Zune HD 3D games on video

PGR Zune HD
Here are two videos of the newly released 3D games on the Zune HD:

PGR & AudioSurf:

PGR, VanSk8:

Source: Engadget & WMexperts

Zune HD 3D Games are now available for free in the Marketplace

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We were expecting them soon after the 4.3 firmware update and they are now finally here and available for free in the Zune HD marketplace:

•PGR: ferrari edition, a 3d racegame
•Lucky lane bowling, a 3d bowling game
•Vans Sk8: Pool service, a 3d Skate game
•Piano, a simple piano where you can play your own tunes on
•Audio Surf: Tilt, ride your music – you choose a song that the game will turn into a roller coaster track for you to ride
•Checkers, I don’t think you’ll need a description for this one

Zune HD apps

Over the weekend we pushed out a Zune HD firmware update, version 4.3, which enabled 3-D gaming on Zune HD. Today six new games are available in the Zune Marketplace. The new games take advantage of Zune HD’s beautiful multi-touch OLED screen and accelerometer and some (Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition, Audiosurf Tilt and Vans Sk8: Pool Service) utilize the powerful NVIDIA Tegra processor to deliver immersive, 3D gaming to Zune HD. As with the other games offered for Zune, these games are available for free to Zune HD users and feature a short ad at start-up. In addition to existing games on Zune HD the new games include:

* Audiosurf Tilt: Audiosurf creates a rollercoaster ride from any song. Choose any song from your music collection and watch Audiosurf turn it into a unique roller coaster track for you to ride. The song you choose determines the shape, the speed, and the mood of each track. Tilt your Zune like a steering wheel to collect colored blocks and avoid speedbumps. Unlock more than 30 designs, each with its own special theme and color palette.

* Checkers: Enjoy the classic game of Checkers in a beautiful outdoor park setting. Play against the computer or against a friend.

* Lucky Lanes Bowling: Bowl in different game modes: exhibition, blackjack, golf. Play in five different bowling alleys with unique themes, all with the swipe of a finger. Choose from twenty different bowlers and twenty two different ball styles. You can play against the computer or play with up to four friends.

* Piano: Play your own tune, or play along with your favorite music on this electronic piano.

* Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition: Tear through the streets of London, Tokyo, and New York in the Ferrari of your choice using multi touch controls and the built in accelerometer.

* Vans Sk8: Pool Service: From the Admiral to the old abandoned rec center pool, Bucky Lasek and Omar Hassan know a good bowl to skate. Hit the pools and put these Vans skaters to the test with all the tricks in their bag and achieve hero status once you unlock their pro model skateboards.

We’re excited to be bringing these games to Zune users today. And, as we’ve said in the past, we will be delivering additional applications for Zune HD including Facebook and Twitter in the future.

UPDATE: Here’s a video of Project Gotham:

Source: Hellofromeurope via Engadget

HTC HD2 Retail ROM benchmarks: Slower than before!

Well it looks like HTC managed to screw up the retail ROM of the recently released HTC HD2. According to SoloPalmari who did comparison benchmarks between the pre-release ROM and the ITA Retail ROM, the device takes a nose dive in performance (but is faster in CorePlayer!?). Now SPB benchmark doesn’t say much (it was never meant to be used on current hardware and isn’t optimized for it) But what’s scary is that they are reporting that the HD2 now suffers from lag and stutter when being used even-though the retail rom has acces to 448mb RAM (the pre-release only 356Mb). With the pre-release rom everything was fine and ran smoothly… Way to go HTC! Oh but I guess that’s Windows Mobile’s fault right?

Pre-Release Rom:
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Retail Rom:
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Somebody will have to tell me why HTC also disabled multi-touch in IE Mobile and other apps, a feature that was available in the pre-release ROMs as seen here.

Source: SoloPalmari

HTC Droid Eris reviewed

HTC Droid Eris review
The fanboys over at Gizmodo just posted a short review of Verizon‘s HTC Droid Eris. Don’t expect anything really bad to be said given that it’s still the HTC Hero underneath (and it’s not Windows Mobileremember). The Hero is still the best Android device IMO, thanks to the Sense UI and cheap price. The Motorola Droid is obviously higher spec’d but HTC’s Sense UI really makes the difference IMO. Don’t forget that the Hero/Droid Eris will also be upgraded to Android 2.0 in a few weeks/months.

