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ZTE Mimosa X Announced; Features a Tegra 2 SoC and Nvidia’s Icera Modem

ZTE and Nvidia have today announced a new mid-range phone from the company, named Mimosa X. The Mimosa X will be powered by Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, pack 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. Most importantly, the Mimosa X will be the first Android phone to make use of Nvidia’s own modem/radio – the Icera 450 HSPA+ modem.

“The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology powers all the major processors in a single smartphone, and also the first time a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market.”

The handset also packs in a 4.3-inch screen with qHD (640×960) resolution, a 5MP camera in the back, a 1.3MP camera in the front and the usual bunch of sensors (Accelerometer etc.) and connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS with A-GPS.Since the Mimosa packs in a Tegra 2 SoC, the handset will get access to Nvidia’s Tegra Zone which contains games specially optimized for SoC. The handset will, thankfully, run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box.

The ZTE Mimosa X will be available sometime in Q2 of 2012 in various regions of the world.

Predictions For MWC 2012

Mobile World Congress, popularly known as MWC, is the biggest mobile consumer show held every year at Barcelona. In the last couple of years, some of the best Android phones like the Galaxy S II, HTC EVO 4G and others have been announced at the show.

This year’s MWC promises to be no less exciting than previous years. However, this year’s most anticipated handset – the Galaxy S III – would be missing from MWC, which definitely is a deal-breaker for many. Nevertheless, HTC, LG and even Microsoft have got some major announcements coming up at MWC, and should keep tech enthusiasts intrigued.

Below are my expectations from MWC this year -:

Nvidia’s Tegra 3 – Last year at CES, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC was found powering the majority of Android handsets and tablets announced. This year I expect a majority of Android devices to be unveiled at MWC to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Soc – the world’s first Quad-core processor.

Even though the Tegra 2 was the world’s first dual-core SoC, it was by no mean the fastest. However, Nvidia has learnt from their mistakes, and Tegra 3 does indeed looks promising. The fifth companion core, NEON support, some architectural tweaks will make sure that Tegra 3 is worth the hype. Expect Nvidia to show trailers of some games and apps, which will utilize the full potential of the SoC and demonstrate its graphical prowess to the whole world

Windows 8 – Microsoft had released the WP7 SDK at MWC in 2010. The following year the company announced the NoDo and the Mango update for the platform, which added quite a lot of missing features to the OS. This year Microsoft should, or rather is expected to, announce a new minor update for WP7, dubbed as Tango. The Redmond based company will also announce the next major update for Windows Phone 7, codenamed Apollo. The company will also be providing users with more information about Windows 8 for PCs as well as for ARM based devices, and will be releasing a Consumer Preview version for downloading and testing.

HTC Next-Gen Smartphone – HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. The company’s profit fell throughout the year, and none of the handsets from the company could make an impact on the sale of Galaxy S II. HTC has promised to bounce back in 2012, and will go back to its strategy of releasing a Hero device – which will represent the best of what the company can do technologically.

While not yet confirmed, the leaked Endeavor might just be the company’s flagship phone for 2012. The Endeavor is going to the first HTC phone is quite sometime to come with a non-Qualcomm SoC. It will also be the first phone in the world to come with a quad-core SoC.

Cheap Android Tablets and Smartphones – Expect companies like Acer and LG to announce new Android tablets and smartphones, equipped with a high-resolution screen, an improved 3D technology, and a faster – possibly quad-core – SoCs. Pictures of Acer’s A700 tablet with a Full HD screen, and a Tegra 3 processor had also leaked on the Internet, quite a few months ago. Hopefully, these companies will also price their tablets competitively against the iPad, instead of charging an arm and a leg for it.

Nokia’s Major Announcement – Many of the loyal Nokia users are expecting the Finnish giant to announce its next-generation camera flagship and the successor to the N8 at MWC this year. Nokia announced the N8 nearly 2 years ago, and it still has the best camera ever found in a handset. Rumors suggest that the N8 successor will come with a 4-inch screen, a faster processor and more RAM, and an improved camera sensor as well. The handset will also come with an NFC chip, and will be running on the latest version of Symbian – Belle.

