It’s a small box with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Android software, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and a few USB ports. It also comes with a wireless controller.
That all sounds pretty nice, but the micro-console is also 2.5 times the price of its closest competitor, the Ouya. Sure, it has a faster processor and supports the full Google Play Store, which means you can play pretty much any Android game (that works with a wireless gamepad). But that’s still a lot of money for an Android game console at a time when most Android games are designed for phones or tablets and not TVs.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Mad Catz MOJO micro-console game system now available for $250
The latest entry into the Android-powered mini-game console has arrived. And it costs about as much as a full-sized game console. [Mad Catz]
- HP shrinks its business desktops, introduces EliteDesk 800/ProDesk 600 mini PCs
They’re like desktop PCs… only smaller, measuring about 7″ x 7″ x 1.33″. These little guys are set to hit the streets in April, 2014. [HP]
- Google Nexus 7 is now available in white (on the back, at least)
Tired of 7 inch Nexus tablets with black backs? Now they come in white too! [Google Play]
- Also new in the Google Play Store: A $50 Nexus 7 Folio case (black or red)
Need a bit of pricey protection for your 7 inch tablet? Google’s got you covered… or rather, they’ve got a cover for you… or for your tablet. Or something. [Google Play]
- Windows 8.2 could let you run Metro apps on the desktop, bring back the Start Menu
Remember how excited folks were about the return of the Start Button in Windows 8.1… until they realized it just took you to the Start Screen? It looks like Microsoft might be taking the hint, and separating the desktop and Metro user interfaces a bit more in the next version of Windows by bringing back a Start Menu. Interestingly, the two UIs also might come closer together, with the ability to run Metro apps in desktop windows. [WinSuperSite]
- Oppo N1 smartphone now available for $599 and up (unlocked)
Chinese phone maker Oppo is now selling its high-end Oppo N1 phone to customers in the US and Europe. It’s not yet officially available with CyanogenMod, but Oppo’s Color OS version of Android looks interesting in its own right. [Oppo]
- Mozilla launches Firefox 26, introduces new Android home screen
The latest version of Firefox for Android has a home screen that’s more useful (or distracting). instead of just viewing your most visited sites, you can also now swipe to see your history, reading list, or bookmarks. Mozilla has also added Bing and Yahoo search engine options. [Mozilla]