The week in gadgets


28 Nov 2011

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A look at gadget happenings, as Panasonic reportedly plans to release Android phones in Europe, Warner Bros to fix a bug on the PC version of Batman: Arkham City and Sony’s PS3-ready 3DTV gets delayed until after Christmas in Europe.

Panasonic to release Android smartphones in Europe next spring?

Panasonic is reportedly planning to sell Android smartphones in Europe from early 2012.

Reuters reports that Panasonic is in talks with a large telecommunications firm in Europe to bring new smartphones to the continent. It also plans to bring them to Asia and North America.

The phones will run on the Android operating system and will be assembled either in a factory in southeast Asia or by an electronics manufacturing service.

Panasonic previously developed mobile phones but pulled out of this business in 2005 due to competitive pricing.

Batman: Arkham City PC to get bug fix for performance issues

Publisher Warner Brothers and game developer Rocksteady will provide a patch for the PC version of Batman: Arkham City after players reportedly experienced performance issues while playing the game.

Many players of the PC version of the game complained about framerate issues affecting the gameplay.

According to Warner Bros, the bug is being caused when players run the game with DirectX 11 and an update will be released to fix this error.

The company advises gamers to install DirectX 9 in the meantime in order to play the game bug-free.

Sony 3D gaming TV delayed in Europe until next year

Sony’s PlayStation 3-ready 3D TV has been delayed until next year in Europe, according to retailers.

MCV reports that Amazon said that suppliers have suffered a delay in obtaining stock for the TV, meaning it won’t be released until the new year.

The 3D TV was revealed at this year’s E3 games conference. It has a 24-inch screen and two pairs of active shutter glasses.

When playing two-player games, the TV lets gamers see a different screen in each pair of glasses, meaning they can play against each other without splitting their screen in half and can prevent each other from peeking at their opponent’s screen.

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