I hope, and am pretty much sure, that we will definitely see some more innovative products, and gadgets which are pushing the boundaries of engineering.

HTC to Launch Quad Core Android Tablet at MWC 2012

HTC, which was the first manufacturer to launch an Android smartphone, hasn’t been very interested in the tablet market so far. Its only major attempts at capturing the exploding tablet market have been half hearted ones – the HTC Flyer and the HTC Jetstream.

Samsung, Motorola and many others have launched Android tablets, but only Samsung seems to be having any luck selling them. Rumors have been floating around for months that HTC is working on a new tablet, but nothing has come out of it so far.

However, according to a new report by the Commercial Times in China, HTC is prepping a quad core Android tablet for launch in February 2012, at the Mobile World Congress. Apparently, it will be powered by Nvidia Tegra 3, like most other high end tablets slated to launch in 2012.

The tablet will launch with two new HTC Android smartphones, one of which will also be powered by Nvidia Tegra 3.

Assuming that HTC will want it to be the best, at least in terms of hardware, it will have 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage.

The two smartphones may be the rumored HTC Edge and the HTC Ville. All the devices will likely run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

We will be covering the event here at Techie-Buzz. Stay tuned.

NVIDIA Launches The GeForce G.One Signature Edition Graphics Cards

Last week, NVIDIA invited us to the India’s biggest GeForce LAN gaming tournament in Mumbai. The event witnessed more than 600 Indian and International gamers competing against each other. There were various games such as Counter Strike, Call of Duty 4, NFS, FIFA, etc. It also had a special track dedicated to female gamers. Team Never Say Die (NSD)won Rs. 1 lakh + Alienware M11X Laptop for Counter Strike, while the Team Orange E-Sportswon the same prize for winning the Call of duty 4 tournament.

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Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director Asia South for NVIDIA, said:

Gaming is in NVIDIA’s soul. Our cutting edge technologies allow enthusiasts to play games with eye-popping graphics and the latest effects for an immersive adrenaline rush like nothing else. Now, with GeForce LAN India, we’re bringing together the people who share our passion for this electronic sport. Like other athletes, their skills deserve to be recognised and rewarded. Let the games begin!

Apart from the amazing GeForce LAN gaming tournament, NVIDIA and Shahrukh Khan unveiled the new NVIDIA GeForce G.One Signature Edition graphics cards. It comes in 2 different designs. The new G.One Signature Edition graphics cards will allow the PCs to deliver a best-in-class visual experience while watching movies, playing games or even simply browsing the web.

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NVIDIA provided the technology which made the mind-blowing VFX in Ra.One possible,said Shahrukh Khan. Entertainment is evolving movies and games are irresistibly connected and Ra.One is a perfect example. This movie is actually about a computer game! Just as GPUs were fundamental to the making of Ra.One, they are the key ingredient in every PC. NVIDIA GeForce G.One Signature Edition graphics cards put the same GPU technology which made Ra.Onein the hands of consumers to power their personal entertainment hub, the PC.

Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies.VFX’ has partnered with NVIDIA to accomplish the massive VFX feats in the action-packed movie, Ra.One. Are you planning to buy the NVIDIA GeForce G.One Signature Edition graphics cards? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Motorola Photon 4G Announced; To Be Available Under Sprint’s Network This Summer

Motorola has announced the first Nvidia Tegra 2 powered handset to be available under the Sprint’s network the Motorola Photon 4G.

The Motorola Photon sports a 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. The handset is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset running at 1GHz.

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The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a disappointing VGA camera in the front. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and a proximity sensor are also present. Like the Atrix 4G, the Photon 4G will also have WebTop capabilities.

The Photon 4G also has a kickstand at its back, which will allow users to enjoy watching videos on their device. The handset will also support’s Sprint’s WiMAX network, along with support for 3G networks outside the U.S, making it a World ready’ handset.

The Photon will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a new and improved version of MotoBLUR running on top of it. The handset will be available sometime this summer under Sprint’s network. Final specifications and pricing of the handset will be revealed sometime before the estimated release time frame.

