Posts tagged with: Benchmarks
  • by | April 3, 2014 7:00 PM

    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 11:04 AM

    Last week, shortly following the release of the new HTC One, some oddities regarding the Android's benchmark performance started coming to light. By all appearances, the phone was detecting when certain benchmark apps were being run and activating its high-performance mode, whether or not the user had specifically engaged it. But was this deceitful of HTC or not? The company has since issued a statement about the situation, and it doesn't seem to see anything wrong with its actions. HTC explains, “benchmarking tests look to determine maximum performance of the CPU and GPU and, similar to ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 2:57 PM

    Tale as old as time, true as it can be, someone writes a benchmark, then someone goes and cheats. Last year, a minor scandal swept over the smartphone industry, with the discovery that certain smartphones were going out of their way to score highly on benchmark tests. Basically, rather than naturally governing performance (CPU core speed and task distribution between cores) in a way that would reflect real-world operation, manufacturers were hard-coding their phones with lists of known benchmark apps, and triggering their handsets to dial-up performance artificially. It's not that the ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 11:56 AM

    No more counting the days until the arrival of the all new HTC One; right now, we're counting hours. And in just about 23 of them, we're going to see the phone ushered-in officially as HTC's latest flagship. We'll be on the floor in NYC, bringing you the latest updates as they arrive. By the looks of things, we still might have some last-minute surprises arriving to keep this last day of rumors interesting, like that new hands-on video we shared with you overnight. The latest to catch our eye are some all new One benchmarks, painting the picture of an utter powerhouse. Right now, over at ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 3:11 AM

    Samsung gained a lot of controversy last year with the launch of its Galaxy S 4. If you remember, the device defeated every single device it competed with in benchmarks, but that was until it was unveiled that Samsung was using some extra code that made the device look good on the tests. A lot of this drama has been forgotten, but so have benchmarks from most of the tests that even we use, as it's clear that credibility is questionable. New reports claim that the company has removed this extra code from the Android 4.4 KitKat updates that are being pushed to its Samsung Galaxy S 4 and ...

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  • by | November 29, 2013 9:45 PM

    We at Pocketnow have a lot to be thankful for this week. We're busier than ever, our YouTube channel just passed 500,000 subscribers and we're deep in the planning stages for the new year's big tech expos. But most importantly, we're all still in the business of reporting on mobile gadgets, and that's something we all feel pretty lucky about. On today's late-Friday edition of the Weekly, we'll fill you in on some of the fun stuff coming down the pipe: from our forthcoming LG G Flex review, to wooden Moto X devices hitting shelves, to the future union of Windows RT and Windows Phone. We'll ...

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  • by | November 27, 2013 12:17 PM

    Benchmark tests were never the most reliable indicator of a phone's performance, but this year has really seen benchmarks losing more and more of what worth they still had. A number of Android manufacturers have been caught red-handed configuring their phones to artificially dial-up performance when they detected benchmark software was being run, rather than organically governing things like clock speed and core use based on demand. We've seen some attempts to mitigate such actions, like obscuring the package name of affected benchmark apps, but one company behind such an app has a much ...

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  • by | October 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device ... but what exactly it being built to compete with? Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman's first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in ...

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  • by | August 19, 2013 6:01 PM

    If you're not one to tote your smartphone around in a slick-looking holster, do me a favor: go ahead and pull your phone out of your pocket. Or if it's on your desk, flip it over. What's it do? Unless you own one of a small percentage of modern smartphones (or you're a big fat phony) your answer is probably "nothing." As powerful as today's mobile devices are under the hood, most are still lacking in a crucial area: intelligence. Or, if you want to get all Motorola about it, "contextual awareness." Yes, it's Google's new Moto X that's motivated this post - a device that's either the ...

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  • by | July 31, 2013 2:41 PM

    We're on the eve of the launch of a most significant (if not spec-packed) smartphone, the Moto X. We're hot on the heels of the industry's latest benchmark-juicing scandal with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 tweaking. We're only a week away from seeing what LG has to offer with its G2 (though we already know what accessories it's launching with). And we're not even a week out from the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, but we're already in full-on fretting mode about our favorite Finns. That roster would be enough to fuel two podcast episodes this size, to say nothing of listener mail! But thanks to ...

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  • by | July 23, 2013 1:55 PM

    When a new device is announced or rumored, we obsess over every last specification. And if the device – or purported device – is considered to be a flagship, yet doesn't offer the gold standard in every area (display, CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, connectivity, design, build quality and materials, etc.), we're up in arms. "Why, Samsung? Why?" Any new phone or tablet, once we get our hands on it, goes through the same, rigorous torture. Among all our personal applications and data, we install a set of synthetic benchmark applications – AnTuTu, Quadrant Standard, Geekbench, Smartbench, ...

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  • by | February 20, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how the red HTC One mysteriously vanished from the HTC website. Then we go through some of the amazing benchmarks of the HTC One, though we'd wait for some real-world tests before we declare them as faster than anything out there. Samsung is next as new rumors have the company adopting the Snapdragon 600 for the Galaxy S IV. Then LG takes the stage as we have their new MWC teaser along with an Optimus F7 and F5 being rumored. We end today's show talking about the Asus MWC teaser, and what they could mean with their "Metallic Miracle". All this ...

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