Smartphones

In a somewhat interesting twist, Motorola has announced a new version of the Moto X designed to slot in between the Moto X’s traditional flagship position and the Moto G’s mid-range position. As a result, this is probably the closest thing to a competitor to the OnePlus Two and similar phones in the 300-400 USD price range. To figure out what you gain or lose in the move from the high-end Moto X Style to the Moto X Play, I’ve placed the specs below to provide some perspective. Moto X Play Moto X Style SoC Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz A53 Snapdragon 808 1.8/1.44 GHz Cortex A57/A53 RAM 2GB 3GB LPDDR3 NAND 16GB NAND + microSD 16/32/64GB NAND + microSD Display 5.5” 1080p ? 5.7” 1440p IPS Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE) 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6...

AT&T's HTC One X Gets Updated, Changes Task Switcher Button, Coming to all One S and X Devices

Probably one of the most interesting and controversial decisions about the HTC One series involves something as basic as button placement. Rather than use on-screen buttons like the Galaxy...

16 by Brian Klug on 8/4/2012

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

NVIDIA Announces Compatibility with WiFi Display Miracast Specification

Back at the end of May, the WiFi Alliance announced a new WiFi Display certification program called Miracast. Making a standardization process for WiFi Display products to guarantee interoperability...

14 by 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

HTC One S Review - International and T-Mobile

At the very top of HTC’s new lineup are three flagship devices: the One X, its cousin the One XL, and the One S. I say flagship because HTC’s...

97 by Brian Klug on 7/17/2012

Motorola Atrix HD Preview: $99 Monster?

I was reminded yesterday of the Droid RAZR launch event. One of the RAZR product managers excitedly leapt at the opportunity to run me through some benchmarks on the...

58 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/14/2012

Samsung To Sell Developer Edition Verizon Galaxy S III with Unlockable Bootloader

Late last week, Samsung and Verizon drew considerable ire from Android enthusiasts after customers who had preordered their SGS3s and received them early noticed that the device included a...

18 by Brian Klug on 7/10/2012

Motorola Atrix HD Official: $99, LTE, 4.5" HD LCD on AT&T

After jumping the gun the other day, Motorola made the Atrix HD official today, announcing the 4.5" HD LTE device for $99 and available on July 15th at your...

17 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/10/2012

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

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 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

T-Mobile 1900 MHz WCDMA outside Moscone Center - Air Interface Hands On

I just arrived in San Francisco, CA for Google I/O, which we'll be covering live tomorrow, providing the event's 5 GHz WiFi and backup Verizon LTE or AT&T LTE...

5 by Brian Klug on 6/26/2012

New Windows Start Screen Demoed on Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7.8

We just caught up with Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Windows Phone, who was showing off a Lumia 900 running a non-final Windows Phone 7.8 build. The WP7.8...

16 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

Microsoft Announces First Windows Phone 8 Hardware Partners, Qualcomm SoCs Inside [Update: MSM8960]

Probably one of the biggest rumors leading up to the Windows Phone 8 announcement was some speculation that Qualcomm would lose its exclusive status as the sole SoC vendor...

44 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

Existing Windows Phone 7 devices will get updated to Windows Phone 7.8, not Windows 8

Looks like some of the earlier rumors about the upgrade path for existing WP7 devices turned out to be true. Microsoft just now announced that existing WP7 devices will...

27 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

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