Nvidia Announces Five New Tegra 3 Optimized Games At E3; Completely Forgets About Tegra 2

Last night Nvidia kicked off its E3 event at the Los Angeles Convention Center by announcing five new games for Tegra 3 powered Android handsets. All the five games announced by Nvidia – Dead Trigger, Puddle THD, Demon’s Score THD, Bounty Arms, and Heroes Call – have been specifically optimized to take advantage of Nvidia’s latest quad-core SoC and provide a stunning and immersive graphics.

Dead Trigger comes from the maker of Shadowngun, and is a FPS (first-person shooter) where the user needs to survive by killing the zombies. The game will also be released for non-Tegra handsets, but the Tegra version will contain some exclusive effects like enhanced water, specular lighting, volumetric fog and ragdoll physics.

Puddle THD is an interesting game where the user needs to guide the water to a target through tilt controls, and is already available for Xbox and Playstation gaming consoles. The Tegra 3 version of the game will contain higher resolution texture, advanced fluid effects, better shadows and advanced physics effects.

Demons’ Score THD is based on EPIC Games’ Unreal Engine 3 to provide outstanding graphics and integrates break-beat action with music. The Tegra 3 version of the game will contain exclusive features like higher resolution texture, advanced bloom effects, rim lighting, dynamic shadows and depth-of-field effects.

Bounty Arms and Heroes Call will also have some Tegra 3 exclusive graphics effects, including co-op play, additional physics interaction and advanced particle effect. The former is a 3D side-scrolling action game, while the latter is an RPG.

Nvidia has not announced a release date for any of these games though, but is providing a hands-on demo of these games at its booth in E3. It is quite surprising to see Nvidia treat its own Tegra 2 SoC as a step-child, with absolutely no mention of the SoC in its blog post or any of the games optimized for it.

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.

Riptide GP Updated To Support Non-Tegra 2 Handsets; Puss In The Boots Releasing Next Week

Riptide GP is one of the most popular games available for Tegra 2 powered Android handsets and tablets. The game has some amazing water physics, and is unarguably among the best looking games available for the Android platform.

Since the game was a Tegra 2 exclusive, it frustrated owners of many other Android handsets, which feature technically more powerful SoC than Tegra 2. Thankfully, Vector Unit, the developers of Riptide GP have finally updated the game to add support for non-Tegra 2 handsets, along with lowering its price tag.

The game now supports all the popular and high-end Android smartphones, like the Galaxy S2, Nexus S, Droid X, Xperia Play, HTC EVO 3D and many more. The developers have also added support for gamepads in the latest update of the game. The new version of Riptide GP can be downloaded from here.

In other gaming related news, Half Brick studios, developer of the popular Fruit Ninja game, will soon be releasing the latest version of their game – Fruit Ninja: Puss In The Boots…..on the Amazon AppStore! Yep, Amazon has managed to convince the developers at Half Brick that the Amazon AppStore is more important than the Android Market. The game will release on the same day as the movie hits the theatre!

Shadowngun and Tintin Lands on the Android Market; 360 and Winamp Get Major Updates

Android gamers, here is some good news for you. One of the most anticipated games for the Android platform, Shadowgun finally landed in the Android Market a couple of days ago. The game comes from the developer of Samurai II – Madfinger Games – whose name is associated with quality games.

In Shadowgun, users play the role of John Slade, who is the Galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter. The role of John’s (user’s) is to hunt down and kill Dr. Edgar Simon. The game has amazing graphics, probably among the best you will ever see in an Android phone.

The sad part is that the game only supports Tegra 2 devices for now. Non-Tegra 2 handset owners need to wait for a few more weeks, until Madfinger releases a version that is compatible with all other Android devices.  Here  is the market link of Shadowgun.

In other gaming related news, Gameloft has released Tintin HD on the Android Market as well. As the name suggest, the game is based on the recently released movie, based on Tintin. The game has a typical Gameloft feel to it, and like most other games from the company, the controls of the game are pretty tough. The graphics of the game is also like any other Gameloft game.

The game is not yet available in all regions of the world, so users need to wait until Gameloft releases the game worldwide. Alternatively, they can buy the game from Gameloft’s website as well.

In some Android app news, two popular apps – Winamp and 360 – also got some major updates. The new version of 360 brings a portrait mode, and a higher resolution panorama mode, along with a  high quality and normal quality mode. The upload speeds of Panorama have also been decreased, along with the usual stability improvements. 360 for Android can be downloaded from  here.

The new updated version of Winamp for Android brings quite a lot of new features including syncing with Winamp for Mac, and touch sensitive album art gesturing.

