Tim Sweeney is the founder of Epic Games, he is in charge of the Unreal Tournament, Gears of War and plenty more very famous game franchises. But not only does his company make games, Epic makes the most famous and most popular 3D game engines on which hundreds of other games all over the industry are based on.
Now the Unreal engine is being launched for the Nvidia Tegra2 processor and has been showcased to run on other OpenGL ES based ARM Powered devices like the ipod touch.
In this interview, I ask when we will see Android devices with support for the Unreal Engine, and how many games does he think will work on all these ARM Powered devices that have the advanced 3D acceleration built-in.
Hackers have installed Android as a dual-boot on a Maemo Linux based Nokia N900. Although Maemo Linux for sure is better than Symbian, I think Nokia might soon just as well release Android based devices. Android is free and open-source, it doesn’t really make sense for Nokia to stubbornly stay with their own OS even if their own LiMo stuff also is open-source. My guess is Nokia engineers are working on Android and that it’s only a political matter until Nokia officially would announce Android based products.
Here is a video that shows you how easy it now is to install the full Google Marketplace experience on a Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android with the new firmware 1.7.33 that integrates a whole bunch of the Android 1.6 software features from Google that optimize everything better for Archos’s larger screen:
GNB at http://g-netbook.com does $140 or cheaper 7″ Freescale iMX31 533MHz ARM11 Powered Laptops that run Android. Check out this video to see the Android in action where I also try to browse on some websites.
They have a reference design and development kit for a 7″ Capacitative Android tablet running on a Marvel PXA310 processor for manufacturers to integrate Android in any type of applicances including Washing Machines, Micro-ovens, Printers, Tablets and VOIP phones.
Here’s an overview with one of the product engineers on the Entourage Edge which was a big hit with attendees of the CES 2010 and it seems to work pretty fine and should be released already next month.
ApusOne provides ARM based SoC for cheap Laptops, Tablets and set-top-boxes. They are demonstrating their platform running Android and Windows CE. The Apus One MAP100 processor decodes 720p at 300mhz and next generation Apus One MAP200 processor can decode 1080p/i at 800mhz. Bill of Material for an Android Laptop with 720p playback is $70, the 4.8″ Android Tablet would be $70 and the set-top-box is only $30.
They worked on it since my IFA 2009 video, now the design of this Samsung ARM9 based 4.8″ Android tablet is closer to final. It seems responsive, fast, they are showing it with the Google Marketplace integrated (probably a hack for now) and they are basically saying that it is final and ready to be shipped to distributors.
It has both a 6″ e-ink screen and a 3.5″ capacitative touch screen LCD that runs Android. So the Android screen is thus able to do all kinds of advanced things and interact with contents to send over the the e-ink screen.
Hivision which I filmed in my very popular video from IFA 2008 have worked very hard to port Android to their latest ARM9 500mhz 7″ mini Laptops. They offer an extremely impressive fast and Android integration, with a surprisingly fast Android web browser over WIFi and Ethernet. The price for the laptop at retail could be $149, more or less, it depends on the distributors.
They borrowed me their 7″ Android Laptop for the next few days. I am very impressed with the speed of web browsing on this device. I will do an extensive video review one of these next few days, especially showing you the web browsing speed considering this version of Android is not even yet optimized by Google for Laptop form factors.
It has about the same features as the Nexus One, a 3.7″ AMOLED capacitative touch screen, a 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. But this one runs a customized Android user interface for the Chinese market instead of running the full Google Experience. It should be sold at below $300 unlocked in China when it is released.
3.7″ WVGA Texas Instruments OMAP3 Android smart phone by Motorola. Also comes with dual CDMA and GSM sim card reader. It is probably one of the worlds first phones with a mini-HDMI output and bother 720p camcorder and 720p video playback support. I should be able to stream Youtube in 720p quality onto a HDTV as well.