Smartphones

Microsoft on Wednesday announced another reorganization of its smartphone business with plans to streamline operations and eliminate redundant personnel. The company will lay off 1850 of its employees in Finland and other countries and will take a $950 million charge. The actions seem to be in line with Microsoft’s plans to focus on development of flagship smartphones and leave the market of mass handsets. When Microsoft closed its acquisition of Nokia in late April, 2014, it received approximately 25,000 new employees from around the world, who were involved into development, production, sales, and distribution of smartphones and feature phones. Shortly after, in July, 2014, Microsoft laid off 12,500 former Nokia staff as a part of its major reorganization, when it let go 18,000 Microsoft employees...

Examining Huawei's Benchmark Optimizations in the Ascend P7

While benchmark optimization has been a hot topic, recently it has faded into the background as the industry adjusted. Previously, we saw changes such as an automatic 10% GPU...

24 by Joshua Ho on 8/21/2014

Unity Adds Native x86 Support for Android

Intel is facing an uphill battle in the mobile space from a marketshare perspective, but there's an additional challenge: the bulk of mobile apps are compiled targeting ARM based...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2014

HTC Announces the HTC One (M8) for Windows

It's been a while since we've seen a high-end device running Windows Phone 8 launch from a company other than Nokia. Despite Nokia's dominance, HTC has certainly not given...

61 by Brandon Chester on 8/19/2014

State of the Part: SoC Manufacturers

Introduction A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many...

94 by Jarred Walton on 8/19/2014

HTC Launches Zoe Beta: Hands On and First Impressions

Today, HTC is finally launching their Zoe application. Normally, such an announcement is rolled into a smartphone launch, but the launch of this application is one of the first...

14 by Joshua Ho on 8/14/2014

Samsung Announces Exynos 5430: First 20nm Samsung SoC

While we mentioned this in our Galaxy Alpha launch article, Samsung is finally announcing the launch of their new Exynos 5430 SoC. The main critical upgrade that the new chips...

77 by Joshua Ho & Andrei Frumusanu on 8/13/2014

Samsung launches the Galaxy Alpha

Samsung today announces the new Galaxy Alpha, a mid-range "premium" built device that creates a new range in Samsung's lineup. The Alpha totes a 4.7" 1280x720 AMOLED screen, coming...

64 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/13/2014

ROCCAT Integrates Keyboard and Smartphone: The Skeltr

Alongside the Nyth, ROCCAT is also announcing another hybrid technology at Gamescom in the form of a keyboard called the Skeltr. The purpose of the Skeltr is to bring...

8 by Ian Cutress on 8/7/2014

Galaxy S5 LTE-A: Battery Life, Performance

While I was planning on doing a full review for the GS5 LTE-A, it turns out that there’s relatively little that changes between the original Galaxy S5 and this...

32 by Joshua Ho on 8/5/2014

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 8.1 Update Developer Preview

At roughly noon, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore (Vice President for Windows Phone) announced via Twitter that users enrolled in the developer preview should check for updates. Microsoft released the Windows...

11 by Stephen Barrett on 8/5/2014

Mobile IE Updates For Windows Phone

Only yesterday Microsoft officially announced the Windows Phone 8.1 Update and today some more details emerged about what is coming as part of the update. Internet Explorer was bumped...

17 by Brett Howse on 7/31/2014

Filling the Gap: AMOLED and LCD from 2010 to 2012

For a while now, I’ve realized that there is a massive gap in the continuity of smartphone display history. Until the last few months of 2011 and early 2012...

72 by Joshua Ho on 7/26/2014

Nokia Lumia 630 Review

With the introduction of the Lumia 630 and 635 models, we have our first look at the next generation of low cost Windows Phone devices, and the Lumia 630...

83 by Brett Howse on 7/22/2014

Xiaomi Launches the Mi 4

Today, Xiaomi announces the next version of their flagship smartphone, the Mi 4. Much like the OnePlus One, this device is effectively a high end device at a mid-range...

16 by Joshua Ho on 7/22/2014

Manual Camera Controls and RAW in Android L

For those that have followed the state of camera software in AOSP and Google Camera in general, it’s been quite clear that this portion of the experience has been...

32 by Joshua Ho on 7/20/2014

Evaluating Samsung's QHD AMOLED Displays

Recently, a package showed up at my door. While this is normally not worth talking about, the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A happened to be in the box. For those...

71 by Joshua Ho on 7/16/2014

Intel Q2 2014 Quarterly Earnings Analysis

On July 15, Intel released their Q2 2014 Earnings report for the period ending June 28, 2014. GAAP revenues for the quarter came in at $13.8B which is up almost...

33 by Brett Howse on 7/15/2014

The LG G3 Review

While the enthusiast segment is no stranger to LG smartphones, for the most part LG hasn’t received nearly the amount of attention that Samsung has. At first, it doesn’t...

174 by Joshua Ho & Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/4/2014

A Closer Look at Android RunTime (ART) in Android L

With the latest I/O conference, Google has finally publicly made public its plans for its new runtime on Android. The Android RunTime, ART, is the successor and replacement for...

137 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/1/2014

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S5 Mini

Today Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 mini, which continues the Galaxy S mini line the same way that the One mini 2 continued the One mini line. Interestingly enough...

34 by Joshua Ho on 7/1/2014

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