Artificial Hardware Fragmentation: The Next Big Problem for Android

Over the years, a lot has been said about Android’s fragmentation problem. Manufacturers and carriers often took months to deliver operating system updates, if they delivered them at all. Thankfully, the Android update scenario seems to have taken a turn for the better. Manufacturers like Sony Ericsson have cleaned up their act in a big way, and have promised to deliver quick updates. Google has also begun to wield its influence to nudge manufacturers and careers in the right direction. However, now that the software fragmentation problem is showing signs of settling down, another major issue is rearing its ugly head hardware fragmentation.

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Google has very little say over the hardware configuration of Android devices. Current generation Android handsets run on everything from ARM A9 to ARM A6 and ARM A11. Google wants Android to be ubiquitous. It wants Android handsets to dominate every segment from basic low-end devices to cutting edge high-end smartphones. This is in stark contrast to the approach taken by Apple and even Microsoft. Apple restricts iOS to handsets manufactured in-house (i.e. iPhone). Microsoft on the other hand has laid out stringent minimum hardware specifications that all Windows Phone handsets must satisfy.

In theory, Google’s approach has some significant advantages like affordability and diversity. It allows for healthy competition between hardware manufactures, and it fosters innovation and rapid improvements in hardware capability. Hardware fragmentation by its own isn’t a major headache. However, as always, vested interests have found ways to exploit the freedom offered to them by Google to gain unfair competitive advantages.

Hardware manufacturers are tying up with game developers to artificially restrict games to their own platforms. The biggest culprit is probably nVidia, which has roped in several big names to launch Tegra exclusive titles (often called Tegra HD or THD games). Quite obviously, no one expects a budget handset to be able to run graphics intensive games like Riptide GP. However, thanks to the Tegra exclusive tag, even beasts like the Samsung Galaxy S II aren’t capable of running the jaw dropping ski racer from Vector Unit. Imagine shelling out big bucks to purchase the latest and the greatest Android smart phone in the market, and then discovering that you can’t play most of uber cool games for Android, as you have an Exynos chip instead of Tegra 2. This is an entirely artificially imposed restriction that if not checked will be a major deterrent for mobile gaming enthusiasts.

It is one thing to optimize a game for a specific platform, but it is quite something else to cripple it or make it unplayable on other equivalent platforms. Unlike in the PC gaming segment where games are often optimized for either nVidia or ATI (AMD) graphics cards, but run pretty well on both, nVidia is making some games simply unavailable for other platforms.

Earlier this month, an enterprising developer at XDA found a way to fake the graphics capabilities of the handset. His app, called ChainFire3D, can manipulate OpenGL feature identifiers with the press of a button. With the help of proper plugins it can run Tegra 2 exclusive games like Samurai Vengeance 2, Guerrilla Bob THD, and Riptide GP on several non-Tegra handsets including Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, HTC G2, HTC Desire, and Nexus One.

Sony Ericsson has also been doing something similar with its Xperia Play exclusive games (mainly published by Gameloft). Sure some of the games require hardware keys for full gratification, but most of them are perfectly enjoyable even without dedicated hardware keys.


Tegra Zone Games on Nexus One with ChainFire3D

Google has indicated in the past that it is serious about Android as a gaming platform. However, if Android wants to take on iOS in the mobile gaming segment, then it will have to deal with this artificially created hardware fragmentation problem. The purpose of the operating system and graphics libraries like OpenGL is to abstract the hardware from the software. Whether a game runs on a given handset should be determined by the capability of the hardware, and not some other superficial restriction. If Google wants to retain even a semblance of openness in the Android ecosystem, then it must step in, and prevent this artificial fragmentation.

Video via Android Police

Nvidia Demoes Quad-Core Kal-El (Tegra 3) SoC Power

Nvidia Tegra 2 is the hottest SoC (Silicon-on-Chip) for Android devices. It powers a majority of Android handsets and nearly all Honeycomb based Android tablets like the XOOM, Galaxy Tab etc.

Nvidia gave us a sneak-peek of its roadmap earlier this year, which stated that the next generation Tegra chips, codenamed Kal-El will sport a Quad core CPU and 12 core GPU. Nvidia also claims that Kal-El is up to 5 times fastest than the current Tegra 2 chips.

