This is probably the fastest we've seen a device going from announcement to launch, at least when it comes to Nvidia. They are definitely not wasting any time with getting their new Shield Tablet into the hands of Android gamers and today customers in Canada and the US are having their units shipped out.
Yesterday we reported on Nvidia's upcoming Shield Tablet and the massive leak that basically unofficially announced the new device along with pricing, hardware specs and pretty much everything else related to it. Today is the official announcement from Nvidia themselves along with all the details, pricing and launch date information as well.
Set for a July 22nd announcement followed by a July 29th, 2014 release in the US and Canada, the long rumored Shield Tablet has leaked with all the details attached. Priced at $299 for a 16GB model, $399 for a 32GB model with LTE, the Shield Tablet, made by Nvidia is a powerhouse of a device.
We had previously reported on the FCC filing of the NVIDIA Shield 2, but it is not the only Shield device in the works apparently. Rumors of a NVIDIA Shield Tablet started with a tablet, named "NVIDA Mocha," when it appeared on GFXBench. Later, the site Fudzilla posted a story about this 7.9" tablet being a part of the Shield Brand.
On Thursday, in an impressive effort to bolster consumer interest in its well received Nook line of tablet computers, Barnes & Noble Inc. has announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. to release a co-branded Nook tablet. The upcoming device will be a re-purposed Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, called the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The co-branded tablet is expected to launch in August, with Nook software pre-installed on the device.
First Oculus Rift, now Google’s Project Tango. It seems that virtual reality might actually be closer to us than we all expected based on how fast the technologies geared for it are advancing. For those of you who don’t know yet, Google has been working with a multitude universities, companies, and research labs for this project. What exactly is it? Well, Google plans to develop devices capable of human-scale understanding of space and motion- that is to say: sense and depth of the real 3D world. This just opens up possibilities in every field such as map apps as well as implications on the next generation of gaming.
It’s an exciting time to be a mobile gamer. Just two days ago we got a news update from nVIDIA on their latest mobile GPU tech – the Tegra K1. The biggest news for us this time is actually the announcement of the first device to use this new GPU – the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9.
The gaming themed Android tablet Wikipad has had a new OTA update pushed out to it today. This update brings a crisp new version of Android to the tablet, that being Android 4.2, as well as some other much needed features including control mapping. Wikipad has also announced a new content partner which comes in the form of WildTangent.
Nvidia's own Tegra Note 7 tablet has received its first important software update since the tablet was released. This is an OTA update so everyone who happens to own a Tegra Note 7 tablet should start receiving this update today as it has already begun rolling out this morning.
A survey that was just conducted has come up with some interesting results which point to Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet as being the most popular tablet to play Android games on. While it wasn't the biggest survey on the planet with only 1,117 people taking it, the results are still pretty interesting considering the Kindle Fire came out on top as the most used for mobile gaming on tablets.
Like we briefly mentioned in our last post a few moments ago, Archos has made the GamePad 2 an official thing now which is about time since we got to play with an early prototype at CES 2013 and it was also basically outted thanks to an FCC filing back in August of this year. So what can you expect in terms of hardware for their second gen gaming tablet?