Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

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...

171 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

First Impressions and Hands On of Android L

Today, Google finally posted the system images for Android L on the Nexus 5 and 7, so I decided to take a look at them to see what’s going...

64 by Joshua Ho on 6/26/2014

Google IO 2014 Day 2 Recap Video

I just finished up another day at Google IO and wanted to share a few tidbits prior to getting this stuff down in text. I spend a little bit...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/26/2014

Google IO 2014 Day 1 Recap Video

I just got back from a day at Moscone West listening to Google present updates on Android on nearly all screens. I recorded a brief video recapping some of...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2014

HTC Commits to Android L For One (M7) and (M8)

In a rather surprising move, HTC is the first OEM to promise an update to Android L. HTC has stated that this policy is part of their HTC Advantage...

11 by Joshua Ho on 6/25/2014

Google Reveals Details About Android L at Google IO

Today at Google I/O many of Google's designers and engineers took to the stage to give the world a few previews of the new design and features that will...

22 by Brandon Chester on 6/25/2014

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Dual SIM Smartphone

Today Microsoft announced a second iteration of the Nokia X family of low end smartphones they first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The new device is...

14 by Brett Howse on 6/24/2014

Samsung Launches the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A: First Snapdragon 805 Phone, First 20nm Modem

While this launch is Korea-only, Samsung recently announced a new version of their Galaxy S5 smartphone, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A. Naming aside, this makes this phone the...

40 by Joshua Ho on 6/19/2014

Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

For the longest time, iOS had almost no camera controls at all. There would be a toggle for HDR, a toggle to switch to the front-facing camera, and a...

42 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2014

Micromax Moves Forward With Windows Phone For India

At MWC this year, Microsoft announced it was partnering with several new companies to bring additional Windows Phone devices to market. At BUILD, they announced an additional two companies...

13 by Brett Howse on 6/16/2014

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review: Incredible Battery Life & Value

The commoditization of the smartphone segment has been predicted for more than a while now. It's almost obvious in a way though, especially when one looks at the progression...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 6/12/2014

Best Smartphones: Spring 2014

The major product launches for this spring are now behind us. This gives us the opportunity to evaluate the current smartphone market and identify the best smartphones in that...

46 by Brett Howse on 6/5/2014

HTC Hits a Lower Price with the One (E8)

Today, HTC announced the HTC One (E8), a phone that is effectively aimed at providing the One (M8) spec at a lower price point. While the phone doesn’t keep...

20 by Joshua Ho on 6/3/2014

Smartphone Audio Testing - HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5

Since our initial testing of smartphone audio, I’ve had a lot more time to play with the APx582 from Audio Precision. I’ve also received far more feedback than I...

78 by Chris Heinonen on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: New Transformer Book V from ASUS

One of the interesting dynamics in the mobile device industry is the integration of several form-factors in the same device. ASUS has been a major proponent in this...

14 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

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