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2 years ago

Benchmarks still not that relevant, but Intel seems to be doing well in them

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We've been around the block a few times on the whole benchmarking thing that is for sure. But an enterprising German blogger, known as Caschy, has managed to run a couple of different benchmarking tests on the forthcoming Orange Santa Clara and its Intel Medfield internals. The results are interesting, but not necessarily surprising. 

First up we have the Rightware "Browsermark" test, which tests the JavaScript and HTML rendering capabilities of the browser. The results do though as seen here put the Santa Clara in front of Apple's iPhone 4S

The other test was the "Vellamo" test from Qualcomm that brings together 11 benchmarks of features that a mobile browser depends on. This time the Santa Clara claimed the scalp of the revered Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The bottom line is still that benchmark tests still shouldn't be taken too seriously when judging a device's performance. But, ignoring all that, what we do have is more indications that Intel's architecture is potentially bringing something special to the table.

We shouldn't be too surprised though, remember CES? Intel made these very same claims themselves on the Las Vegas stage. At this point -- or any point for that matter -- we're not really that interested in a benchmark score. Can we just get the devices already? 

Source: Caschy's Blog (translated) via Netbook News

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2 years ago

March 10 Galaxy S II ICS upgrade date posted in error, says Samsung Korea

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Yesterday Samsung's Filipino site published statement announcing that the Galaxy S II would be receiving the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, starting tomorrow, Mar. 10. Since then, Samsung has stepped in via its official Korean Twitter account to say that the article was posted in error, and that any official date will come straight from them.

This isn't the first time a supposedly official date for the long-awaited update has been rescinded. Last week Samsung Israel took to Facebook to announce that the update would land on Mar. 15, and that post has since vanished. With all this talk of updates arriving in the next week or so, though, we're sure Galaxy S II owners won't have too long to wait.

Source: @SamsungTomorrow; via: The Verge

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2 years ago

O2 UK launches Sony Xperia S

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Following Three's announcement yesterday, O2 UK has become the second British network to launch Sony's new flagship handset, the Xperia S. Subsidized prices start at £79 on the cheapest £16.50 per month contract, while a bump up to a £21.50 per momth plan will get you the Xperia S for free, along with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and a 500MB data allowance. Unlike Three, O2 isn't selling the Xperia S on pay-as-you-go, so you'll need to open up a new line, or burn an upgrade if you want to pick up the O2-branded version.

The Xperia S is the first of Sony's new Xperia NXT series to launch internationally, going on sale first in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress. It sports a dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch 720p "HD Reality Display" and a whopping 12MP camera. We've already given you our first impressions of the Xperia S, and we'll have a full review posted in the next few days.

Source: O2 UK

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2 years ago

Motorola Motoluxe launches in the UK, T-Mobile gets it first

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Motorola's quirky mid-range phone, the Motoluxe, has today gone on sale in the UK. Various onlie and brick-and-mortar retailers are now selling the 'luxe for just over £200 (~$320) without a contract, while T-Mobile UK is offering it for free on all its 2-year contracts, which start at £21 per month.

Under the hood, the Motoluxe contains what we'd generously describe as mid-range hardware. There's an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA screen and an 8MP camera. On the software side, you get Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Motorola's latest Motoswitch UI. Those kinds of specs aren't going to wow anyone in 2012, but if you're after an affordable entry-level Android phone, the Motoluxe may be worth a look.

For our first impressions of the Motoluxe, check out our hands-on feature from CES back in January.

More: T-Mobile UK

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Do you fill out crash reports?

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Android app developers work hard. They deliver us a lot of good apps and we all love using them, and I think I speak for everyone when I say thanks to all the hard working folks who make our phones "funner" to use or more productive. But software is never bug free, and crashes happen -- it's a fact of life for all programmers. Add in the fact that the Android platform allows for almost endless customization, and you make it even harder for developers. But they carry on and deliver.

When those inevitable crashes happen, we usually get a chance to report what went on. I think this is pretty important, and I fill them out, as well as include any extra info to help. But I understand not everyone feels that way. It takes time, and some of us aren't comfortable with sharing some log data. As usual, when I get curious what other folks are doing, I ask. Let me know in the poll.

 

Do you fill out application crash reports?

