama is about to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden. There will be an announcement on Whitehouse.gov this Sunday night at 10:45 EST. The news first started from Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who tweeted:
I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden.
CNN and the New York Times have just confirmed that he was killed in a mansion outside of Islamabad.
Yes, I know BlizzCon is in October, but if you actually want to go you need to mark your calendars for May, specifically the 21 and 26 of the month, 'cuz that's when you can buy tickets. There are a couple of catches though, so read closely:
Tickets will be available in two different shifts; Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. Paris time and on Thursday, May 26 at 4 a.m. Paris time through the official BlizzCon website. Oh yeah, and if you want to attend an exclusive charity dinner to benefit the Orange County Children's hospital, you can buy those starting May 28th.
If you don't feel like shelling out the (actually not bad) $175 USD for the ticket (which will probably sell out in minutes, so mark your calendars and synchronize your watches), a virtual ticket will be available for $40. Virtual ticket holders will be able to stream excellent HD content and coverage of the conference's sure-to-be animated goings-on, so if you're working that day or...idk...have something better to do(?), you can still participate in that fashion.
The conference is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California, which will officially change their hockey mascot from a Duck to a Zorg throughout the event.
Intel's IDF Beijing 2011 kicks off tomorrow but we're here on the ground getting a head start at some media only session.
When things get going tomorrow you better be ready for tablets, tablets and more tablets! We should be seeing the official debut of Oak Trail with CPUs officially going on sale a few weeks ago. There are some rumors that we might get to see the next generation netbook processor as there is a session entitled 'Designing a new generation of Netbook with the Intel Atom Based Platform' so we're hopeful they are showing and not just talking!
So get ready for some awesome coverage of Intel's latest and greatest technologies.
Oh and props to Intel from providing this amazing internet connection in the press room! w00t w00t!
Intel Taiwan hailed the launch of the 2nd Generation Core i Series with the 'Intel Get 2gether Party' that was as flashy as the speeds Sandybridge delivers! The event was as star studded as it was flashy with celebrities such as Janet Hsieh, Big Mouth & the Korean girl band Visual Dream. In true APAC style there were dancing robots, scantily clad girls, asexual male dancers, WIDI demos, 3D glasses and a bevy of peace signs every where we turned!
The 2nd Generation Core i Series, code name Sandybridge have been knows for sometime, with their official release happening back at CES. What this launch was about was getting Taiwan excited about the processors hitting the streets and becoming available for purchase. Intel APAC GM Navin Shenoy swung Taipei to join in the celebration that involved all of Taiwans major OEMs.
In case some how you've managed to miss it, highlights of the 2nd Gen processors are built around a new 32nm microarchitecture. This includes more energy-efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance along with the latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0.
We're particularly excited about the improved video editing capabilities of this series so we can render video's like the one above quicker!