HTC EVO 4G Sets Sprint Sales Record

Sprint today announced that the release of the HTC EVO 4G marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint. To quantify, the device sold on its launch day three times what the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre manged over three days, putting sales estimates between 300,000 and 600,000.

“HTC EVO 4G is a clear winner for customers with the powerful combination of an amazing multimedia experience in 3G coverage areas that becomes even better in our growing number of 4G markets,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “It is terrific to see customers react so positively to this device and the innovative experience it brings to them.”

These sales have led to supply falling short at some of the 22,000 retail locations that the EVO 4G is available at. Sprint and HTC promise that more shipments are bound for stores around the country.

“HTC EVO 4G has more than lived up to our expectations that it would be one of the most anticipated technology products of the year,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “We are working closely with our partners at HTC to increase the supply and get EVO 4G into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”

3DS Close To PS3, Xbox 360 In Processor Capabilities, Says Report

With E3 2010 nearly upon us, speculation in the gaming industry is starting to ramp up. The 3DS is one of the more mysterious known quantities; Nintendo has announced the 3D portable device and it’s known it will be shown off at E3 2010, but very little else is confirmed about it. In that void has rushed a report that the 3DS is quite powerful indeed.

Nintendo has not revealed any specs for the 3DS system, but expect it to well surpass the Nintendo DS in visual and processor capabilities. To provide stereoscopic 3D effects the system must have the ability to render each game field twice, one for each of the player’s eyes, a technique that will require significant horsepower to produce,” writes Craig Harris. Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

We’ll see for ourselves how accurate this report is come Nintendo’s pre-E3 press conference.

Source: IGN

Google Preps Chrome OS Release

Google is expecting their Chrome OS to release Fall 2010. The alternative to Microsoft Windows will be designed initially to work on laptop PCs.

“We will be selective on how we come to market because we want to deliver a great user experience,” said Google’s head of the Chrome project Sundar Pichai at the Computex PC show. “We’re thinking on both the hardware and software levels.”

For its part, Microsoft was actively skeptical of the open source OS, saying that different versions of programs would have to be built for different brands. Pichai said that the similarity in the base core means software companies would not have to develop a new version for Chrome.

“Chrome OS is one of the few future operating systems for which there are already millions of applications that work,” Pichai said. “You don’t need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome.”

Chrome will let computer companies like Acer and HP develop their own versions of the OS. Google’s open source OS will be deeply integrated with the web and cloud computing ideas.

Source: Reuters

Kojima, Square Enix Collaboration

According to reports, Hideo Kojima will be collaborating with Square Enix on a new project. The details of this partnership are unknown.

Kojima is currently working on a cross promotion with his game Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Front Mission Evolved. This will allow parts acquired from Peace Walker bosses to be applied to mecha in Front Mission Evolved.

Source: Kotaku

Lord Of The Rings Online Goes Free-To-Play

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that The Lord of the Rings Online will be free-to-play starting this Fall. This will allow players to download and play the game for free, though expansions, quest packs and items can bought through the The Lord of the Rings Online store.

“Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is bringing quality games based on The Lord of the Rings to multiple platforms, and the franchise s expansive adventure story lends itself perfectly for LOTRO free-to-play, giving a wide range of players the opportunity to experience the game,” said Jeff Junge, Senior Vice President Online Games and Digital Games Platforms, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We are focused on expanding our game franchises onto new digital platforms to maximize quality experiences for gamers worldwide and LOTRO s new model is a great leading example of this.”

The new The Lord of the Rings Online has free content for players up to level 50. There will also be a VIP subscription program that gives players unlimited access to all premium content, priority server access, 5 character slots, a shared bank slot, and a monthly allotment of points to spend in the The Lord of the Rings Online Store.

“Turbine’s Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited was the world s first truly premium free-to-play online game that ushered in a new era of choice for online gamers seeking quality entertainment,” said Jim Crowley, President and CEO of Turbine. “The popularity of DDO validated the extraordinary demand by gamers for quality entertainment they can experience at their own pace and within their budget. Extending free-to-play to LOTRO will offer another premium game to a broad spectrum of fans.”

