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 overclock that was almost never achieved in normal applications, and behavior that would automatically plug in all cores and set the CPU frequency to maximum. Now, most OEMs have either stopped this behavior. Even if an OEM hasn't stopped such behavior, there are options that make it possible to use the altered CPU/GPU governor in all applications. Unfortunately, I have to talk about a case where this isn't true. While I've been working on reviewing the Ascend P7 and have found a lot to like, I am sure that the Ascend P7 alters CPU governor behavior...

AT&T Will Not Buy T-Mobile

AT&T has dropped its plans for a proposed $39 billion buyout of T-Mobile, citing interference from the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice, the latter of which filed...

28 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/19/2011

Motorola Droid RAZR Review - A Better Clad Bionic

Recently Motorola unleashed a bunch of devices it was keeping up its sleeve, and the latest for Verizon is the Motorola Droid RAZR. A while ago we reviewed the...

75 by Brian Klug on 12/16/2011

Adobe Updates Flash 11.1 to support Android 4.0

Adobe has made good on its promises today by updating its Flash for Android client to support Android 4.0. The update brings Flash to 11.1.112.60 and doesn't change functionality...

8 by Brian Klug on 12/15/2011

Sony Ericsson Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha Build For Select Xperia Models

It's not even beta, but this is one of the first official releases of an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from a manufacturer to arrive. Sony Ericsson, which famously took...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/15/2011

ARM & GlobalFoundries Demo 2.5GHz+ 28nm Cortex A9 & 20nm Test Vehicle

GlobalFoundries sent over a PR showcasing two significant milestones in its march towards being a major foundry player in the mobile space. The first is the announcement of a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

RightWare Announces Basemark Halti - an OpenGL ES Halti Benchmark

GPU benchmarking on the smartphone side of things is continuing to heat up, and today RightWare, maker of both BrowserMark and the very popular Basemark ES 2.0 (which are...

6 by Brian Klug on 12/14/2011

Verizon LTE Galaxy Nexus Available Dec 15 for $299

After a long and arduous wait, Verizon has finally announced availability and pricing of its own Galaxy Nexus variant. Eager Galaxy Nexus shoppers will be able to get the...

18 by Brian Klug on 12/14/2011

The New Intel Mobile Division

Intel's haphazard ultra mobile strategy is finally getting some much needed consolidation. We got the first hints of this at IDF where Intel announced a restructuring that would combine...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

webOS Goes Open Source

HP has finally decided what it's going to do with webOS: the software will be made available under an open source license. This likely signals the ultimate end of...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/9/2011

Xbox 360 Companion for Windows Phone, Xbox Live for iOS Apps Released

The Xbox team has been rather busy lately. On Tuesday, the team delivered the most sweeping facelift of the Xbox 360 dashboard since NXE, and today released an Xbox...

7 by Brian Klug on 12/7/2011

Sony Ericsson and Motorola Detail Android 4.0 Upgrade Path

We've talked in the past about how OEMs take the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and use it to build software tailored for devices in the context of x86...

22 by Brian Klug on 12/7/2011

Verizon and AT&T: State of the LTE Spectrum Union

In two deals announced late last week, Verizon Wireless has expanded its spectrum holdings through deals that will give it control over various frequencies, almost all in the AWS...

39 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/7/2011

CyanogenMod 9 Should Support Most CM7-Compatible Devices

In an update on the CyanogenMod blog today, Cyanogen gave us our first details on device support for the forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich-based CyanogenMod 9: the first SoCs supported...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/2/2011

Verizon 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus Photos Emerge

While we're still waiting patiently for our Galaxy Nexus to arrive so we can begin digging into Android 4.0 goodness, Verizon customers in the US are also patiently for...

15 by Brian Klug on 11/30/2011

Apple Seeds iOS 5.1 Beta to Developers

Apple seems to have had a Cyber Monday surprise of its own lined up, releasing iOS 5.1 Beta (build 9B5117b) to developers this evening. We've updated an iPhone 4S...

13 by Brian Klug on 11/28/2011

Understanding Wireless Storage: Kingston Wi-Drive and Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Let me pose a hypothetical situation: say you bought an iPhone or iPad, but cheaped out and got a 16GB model. You’ve got around 10GB worth of music, a...

32 by Vivek Gowri on 11/21/2011

Galaxy Nexus & Ice Cream Sandwich: Initial Performance Analysis

The road to Google's Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is finally nearing its destination. As of yesterday, the Samsung made Galaxy Nexus went on sale in...

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/18/2011

Motorola Mobility Shareholders Vote to Approve Google Merger

Motorola Mobility shareholders have overwhelmingly approved of a potential merger with Google, the next step in the deal that was first announced in August. Ninety-nine percent of all voting...

3 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/18/2011

Qualcomm Announces a Bunch of Krait Based Snapdragon S4 SoCs

In February at MWC, Qualcomm unveiled three SoCs based on its brand new Krait microarchitecture: the single/dual-core MSM8930, dual-core MSM8960 and the quad-core APQ8064. More recently, we dove into...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2011

Adding Vellamo to our Mobile Benchmark Suite - Six Android Phones Tested

For a while now we've been keeping track of mobile browser performance using two relatively popular JavaScript heavy benchmarks that are a regular fixation in our smartphone reviews. If...

82 by Brian Klug on 11/16/2011

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