Smartphones

ASUS is not new to the smartphone market. Since the days of Windows Mobile (not the new Windows Mobile) they've been selling smartphones. But when it comes to Android devices they've been primarily focused on tablets. ASUS worked with Google to design and manufacture both generations of the Nexus 7, which was beloved by Android enthusiasts. Their Padfone devices were an attempt to have a smartphone that attached to a tablet shell to make a sort of 2-in-1 smartphone and tablet. But only recently has the company started making a serious push into the Android smartphone space. Their ZenFone line of phones consists of several devices, with the newest being the ZenFone Zoom and the ZenFone 2, the latter being the device I'm looking...

Microsoft's Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco - We're There

We're inside the venue at Microsoft's Windows Phone developer summit in San Francisco. From the look of the posters we're in for some new features, including some facial recognition...

19 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Review - AT&T and T-Mobile USA Variants

For the past couple of days I've been playing with, benchmarking, and battery life testing two USA-bound variants of the SGS3 literally nonstop, a white AT&T model with LTE...

107 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

Nokia Announces PureView 808 Coming to USA for $699

The last time we played with the Nokia PureView 808 was at MWC, where I came away very impressed with the device and what I saw in terms of...

17 by Brian Klug on 6/18/2012

TI Demos Windows RT UI Performance on OMAP 4470

Last week at Computex, TI showed Anand Windows RT running on one of their own reference tablets. While performance was good according to Anand, Microsoft has instructed partners to...

20 by Brian Klug on 6/14/2012

Samsung Announces TecTiles - Programmable NFC Tags and Application

Probably one of the biggest complaints I hear related to NFC is just how slowly adoption and uptake of the technology is going. While NFC-enabled phones aren't really anything...

9 by Brian Klug on 6/13/2012

Siri in iOS 6

Apple is going through its demo of Siri in iOS 6. Siri is getting significant updates, Apple is now demonstrating Siri's extensive knowledge of sports statistics. Player stats, league...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

Google posts CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 IMM76K Factory Images

A few days ago Google started rolling out the CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 IMM76K update en-masse to Verizon subscribers. I mentioned a relatively well known trick to improve your...

1 by Brian Klug on 6/6/2012

Qualcomm Atheros makes two 802.11ac solutions official - WCN3680 and QCA986x

Way back at MWC we saw Qualcomm Atheros demonstrating single spatial stream 802.11ac on a MSM8960 MDP, where it was pushing 230 Mbps to a nearby 802.11ac router. I...

7 by Brian Klug on 6/6/2012

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular Announce More Galaxy S III Details | Update: AT&T As Well

This morning, Verizon started something of a firestorm when it posted pricing and preorder information about the Samsung Galaxy S III (SGS3) on its website, with T-Mobile, Sprint, and...

15 by Brian Klug on 6/4/2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To 5 US Carriers In June

Last year's Galaxy S II US launch was . . . complicated. In addition to waiting for months after the International launch, US carriers saw fit to vary their...

13 by Jason Inofuentes on 6/4/2012

TI Shows off OMAP5430 GPU Performance before Computex

Before MWC 2012, TI showed off OMAP5 performance in a video which compared CPU performance to Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC. The occasion this time around is Computex, and TI...

19 by Brian Klug on 6/3/2012

Galaxy Nexus CDMA/LTE 4.0.4 IMM76K Update Rolling Out

It has been nearly four months since I originally wrote about the CDMA/LTE Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 update, which changed the signal to bars mapping, improves stability, and brought other...

13 by Brian Klug on 6/2/2012

Intel Renames Orange Santa Clara to Orange San Diego, Launches June 6

By now everyone should be fairly familiar with Intel's smartphone strategy - by partnering with both carriers and handset vendors, Intel hopes to quickly carve out a niche of...

7 by Brian Klug on 5/31/2012

Samsung Makes Canadian SGS3 Variants with Krait Official

Almost immediately after making the International Samsung Galaxy S 3 (SGS3) official, speculation started about just what features would make it over to the variants bound for carriers in...

38 by Brian Klug on 5/31/2012

Nvidia Announces Icera 500 - The Baseband in Grey

During Nvidia's Tegra analyst day, more details were disclosed about both Nvidia's plans for Icera, and the upcoming codename Grey SoC with Icera inside. Earlier today we talked about...

16 by Brian Klug on 5/24/2012

Nvidia Icera 410 LTE Modem Passes AT&T Network Validation

Since acquiring Icera, Nvidia has been busy readying itself for the next level of integration - selling baseband in addition to APs (Application Processors), and further down the road...

8 by Brian Klug on 5/24/2012

OmniVision Announces 16 MP OV16820 and OV16825 CMOS sensors with 60FPS 4K2K and QFHD Support

Paying attention to smartphone CMOS sensors has been one of the things we've been doing for a while now in our smartphone reviews, and today OmniVision announced details about...

19 by Brian Klug on 5/22/2012

Sonic 4: Episode II Now Available for Tegra 3

Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, NVIDIA and Sega announced Sonic 4: Episode II would be coming to TegraZone in an optimized version for NVIDIA's Tegra 3 hardware...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/16/2012

Apple releases iOS 5.1.1 Update - Primarily Bugfixes

Apple just pushed out an update for iOS, bringing the version number up to 5.1.1. The update thus far appears to be primarily bugfixes including tweaks to HDR from...

11 by Brian Klug on 5/7/2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III Preview

It's been a long day in London, and hot off the heels of our Galaxy S III performance preview is some discussion about the hardware itself. For any successful...

126 by Brian Klug on 5/3/2012

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