I was an early fan of Windows Phone 7. I remember completely switching over to the platform for about a month back in 2010, and being relatively happy. It wasn’t until I needed tethering support (which didn’t exist in the first release of WP7) that I had to move away. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s software and hardware update cadence for Windows Phone couldn’t pull me back. In its first three years of existence, Windows Phone received roughly the same number of major updates as Android and iOS. From 2010 - 2013, Google took Android from Gingerbread to KitKat, Apple revved iOS from version 4 to 7, and Microsoft gave us Windows Phone 7, 7.5 and 8.0. At best, you can consider the software release cadence competitive. At...

Nvidia Announces LTE Partnership with Renesas Mobile and GCT Semiconductor

Nvidia's announcement today is a bit interesting, as it seems to head-off one of the most commonly perpetuated rumors that I read online in the SoC space. Namely, that...

2 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

Qualcomm Expands its Gobi Brand to include entire MDM portfolio

For a considerable time now, almost everyone has referred to Qualcomm's Gobi solution incorrectly. Put simply, the Gobi brand was something of a victim of both the confusing reality...

5 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

T-Mobile Makes 2013 LTE on AWS plans official in Earnings Report

In T-Mobile USA's fourth quarter 2011 earnings report, the magenta-branded carrier made official its plans to deliver LTE in 2013 on its AWS spectrum holdings, which were recently bolstered...

6 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

TI Posts OMAP 5 Dual Core A15 vs Quad Core A9 Video

It seems as though everyone is trying to preempt build excitement before MWC 2012 with their next-generation SoC related news. We've previewed Qualcomm's Krait performance on an MDP MSM8960...

26 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) Preview Part II

Yesterday we presented the first results of Qualcomm's Krait based MSM8960 SoC. While we still await the first Krait based phones (widely expected to begin shipping sometime in Q2)...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2012

LG's Optimus 4X HD: 1.5GHz Tegra 3 Smartphone w/ 4.7-inch HD Display to Launch at MWC 2012

Although we're still waiting on the global announcement, LG Korea has already announced the Optimus 4X HD one of the first Tegra 3 based smartphones. The 4.7-inch display is...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2012

NVIDIA's Rebrands Tegra 3's vSMP as 4-PLUS-1

ARM Cortex A9 cores are relatively tiny and it's not too difficult to put a handful of them down on an SoC. NVIDIA did just that with its Tegra...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2012

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and mini 2 Announced: Mystery SoC Within

In August of last year, Samsung laid out it's naming strategy for their Galaxy line of phones, with a grand total 5 device categories. Well, turns out they left...

7 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/22/2012

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) Performance Preview - 1.5 GHz MSM8960 MDP and Adreno 225 Benchmarks

If you've been following our SoC and smartphone related coverage over the past couple of years, you'll probably remember how Qualcomm let us take home an MDP8660 from MWC...

86 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/21/2012

ZTE Mimosa X: First Smartphone Powered by NVIDIA's Icera 450 Modem

In May of last year NVIDIA was on a roll. Hot off the release of the first Tegra 2 based phones, NVIDIA announced the intent to acquire baseband manufacturer...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2012

LG's Optimus Vu Takes On Samsung's Galaxy Note: Are You Ready For A 5.x" Phone?

When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note at IFA, we were excited, but a bit perplexed. The Galaxy Note's 1280x800 HD Super AMOLED display could be a big winner, but...

32 by Jason Inofuentes on 2/20/2012

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX Review - 1.8x The Battery

For a while now, our chief complaint when talking about 4G LTE handsets has been battery life. The combination of 45nm cellular basebands, ever increasing screen size, and 4x...

45 by Brian Klug on 2/14/2012

TI Announces WiLink 8 Family - WiFi, GNSS, NFC, BT, and FM Combo Chip

It goes without saying that connectivity is a hugely important part of smartphones. After all, without some sort of network connection, you've basically just got an expensive PDA or...

14 by Brian Klug on 2/13/2012

HTC Announces Initial Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout Plans

A while back, HTC announced the first suite of devices that it would be rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates to. The devce lineup included the entire...

39 by Brian Klug on 2/9/2012

Google Releases Chrome For Android - Updated

It has finally happened; Google has officially released Chrome for Android. In typical Google fashion, the browser is currently in beta and requires Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to...

30 by Saumitra Bhagwat, Andrew Cunningham & Brian Klug on 2/8/2012

Nokia Announces White Lumia 800

Nokia announced today that their first Windows phone, the Lumia 800 (our review), will be available in white later this month. The initial lineup included three color options: black...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 2/7/2012

CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 Update Changes Signal Reporting

Back when the Verizon CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus released, there was much talk of a signal related issue, which we investigated. The findings back then were that there was nothing...

6 by Brian Klug on 2/6/2012

Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX Update Enables CDRX for Better LTE Battery Life

While we don't usually cover every software update on every platform, I thought it worth noting something special about the new update which will begin going out shortly to...

7 by Brian Klug on 2/3/2012

Qualcomm and Ericsson Demonstrate SR-VCC Voice Handover from LTE to WCDMA on MSM8960

Until now, the way voice has worked on handsets with a 4G LTE air interface has been, well, interesting. That is to say, thus far all voice calls haven't...

9 by Brian Klug on 2/2/2012

US Cellular Announces Initial 4G LTE Markets, Devices

Not to be left in the dust by their big national counterparts, regional carriers are also moving onward to 4G LTE, and US Cellular today announced its initial 4G...

4 by Brian Klug on 2/1/2012

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