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...

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 & Ascend G7 Hands-On

Today Huawei launches the successor to the Ascend Mate, the Mate 7 and a new mid-range device called the Ascent G7. I've got my hands on a Mate 7...

28 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2014

Lenovo Announces the VIBE X2 With 8-Core CPU

Lenovo has made quite a few announcements at IFA so far, but most have related to their traditional PC business. Today they announced a new high end smartphone branded...

16 by Brandon Chester on 9/4/2014

Microsoft Launches New Mid-Range Lumias And Accessories At IFA 2014

Today in Berlin Microsoft announced two new midrange Windows Phones, as well as several accessories to compliment the Windows Phone ecosystem. We now have the rest of the phones...

34 by Brett Howse on 9/4/2014

HTC Announces the Desire 820

According to HTC, the Desire 816 proved to be a popular device in the mid-range smartphone market. Now, only a bit longer than six months after its release, the...

12 by Brandon Chester on 9/4/2014

Samsung Announces Gear VR: A VR Harness For Your Note 4

Alongside today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also used the occasion to announce that they intend to break into the nascent VR headset market with their own...

20 by Ryan Smith on 9/3/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4: Hands On

By now, most people seem to have accepted the concept of a phablet. At first, I was also skeptical, as I wanted a phone that could easily be used...

69 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note Edge: Hands On

Following on the heels of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is also announcing a new product named the Galaxy Note Edge. In terms of basic hardware, not much changes...

17 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

Broadcom Announces BCM4358: Second Gen 2x2 802.11ac WiFi

Today, Broadcom is announcing a new WiFi/BT combo chip that succeeds the BCM4354. According to Broadcom, the key features of this new chipset are enhanced WiFi/BT coexistence performance, integrated...

1 by Joshua Ho on 9/3/2014

A Quick Look at the GS5 LTE-A Subpixel Layout

While it was easy to make an educated guess that the Galaxy S5 LTE-A Broadband had a PenTile subpixel layout to support the higher pixel density, I didn't get...

21 by Joshua Ho on 8/29/2014

A Look at Bioshock for iOS and How it Compares to its PC Counterpart

I originally bought Bioshock for PC a number of years ago during one of Steam's summer sales. It was $2, and I had heard good things about it so...

29 by Brandon Chester on 8/28/2014

HTC Announces Desire 510: First 64-bit Android Phone

While normally one might expect high end phones to get the latest and greatest features first, this time we see a bit of a surprising reversal. The Desire 510...

46 by Joshua Ho on 8/27/2014

Google's News & Weather App Updated to Version 2.0

Today Google has rolled out an unexpected update to an app that seemed long forgotten. It's the News & Weather application that comes on Android phones running software maintained...

22 by Brandon Chester on 8/26/2014

Intel Announces XMM6255: The World's Smallest Standalone 3G Modem

Today Intel announced their XMM6255 modem which is aimed at providing 3G network connectivity to the many future connected devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT)...

8 by Brandon Chester on 8/26/2014

LG Reveals Details About the G3 Stylus Debuting at IFA

The IFA trade show is scheduled to take place a couple of weeks from now, but LG is already giving details about their upcoming LG G3 Stylus ahead of...

12 by Brandon Chester on 8/25/2014

A Month with the iPhone 5s: Impressions from an Android User

I must confess that the last time I used an iPhone was three or four years ago. While I’ve followed the hardware changes from generation to generation, I’ve never...

196 by Joshua Ho on 8/24/2014

Examining Huawei's Benchmark Optimizations in the Ascend P7

While benchmark optimization has been a hot topic, recently it has faded into the background as the industry adjusted. Previously, we saw changes such as an automatic 10% GPU...

23 by Joshua Ho on 8/21/2014

Unity Adds Native x86 Support for Android

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...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2014

HTC Announces the HTC One (M8) for Windows

It's been a while since we've seen a high-end device running Windows Phone 8 launch from a company other than Nokia. Despite Nokia's dominance, HTC has certainly not given...

60 by Brandon Chester on 8/19/2014

State of the Part: SoC Manufacturers

Introduction A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many...

94 by Jarred Walton on 8/19/2014

HTC Launches Zoe Beta: Hands On and First Impressions

Today, HTC is finally launching their Zoe application. Normally, such an announcement is rolled into a smartphone launch, but the launch of this application is one of the first...

13 by Joshua Ho on 8/14/2014

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