Mobile Gaming Weekly Round-Up

18 May

It’s been an interesting news week in the mobile gaming world, from shiny new statistics on the growth of Android, to scientific discoveries on how to charge your phone. But don’t worry if you’ve missed it – catch up on the good bits in our weekly round-up blog:

Android, Android, and…. Android

Androids taking over

Following Google’s I/O conference on Tuesday, we’ve been swamped with stats on the meteoric rise of Android… even if they do say so themselves! A staggering 400,000 devices are being activated every day, with a grand total so far of 100 million. They’ve also seen 4.5 billion app downloads, which in our eyes equates to a lot of hours of gaming!

Google also announced a new operating system in the pipeline, with the very summery and hunger inducing name, ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’. This aims to bring more multitasking and richer widgets to your phone, which is never a bad thing.

Since the conference we have been hearing a lot of predictions for Android’s future. Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, thinks that Android tablets will overtake the iPad in just three years. Our followers on Twitter took difference stances on the subject, with some saying iPads will continue to rule, and others predicting a faster rise for Android. What do you think? Post your comments below.

 “I’M CHARGING MY PHONE”

"I'M CHARGING MY PHONE!"

Science buffs in South Koreahave found a way to recharge batteries using just the power of human voice. Apparently it works by turning sound into electricity by using strands of zinc oxide sandwiched between two electrodes, and would be charged by conversations, background noise and music.

A prototype of the technology was able to convert sound of around 100 decibels – the equivalent of noisy traffic – to generate 50 millivolts of electricity, which sadly isn’t enough to charge your phone at the moment, but the scientists hope to improve it in the near future.

This sounds to us like a great excuse to shout at our phones after being eaten by sharks in Parachute Panic!

Your world in 3D

LG Optimus 3D


The LG Optimus 3D was shown off to a number of lucky developers at Google’s conference, and from what we’ve heard it’s all looking very positive. Three facts which have got us very excited here at Connect2Media are:

  1. It is the world’s first full 3D smartphone, and has a 4.3” 3D LCD touch screen that allows you to view 2D up to 1080p and 3D up to 720p
  2. It has a 3D 5MP camera that lets you capture and record in 3D, and then upload to YouTube’s 3D channel
  3. And… you don’t need any 3D glasses!

Which we think all makes for a very interesting 3D gaming experience. Stephen Hey, marketing manager here at Connect2Media, says:

“The LG Optimus 3D offers some interesting opportunities for us a a games developer and publisher. I think, importantly, it shows how far handset technology has come and how fast we can match more conventional game consoles. The Nintendo 3DS has hardly been out for a few months and yet here is a handset with similar 3D tech. With handsets like this, and the advances in mobile chip technology, we will be matching the power of current home consoles very soon.”

So which games are you most looking forward to seeing in 3D?

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One Response to “Mobile Gaming Weekly Round-Up”

  1. Sophie Russell May 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m looking forward to seeing something like JoJo’s fashion show in 3D!

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