GameBench hopes to measure up with new benchmarking software for Android devices


After some recent incidents in which Samsung was found to have engineered their devices to perform in an exceptionally strong manner when being measured for benchmark tests with common tools, some folks have been searching for a way to minimize what they see as “cheating” by smartphone manufacturers. One of those searching for a better way is a startup company called GameBench. They claim to have created a test that focuses on gaming capabilities, primarily screen performance and battery drain, that cannot be tricked because it uses actual game titles for the testing. The app is still in beta with a projected release date sometime during the first quarter of 2014. However, GameBench has already put the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One through the paces.

The GameBench app runs in the background on a smartphone and takes measurements during system actual system use while games are played. The app measures frame rates and battery drain. GameBench runs popular games from Google Play while collecting the data, then uses an algorithm to weight the data on the way to producing a single number for a final score.

While GameBench works to get the app ready for an official release, they did provide some scores that were generated during their testing phase for the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. According to other benchmarking sites, these two devices score nearly identical, which is not surprising given the hardware similarity between the devices. In the GameBench testing. the Galaxy S 4 was able to achieve higher frame rates on a consistent basis, but that came at a penalty as the HTC One showed a much later battery drain rate. Once the numbers were crunched, the final score showed the Samsung unit far ahead.

Look for more GameBench results on a wider variety of hardware to be coming out as the company continues their own testing and certainly once the final version of the app is released. As their database is filled, we should be able to get a better picture of how different devices measure up against each other.

source: Engadget

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.