Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

HTC Invests $300M in Beats Electronics, Audio is a Priority for Future Smartphones

Earlier tonight HTC announced, via AllThingsD, that it would be investing $300M in Beats Electronics, LLC, creators of the famous Beats by Dr. Dre brand. Beats is still a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2011

Samsung Galaxy R Announced - A Tegra 2 Smartphone

Earlier this year while at MWC, Anand and I broke news of a Samsung Galaxy phone with Tegra 2 inside. At the time, we assumed it was a Galaxy...

9 by Brian Klug on 8/10/2011

Nokia to Suspend Sales of Symbian, Feature Phones in the US

Nokia President Chris Weber announced in an interview today that the company will completely stop selling feature phones and Symbian-based smartphones in the US in order to focus on...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/9/2011

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play: Where Do You Want To Take Your Gaming Today?

The debate over the potential (or not, depending on your perspective) for cellular handsets to supplant dedicated portable gaming consoles was already at the 'dull roar' stage when Steve...

36 by Brian Dipert on 8/8/2011

HTC Launches HTC Dev Developer Portal - HTC Pen SDK and S3D SDK

Earlier this year at Qualcomm's annual Uplinq conference, HTC announced that it was going to open up parts of Sense to devleopers and launch HTC OpenSense. HTC OpenSense is...

1 by Brian Klug on 8/8/2011

Clearwire Makes its LTE Advanced Plans Official

We've suspected for a long time now that this was inevitable, but Clearwire today announced its official intent to build an "LTE Advanced-ready" network alongside its existing WiMAX network...

8 by Brian Klug on 8/3/2011

HTC Announces Web-Based Bootloader Unlock Tool

Via its Facebook page today, HTC announced some more details about how it will unlock the bootloaders of devices that are currently selling with them locked. The tool will...

5 by Brian Klug on 8/3/2011

Qualcomm's March into the Gaming Market

We've mentioned before that the next-generation of mobile, particularly tablet, SoCs are supposed to give us performance equal to or greater than current generation gaming consoles (e.g. Xbox 360...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/3/2011

Qualcomm's Updated Brand: Introducing Snapdragon S1, S2, S3 & S4 Processors

All microprocessor companies struggle with the same basic marketing problem: how do you explain to the average consumer why one part is faster than another without saying cache, GHz...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/3/2011

RIM Announces BlackBerry Torch 9810, Bold 9900, Torch 9860 - 2011 Lineup

Almost exactly a year ago, AT&T and RIM announced the BlackBerry Torch 9800, which we reviewed and found brought a much-needed new WebKit based browser and OS update, but...

11 by Brian Klug on 8/3/2011

T-Mobile G2x Review: Gingerbread-Infused

I’ve been a loyal T-Mobile user for the last five years, so the logjam of sorts at the top of The Big Magenta’s smartphone linuep is particularly interesting to...

37 by Vivek Gowri on 8/3/2011

Droid Bionic Outed: OMAP 4430 Reigns

When the hype machine for a product hits a certain decibel, you can expect some legitimate news to come rolling in. And so it is, after covering the leaked...

16 by Jason Inofuentes on 8/2/2011

Motorola Droid 3 Review - Third Time's a Charm

If ever a product has summed up the progression of the Android ecosystem, it’s the Motorola Droid. The first Droid catapulted Android into the mainstream with its first 2.x...

84 by Brian Klug on 7/30/2011

AT&T Officially Confirms Throttling Plans for Heaviest Users

There has been considerable talk and rumor in the last week about AT&T considering throttling the heaviest users on its 3G networks. Turns out those rumors were true, as...

24 by Brian Klug on 7/29/2011

This Just In - Motorola Droid 3 for Verizon

Almost a month ago, we posted about the Motorola Droid 3 popping up in GLBenchmark 2.0's online result browser, with a dual-core 1 GHz OMAP 4430 SoC at its...

39 by Brian Klug on 7/15/2011

Novatel Wireless MiFi 4510L Review - The Best 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot?

A while back we explored almost all of Verizon’s 4G LTE network launch hardware - two USB modems, the Samsung SCH-LC11 hotspot, and the HTC Thunderbolt, to be exact...

24 by Brian Klug on 7/14/2011

Motorola Droid X2 Review - A Droid X with Tegra 2

Almost exactly one year ago we reviewed and thoroughly explored the Motorola Droid X. At that point, its 1 GHz OMAP 3630 made it a competent performer and a...

72 by Brian Klug on 7/7/2011

TI OMAP4 First to be Awarded Netflix HD DRM Certification

Last week, TI Invited me out to their Dallas, Texas headquarters as part of an editors day. There they showed and talked about a number of exciting projects, including...

23 by Brian Klug on 7/5/2011

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Review

The original Droid Incredible by HTC was the second Android phone I ever officially reviewed. The first was Google's Nexus One. A year ago I proudly proclaimed that the...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/3/2011

HTC Sensation 4G Review - A Sensational Smartphone

I like what HTC has been up to lately. Rather than fighting a race to the bottom with endless soulless variants of the same piece of hardware in a...

107 by Brian Klug on 7/1/2011

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