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2 years ago

HTC One X rooted before release with Modaco Superboot

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The HTC One X has been rooted before it's official release thanks to Android hacker Paul O'Brien. With his Superboot method, any One X that has S-Off, or has been unlocked via the official HTCDev bootloader tool will be subject to this method, which uses the fastboot protocol to boot an insecure image that automatically loads the files needed for a system-wide root. It's easy, it works well, and should make for a simple way to root your phone once we get the One X in our hands, as long as HTC supports the device at launch with their bootloader tools.

Which is where things get a tad more complicated. Paul developed this method using a phone that was factory S-Off, which we shouldn't count on seeing in the wild. Traditionally, HTC has waited a while before providing access to their bootloader unlocking tool for new models, and without it we won't be able to boot with the Superboot image. Couple this with the different version we'll see here in the states for AT&T and things get a little more complicated. 

As usual, we all appreciate the work Paul does with new phones, and are looking forward to having a fully rooted and unlocked HTC One X in our hot little hands. Let's just hope that HTC supports unlocking the bootloaders in a timely fashion, and that Paul's work helps developers for the AT&T model as well. 

Source: Modaco; via Android Central forums

 

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2 years ago

Galaxy S II ICS update coming March 10, says Samsung Philippines

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Update: And ... it looks like the announcement has been taken down. Let's just keep our fingers crossed.

It looks like the Galaxy S II's Ice Cream Sandwich update may be imminent. Samsung has just announced on its official Philippines site that the long-awaited update will finally land this Saturday, Mar. 10. Today's news follows a Facebook post from Samsung Israel last week, which suggested a Mar. 15 launch in that country.

In the past day or so we've seen HTC update a couple of its leading 2011 devices to the latest version of Android -- ICS for the Sensation and Sensation XE is slowly trickling out, starting with users in Germany and Nordic countries.

So it's definitely ICS update season, and we look forward to seeing the new OS work its way onto more devices in the weeks ahead. The (international) Samsung Galaxy Note and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc series are due to be updated before the end of the month.

Source: Samsung Philippines; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

HTC PJ53100 appears at the FCC, looks to be headed for Verizon

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There has been more then a few HTC devices floating around out there for the past few months, most of which have now been uncovered but one lingering about at the FCC is the HTC PJ53100. The FCC shares the fact this one has Verizon LTE bands on board and not much else so we're left to wonder if this is the unannounced device that popped up a few days ago referred to as the Droid Incredible HD aka Droid Incredible 4G. It's certainly not a lot to go on, but we'll be keeping a look out for further details and once we know -- you'll know.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD passes through the FCC

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It's been a while now since the AT&T Developer Summit where they announced six new Android devices would be coming to the carrier with one of those devices being the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. In that time, we've not heard a whole lot of news about the device though, it has now slipped on through the FCC.

If you'll all remember, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD features 4G LTE along with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. In other words, a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket with an HD screen. Needless to say, it shouldn't be far off now that you'll be able to pick this one up in stores.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

NVIDIA joins the Linux Foundation - here's what it means for Android (hint: Not a lot)

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The Linux Foundation has announced four new members this week, including the familiar face of NVIDIA. As most of us here know, Android is based on the Linux kernel, and NVIDIA has become a major hardware player on our phones and tablets. But what does this mean for Android users?

On the surface, it's excellent news. NVIDIA will invest money into advancing Linux, and by proxy, all open-source projects based on it. Linux has always been strong in the enterprise (some figures claim that over 60 percent of the servers on the Internet run Linux). However, its role in the desktop, and until recently mobile, has been much smaller. Because of this, and also to blame for this -- it's a Catch-22, is the relatively poor showing multimedia makes when talking Linux. This is where NVIDIA can make a difference. With its investment, other players may feel more compelled to develop for Linux and Linux-based projects like Android. We want more support from all hardware and software vendors, and getting a company like NVIDIA on board is a big step.

On the other hand, not much is really going to change for users like us. NVIDIA isn't likely to suddenly open-source its drivers for Tegra chipsets, or even offer more support than they do now.  hat they have done is show support for a cheap operating system that bridges their expensive hardware and their showcase software together. This makes sense from a business point of view -- make games that show off the power of your product, and invest time and money into the conduit that makes it possible.

In the end, this one doesn't really affect Android fans directly. Nothing we're concerned with will change, and NVIDIA has always shown support for Linux and Android without being an official Linux Foundation member. But it is nice seeing a company give a little back, and the folks behind the scenes building Linux will put it all to good use.

Source: The Linux Foundation; via Slashdot

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