28
Aug
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Last Updated: September 2nd, 2011

With the launch of the 404 page design contest a few weeks ago, we wanted to achieve 2 goals:

  • supply a premium giveaway that didn't involve social media for a change and
  • give the talented readers of Android Police a chance to showcase their creativity and leave a permanent imprint on this website's design and identity

After over 140 submissions - some great, some not so good, some incredibly creative and witty, and some hilarious, I've requested your help in selecting your winner by picking the top 20 designs and putting them up for a reader vote.

25
Aug
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Last Updated: September 5th, 2011

In order to celebrate today's launch of TegraZone.com, the updated Tegra Zone Android app, and the new and really awesome Tegra-optimized game called Sprinkle, for our 6th giant giveaway we've once again partnered with NVIDIA, but this time the main prize - a 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - is accompanied by a smashing bonus: the Tegra Zone power pack.

"What goes into this Pack?" you might ask, and I'll tell you.

25
Aug
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TegraZone.com

NVIDIA's Tegra Zone app is undeniably the best way to find games specifically designed to take advantage of the Tegra 2 processor, and now an official companion website has been released. Much like the web portal to the Android Market, the Tegra Zone website makes finding what you're looking for quick and easy. I had a chance to cruise around the site before it was publicly available, and I must say, it's quite nice.

10
Aug
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Samsung and NVIDIA joined forces today to unveil the newest member of the Tegra 2 family, the Galaxy R. As Samsung's newest addition to the Galaxy line, The 'R' is sure to make its namesake proud, with some pretty powerful specs under the hood:

  • 4.19 inch WVGA Super Clear LCD display
  • 1GHz Tegra 2 processor
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front cam
  • 8GB built-in storage with microSD slot
  • Android 2.3 with TouchWiz

Of course, since it's packing the Tegra 2 processor, not only will it bring outstanding performance to the table, but access to exclusive games and other apps in The Tegra Zone.

03
Aug
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Last Updated: August 28th, 2011

Warning About Copyrighted Images: Guys, we're loving the responses for the contest so far, but we need to make something clear: we will not accept any entry that contains a copyrighted image or work - period. We are serious about plagiarism, and if we find you've used an image without permission, your entry will be disqualified until the offending material is removed. Thanks!

The Prize

Alright, we heard from a lot of you that social contests just aren't up your alley sometimes - so we've listened.

24
Jun
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One of the best things about having a tablet is that it can take the place of many other, usually not-so-techy, things in our lives. Paper products like newspapers and magazines, for example, are easily replaceable with a simple application. Zinio is a popular newsstand app that aims to take the place of the latter, and while it has only been in the Android Market for a short amount of time, it just received an update that makes it even more desirable.

22
Jun
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Sometimes, it's best when a game doesn't perform just one function. Especially when graphics-heavy apps charge more than usual for an experience that might grow stale, variance and depth is extremely important. The iOS port of Galaxy on Fire II has depth in spades, but is the overall experience worth the game's price?

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The Gameplay

Galaxy on Fire II plays remarkably similar to a 2003 Windows game called Freelancer, in which you took on the role of an interstellar starship captain with an eye for earning money.

16
Jun
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It has been several weeks since Nvidia first dropped the news that Galaxy On Fire 2 was coming to Tegra devices, and now it's finally here. Galaxy On Fire 2 THD takes mobile gaming to a whole new level with its amazing details and rich gameplay, offering a massive galaxy for its playground. Here are some of the main features:

Game Features:

  • A huge galaxy with over 20 solar systems and beautifully rendered planets
  • 100 unique 3D space stations and more than 30 customizable space ships
  • Unique reputation and diplomacy system
  • Story-based, mission-based and free gameplay
  • Complex trading system with over 170 different commodities of all kinds
  • High quality visuals and music, full voice acting (English) and 3D sound
  • Action Freeze™: 3D screenshot tool to save screenshots from any perspective and upload them to Facebook™
  • OpenFeint integration of leader boards, achievements and saved games
  • Supports up to full native 1280 x 800 pixels resolution

Tegra Features:

  • Heavily optimized to utilize the eight-core rendering power of Tegra’s GeForce GPU for console-gaming quality on mobile devices
  • All meshes re-created from scratch as if they were to be used for a proper console game
  • New details added to the design of each of the over 30 spaceships and 100 space stations
  • Carefully re-painted space background images and planets at 2048 x 2048 pixels resolution to ensure crystal clear game experience even on 10 inch tablets
  • Four times higher texture sizes on all in-game textures and four times higher polygon count on its spaceships, space stations, jump gates and asteroids compared to standard tablet versions
  • Sophisticated OpenGL ES 2.0 specular and displacement shaders on all in-game assets

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You can get Galaxy On Fire 2 THD free in the Android Market right now - but there's a catch.

07
Jun
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We've all heard the rumors about why the XOOM hasn't gotten its LTE implant yet, and why the Droid Bionic was delayed - and there was a lot of speculation that said it was because of incompatibility between the Tegra 2 chip and Verizon's LTE. NVIDIA has made a statement regarding the matter, and says that is simply not true. See for yourself:

Tegra has no compatibility issues with LTE at all.

30
May
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Android has really grown quickly in the realm of mobile gaming, especially with the influx of Tegra 2 phones and tablets. Keeping that momentum going, Madfinger (creator of Samurai 2) is currently working a new game optimized for Tegra devices called SHADOWGUN. There will be two version of this game - one for Tegra 2 devices, and one that takes advantage of NVIDIA's next-gen Tegra 3 processor, the quad-core Kal-El.

Update: Now with video (thanks, Nick!).

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