Smartphones

The LG G3 was probably the Android phone that was closest to getting everything right last year, but it ultimately fell short of being the “best Android phone”. The camera was the most balanced between the Galaxy S5 and One M8, the design wasn’t quite as nice as the One M8 but definitely better than the Galaxy S5, and LG’s UI fit in relatively well with Android 4.4. The one flaw that held it back was ultimately the display, which was probably responsible for a lot of the problems that I noticed in the G3. Battery life wasn’t as good as the competition, which was probably due to the new 1440p display. The display itself wasn’t all that impressive either, as there was significant saturation...

Anand Chandrasekher Joins Qualcomm

Qualcomm has been on a hiring roll lately. Not only did it scoop up AMD's Eric Demers, but today Qualcomm announced that Anand Chandrasekher would be joining as CMO...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/6/2012

AT&T's HTC One X Gets Updated, Changes Task Switcher Button, Coming to all One S and X Devices

Probably one of the most interesting and controversial decisions about the HTC One series involves something as basic as button placement. Rather than use on-screen buttons like the Galaxy...

16 by Brian Klug on 8/4/2012

GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on iOS and Android Devices

Earlier today we published our first results using GLBenchmark 2.5, the long awaited update to one of our most frequently used mobile GPU benchmarks. In our first article we...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/31/2012

GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on Modern Android Smartphones & Tablets

For quite a while now, GLBenchmark has been a regular test in our smartphone, tablet, and SoC reviews. As GPU performance has steadily increased, GLbenchmark 2.1.x started hitting vsync...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/31/2012

NVIDIA Announces Compatibility with WiFi Display Miracast Specification

Back at the end of May, the WiFi Alliance announced a new WiFi Display certification program called Miracast. Making a standardization process for WiFi Display products to guarantee interoperability...

14 by Brian Klug on 7/26/2012

Broadcom Announces 802.11ac Combo Chip, BCM4335

Back at the Netgear 802.11ac event where we got to see some of the first 802.11ac enabled R6300 and R6200 routers, Broadcom told me that the announcement of an...

7 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2012

Qualcomm's Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064/Adreno 320) Performance Preview

If you've been following our SoC related coverage, you'll probably have come across our coverage of Qualcomm's upcoming SoCs in their Mobile Development Platforms (MDPs). It's an interesting way...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/24/2012

HTC One S Review - International and T-Mobile

At the very top of HTC’s new lineup are three flagship devices: the One X, its cousin the One XL, and the One S. I say flagship because HTC’s...

97 by Brian Klug on 7/17/2012

Motorola Atrix HD Preview: $99 Monster?

I was reminded yesterday of the Droid RAZR launch event. One of the RAZR product managers excitedly leapt at the opportunity to run me through some benchmarks on the...

58 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/14/2012

Samsung To Sell Developer Edition Verizon Galaxy S III with Unlockable Bootloader

Late last week, Samsung and Verizon drew considerable ire from Android enthusiasts after customers who had preordered their SGS3s and received them early noticed that the device included a...

18 by Brian Klug on 7/10/2012

Motorola Atrix HD Official: $99, LTE, 4.5" HD LCD on AT&T

After jumping the gun the other day, Motorola made the Atrix HD official today, announcing the 4.5" HD LTE device for $99 and available on July 15th at your...

17 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/10/2012

Android 4.1 hits AOSP, Verizon Galaxy Nexus regains AOSP Support

Earlier today Google released the Android 4.1 source code into AOSP (Android Open Source Project), as noted by JBQ in the usual Android Building group. The release is Android...

6 by Brian Klug on 7/9/2012

Some Impressions and Benchmarks from Chrome on iOS

Earlier today, Google announced Chrome for iOS (iPhone and iPad), and thanks to Richard Gaywood finding a direct link to the App Store, I got the chance to play...

52 by Brian Klug on 6/28/2012

Google announces Chrome for iOS - iPhone and iPad

Google has just announced that Chrome is coming to the iOS App Store later today for iPad and iPhone at Google I/O 2012. Chrome on iOS looks superficially identical...

15 by Brian Klug on 6/28/2012

Google Nexus 7 and Android 4.1 - Mini Review

Today was an extremely busy day for Google, with the formal announcement of both Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and two new members of the Nexus family – the Nexus...

189 by Brian Klug on 6/28/2012

Google Announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Project Butter

Back at Mobile World Congress, both Anand and I heard rumblings that UI performance would be a huge emphasis in the next major release of Android. I remember being...

17 by Brian Klug on 6/27/2012

Google I/O 2012 Keynote Day 1 - We're Here Live

We just got seated inside Moscone Center for Google I/O 2012. While some details of the Nexus 7 tablet and Q have been already released before the keynote...

7 by Brian Klug on 6/27/2012

T-Mobile 1900 MHz WCDMA outside Moscone Center - Air Interface Hands On

I just arrived in San Francisco, CA for Google I/O, which we'll be covering live tomorrow, providing the event's 5 GHz WiFi and backup Verizon LTE or AT&T LTE...

5 by Brian Klug on 6/26/2012

New Windows Start Screen Demoed on Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7.8

We just caught up with Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Windows Phone, who was showing off a Lumia 900 running a non-final Windows Phone 7.8 build. The WP7.8...

16 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

Microsoft Announces First Windows Phone 8 Hardware Partners, Qualcomm SoCs Inside [Update: MSM8960]

Probably one of the biggest rumors leading up to the Windows Phone 8 announcement was some speculation that Qualcomm would lose its exclusive status as the sole SoC vendor...

44 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

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