Google is on a roll today – on top of all the hardware and software products they unveiled today, they found time to talk about Google Glass. It’s not a complete product – far from it, but they showed their progress so far.
The device itself features a processor, camera, built-in storage, multiple radios and several sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer and compass). Read more »
Google’s new tablet, the Nexus 7, will be the first device that will come with the mobile Google Chrome as its default browser. Google’s presenters were mum on what that means for other devices.
Nexus 7 is also the first Jelly Bean device, so it’s possible that JB will drop the current browser and use Chrome. Since it would be a while since any of us not present at the Google I/O gets one, I suggest you head to the Google Play app store to get the latest version of the Chrome browser for Android. It just graduated from beta. Read more »
We already had a look at how many new Androids are activated a day, now it’s time to look at the Google Play store. There are now 600,000 apps and games in the store and users do 1.5 billion installs each month. Google have tallied the score and there have been 20 billion installs in total.
It’s not just the number of apps though, the way apps are handled has been improved and the Play Store now offers magazines and TV shows. Read more »
Google’s I/O is just starting up and there are a ton of exciting news to come. But Hugo Barra opened up with how far Android has come so far – and it’s quite far as it turns out.
400 million Android devices have been activated already – that’s a four-fold increase in just one year. Read more »
The phablet market came as a bit of a surprise – no one expected the Note to sell as well as it did. Now that the class gained traction, though, the LG Optimus Vu, has big dreams for its future.
It sets itself apart with L-series styling, a 4:3 screen and comes with a nice, easy to handle stylus in the box. Read more »
We’ve had the Huawei Ascend P1 in our office long enough to run the battery tests. Since we couldn’t find official battery life numbers on Huawei’s website, this is our first look at how long the 1670mAh battery lasts.
The Ascend P1 performed more or less as we expected it to – with web browsing once again proving to be the bane of AMOLED screens. The other numbers are very good though. Read more »
We say welcome to the Huawei Ascend P1. While it gets ready to step in front of our camera, let’s go over the basics. The Ascend P1 is an Ice Cream Sandwich droid, with a dual-core processor, a 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen and a 8MP camera.
The Ascend P1 has an attractive, distinctive design and takes care to get most things right. Read more »
Unlike most of the Microsoft-designed hardware (Zune, Kin, etc.), the Xbox is a strong seller, so this is potentially huge news – Xbox Surface, a 7″ tablet.
Is this the Microsoft-branded tablet that the rumor mill has been chatting about? Well, if it is, it sounds like a pretty odd design – besides the tablet, there’s also a “stationary computing device”, which is quite the powerhouse. Read more »
Mozilla are always toying with new designs for a web browser – their latest effort is called ‘Junior’ and is a browser prototype for the iPad with a design that’s a clean break from the standard Safari browser.
Mozilla created Junior because even though, according to them, the iPad offers the best browsing experience on a tablet, it’s still “miserable”. Read more »
ARM is best known for designing mobile CPUs, but they make GPUs as well – their Mali-400 GPU has powered many popular high-end smartphones, but next year we’ll be seeing its successor inside low and mid-range phones.
The new Mali-450 GPU has received some performance tweaks but changes to the architecture also allow more cores to be used. Read more »
Sony showcased a flexible 9.9″ OLED screen at SID’s Display Week 2012. The screen is just a prototype for now and wasn’t even physically present at the event – they just showed a video of it.
Sony said “We have just made the panel and did not have time to evaluate its reliability for bringing it out”, but even so “it is a realistic choice for volume production of a flexible OLED panel”. Read more »
It’s time for another episode of “ultra cheap Android tablet from a little known maker”. This time it’s the Takhti 7, a 7″ Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. It packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage.
So, what can this tablet offer that a Kindle Fire can’t (besides a slightly tweaked Android 4.0)? Well, there’s a microSD card slot, HDMI port and a front-facing camera. Read more »
Real-time video stabilization is available on both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. We already did a comprehensive shootout between those two, but we thought you might find it interesting how they fare in this particular challenge.
Both phones have 1080p-capable 8MP cameras and quad-core processors, but their video-recording capabilities are not exactly the same. Read more »
The Sony Xperia P packs a special screen with WhiteMagic technology, which promises a lot of power-saving – up to 50% Sony says. But the other variable we need to consider here is the battery – and its meager 1305mAh capacity.
So, the screen may seem well suited to display web sites (which are predominantly white) with its white subpixels, but the battery is smaller than the one on a Samsung Galaxy S, which came out two years ago with a similarly-sized screen and a single core chipset. Read more »
Ivy Bridge reviews mostly agree that the new architecture doesn’t overclock as well as Sandy Bridge, but that didn’t stop intrepid overclocker HiCookie from reaching 7.032GHz – a world record – with an Intel Core i7 3770K running on a Gigabyte motherboard. He also set a world record for DDR3 overclocking while he was at it.
The world records have been validated by CPUz and Canard PC and you can watch them being set on video (after the break). Read more »