Yesterday’s benchmark looked pretty good for the AT&T version of the HTC One X, but today’s benchmark brings it back to reality. We already know the AT&T version of the One X won’t get the super fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, but for some reason people are trying to prove the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 is going to be just as fast. Yesterday’s benchmark was on the Vellamo browser, but that was built by Qualcomm. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Anyways, we now have results from the ANdEbench, AnTuTu, and CF-Bench. What did we find out? We found out that the S4 is definitely an upgrade over the S3 as it should be, but not as daunting when you eliminate the Vellamo results.
I have to be honest, in the majority of my reviews I’ve stated that benchmarks really don’t mean much. It simply doesn’t give you a solid picture of real life, but I know a lot of people get fired up over them. The bottom line is that I don’t think the AT&T One X will be able to stack up with the Tegra 3 version, but will it still be a solid phone? Of course it will, and I’m positive the majority of consumers will be quite pleased with it. Hit the break for more results.
It’s no secret that our use of apps on mobile devices have taken off to unprecedented heights. As you might expect, some individuals have pondered the idea of running actual apps on our desktops as opposed to our phones and tablets. That’s why the gang at BlueStacks created their App Player which allows you to run your Android apps on a Windows-based desktop. We previously highlighted BlueStacks was looking for beta testers, but the development team has followed-up and ressurected the program in its beta form and will be looking for individuals to give the program a shot and see how it works out for them.
BlueStacks features some solid technology in order to power the various Android apps. The App Player will feature BlueStack’s patent pending LayerCake technology to make applications run buttery smooth as if on ARM devices. In addition, the development team has enabled hardware acceleration— ensuring your apps will run at an optimal level when the option is enabled.
The App Player is available for anyone interested with a Windows-based PC. You’ll need to visit their homepage and sign-up as a beta tester in order to get the file needed to run on your computer. As an added bonus— BlueStacks is including a couple of sweet apps pre-installed including Fruit Ninja, Evernote and of course Angry Birds Space. If you have a Windows PC, make sure you all sign up— but first hit the break to find the presser and the signup links.
O2 just announced the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now live for the Galaxy S II, Of course, as usual it’s available through the Kies software. Last week Three was able to release the update so we are now at two carriers. We don’t expect to see T-Mobile UK or Orange until April, and Vodafone will likely follow suit.
What is alarming is that unlocked (non carrier branded) Galaxy S II owners in the UK are still waiting for the update. It was two weeks ago when Samsung released the ICS update, and usually the unlocked devices are the ones to get the update first. It’s always the carriers that cause the delays. We are fully used to that here in the U.S. as it’s a bigger joke here. Unlocked Galaxy S II owners in Hungary, Sweden, Poland, and Korea have received the update, but nobody in the UK.
For almost a year, Sprint has had the monopoly on full Google Voice integration. That monopoly may be in jeopardy. In an interview with CNET, Vincent Paquet, Group Product Manager for Google Voice, said “We are having discussions with other carriers about this,” but declined to mention which carriers.
Google Voice is a service that provides users with online and on-device visual voicemail, cheaper international calls, personalized greetings, text transcription, and more. Sprint’s integration allows Sprint customers to either replace their Sprint number with their Google Voice number, or replace their Google Voice number with their Sprint number without incurring the usual $20 porting fee (see screenshot after the break). Either way, users get full access to all of Google Voice’s features.
French consumer electronics company Archos has turned a lot of heads in the last three years with their Android phones and tablets. The FCC has just cleared another Archos Android offering, this time another tablet. Details on the Archos Arnova A9G3 are still pretty meager, but what we can make out from this FCC photo is that there seems to be some sort of dual-speaker design on the back of this slab. The A9G3 is also rumored to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sport a 9.7 inch display. It’s certainly not the whole picture but it looks to be headed down the right path so far. Feel free to peruse the FCC filing in the source link below.
Motorola is one of the bigger names in Android so it is not surprising when we hear about more new Moto phones on the way. Codenamed the MT680 and the XT760, this Moto duo has just been leaked on the website Ameblo with mug shots included. One of these is possibly the DROID RAZR-like device we reported on yesterday, however we now have some leaked specs assigned to these specific models. The MT680 is said to have a WVGA TFT LCD display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, a 5 MP camera and will be served with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. The XT760 will boast a qHD TFT LCD display with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, a dual-core processor, 8 MP camera and will also be sporting a Gingerbread inner crust. Both phones look to be set for the mid-range smartphone crowd. We shall keep a lookout for more info on when and where these might be available. Check out some more photos after the break.
In the event that you’ve gotten seriously lost in the new Angry Birds Space game for Android, don’t forget that Angry Birds Rio is still alive and well on the Play Store. In addition, the game has just received 12 new unlocked bonus levels, giving you another reason to re-download the hit franchise game. As you probably already know, you can access the bonus material by beating all respective levels and/or by collecting all of the fruit in an episode. The download will run you 22 meg’s and can be snatched up on the Play Store link below. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Now go kick some cockatoo hide!
If you’ve been navigating through your regular Google products such as Google+, Gmail, Maps and Documents, you may have noticed a little change to the toolbar. Google has begun adding their Google Play Store link in an effort to advertise for the newly branded online entertainment extravaganza. However, for some odd reason it’s not appearing on their home page. In any event, it’s there now and still doesn’t cause any less confusion than it did before for the many who were confused at the initial re-branding.
If you’ve been one of the many disgruntled Droid Razr and Razr Maxx owners due to the lack of support for Hulu+ action on your device, rest easy now as your day has come. The link is available on the Google Play Store for you to begin watching all of your faviorite episodes and movies. However, there’s still no support for the Galaxy Nexus so bare with them. In the meantime, enjoy your new found support and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
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For those of you charitable folks who recently purchased the Humble Bundle 2 game pack you will be pleased to hear that a new game has been added to the mix. Supporters now have access to the game Snuggle Truck and will also be thrown in for new contributors as well. That brings the game pack to a maximum of six games based on how much you contribute. In order to qualify for the sixth game, Swords and Soldiers, you must contribute more than the average donation which was $6.42 at the time of writing this.
Snuggle Truck is much more fun that it sounds and is best described like this:
Snuggle Truck is a trials-style, 2D challenge-platformer. Players race a pickup truck filled with stuffed animals to the finish line, while rocks, bumps and other hazards conspire to throw the player’s precious cargo out of the vehicle. The game includes a level editor and access to thousands of user-created levels.
Whats more, Android backers will eventually get access to the satirical version of the game called Smuggle Truck. It’s basically the same game except with a controversial twist – immigration. You can look for this unedited version of the game to be announced to Humble Bundle supporters sometime in the near future. In the meantime, jump past the break for a link to further details and a demo video of Snuggle Truck in action.