Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

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

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

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

HTC One max Review - It's Huge

Big phones are all the rage right now. Although tablets promised the kind of extra screen real estate that would increase productivity while still retaining portability, there’s ultimately nothing...

197 by Brian Klug on 10/28/2013

A quick look at Blackberry 10.2 and web browsing performance on Z10

Blackberry has started rolling out OS 10.2 to BB10 devices such as Z10, Q10 and Q5. Update appears to be available in Canada and UK for a start. The...

45 by Rahul Garg on 10/26/2013

Nexus 5 Briefly Appears on Google Play - Starts at $349

In what may be one of the most interesting leaks thus far in the road to the official Nexus 5 announcement, today Google seems to have accidentally confirmed both...

28 by Brian Klug on 10/17/2013

Hands on with the MOBO Edition 18ct Gold HTC One

Gold seems to be on every device maker's mind right now. Recently we saw Apple introduce the Gold iPhone 5S, and then Samsung countered with a gold Galaxy S4...

30 by Brian Klug on 10/9/2013

Samsung Galaxy Round, a Curved Note 3

Just recently, news broke that the Galaxy Round is being released for sale in Korea. While Samsung can claim that they are the first to create a commercially sold...

25 by Joshua Ho on 10/9/2013

Some Thoughts on Smartphone Region Locking

Recently, reports of Samsung region locking the Note 3 came out via Clove UK, which posted on its blog that the Note 3 would be completely unable to use...

60 by Joshua Ho on 10/7/2013

They're (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks

Thanks to AndreiF7's excellent work on discovering it, we kicked off our investigations into Samsung’s CPU/GPU optimizations around the international Galaxy S 4 in July and came away...

365 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/2/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

I still remember the first time I held the original Galaxy Note. At that point in time it wasn’t really obvious just how critical larger-display smartphones were going to...

305 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s new entry into the smartwatch arena, a market with a growing number of new attempts to deliver the ideal wrist-wearable smartphone accessory. How does it...

73 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

Moto X Update Dramatically Improves Camera Quality

In my Moto X review, I characterized camera performance and quality as very bimodal. In some scenes it could take great photos, in others it seemed to struggle and...

50 by Brian Klug on 9/23/2013

Chipworks Provides First Apple A7 Die Shot

Hot on the heels of their Samsung 28nm confirmation, Chipworks just sent over the first die shot of a delayered Apple A7. An annotated version is following early next...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2013

Chipworks Confirms Apple's A7 is Built On Samsung's 28nm HK+MG Process

Chipworks is in the process of delayering Apple's A7, but they just confirmed what we mentioned in our iPhone 5s review: Apple's A7 is built at Samsung using their...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2013

The iOS 7 Review

There’s no doubt about it, this iOS update is one of the largest in Apple’s history. In the wake of the iPhone 5 launch, there was a considerable amount...

146 by Brian Klug & Saumitra Bhagwat on 9/19/2013

The iPhone 5c Review

For years now Apple has followed a rather intelligent waterfall of its products down the pricing stack. With the arrival of every new iPhone, the previous generation gets a...

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/17/2013

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