Kinectimals for Windows Phone 7 released

Kinectimals for Windows Phone 7 is finally out in the Marketplace and is this weeks Xbox Live enabled game for the platform. I’m going to shoot a video hands on which I’m going to embed below later today but there’s a few things I would like to point out before. The Adreno 200 GPU in the first generation Windows Phone 7 handsets is definitely showing its age here: the game’s framerate is really lower and choppier on the Samsung Omnia 7 compared to the HTC Titan (Adreno 205 GPU) which is perfectly smooth. The same thing is noticeable in last week’s Xbox Live game Orbital. The game is also note Mango “compatible”, this means that there”s no fast-application-switching, and no camera integration which means that there’s no augmented reality feature a previously thought (you can only take insert the animal in a previously taken picture or one shot by launching the camera a from within the game). Anyway the full game is $2.99 but you can already try the trial here.

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Nokia selects ST-Ericsson NovaThor SoC for future low end Windows Phones ?

Looks like ST-Ercisson’s dream has finally been realized. According to a rather short and cryptic press release Nokia has selected unnamed ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor SoCs for future low end devices and / or devices aimed at certain countries like China which don’t use the same base-bands (TD-SCDMA) as the rest of the world (remember HTC uses Qualcomm SoCs in 95% of its devices and Texas Instrument SoCs only for its Chinese TD-SCDMA products). Still looks like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon will be found in the vast majority high-mid-end devices though (I sure hopes so given that the GPU in some NovaThor SoCs doesn’t have the same featureset as the Adreno GPUs..fragmentation be damned..I guess..meh).

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