With this app, Winamp also gets an in-app Pro version worth $4.99. The pro version will give users access to a 10-band graphic EQ, customizable home screen, FLAC support, Reply gain, and much more. Winamp for Android can be downloaded from  here.


Samurai II Vengeance Hits the Android Market; Available For Both Tegra 2 And Non-Tegra 2 Handsets

One of the major complaints in the Android eco-system is the lack of quality’ games. Yes, there is Angry Birds and its various versions, but one game alone is not enough to cater to everyone’s need.

Thankfully, the gaming scene of the Android Market has been changing rapidly with new quality games being added nearly every day. Yesterday, Cut The Rope was made available for Android phones, and the day before that N.O.V.A. 2 hit the Android Market.

Today, another quality’ game Samurai II Vengeance has hit the Android Market. The game is about a Samurai who is seeking vengeance from Orochi. It is the sequel to the massively popular Samurai: Way of Warrior game, which is available for iOS, and was also crowned by Apple as one of the best games of 2009.

Below is a small video demo of the game :

Samurai II Vengeance is a quality game in all respect, especially gameplay and graphics. The game is based on the Unity 3D engine and looks absolutely great. The controls are easy to use as well. The game ran perfectly fine without any lags on my SGS II, which is down clocked to 1GHz.

Samurai II Vengeance is available in two flavors, one for Tegra 2 based devices with optimized graphics, and a non-Tegra 2 version. The non-Tegra 2 version is also optimized for Xperia Play, and supports its gamepad.

The Tegra 2 version costs $4.99, while the non Tegra 2 version costs $2.99. Here is the link to the game.

Samsung Galaxy S II Processor Speed Bumped To 1.2 GHz

Samsung announced the successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II back in MWC 2011.

Back then, Sammy announced that the SGS II will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Exynos processor and an ARM Mali 400 GPU. However, reports are flying in that Samsung has bumped up the clock speed on the handset to 1.2 GHz.


This piece of news has even been confirmed by Samsung’s Eesti Facebook page. The reason behind the increase in this speed bump is unknown at the moment.

It may very well be possible that the performance of the Exynos chip was not up to the mark, thus forcing Samsung to increase the clock speed. Due to this speed bump, Samsung has pushed back the release date of the Galaxy S II until late-May or early June.

It is unknown whether this will affect the processor speed of the Tegra 2 variant of the Galaxy S II, which will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPUs.


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.


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.


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!

LG to Launch the Optimus Pad at MWC 2011

Rumors of the LG Optimus Pad, an Android tablet by LG first started circulating in October 2010. Details of the LG T-Mobile G-Slate were also leaked a few weeks back. Today, we have more details of the Optimus Pad. It seems that it’s identical to the T-Mobile G-Slate, but will be available worldwide.

A leaked press release by Hankyung reveals the launch details as well as the hardware specifications for the LG Optimus Pad. It will have an 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 3D support as well as multitouch capabilities. It will have a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.

It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with a dual core processor, and will likely have 1 GB RAM.

It will also have a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash and a front facing camera. It will have 32 GB internal storage and should come with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It also has a 6400 mAh standard Li-ion battery powering it. It will run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which has been designed specifically for tablets, probably with a customized UI shell. It will be unveiled officially at MWC 2011, on February 13. Stay tuned for more MWC 2011 related coverage on Techie-Buzz.

LG Optimus Pad

New Motorola Atrix 4G Promo Video Released; Makes Us Drool Even More

Motorola unveiled the Atrix 4G at the CES 2011. The Atrix 4G is a beast of a phone packing a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) LCD display. The phone is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and has 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory.

What makes the Atrix 4G special is its docking’ capabilities. At the CES, Motorola wowed the whole world by plugging in the Atrix 4G into a WebTop’ dock and transforming the whole phone into a laptop.

When plugged into a WebTop’, the Atrix 4G can provide users access with a full fledge Firefox web browser with full Flash 10.1 support and some other useful apps including one for IM. Android lovers and techies all over the world were totally awe-struck by the beast of a phone Atrix 4G.

Now, Motorola has released another promo video of the Atrix 4G. Below is the video I am talking about :

After watching the above video, I am pretty sure most of you would have been completely blown away by the handset. The docking’ capabilities, fingerprint recognition, dual-core processor and the abundance of RAM make the Atrix 4G one of the most desirable handset to have.

The Atrix 4G is supposedly going to hit the stores on Feb 14th. The Atrix G sure is going to set the sales chart on fire after it’s released to the general masses.

Living in India, I can only hope that Motorola launches this beast of a phone here as well. I also hope that the Atrix 4G won’t come with a locked down bootloader like the Droid X and the Droid 2. Otherwise, the modding potential of this phone will be heavily restricted.