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Project Tango at this point is probably not new to anyone reading this as we’ve discussed it before, but in the past few years Google has been hard at work making positional tracking and localization into a consumer-ready application. While there was an early tablet available with an Nvidia Tegra SoC inside, there were a number of issues on both hardware and software. As the Tegra SoC was not really designed for workloads that Project Tango puts on a mobile device, much of the work was done on the GPU and CPU, with offloading to dedicated coprocessors like ST-M’s Cortex M3 MCUs for sensor hub and timestamp functionality, computer vision accelerators like a VPU from Movidius, and other chips that ultimately increased BOM and...

Futuremark Begins Delisting "Cheating" Mobile Devices from 3DMark Database

Over the summer, following a tip from @AndreiF7, we documented an interesting behavior on the Exynos 5 Octa versions of Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Upon detecting certain benchmarks the...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/26/2013

A Post about Removable Storage, Removable Batteries and Smartphones

There's been a lot of talk lately about our position on removable storage and removable batteries in smartphones. Most of the discussion has centered around what we've said in...

375 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 11/25/2013

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805: 2.5GHz, 128-bit Memory Interface, D3D11-class Graphics & More

Qualcomm has had an incredible year. It wasn’t too long ago that I was complaining about Qualcomm’s release cadence, the lull between Scorpion and Krait allowed competitors like NVIDIA...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

iPad mini with Retina Display: LTE Hotspot Battery Life

As I promised in our iPad mini with Retina Display review, I put the new mini through our LTE hotspot battery life test. As connected tablets are effectively smartphones...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

Qualcomm Announces Fourth Gen Cat 6 LTE Modem – MDM9x35

In addition to the IPQ8064 news this morning, Qualcomm released a host of other product announcements we're working our way through. Among them is news of its fourth generation...

16 by Brian Klug on 11/20/2013

Qualcomm Atheros Announces New Internet Processor Category - IPQ8064 and IPQ8062

Today Qualcomm Atheros is announcing two new products and an entirely new category on its roadmap, the Internet Processor, prefixed IPQ (Internet Processor Qualcomm). The two new SoCs are...

22 by Brian Klug on 11/20/2013

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed

I suppose there’s only one way to start this review, and that’s by looking back at last year’s iPad mini review. In that review I had a section dedicated...

349 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2013

Android 4.4 Factory Images Now Available for Nexus 4, 7 (2012 and 2013), and 10

Although Google started its official rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat over the air updates to Nexus devices a few days ago, it always takes days or weeks before the...

33 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2013

Motorola's Affordable Moto G: $179 Off-Contract

Earlier this morning Motorola announced the Moto G, the second member of its new smartphone lineup and a far more affordable alternative to the Moto X we reviewed back...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 11/13/2013

NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Review

NVIDIA has been doing something interesting of late by making and releasing its own devices with Tegra SoCs inside. We first saw Shield, a handheld gaming console with Tegra...

87 by Brian Klug on 11/12/2013

Qualcomm's Modem Workshop - Lots of Comparisons

Last year Qualcomm flew me out to their San Diego headquarters to talk about modems and transceivers, and what ended up being of the biggest public disclosures made from...

18 by Brian Klug on 11/8/2013

Pebble Releases Update – Better iOS 7 Integration, New APIs, Enables Bluetooth LE

Today Pebble has released a major update for its popular smartwatch, enabling better integration and notification delivery from attached iOS 7 devices, a new version of the SDK (2.0...

12 by Brian Klug on 11/6/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update Improves Battery Life

Shortly after general availability of the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that allowed the Marvell WiFi solution to drive down to even lower power states...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

iPad Air Delivers 24 Hours of Battery Life as LTE Hotspot

A year ago during my review of the LTE iPad 3 I decided to find out how long the iPad would last as a personal hotspot. With the display...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2013

Google Announces The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Details

It’s been leaked, teased, and practically dissected for a while now, but today Google is finally making the Nexus 4’s successor official. The Nexus 5 is finally formally announced...

120 by Brian Klug on 10/31/2013

Sprint Announces Spark - Its Tri-Band LTE Network

Today Sprint announced the official name for its new tri-band LTE network, Sprint Spark. For those who have been following operator rollouts of LTE in the US, today's announcement...

33 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

Intel Announces PCIe M.2 LTE Modules with XMM7160, Notes Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) Socket Win

Intel has been ramping up how much it's talking about its first available multimode LTE solution, XMM7160, which we've seen public disclosure of and talked about before. For those...

11 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

The iPad Air Review

It seemed like a foregone conclusion that the 10-inch tablet market was done for, with all interest and excitement shifting to smaller, but equally capable 7 or 8-inch tablets...

444 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2013

Motorola's Project Ara: Phonebloks from an OEM

Phonebloks was a campaign that focused upon attracting the interest of OEMs by showing that there was an incredible amount of interest for a modular phone. This was mostly...

55 by Joshua Ho on 10/29/2013

New Version of Google Glass coming, Free Swap for Current Glass Explorers

One of the shortcomings of the initial Glass hardware was its inability to be used in conjunction with prescription eyewear. Although users could sometimes get away with wearing Glass...

13 by Brian Klug on 10/28/2013

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