Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update, the PS Vita comes of age, a TV revolution and Twitter gets tough: Gadget Digest
It’s been another busy week in the realm of gadgetry and gaming, but don’t worry if you’ve not managed to keep up: we’ve done all the hard work for you.
Read our round up of all the biggest stories of the week right here in Gadget Digest and you’ll soon be in the know.
Gamescom news galore
Giant gaming expo Gamescom has been going down in Cologne, Germany all this week, and we’ve seen some pretty big news coming out of the conference. Treyarch turned heads when it showed off a completely revamped multiplayer mode for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, one which completely overhauls how you customise your character. We also got word of Dead Space 3’s release date, EA’s plans for Origin on more platforms and much more. For all the headlines, and all the trailers, be sure to check out our Gamescom 2012 hub page now.
PS Vita gets a life
Perhaps the stand out story from Gamescom was Sony’s renewed focus on its handheld, the PS Vita. It’s not had the best start in life, but Sony’s making up for that with a bunch of new games – including one from the creators of LittleBigPlanet – as well as a whole new business model: starting with PlayStation All-Stars, you’ll be able to buy the game for PS3 and PS Vita by paying once.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Update
Samsung’s readying some big news for IFA at the end of the month, and amongst them, it seems a big surprise is in store: a very rapid Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update. We heard whispers about it last week: this week we saw the Android 4.1 ROM leak out onto the web, and pop up in a video detailing all the new features. Be sure to check out what to expect.
This week we’ve seen some exciting breakthroughs in the world of home entertainment. Sky updated it iPad app, so you can now use your iPad as a remote control to boss your Sky+HD box about from the comfort of your sofa. And we also got word of Apple’s latest plans in the telly space: a cable set top box with a cloud PVR built right in.
Twitter gets tough
On the web meanwhile, Twitter has announced some strict new guidelines for all the developers of your favourite Twitter clients. They’ll now need to get permission from the San Francisco company when they reach 100,000 users to carry on adding more, and it’s quite clear that Twitter doesn’t want people making consumer Twitter-stream apps like its own anymore. Those that continue to will have to meet strict new design requirements on how usernames, retweets and other functions are displayed: developers have six months to comply. Could this be the end for favourites like TweetDeck?
Apple vs Samsung heats up
Apple and Samsung’s epic copycat clash in a US court is nearing a close, and tempers are starting to fray. Apple claims Samsung infringed its patents in several Android devices; Samsung says Apple infringed on its. The judge in the case yesterday asked Apple’s lawyers if they were “smoking crack” when they applied for what she deemed an excessively long list of witness, and warned both sides that a settlement could work out much better for them in the long run. Samsung has already rested its case: now Apple has its turn.