I’ve already covered HTC’s Sense UI in depth, and it is the exact same on the Eris. It runs just as fast as the Sprint Hero, if not a teeny bit quicker. I will say that after using Android 2.0, it does feel like a step backward in some ways, mostly because of the single Google account limitation. But HTC’s confirmed Android 2.0 is coming, so it won’t be an issue for every long.

Source: Gizmodo

O2′s HTC HD2 UI shown on video

Here’s a short video of O2‘s customized HTC HD2 UI. Yup the colors aren’t that great……

Source: YouTube via WMPoweruser

Cnet reviews the HTC HD2: But it’s still Windows Mobile

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Looks like we have another “but it’s still Windows Mobile” review here. I challenge anybody to tell me what Android does that Windows Mobile doesn’t (if the HD2 ran Android).

Conclusion
The HTC HD2 applies a substantial boot to the backside of every other Windows Mobile phone currently available. In fact, it accomplishes the near impossible — it makes Windows Mobile crave-worthy. We love its huge capacitive touchscreen, and, thanks to HTC, it’s got a lovely home screen and some excellent apps. We only wish that the user-interface tweaks were less skin-deep in places, and that Windows Marketplace for Mobile did a better job of helping us find the best apps out there.

If the HD2 were running Android, we would have already run away with it forever to a country with no phone-stealing extradition treaty. As it is, for big-screen fans and people who need Windows Mobile for work purposes, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the HD2.

Source: Cnet

Retail HTC HD2 Previewed

GSMArena just posted a preview of the HTC HD2. They’ve posted a bunch of screenshots, pictures and samples as the usually do.

UI Walkthrough:

Opera Mobile :

Here’s their conclusion:

Well, it’s not that everything in the mobile phones world revolves around the iPhone but we couldn’t help but note that with HD2 HTC are the first manufacturer to outdo almost everything you’d find on the Apple’s device.

It’s ironic that it took the competition more than two years, twice the processor speed and twice the RAM to finally beat the UI styling and responsiveness of the iPhone. They still haven’t got the hang of sunlight screen legibility, we admit. And the AppStore is miles ahead of any competing software distribution platform. But nonetheless, the HD2 is better, faster and stronger than the current golden standard of UI – the Apple iPhone.

HTC HD2 is the first in the long line of Windows Mobile smartphones to break the conservative tradition of using resistive display. But the HD2 does not stop at that. Its capacitive touchscreen is the biggest display ever put into a mobile phone.

HTC have put a lot of work on software development to make the best out of Windows Mobile 6.5. Really, what is a capacitive touchscreen without multi-touch gestures? And HTC have pulled it off successfully. The image gallery, the Opera browser, Google Maps, and even CoPilot Navigator make use of the pinch zooming and it works flawlessly.

Unfortunately, HTC HD2 won’t justify its HD tag again. According to our tests so far, the handset is not capable of playing or capturing HD videos. But anyways, you don’t need to watch 720p video on the 4.3-inch screen, WVGA one will do just as fine.

But somewhere there inside the HTC HD2 lives a real dragon. And it’s got all the teeth, claws and fire breath to match every opponent the competition might send its way.

We’ll that’s all about the HD2 that deserves mentioning in a brief preview article. We would surely be putting the HD2 through its paces in the coming days and we hope that this short article would be enough to keep you going while we work on our full-featured review.

I’m willing to bet that the HD2 can playback 720P videos withouth a problem…just wait & see..

Source: GSMArena

Disassembled HTC HD2 pictures posted


JohnQ from XDA-devs in China just posted pictures of a disassembled HTC HD2. It’s interesting to see that the SnapDragon chipset has a fairly big copper heat dissipator. I guess that running at 1GHz in such a thin device can be a bit tricky (hot!). Click here to the rest.

Source: XDA-Devs via PocketNow