Mar 08 AT 4:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

NVIDIA says 4-PLUS-1 is good for more than just games and extra battery life


NVIDIA has already established their Tegra processor as the leading platform for Android games with their Tegra Zone program, and now the company wants to let you know that apps can also benefit from their unique 4-PLUS-1 architecture.

Today NVIDIA posted a new blog that highlights several new apps which are designed to take advantage of their quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Some of the apps like Splashtop and Snapseed we got a preview of at CES, but this is the first time we have seen PowerDirector Mobile from Cyberlink.

I can say from personal experience that my Tegra 3-powered Transformer Prime offers the best Android experience of any device I have tried. It’s my favorite Android device to game on, but I have wished for more applications that really took advantage of it.

Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA CEO, recently said, “We need to develop the technology to inspire content developers and applications developers to create these amazing applications.” The competition has been arguing that mobile quad-core processors are overkill, so it’s nice to see some developers start to take advantage of all the power that Tegra 3 has to offer.

From what we have seen at recent shows, it appears that Tegra Zone will start to highlight some of these new apps instead of just focusing on games. We think it’s a good direction for them to go, since it’s not always obvious which apps are optimized for quad-core processors.

Check out the quick promo video below to see what developers are saying about working with Tegra 3.

New apps that benefit from Tegra 3 include:

  • Splashtop THD from Splashtop Inc. — allows you to seamlessly stream content from your desktop onto your Tegra 3 tablet. Whether you’re playing the latest FPS shooters or streaming high-res movies from your desktop to your Tegra 3 tablet, Splashtop’s remote desktop has got you covered wherever you go. Available now on Google Play. Available now on Google Play.
  • Photaf THD Panorama Pro from Oren Bengigi — a new photo-stitching app that allows you to combine a sequence of photos to create a panoramic view of any scenery. This app accelerates image stitching time by using all four Tegra 3 processing cores. That means more time to create cool photos and less time waiting around. Available now on Google Play. Available now on Google Play.
  • Snapseed from Nik Software — one of the easiest, most intuitive photo editors available for your Tegra 3 device. Take a picture, customize it to your liking and immediately send to friends and family. With Snapseed, you never knew your photos could look so professional, so quick and easy with your Tegra 3 mobile device. Coming to Google Play this summer.
  • PowerDirector Mobile from CyberLink— this app was once a powerful desktop-based video editing tool. Thanks to the Tegra 3’s high-performance and battery-friendly 4-PLUS-1 architecture, PowerDirector Mobile will give you the power to manipulate and edit videos on your mobile device. Coming to Google Play this fall.

Source: NVIDIA Blog

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