Archive for May, 2011
TouchArcade and GameInformernote that acclaimed game developer Bungie has started work on a mobile game under the company Bungie Aerospace. The new company was started by Bungie and has filed a trademark for “Crimson” which is described as:
“Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network; Computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices.
Gamespot points out that Bungie writer and designer Joseph Staten teased of the new project at GDC 2010: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a world that was always there for you, with lots of stories to tell, like a big, infinite storytelling horizon? Man, that would be great.”
Bungie was originally a Mac developer and responsible for first person shooter Marathon. Bungie, of course, was later acquired by Microsoft and launched Halo as an Xbox exclusive title. Bungie split from Microsoft in 2007 and is in a publishing contract with Activision. While no one has mentioned the iPhone or iOS specifically, given the size of the market, any mobile phone game in the works is likely to be targeted at Apple’s platform.
We thought we’d have to wait for the launch of the LG Revolution to get our hands on the official Netflix app for Android, but the movie rental and streaming service just surprised us by making the app available in the Android Market. Not all devices are compatible. In face, not many devices at all are currently compatible. If you have HTC Incredible HTC EVO 4G T-Mobile G2 Nexus One and Nexus S you are in luck. You can grab the app now and begin streaming video over 3G or Wi-Fi. Everyone else will just have to hang tight; the blog post announcing the launch says the Netflix team is working on bringing their app to the majority of Android devices. The app is available now as a free download from the Android Market.
by Victor Agreda
The latest iPhone 5 rumors could also be filed under “logical evolution of the species.” As we saw with the iPhone 3G to 3GS, the form factor on the iPhone 5 is not expected to change. As logic would dictate, Apple should update the processor to the A5 (currently in the iPad 2). New rumors also indicate an 8 MP camera (probablynot from Sony, however) on the back and a switch to Qualcomm baseband chips for CDMA and GSM. Oh, and as AppleInsider reports, “an improved antenna design.”
These latest details are courtesy of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities. He’s been right before,correctly predicting the resolution of the iPad 2’s screen and its cameras. Kuo echoes the September availability we’ve been hearing, but claims it will be announced at WWDC (which we have heard will not happen). All of the hardware points line up with rumors we’ve heard before.
Still, Kuo says iOS 5 will be the big news this year on the iPhone front, and I agree. Some of you may recall that Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) introduced so many new features, applications and frameworks that Apple said it would turn your Mac into a “new” computer. I think iOS 5 will not only address some of the glaring issues in iOS (notifications, for example) but will also add many features designed to leapfrog the competition. The question is whether iOS 5 will debut with the iPhone 5 or after it.
GOOGLE announces Plans, Partners to Guarantee Android Phones will get latest UPDATES
by Matt Burns on May 10, 2011
There’s a new Android phone every two weeks now. That often spells bad news for slightly older phones as carriers and makers abandon their development. Not anymore.
Google just rolled out the founding partners of an inititive to keep hardware up-to-date for at least 18 months. That means these top five hardware makers and top five carriers won’t forget about last year’s hot device. They will eventually get the latest update although since details were a bit light at I/O, it isn’t exactly clear how this will work. The only stipulation here is that the phone’s hardware must support the Android build, which sort of means low-end Android devices will still be left to die before their high-end brethren.
Google is, however, rolling out new guidelines that dictate how long it takes a given device to receive the latest Android build. Right now it’s up to the makers and carriers, which often leave the consumers feeling frustrated and abandoned as months go by without an update. Now, under the new guidelines, there will be a set time that consumers should get the latest OS.