Today, Nvidia has uploaded a video which gives us a demo of the raw power of Kal-El. In the video, the quad-core SoC renders lighting and movement physics, and animations in a game called Glowball, in real-time!

Below is the video uploaded by Nvidia :

The above video clearly shows the raw power of the Kal-El chip in action. Nvidia also claims that the final version of the Kal-El SoC will be up to 20-30% faster than the pre-production unit!

The Kal-El SoC will be available for tablets by end of Q3, beginning of Q4 for tablets, and will be available for handsets by the end of this year. Rumors suggest that the next Nexus handset will be using a Tegra 3/Kal-El SoC.

Sony PlayStation Suite Coming To Tegra 2 Based Devices

At MWC this year, Sony Ericsson announced the PlayStation Suite along with a bunch of Xperia branded handsets. At that time, Sony Ericsson announced that more PS certified handsets will launch as the year goes by.

Today, Nvidia announced via their Tegra Zone app that Sony will be bringing the PlayStation Suite to Nvidia Tegra 2 based handsets and tablets.   They also revealed that PS Suite will bring not only PlayStation 1 based games to Android handsets and tablets, but popular PlayStation 2 games as well.

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As of now, Sony has not mentioned which all game titles are coming to PS Suite except for Wild Arms, Cool Boarders 2 and Syphon Filter.

However, readers should keep in mind that it may be possible that not all Tegra 2 based handsets and tablets will be certified as PS certified. Up until now, there is only one PlayStation certified phone – the Xperia Play.

With the Nvidia Tegra Zone, and now the PS Suite, the gaming scene of the Android ecosystem has definitely improved by leaps and bounds compared to last year.

Samsung Galaxy S II To Ship With Nvidia Tegra 2 Chipset In Some Regions

When Samsung announced the hotly anticipated Galaxy S II at the MWC 2011, the company did not mention anything about a Tegra 2 version of the device. However, soon after the announcements, rumors started popping up on the Internet that the Galaxy S II will come in two variants one with Samsung’s own Exnynos chip, and another one based on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset.

Now, an Nvidia spokesperson has confirmed to ITProPortal, that the Galaxy S II will indeed come in two flavors. Samsung will be shipping the Nvidia Tegra 2 version in certain regions of the world.

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The reason cited behind this move from Samsung is because the company won’t be able to produce enough Exynos chips to fulfill the supply.

At the moment, it is unknown as to which countries or regions of the world will get the Tegra 2 based Galaxy S II handsets. The performance of these 2 SOCs should be similar, so users need not worry about which version they buy.

It may be also possible that Samsung may not ship the Galaxy S II with the Super AMOLED Plus screen in some regions.

Nvidia Tegra Zone App Goes Live On The Android Market

Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset based handsets and tablets owners rejoice! Nvidia has released the highly anticipated Tegra Zone app for your Tegra 2 based device.

The new Tegra Zone will provide users with the best games available for Android, which will be optimized for the Tegra 2 chipset. The app ties into the Android Market itself, thus providing users with quick access to the Tegra optimized games. It will also contain high resolution screenshots and video of the games on offer.

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We’re working with game developers and publishers to turbocharge mobile gaming for Android super phones and tablets. Our goal is to bring a console- class gaming experience to super phones and tablets and bring the generation of gaming to the future of mobile devices. Tegra Zone is a free app we’ve built so gamers can find great games for Tegra in one easy place.- Tony Tamasi, Senior Vice President, Content and Technology at NVIDIA

The launch titles have some impressive games including Dungeon Defenders: First Wave Deluxe HD, Samurai II, Fruit Ninja and Galaxy On Fire 2. Dungeon Defenders is the first game to be released for Android to be based on the popular Unreal Engine 3.

Nvidia is also working closely with more game developers to add more titles to the Tegra Zone. All the games available on the Tegra Zone will feature richer graphics and improved performance. Users can download Tegra Zone for their Tegra 2 based handset or tablet from here.

The dull gaming scene on the Android ecosystem has surely picked up pace with a bang thanks to Nvidia!