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.
Last week we launched what we are calling the #GimmieMojo giveaway where we teamed up with Mad Catz to giveaway a MOJO Android game console to one lucky winner while a second winner would be taking home a F.R.E.Q.m gaming headset that features Mad Catz's mobile GameSmart technology.
Today marks the first official day the door are open for E3 2014 and while yesterday was the official press conference day, today begins where a lot of the news actually comes out of the event. Well-known gaming peripheral maker Razer announced back in the beginning of this year that they were working on some wearable technology of their own called the Nabu. Today the company has announced their plans for beta testing this technology.
There are many speculations and no real confirmations on when the next generation NVIDIA Shield console is going to release. Since NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang hinted on the next iteration of the console late in 2013, the android gaming community has been cracking up with rumors on the said device’s release date. Earlier this week, 2 FCC filing diagrams from the company surfaced and one of those may just be the Shield 2.