Even though the newest iteration of Android is a couple of weeks old already, which should have given Google plenty of time to update the entire Nexus roster, you can still count the 5.1-powered devices on the fingers of one hand.
Mobile gaming enthusiasts must have thought their Thanksgiving present this year was an impressively timely Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nvidia’s Shield Tablet. But the Santa Clara-based chip maker extraordinaire has at least one more surprise in store for the holidays.
It’s the ultimate on-the-go gaming machine. No, it’s an all-purpose top-of-the-line Android tablet. Actually, it’s both. An exquisite device for mobile gaming, but equally as impressive when used to browse the web, listen to music, play movies and video clips and even take handwritten notes and create works of art.
With a much beefier follow-up right around the corner, you’ll probably understand Nvidia’s desperation to get rid of remaining first-generation Shield inventory. Then again, the chip makers have been throwing discounts, updates and various deal sweeteners at potential Shield buyers for months now, so the latest promotion is just another day at the office for them.
It’s no big secret that Nvidia doesn’t know the meaning of the word failure and is thus set on following up the fizzling Shield handheld game console with an upgraded second-gen gizmo. But apparently, there might be more on the horizon for the chip maker as far as gaming devices are concerned.
For better or worse, Nvidia’s Shield experiment is praise-worthy, regardless of sluggish sales and overall middling critical reception. Granted, the handheld console is years away from revolutionizing the mobile game market, as Nvidia probably envisioned, but a sequel is in the works and leaked info makes it look pretty amazing. As long as it’s legit.
Full pricing and partial specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet were leaked yesterday. We’re excited about the announcement which is supposed to happen in less than 24 hours, today May 20, but its companion Microsoft Surface mini could be delayed. This means only the Surface Pro 3 will be shown off.
The new chief of Google Glass, Ivy Ross, was a part of retail companies like Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Calvin Klein, Bausch & Lomb, Art.com, and Gap. Ivy Ross’ extensive experience in marketing could definitely help Google transform Google Glass into a fashionable accessory.
Nvidia did its damnedest to turn the Shield handheld game console from a tech oddity into a box-office hit and trend-setter, but at the end of the day, all the discounts and software updates were simply not enough.
Basically acknowledging there were a couple of things wrong with the Shield handheld game console and its age made it an impractical buy at $250, Nvidia rolled out a series of extra features to the gizmo, also shaving a cool $50 off its list price.
The Xperia is perhaps Sony’s most successful line. We’ve seen numerous phones and tablets under it already. There’s the Xperia Z2 expected to launch at the Mobile World Congress and the Xperia Z1S that is arriving soon. among others.
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