Google's applications like Gmail, Camera, and Chrome are likely applications that came on your Android phone when you first purchased it. But unlike iOS where Apple has to ship an entire operating system update to update an application, Google's apps for Android can be updated right from Google Play. Google has been steadily updating their applications to take advantage of their new "Material Design" design principles that were shown off at Google I/O. With Android 5.0 Lollipop on the horizon, Google has to get the remaining applications up to date, and the latest application to recieve the new visual style is Gmail with its major update to version 5.0. As you can see above, there's a lot of changes that come with the new Material...

Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4

Somehow both Anand and I ended up with international versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, equipped with the first generation Exynos 5 Octa (5410) SoC. Anand bought an international...

109 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/30/2013

Google Chromecast Review - An Awesome $35 HDMI Dongle

So I have a confession to make – I didn’t hate the Nexus Q. While I didn’t necessarily love it and use it daily like a small minority of...

105 by Brian Klug on 7/29/2013

Nexus 7 (2013) - Mini Review

At an event in San Francisco, Google announced an updated version of the popular Nexus 7 tablet which first appeared at last year’s Google I/O. The big new features...

253 by Brian Klug on 7/27/2013

What's New in Android 4.3

As expected, today Google made a management release for Android 4.2 official at their breakfast with Sundar event, bumping the release up to Android 4.3 and introducing a bunch...

69 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2013

Google's Breakfast With Sundar Pichai Event - Live Blog

We're in San Francisco again for Google, and this time we're expecting news about the next release of Android, and perhaps some news on the Chrome OS front, and...

27 by Brian Klug on 7/24/2013

Android 4.2.2 Update Rollout for HTC One Begins - We Take a Look

Back when I reviewed the HTC One, I also did a walkthrough of Sense 5 and how it worked with Android 4.1.2. Although Sense 5 is a big step...

33 by Brian Klug on 7/8/2013

NVIDIA Shield Delayed, Now Ships In July

After a steady stream of positive Shield updates, NVIDIA just dropped a bit of unfortunate news by regarding an issue which has resulted in a delay to the Tegra...

18 by Ryan Smith on 6/26/2013

HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review - Nearly Nexus

Back at Google I/O, the search giant announced the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Nexus User Experience, a device which combined Samsung's SGS4 hardware and the stock Android experience...

82 by Brian Klug on 6/26/2013

NVIDIA Shield Gets a Launch Date and a Price Cut: June 27th for $299

Earlier this morning NVIDIA sent out a press release offing an update on the launch of their forthcoming handheld console, Shield. When Shield was first made available for pre-orders...

8 by Ryan Smith on 6/20/2013

CPUID's CPU-Z Arrives on Android via Google Play

About three years ago, I remember one of the biggest problems I had while sorting out phones was figuring out what SoCs were inside them. Manufacturers weren't yet open...

28 by Brian Klug on 6/16/2013

Hands On with the Final NVIDIA Shield Hardware, Update: Now with Video

It seems like forever since CES 2013 when we first laid eyes on and played with NVIDIA’s Project Shield. Time flies, and since then Shield has dropped the Project...

46 by Brian Klug on 6/11/2013

HTC One with Nexus Experience Announced

At Google I/O 2013, the search giant announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Nexus Experience, and almost immediately rumors began circulating about a potential HTC One with the same...

41 by Brian Klug on 5/30/2013

The Next Version of Android - Some of What's Coming

Google I/O 2013 recently wrapped up, and I’ve been spending some time ingesting all the information from sessions during the event, including ones I couldn’t directly attend. While Google...

17 by Brian Klug on 5/19/2013

NVIDIA Shield Up For Preorder Today

In response to buzz about NVIDIA's Shield console, NVIDIA has moved up the preorder date a few days, May 20th to today, May 17th. Shield will be available for...

20 by Brian Klug on 5/17/2013

Google I/O 2013 Keynote: Live Blog

We're here in San Francisco's Moscone West for Google I/O 2013, where Google will be no doubt talking shop about Android, Chrome, Google+, and the rest of its online...

34 by Brian Klug on 5/15/2013

NVIDIA Shield Up for Preorder May 20 for $349, Ships in June

It has been a while since we last heard from NVIDIA about Project Shield. Today, NVIDIA is dropping "Project" from the name, making it formally just Shield, and simultaneously...

28 by Brian Klug on 5/14/2013

Acer Iconia A1 7.9” Tablet

Continuing with the spate of Acer announcements from today, next up we have the Iconia A1 Tablet. Details on the SoC are a bit scarce, but it’s listed as...

17 by Jarred Walton on 5/3/2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review - Part 1

It’s no secret that Samsung enjoyed huge success with Galaxy S 3. In many markets, SGS3 was easily the Android handset to beat, even as faster and arguably better...

332 by Brian Klug on 4/24/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review

For the past couple of years Samsung, and many other Google partners, have been on the hunt to improve productivity on Android - particularly on tablets. We’ve seen hardware...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2013

Google Announces Glass Specs, Developer SDK, Shipment to Glass Explorers in Waves

Google dropped a bunch of Glass related news today. First up are some high level specifications which posted in an FAQ document. There's still no word about SoC or...

21 by Brian Klug on 4/16/2013

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