As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0. While Androbench was not a perfect benchmark by any stretch of the imagination, it was a reasonably accurate test of basic storage performance. However, with the Nexus 5 on Android’s developer preview, we saw anywhere between 2-10x improvement to Androbench’s storage performance results with no real basis in reality. It seems that this is because the way that the benchmark was written relied upon another function for timing, which has changed with Android 5.0. While we haven’t talked too much about AndEBench, it has a fully functional storage test that we can compare to our Androbench results. While we’re unsure of the...

ASUS Officially Announces Transformer Pad TF701T with 2560x1600 Display

Today at IFA in Berlin, Germany, ASUS held a press conference to cover a variety of new products. One of the more exciting products is the new Transformer tablet...

13 by Jarred Walton on 9/4/2013

Moto X Review

It has been a long time since I’ve seen a smartphone so fervently rumored, discussed, hyped, and finally announced like the Moto X has been. The level of buzz...

104 by Brian Klug on 8/26/2013

The Nexus 7 (2013) Review

Truth be told, Google has made (or at least directed the making of) some of the best tablets on the market today. The original Nexus 7 was groundbreaking in...

203 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/22/2013

Android 4.3 update for Nexus 10 and 4 removes unofficial OpenCL drivers

We had previously reported that Android 4.2 firmwares for Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 were found to contain OpenCL drivers. The drivers were an internal implementation detail and not...

13 by Rahul Garg on 8/1/2013

Update on GPU Optimizations in Galaxy S 4

Yesterday we posted our analysis of the Exynos 5 Octa's behavior in international versions of the Galaxy S 4 in certain benchmarks first discovered by Beyond3D user @Andreif7. Samsung...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/31/2013

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

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