The week in gadgets

20 Mar 2012

A mock-up image of the Samsung Galaxy S III (Source: BGR)

A look at gadget happenings, as the next Samsung Galaxy S could have a quad core Exnyos chip, Zynga may acquire the maker of Draw Something and the BBC brings iPlayer to the Xbox for UK viewers.

Samsung Galaxy S III to have quad core Exnyos chip, LTE?

Reports suggest that Samsung’s next flagship Android phone, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S III, could have an Exnyos quad-core chip with LTE connectivity.

Engadget reports that sources within Samsung said the company was trying to become more independent from chip-maker Qualcomm by using this chip.

It could also include LTE connectivity, though this won’t be accessible on Irish networks.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is rumoured to have a 4.8-inch ‘full HD’ 1080p display, an 8-megapixel camera and may run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The smartphone will be revealed in the first half of 2012.

Zynga to acquire makers of Draw Something?

Social gaming company Zynga is reportedly in talks to acquire OMGPOP, creator of the hit app Draw Something.

TechCrunch reports that Zynga could buy OMGPOP in a deal worth between US$150m to US$250m.

Talks have reportedly not yet entered a more advanced exclusivity stage as other companies, such as Japanese firm GREE, are also interested in buying OMGPOP.

The acquisition would be Zynga’s biggest to date. Draw Something has become quite popular, becoming the most used app on Facebook, with 12.2m daily average users.

BBC brings iPlayer to Xbox LIVE in the UK

The BBC has launched a version of its video-streaming service iPlayer on the Xbox LIVE platform in the UK.

The service will allow UK viewers to watch BBC content from their Xbox 360 consoles. It will also offer Kinect functionality, letting users control iPlayer using hand gestures and voice recognition.

BBC iPlayer is currently available on more than 450 platforms for UK viewers, including the PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and mobile devices. The BBC also brought the service to global users on iOS devices.

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