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 by Google like Nexus and Google Play Edition devices. The big change with the update is a complete design overhaul that implements Google's Material Design principles. The app previously sported a design that was like a relic from the distant past, with an interface that seemed like a mixture between Android Gingerbread design and some parts of Google's original Holo design from Android Ice Cream Sandwich. There was heavy use of black, with horizontal scrolling sections and gradients throughout. Old News & Weather on the left, new on the right. The new design is like a breath...

The State of Qualcomm's Modems - WTR1605 and MDM9x25

A little over a month ago, Qualcomm flew me out to San Diego to talk all about cellular modem, specifically their baseband lineup, testing, and later their RF and...

20 by Brian Klug on 1/4/2013

MSI Announces Slider S20 Ultrabook Convertible

Next week kicks off CES 2013 in Las Vegas, and I along with many of the other AnandTech editors will be present. Prior to the actual start of the...

9 by Jarred Walton on 1/4/2013

Thoughts on Windows 8 Laptops with Touchscreens

The past couple of months have been interesting, what with the launch of Windows 8 and the ushering in of a new user interface. I’ve had a couple of...

59 by Jarred Walton on 1/4/2013

The ARM vs x86 Wars Have Begun: In-Depth Power Analysis of Atom, Krait & Cortex A15

Late last month, Intel dropped by my office with a power engineer for a rare demonstration of its competitive position versus NVIDIA's Tegra 3 when it came to power...

140 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2013

Samsung ATIV Tab Review: Qualcomm's First Windows RT Tablet

Clover Trail was late by about a month to the Windows 8 launch. Most of the traditional PC partners were delayed either by Intel or by burdens of their...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/3/2013

The x86 Power Myth Busted: In-Depth Clover Trail Power Analysis

The untold story of Intel's desktop (and notebook) CPU dominance after 2006 has nothing to do with novel new approaches to chip design or spending billions on keeping its...

163 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/24/2012

The Clover Trail (Atom Z2760) Review: Acer's W510 Tested

Microsoft’s Windows 8/RT launch has been a bit choppier than expected. I remember hearing rumors that the OS release could slip into next year, but it seems that the...

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/20/2012

ARCHOS GamePad Introduced: 7" Gaming Tablet with Hardware Controls

Sometimes it's easier to take risks, if you aren't moving quite so many units. ARCHOS, long a player in media playback devices has spent a few years exploring Android...

24 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/6/2012

iPad 4 (Late 2012) Review

For years, almost a decade in fact, we've been asking for higher quality displays in notebooks. With most of our pleas left ignored for the value notebook segment, smartphone...

113 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/6/2012

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro Pricing and Availability: 17W IVB Starting at $899 in January 2013

Last month I reviewed Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, and came away generally impressed. The form factor and attention to detail were both much better than expected from Microsoft. The...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/29/2012

Patriot Gauntlet Node/320 Review: Wireless Storage for Tablets

One side effect of the current march towards ultramobility is the nearly complete abandonment of expandable/upgradeable local storage. No modern smartphone or tablet allows for upgradeable internal storage, and...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 11/22/2012

iPad mini Review

Over the last two months, Apple has updated almost all of its core product lines, with the addition of a 13” model to the Retina MacBook Pro line and...

140 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Vivek Gowri on 11/20/2012

Qualcomm Begins Sampling MDM9x25 - Category 4 LTE, 3GPP Release 10

During an earnings conference call earlier this week, Qualcomm announced that it had begun sampling MDM9x25 to customers. MDM9x25 is Qualcomm's its third generation multimode 28nm baseband, the successor...

14 by Brian Klug on 11/18/2012

Android 4.2 Hits AOSP, Broadcom Replaces NXP with NCI Stack for NFC

Yesterday source code for Android 4.2 was pushed to AOSP (Android Open Source Project), paving the way for other developers to begin building their own Android images and looking...

13 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 9

This past month has been insane thanks to many of our travel schedules. With things finally settling down I was able to get together with Brian and Vivek to...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/7/2012

iPad 4 GPU Performance Analyzed: PowerVR SGX 554MP4 Under the Hood

As always, our good friends over at Kishonti managed to have the first GPU performance results for the new 4th generation iPad. Although the new iPad retains its 2048...

114 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2012

Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Performance Preview

Earlier this week Google announced two new flagship Nexus devices: the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet. We received review samples of both earlier this week, and...

244 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 11/2/2012

Apple Releases iOS 6.0.1 - Fixes Keyboard Artifacts, Other Bugs (Update: iOS 6.1 Beta 1 Released As Well)

This morning Apple pushed iOS 6.0.1 (10A525) live for iPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones that can run iOS 6.0. The update fixes a number of bugs that we noted...

19 by Brian Klug on 11/1/2012

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10: A Closer Look

If we'd never heard the name Sandy, we'd have featured two live blogs today, and had a few hours to spend with the latest members of the Nexus family...

102 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/29/2012

LG and Google Announce the Nexus 4, Starts at $299

This isn't how they wanted to do it, but LG and Google are going ahead with the announcement of the Nexus 4, and it's a steal. The lineage of...

91 by Jason Inofuentes on 10/29/2012

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