Barnes and Noble has struggled recently with their line of Nook tablets. While their partnership with Samsung was announced a few months ago, their new tablet has been revealed and is available for purchase now.
DIY projects are always cool because you not only get to check out what other people do when feeling particularly creative at any given time, but generally also get to learn how it is done and possibly even do it yourself. Technically we don't really get to learn how to make this custom arcade cabinet for 4-players that also happens to be powered by an Ouya game console from Burd Bros Custom Arcade. But with the right parts and a little planning, you could take on trying to build one of these yourself.
Nvidia Shield 2 rumors have been reported on DroidGamers among many other sites. The newest rumor is that Nvidia is working on something that will connect to TVs via an HDMI cable. While the Nvidia Shield is capable of this, the new device would require an additional controller, which is in line with the recent Shield Tablet rumors. However the controller is said to be a budget controller, though personally I hope they don't sacrifice too much in the way of usability and comfort for the sake of giving the lowest price possible.
Razer, the gaming company that makes specialized hardware, like gaming specific laptops or related accessories like backlit keyboards and ambidextrous mice, is venturing into the realm of Android TV by announcing their plans to to release what they call a "micro-console".
In other micro-console news, Ouya has launched a new all-you-can-eat type of access pass which interested Ouya owners can purchase for $59.99. Purchasing this pass will grant you access to every game on their library for 12-months. However, this is for a limited-time right now since it is more about testing interest in this sort of pass then actually implementing it full-time. That is, of course, unless a ridiculous amount of people buy it. Then we would see this available full-time or at least we think that is what will actually happen.
In the world on micro-console the MOJO from Mad Catz is currently reigning supreme, at least in terms of quality. The Ouya, however, announced that it will be invading other Android devices and consoles with its Ouya Everywhere program and thanks to a new OTA update with the MOJO, Ouya Everywhere is now available on the console.
The Google I/O Keynote yesterday brought the announcement of Android One. Android One is a new platform, targeting emerging markets, where Google will create affordable smartphones, in order to help makers of smartphones who face the issues of the endless stream of upgraded phones that come out every year. It is a reference program that will allow manufacturers to easily choose what they want included in their smartphones to keep prices low.
Amazon is entering the smartphone business with the Amazon Fire Phone. Running on their custom 3.5.0 Fire OS which is Android but heavily altered, the Fire Phone has a set of new features to set itself apart from other phones on the market. With a 4.7 HD display, the Fire Phone's processor is a 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. In layman's terms, it is very powerful.
The Oculus Rift was at one point solely focused on gaming. Since the company behind it, Oculus VR, was purchased by Facebook things have changed with social media playing a role in its future along with games. There are still plans to bring the Oculus Rift to mobile devices, as in Android devices. When questioning Oculus VP of Product Nate Mitchel on their concern that mobile devices would not provide the power the Rift needs, and would provide a sub-par experience he had some positive statements to give on its future with Android products.
Google I/O 2014 is coming up soon, June 25 and 26 in San Francisco, and one of Google's most experimental products, Google Glass, may be getting an international release announced there. This rumor comes from Phandroid, their anonymous source says it will at least launch in the UK. They also found evidence in an apk file that comes with Google Glass's firmware that it may be coming to Japan, Japanese voice commands were found.
AT&T has started up a new promotion which could help fuel your Android gaming addiction if you're on AT&T or planning on switching to them. Right now the company is offering up $50 in Google Play credit for any customers who purchase a new Android phone or tablet.