Android

If you’ve been paying attention to the right places in the past few months it was probably obvious this was coming, but Qualcomm is announcing a higher tier to their Snapdragon 82x lineup, known as the Snapdragon 821 or MSM8996 Pro. While today’s announcement basically boils down to acknowledging that this SoC exists and that the big CPU cores have a clock speed of 2.4 GHz, it’s likely that in the months since the Snapdragon 820 was released Qualcomm engineering staff have been working on resolving various errata as well as improving their floorplanning and architecture implementation. It’s also likely that we will see a few new or otherwise revised IP blocks. Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 821 CPU Perf Cluster 2x Kryo 2.2 GHz 2x Kryo 2.4 GHz CPU Power...

Google Redesigns Hangouts for Android With Version 4.0

Today Google shipped a major update to their Hangouts application for Android. Ever since Hangouts for iOS was updated to 4.0 a little over a month ago Android users...

30 by Brandon Chester on 8/10/2015

Vulkan Status Update: Will Use Feature Sets, Android Support Incoming

Along with updates on OpenGL, Khronos is also offering a status update on the development of Vulkan at this year’s SIGGRAPH show. Khronos’s next-generation low-level API was announced last...

28 by Ryan Smith on 8/10/2015

Google Commits To Monthly Security Updates For Nexus Devices

Security updates on mobile operating systems have typically been bundled inside larger patches that include other bug fixes and improvements. Unfortunately, the world of security exploits isn't tuned to...

41 by Brandon Chester on 8/5/2015

Microsoft Brings Office to Android Smartphones

Today Microsoft announced that their line of Office applications has made its way to Android smartphones. After launching the first touch-optimized version of Office on the iPad, Microsoft has...

41 by Brandon Chester on 6/24/2015

NVIDIA Acquires Game Porting Group & Tech From Transgaming

While NVIDIA’s core businesses and gaming have been inseparable since the start, it’s only relatively recently that NVIDIA has become heavily involved in game creation itself, and not just...

56 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2015

Google Introduces Google Photos

Today during their I/O 2015 Keynote Google announced Google Photos, a new service that will allow users to easily upload, edit, and share photographs from all of their devices...

28 by Brandon Chester on 5/28/2015

Microsoft Partners With 20 More Vendors To Pre-Install Apps On Android Tablets

Today Microsoft announced partnerships with 20 device manufacturers to pre-install apps such as Office, OneDrive, and Skype on future Android tablets. Microsoft already has existing deals in place with...

11 by Brandon Chester on 5/26/2015

A Quick Look at One M9 RAW Photos

Yesterday, HTC updated their HTC Camera application for devices with HTC Sense. Normally, this isn't worth discussing, but the changelog had an entry for RAW photography mode on the...

42 by Joshua Ho on 5/1/2015

Google Updates Gmail for Android With A Unified Inbox

Today Google's Gmail team is shipping an update to Gmail for Android, which has now become the standard mail application for Android Lollipop users. The update brings a great...

14 by Brandon Chester on 3/30/2015

The Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Review

Five years ago, the first of what we would call modern tablet computers were released to the world. What is now an entire product category was originally seen with...

89 by Brandon Chester on 3/12/2015

Google Releases Android 5.1

Today Google has announced the release of Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update is said to improve both performance and stability, as well as including a few new features. The first...

37 by Brandon Chester on 3/9/2015

Pebble Announces the Pebble Time

The original Pebble watch was arguably the first device in what is now a rapidly growing smartwatch segment of the wearables market. Since its release, the software of the...

19 by Brandon Chester on 2/24/2015

The Google Nexus 9 Review

For the past few years, we’ve seen Google place significant emphasis on price as a way of competing with other tablets on the market. The original Nexus 7 managed...

169 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 2/4/2015

Google Announces Support For 40 Third-Party App Cards In Google Now

Google Now has always been good at giving you relevant information about things like transit, emails, stocks, sport scores, etc. But everything it displays is linked to a Google...

19 by Brandon Chester on 1/30/2015

Google Updates Docs Apps With Improved Functionality and Touch ID Support

Today Google has issued an update to their Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications on iOS and Android. These productivity apps were some of the first to receive Material Design...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

The Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year. At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android...

126 by Brandon Chester on 12/1/2014

Best Tablets: Holiday 2014

With the holidays approaching, it's time for our annual recommendations for devices in various product categories. Today we're taking a look at what tablets provide the best value and...

83 by Brandon Chester on 11/28/2014

Encryption and Storage Performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop

As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect...

93 by Brandon Chester & Joshua Ho on 11/20/2014

The OnePlus One Review

The OnePlus One has been one of the most hyped smartphones of 2014. There's really not much else to be said, as OnePlus' marketing has been quite noticeable amongst...

148 by Joshua Ho on 11/19/2014

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