Intel is facing an uphill battle in the mobile space from a marketshare perspective, but there's an additional challenge: the bulk of mobile apps are compiled targeting ARM based CPU cores, not x86. With the launch of Medfield on Android, Intel introduced a binary translation software layer to enable running existing ARM based Android apps on x86. Binary translation is a useful fix for enabling compatibility but it does come with a performance and power penalty. Enabling native x86 applications is ultimately the goal here, BT is just used as a transitional tool. As far as I can tell, none of the big game engines (Unity, Unreal Engine) were ported to x86 on Android. As a result, any game that leveraged these engines would...

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Teardown

In researching for my piece on the Transformer Prime's GPS issue I needed to know the location of the GPS antenna inside the Transformer Prime. Given the limited supply...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2012

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime GPS Issue Explained

An Apology Over the past couple of weeks I've received emails and tweets asking me to look into GPS performance issues with ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime. By the...

67 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2012

All BlackBerry PlayBook Models On Sale for $299

Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet (read our review) is now on sale for $299 in the BlackBerry Store, a price which applies to the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/3/2012

Apple Acquires Anobit: Bringing NAND Endurance Technology In-House

I'd seen speculation that Apple was going to drop $500M on Anobit over the past few weeks. Ars Technica also published a piece believing the acquisition to be true...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Review Part II: Battery Life & More

In our original review of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime I did the best I could do given limited testing opportunity with the platform before the NDA lifted...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi 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

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

Performance-Fixing Kindle Fire Update Due in Less Than Two Weeks

Amazon will be releasing an over-the-air software update for its Kindle Fire tablet in less than two weeks, company spokesman Drew Herdener revealed to the New York Times yesterday...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/12/2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Previewed on the Archos G9

When we posted about the launch of the Archos G9 Turbo, we mentioned that Archos was aiming for a Q1 2012 release date for the G9's Ice Cream Sandwich...

5 by Vivek Gowri on 12/12/2011

Toshiba Thrive: Honeycomb Hits $300

It appears that this is the season of inexpensive Android tablets, and with Christmas less than two weeks away, a well-discounted Honeycomb tablet is an interesting gift idea. When...

33 by Vivek Gowri on 12/12/2011

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

Dell Kills 7-inch Streak Tablet

Dell has discontinued its 7" Streak tablet in the United States, the bigger brother of the 5" Streak that it discontinued earlier this year - the official product page...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/5/2011

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

Archos G9 Turbos On Sale Next Week, OMAP 4460-based G9 At CES (Updated)

The saga of the Archos G9 tablets, once dubbed the world's fastest, has been a little drawn out. Archos originally intended to have 1.5 GHz variants out by this...

9 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/2/2011

An Update on Transformer Prime Battery Life & WiFi Issues

In our review of ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime I mentioned that I couldn't sustain speeds greater than 2Mbps over WiFi on my review unit. In practice, most web...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/2/2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Availability: Week of December 19th

If you're waiting to get your hands on an Eee Pad Transformer Prime, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer. ASUS is expecting the first etail...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/1/2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime & NVIDIA Tegra 3 Review

Going from making good motherboards to going head to head with Samsung for Google's affection is a pretty big step for ASUS, but it's one that the company has...

205 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/1/2011

Amazon Kindle Fire Review

I'll be honest here (I always am?): I don't understand the iPad comparison. The Kindle Fire and iPad 2 couldn't be more different. They are vastly different sizes, shapes...

71 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Vivek Gowri on 11/29/2011

NVIDIA Demos Ice Cream Sandwich Running on ASUS Transformer Prime

Two days after the public release of Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich), NVIDIA had it up and running on ASUS' announced but not-yet-released Eee Pad Transformer Prime. NVIDIA sent...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2011

Amazon's Silk Browser Acceleration Tested: Less Bandwidth Consumed, But Slower Performance

We've been working on our Kindle Fire review over the weekend but I thought I'd break out a particularly interesting section of the review for release a bit early...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/21/2011

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