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 Auto. But the stars of the show were a preview of the next version of Android, code named Android L, and Google's new Material Design principles for interface design across all of their products. In the years since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich released, we've seen the launch of Jellybean and KitKat, but both of these versions were very iterative improvements upon 4.0 and had equally iterative version numbers with Jellybean being major versions 4.1 through 4.3 and KitKat being 4.4. Lollipop is given the major version number of 5.0, and it's quite fitting as...

NVIDIA Shield Up For Preorder Today

In response to buzz about NVIDIA's Shield console, NVIDIA has moved up the preorder date a few days, May 20th to today, May 17th. Shield will be available for...

20 by Brian Klug on 5/17/2013

Google I/O 2013 Keynote: Live Blog

We're here in San Francisco's Moscone West for Google I/O 2013, where Google will be no doubt talking shop about Android, Chrome, Google+, and the rest of its online...

34 by Brian Klug on 5/15/2013

NVIDIA Shield Up for Preorder May 20 for $349, Ships in June

It has been a while since we last heard from NVIDIA about Project Shield. Today, NVIDIA is dropping "Project" from the name, making it formally just Shield, and simultaneously...

28 by Brian Klug on 5/14/2013

Acer Iconia A1 7.9” Tablet

Continuing with the spate of Acer announcements from today, next up we have the Iconia A1 Tablet. Details on the SoC are a bit scarce, but it’s listed as...

17 by Jarred Walton on 5/3/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review - Part 1

It’s no secret that Samsung enjoyed huge success with Galaxy S 3. In many markets, SGS3 was easily the Android handset to beat, even as faster and arguably better...

332 by Brian Klug on 4/24/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review

For the past couple of years Samsung, and many other Google partners, have been on the hunt to improve productivity on Android - particularly on tablets. We’ve seen hardware...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2013

Google Announces Glass Specs, Developer SDK, Shipment to Glass Explorers in Waves

Google dropped a bunch of Glass related news today. First up are some high level specifications which posted in an FAQ document. There's still no word about SoC or...

21 by Brian Klug on 4/16/2013

The HTC One Review

It is nearly impossible to begin to review the HTC One without some context, and I’ll begin our review of the HTC One (formerly the device known as codename...

627 by Brian Klug on 4/5/2013

Facebook Announces Home, and HTC First

Today saw some interesting news from Facebook, which announced a new Android experience named Facebook Home, and alongside a new handset from HTC which will run it out of...

20 by Brian Klug on 4/4/2013

Samsung Announces SAFE with KNOX - Security Container for Enterprise BYOD

I talked with Anand about his impressions of the Note 8 after reading his hands on piece, and one thing that struck me was a mention of how Samsung...

3 by Brian Klug on 2/25/2013

Understanding Camera Optics & Smartphone Camera Trends, A Presentation by Brian Klug

Recently I was asked to give a presentation about smartphone imaging and optics at a small industry event, and given my background I was more than willing to comply...

57 by Brian Klug on 2/22/2013

WikiPad Gaming Tablet Coming This Spring For $249

Gaming on Android has been a hot topic lately. Purpose built consoles and handhelds have been rolling out along with plenty of excellent games. The WikiPad, announced in 10-inch...

11 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/7/2013

The Making of NVIDIA's Project SHIELD

NVIDIA put up a blog post recently that goes into some of the details of how Project SHIELD came together. There's plenty of marketing hyperbole in the blog post...

29 by Jarred Walton on 2/1/2013

Epic Games Releases Epic Citadel for Android Devices - We test it out

Epic Games granted us a huge wish and released Epic Citadel for Android devices publicly this week, and included a benchmark inside. Getting Epic Citadel for Android and thus...

52 by Brian Klug on 1/30/2013

Intel Introduces the Safaricom Yolo Based On Z2420 Lexington Smartphone Platform

At CES I took a look at Intel's newly announced Lexington platform FFRD (Form Factor Reference Design) which is an entry-level smartphone design aimed at emerging markets and uses...

17 by Brian Klug on 1/24/2013

Checking Their Pulse: Hisense's Google TV Box at CES

So, Google TV is still happening. Indeed, more players are getting into the game than ever. Hisense is a Chinese OEM/ODM that's seen steady growth in the television market...

10 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/14/2013

Hands On with the Parrot Asteroid Smart - a Double DIN Android Head Unit

At my first CES, one of the devices that caught my attention immediately was a slick looking single-DIN head unit running Android called the Parrot Asteroid. One of the...

19 by Brian Klug on 1/12/2013

Quick Look: Pantech's Discover Android Smartphone

My weirdest meeting was probably with Pantech, who I met with in the Convention Center main concourse and seemed to not have an official presence at CES. Pantech’s main...

3 by Vivek Gowri on 1/12/2013

More Details on Allwinner's A31 Quad Core Cortex A7 SoC

I stopped by Allwinner today to discuss their recently announced and now-shipping A31 SoC. The A31 is based around four ARM Cortex A7 CPUs and a Power VR SGX544MP2...

16 by Brian Klug on 1/10/2013

Polaroid Reveals World's First ILC Android Camera

Polaroid has been struggling to define itself in the last … well, few decades. In the pursuit of new markets, they’re blazing a trail to become the first interchangeable...

10 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/9/2013

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