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 Dalvik, the virtual machine on which Android Java code is executed on. We’ve had traces and previews of it available with KitKat devices since last fall, but there wasn’t much information in terms of technical details and the direction Google was heading with it. Contrary to other mobile platforms such as iOS, Windows or Tizen, which run software compiled natively to their specific hardware architecture, the majority of Android software is based around a generic code language which is transformed from “byte-code” into native instructions for the hardware on the device itself. Over the years and from...

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

The 16GB Nexus 7: Storage Performance

For the first time, in our Nexus 7 review, I started seriously looking at integrated storage performance of tablets and smartphones. I've casually done this in the past, but...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2012

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

The Google Nexus 7 Review

I viewed Google I/O, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and the first Nexus tablet as Google's last chance to deliver a knockout in the tablet space before the onslaught of...

118 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/26/2012

The Google Nexus 7 Review

I viewed Google I/O, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and the first Nexus tablet as Google's last chance to deliver a knockout in the tablet space before the onslaught of...

118 by Anand Lal Shimpi & 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

ASUS Announces Plans to Bring Jelly Bean to Transformer Pad Series

ASUS just sent us an email stating that the Transformer Pad, Transformer Pad Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity are all scheduled to receive updates to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/20/2012

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

MHL and USB-OTG on the Nexus 7 - Mounting USB Storage Not Supported

Since posting the Nexus 7 mini review, I've gotten a lot of emails asking about whether USB-OTG for storage was currently supported or would be supported in the shipping...

47 by Brian Klug on 6/29/2012

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 Makes ASUS Supplied Nexus 7 Tablet Official - Update: Play Store Page Live

Google just announced its first Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7. The specs are pretty much what we expected, including a 1280x800 LCD display, Tegra 3 SoC (probably T30L, we're...

31 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

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T) Review

Since the release of the first Eee Pad Transformer (can you believe it's only been about a year?), ASUS has released several members of the Eee Pad and Transformer...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2012

Microsoft Surface - We Go Hands On [UPDATE: Detailed Impressions]

Post-announcement, Microsoft took us to a backroom in Milk Studios to give us hands on experience with the Surface. They weren't lying, even the preproduction units feel awesome in...

161 by Vivek Gowri on 6/18/2012

Microsoft's Major Announcement in LA - We're There!

We're at Microsoft's major announcement in LA - it's been shrouded in secrecy, with Redmond only releasing venue details earlier today (a mere 5 hours before the start of...

26 by Vivek Gowri on 6/18/2012

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