Author: Brian Sin
Samsung's booth. The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks like its going to be the focal point at Samsung's booth this year, seeing as they're not planning on announcing the Samsung Galaxy S IV until the middle of March, where they'll be holding their own press event.
yesterday that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update became available for a variety of Nexus devices. The GSM Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi), and Nexus 10 were all able to be updated to the latest version. However, Google's latest smartphone, the Nexus 4, was left out of the loop, disappointing a lot of users. Now those of you with a Nexus 4 can rejoice because the Android 4.2.2 OTA has just become available for you.
kickstarter promises a screen protector that will protect your smartphone or tablet from having its screen cracked. Whether you drop your device, or smash it with a hammer, the new Rhino Shield will keep your screen from shattering. The developers of Rhino Shield promises their product will offer your phone more protection than Gorilla Glass, which many of us know isn't shatter-proof. The Rhino Shield is a polymer that has extreme impact absorption while boasting excellent transparency. There are a total of 6 layers to the screen protector. There is an oil repelling layer, scratch-resistance layer, impact dispersion layer, impact damping layer, high strength layer, and an adhesive layer. The shock-absorbing and impact layers will protect your device from various instances, such as when you drop your phone... or throw it against a wall out of anger. The scratch-resistant layer will help protect your device from accidental scratches, whether they come from your keys or from the claws of your pets. The Rhino Shield does look like an all-in-one screen protector. It protects your phone from all the great dangers a mobile device can encounter, and also provides the basic qualities of a screen-protector, like fingerprint resistance. It's probably a God send for those of you who seem to possess butter fingers. The Rhino Shield group hopes to raise £50,000 by March 13th. So far it has reached nearly £2,500. If you pledge £12 (or around $16), you can get a Rhino Shield for a variety of popular devices including the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5, HTC DROID DNA, and more. The pledge prices increase depending on the size of device you want to protect. If this at all interests you, check the Rhino Shield out. [timeline] [via Kickstarter]
What's also surprising is that OUYA is also working directly with a team from NVIDIA . According to Engadget, both OUYA and NVIDIA are working together to maximize the efficiency of the Tegra 3 processor inside the OUYA gaming console. Since the OUYA connects directly to a power outlet, there's no battery dependency which means that the Tegra 3 processor can be pushed even farther. Uhrman says that NVIDIA has been extremely supportive in the development of OUYA. NVIDIA is "going all in" and helping OUYA become the "best Tegra 3 device" on the market. With the help from NVIDIA, OUYA has been able to create a huge catalog of TegraZone games that are optimized for the gaming console. NVIDIA has also praised OUYA and say that they've "been amazing to work with". Uhrman believes that OUYA's partnership with NVIDIA will continue to flourish, even with their upcoming gaming consoles. She says that OUYA will launch a new gaming console every year, following the same model as smartphones. This will help the company differentiate from the big console makers, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The OUYA consoles will continue to adopt NVIDIA's latest chips, including this year's Tegra 4. [timeline] [device id=4143] [via Engadget]
Broadcom's latest LTE chip is said to take up 35% less space than its other chips. Also by being smaller than the other chips, the Broadcom LTE chip is also much more energy efficient, with up to 25% battery life savings. This is great news for many users who suffer from poor battery life. The Broadcom chip supports LTE-Advanced 150Mbps Downlink speeds with 50Mbps Uplink speeds. It is compatible with almost any 3GPP LTE frequency band and also supports carrier aggregation for both LTE and WCDMA. It is compatible with WCDMA HSPA+ speeds of up to 42.2Mbps, and also supports GSM/EDGE. It supports VoLTE and is backwards compatibility with 3G calls over WCDMA and GSM, with VoLTE calls saving 40% more power compared to WCDMA calls. The BCM21892 isn't expected to go into production until 2014, but when that happens, we can expect a flurry of changes to smartphones and tablets alike. We will be seeing slimmer smartphones and tablets. We should also be seeing smartphone devices that last more than 6 hours on 1 charge. [timeline] [via SlashGear]