AT&T Limited Plans: Bad For iPhone, iPad Users?

AT&T recently announced their new data plan which would offer 2 GB of data for $25 a month ($10 for every extra GB), compared to their previous unlimited plan costing $29.99. According to AT&T, 2 GB is worth 10,000 emails without attachments, 1,500 emails with attachments, 4,000 Web pages, posting 500 photos to social media sites, and 200 minutes of streaming video combined.

While that sounds like roughly a month’s worth of usage, those that use their iPads on the go to stream video may be in for quite a shock when their bill comes in. For Netflix users, they’ll get between three and six two-hour movies, or four and eight one-and-a-half hour movies a month.

“It’s a lot like the early days of cell phones, where 100-minute plans didn’t get you too far,” said Al Hilwa, analyst at IDC. “Video is an obvious data hog, and [AT&T’s new plan] presents an opportunity for customer backlash.”

While AT&T estimates that only about two percent use over 2 GB a month,  with more and more media rich materials coming to both the iPad and the iPhone, it could quickly become an issue. A Nielsen survey from 2009 said mobile customers watch 3 hours and 15 minutes of mobile video each month, up 70 percent from 2008, while teenagers watched 6 hours and 30 seconds.

“While AT&T asserts that its high-end 2 GB cap will only impact the heaviest users, the fact is that today’s heavy user is tomorrow’s average user,” said Chris Riley, policy counsel Free Press and net neutrality advocate.

Also, with many apps for the iPhone and iPad designed to consume bandwidth, their business models could be affected.

“If you’re in the business of selling streaming video a la Hulu, streaming music a la Pandora, … AT&T just changed consumer perceptions of those businesses for the worse,” said Carl Howe, analyst at Yankee Group. “Now those consumers are going to have to pay bandwidth charges as well as whatever subscriptions they may have. And that’s going to make those business leaders not very happy.”

Source: CNN Money

Activision Reveals Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock

Activision has confirmed that the next entry in their music franchise will be called Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The game will come with a redesigned rock-inspired guitar controller, compatibility with 500 songs from the Guitar Hero Music Library and all the Party Play multi-player functions of the franchise.

“Guitar Hero has set the standard for music based gaming and with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and the game’s all-new Quest Mode, robust and authentic set list, over-the-top challenges and rock-inspired new hardware, we are once again bringing the soul and energy of rock n roll to fans around the world,” said David Haddad, Chief Operating Officer for Guitar Hero.

Additionally, the game will have an all new Quest Mode. Hosted by Gene Simmons of KISS, this mode will take players from the stage of CBGBs to the molten lava fields of rock treachery where various rock heroes must team up to help Demi-God of Rock take down The Beast and save rock n roll.

“The world is a boring place. Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock and roll,” said Simmons. “It was an honour and privilege to narrate Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, even more so, to voice the Demi God. From the God of Thunder to the Demi-God, how cool is that…”

iPhone 4G Looks Good In White

Even more images of what appears to be the iPhone 4G have leaked out onto the Internet. The twist on the story is the color of the iPhone in this prototype: it’s white.

The model number on the device is listed as “XXXXX,” indicating it is a prototype. Depending on the timing of when these photos were taken, it may imply that the iPhone 4G is not ready for a launch soon after all.

Source: Powerbook Medic

Gizmodo Shut Out Of WWDC Keynote

Gizmodo has revealed that they will not be attending the keynote of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. This was done tactfully in a post looking for volunteers to help the site liveblog the event.

“It’s no surprise: Apple has not responded to our requests to attend the WWDC keynote on Monday at 10 a.m. PST. But we’ll still cover the news. Want to help?” writes Brian Lam. If you’re going to the keynote, and want to be a part of the exciting Apple coverage that so many of your fellow Gizmodo readers enjoy, here’s your chance.

Gizmodo recently ran an article detailing an iPhone prototype that came into their possession. After returning it to Apple, local police began a criminal investigation into the event to determine if the phone was, in fact, stolen by the contact that sold the iPhone to Gizmodo.

Source: Gizmodo