Smartphones

The LG G3 was probably the Android phone that was closest to getting everything right last year, but it ultimately fell short of being the “best Android phone”. The camera was the most balanced between the Galaxy S5 and One M8, the design wasn’t quite as nice as the One M8 but definitely better than the Galaxy S5, and LG’s UI fit in relatively well with Android 4.4. The one flaw that held it back was ultimately the display, which was probably responsible for a lot of the problems that I noticed in the G3. Battery life wasn’t as good as the competition, which was probably due to the new 1440p display. The display itself wasn’t all that impressive either, as there was significant saturation...

Novatel MiFi 4620L Jetpack Available on April 12th for $49.99

We got a chance to check out Novatel's next generation MiFi at CES this past January, and came away impressed with the update. Officially titled the Novatel Wireless MiFi...

12 by Vivek Gowri on 3/28/2012

Google begins Android 4.0.4 Rollout

Just today, Google announced that it was rolling out Android 4.0.4 to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for download, with build IMM76D. The note at that point by...

14 by Brian Klug on 3/28/2012

Apple's A5X Die (and Size?) Revealed

iFixit saved us all a whole lot of trouble and performed a teardown of the new iPad announced last week. The internals were mostly what we expected, down to...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2012

HTC Publishes Updated Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout Plans

About a month ago, Brian wrote about HTC's initial Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release plans. Yesterday HTC published a blog post which added a few models to the list...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 3/14/2012

Samsung Announces SGS2 GT-I9100 ICS Update Hitting March 10th - Update: Not March 10th

Not to be outdone by Apple with its recent iOS 5.1 announcement, nor HTC with its rollout to Sensations in Nordic countries, Samsung has announced that it will make...

28 by Brian Klug on 3/8/2012

The iOS 5.1 update, "4G", AT&T, and the 3G Toggle

When the iPhone 4S first launched, AT&T ominously noted (through a document leaked to The Verge) that it was "working with Apple" to update the 3G indicator to 4G...

12 by Brian Klug on 3/7/2012

Apple Posts iOS 5.1 Final: Build 9B179 - Update: "3G" Logo changed to "4G" on AT&T

A full 1 month and 27 days since iOS 5.1 B3 was posted for Apple Developers to try out, iOS 5.1 final has posted online for download and installation...

20 by Brian Klug on 3/7/2012

Verizon Wireless Announces its Android 4.0 Update List

Getting Android devices updated to the latest version of the OS is something of an arduous prospect, and in recent months we've been getting an even clearer view of...

17 by Brian Klug on 3/6/2012

Google Rebrands and Renames Android Market to Google Play

The Android Market has slowly evolved to become much more than a place for vending Android applications, and today Google announced that it is rebranding the Android Marketplace to...

12 by Brian Klug on 3/6/2012

Android Market App size raised to 4GB from 50MB

If you've tried any of the bigger, beefier Android games, chances are good you likely have come across an initial asset preload method which goes something like this: The...

7 by Brian Klug on 3/5/2012

AT&T Sets Unlimited 3G Data cap to 3GB, 4G LTE Unlimited cap to 5GB

AT&T recently started taking heat as subscribers with grandfathered unlimited data plans saw their downstream throughput throttled after consuming just over 2GB on AT&T's 3G HSPA+ network. The primary...

47 by Brian Klug on 3/1/2012

TI Demos OMAP5 WiFi Display Mirroring on Development Platform

On our last day at MWC 2012, TI pulled me aside for a private demonstration of WiFi Display functionality they had only just recently finalized working on their OMAP...

3 by Brian Klug on 3/1/2012

TI Brings OMAP 5 to MWC

A month ago we saw weeks old OMAP 5 silicon running at CES. Earlier this week we got a chance to see TI's OMAP 5 reference platform playing back...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Physical Impressions of the Nokia Lumia 610, 900, and Nokia 808 PureView

We just stopped by Nokia for our meeting and finally got a chance to play with the new Lumia 610, the Europe-bound Lumia 900, and the Nokia 808 PureView...

11 by Brian Klug on 2/29/2012

Sonic 4: Episode II, Now Optimized for Tegra

We had a chance to get some hands on time with the Tegra Zone enhanced version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, which was announced yesterday for NVIDIA's...

9 by Brian Klug on 2/28/2012

The Portland Group Announces OpenCL Compiler for ST-Ericsson ARM-Based NovaThor SoCs

Amidst all the major hardware announcements at MWC2012 there are also some announcements coming out of the software side. The Portland Group (PGI) sent word this afternoon that their...

2 by Ryan Smith on 2/28/2012

Physical Impressions from the Huawei Ascend D Quad

We headed over to the Huawei booth to check out the Ascend D Quad and get some photos of the device and some physical impressions. The device includes Huawei's...

5 by Brian Klug on 2/28/2012

Broadcom Announces New Combo Chips - BCM4334, BCM43241, Shows 802.11ac Once More

We've been covering the combo chip space for a while now, which is hugely important for both smartphones, tablets, and other form factors usually driven by ARM SoCs. Combo...

5 by Brian Klug on 2/28/2012

ST-E Will Have FD-SOI Based U8540: 35% Lower Power, Much Higher Frequencies

There's a close relationship between process technology and performance/power consumption, and it's about to get even more important in mobile. We've already seen that with the transition to 40nm...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/28/2012

Hands on With Sony's Xperia P & U

Two days ago we covered Sony's announcement of the Xperia P and Xperia U. Both of these phones are based on ST-E's U8500 SoC, their full specs are below: Sony...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/28/2012

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