Mobile

Today Google formally announced the next version of their Android operating system at their Google I/O developer conference. Much like how Android Lollipop was originally previewed under the name Android L, the next major release of Android is being referred to as Android M. After the comprehensive redesign and under the hood changes in Lollipop, Android M brings a greater focus on bringing greater polish to Android and improving the user experience. During the keynote Google outlined six major areas that they had targeted for improvement in Android M. The first area of improvement is permissions. The permissions system on Android has been less than optimal since its earliest days. The big issue has always been that applications have to ask for permissions access at...

HTC Launches Desire 816 at MWC

Today, HTC seems to be delivering on their promise for a stronger focus on the 150-300 USD market segment by launching the Desire 816, a phablet with a 5.5"...

13 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4354 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Combo for Smartphones

Today Broadcom is announcing the newest member of their popular WiFi/BT/FM series of combo chips, the BCM4354, which adds 2x2 MIMO (two spatial stream) for smartphones and retains 802.11ac...

7 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

ZTE Launches Grand Memo II LTE, Open C at MWC 2014

Grand Memo II LTE The ZTE Grand Memo II LTE is a phablet that's almost as big as its name with a 6" HD display. ZTE's press kit doesn't actually...

8 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Sony Launches Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet, and M2 at MWC 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Sony has just announced the Xperia Z2, which is the direct successor to the Xperia Z1 that released in the fall. While quite a bit stays the...

23 by Joshua Ho on 2/24/2014

Audience Announces MQ100 Motion Processor

Just a few weeks ago, Audience announced its fourth generation of voice processors at CES, which added an always-on voice activation feature called VoiceQ designed to enable experiences similar...

2 by Brian Klug on 2/24/2014

ZTE Announces Use of Qualcomm CMOS PA as March Towards RF360 Continues

Today at MWC Qualcomm announced ZTE will be the first smartphone customer to ship with Qualcomm's CMOS Power Amplifier, a part of its RF360 front end solution. This is...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

SanDisk iNAND Extreme in 2014: Finally a Good eMMC Solution for Mobile?

For the past couple of years we've been focusing more on tracking storage performance within smartphones and tablets. For the most part, we've come away disappointed. With smartphone ASPs...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Microsoft's Mobile World Congress 2014 Event Live Blog

We're seated and ready to go Microsoft's press event here at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Read on for our live blog.

17 by Brian Klug & Ian Cutress on 2/23/2014

MWC 2014: Archos Unveils Q1 2014 Line

Archos is a factor in European markets and I often see their name attached to a variety of devices here in the UK at least. They are making...

9 by Ian Cutress on 2/21/2014

NVIDIA Adds LTE to Tegra Note 7

As Brian, Josh, Ian and myself prepare to head to Barcelona for this year's MWC, NVIDIA makes its first announcement before the show: the Tegra Note 7 will now...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/21/2014

HTC Advantage: Free Repairs for Cracked Screens in the First 6 Months of Ownership

Ahead of MWC and hot on the heels of its announcement that the next HTC flagship smartphone will be unveiled on March 25, HTC is introducing a new program...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/18/2014

ARM Cortex A17: An Evolved Cortex A12 for the Mainstream in 2015

ARM has been doing a good job figuring out its PR strategy as of late. In the span of a couple of years we went from very little outward...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/11/2014

The Pixel Density Race and its Technical Merits

While this has always been an issue that’s been in the background since Android OEMs started releasing devices with display PPIs above the 300-400 “retina” range, recent events have...

101 by Joshua Ho on 2/8/2014

Some Thoughts on Lenovo's Acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google

Earlier this evening Google announced the sale of Motorola Mobility to hardware manufacturer Lenovo for a deal valued at just below $3 billion. Given my fondness for the Moto...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/29/2014

Toshiba Excite and Encore Tablets, Click and Z10t Hybrids - CES 2014

The tablet and hybrid side of Toshiba was similarly diversified, with and ultra-budget device sitting right next to a very high-end tablet. Toshiba reps said they’re going after the...

19 by Jarred Walton on 1/17/2014

HP Chromebook 11 with LTE Arrives at Best Buy, Altair's LTE Modem Inside

We reviewed HP's Chromebook 11 a while back in the WiFi-only variety and found it to be an interesting value play for Chromebooks, even though the Exynos 5250 left...

6 by Brian Klug on 1/15/2014

Google Announces Moto G Google Play Edition

We've already taken a look at the international Moto G, and today Google surprised us with the formal announcement of a Google Play edition Moto G based on that...

19 by Brian Klug on 1/14/2014

AnandTech Mobile Show at CES 2014 Video Live Now

Earlier this week, Brian and I sat down at recapped some of the recent mobile announcements at CES, as well as other things we'd been working on over the...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2014

Lenovo Digital Home, AIOs, etc.

Wrapping up the tour of Lenovo (and by no means capturing everything they had to display, I’m going to keep this short. Lenovo had their latest rendition of their...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

Lenovo: Yoga, Miix 2, and ThinkPad Tablets; Vibe Z and K900 Smartphones

Moving along in our Lenovo coverage, there were a couple of smartphones as well as quite a few tablets on display. The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 promise up...

11 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

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