Poor performing SD cards to blame for smartphone lag?

Is there anything more frustrating than purchasing the latest and greatest smartphone, booting up and loading all your favourite applications only to find that performance is sluggish. You took the time to ensure that your new pride and joy has the latest dual core processor, more RAM than you could ever need and a state of the art GPU yet still certain processes show notable lag. Well according to recent research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and NEC Corp, it may well be your flash memory that’s to blame.

The research tested 16GB cards from eight of the leading flash card manufacturers using several leading Android handsets. The tests covered the use of popular applications such as WebBench Browser, Facebook, Android Email, Google Maps, App Install, Pulse News Reader and RLBench SQLite. Results showed that performance over WiFi declined on average between 100% to 300% with one test showing a shocking 2000% decrease in performance.

Hyojun Kim, a Ph.D. student in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, stated “A good chunk of time for users is spent waiting for websites to load … [and for] applications to load, why would anyone want to see a 20-second wait time on their phone, particularly if the network is not the problem,”  Kim and his team working hard to find a solution to the problem, one path they’re exploring is the use of phase-change random access memory (PRAM) to store performance critical data. On the subject of PRAM, Kim stated “We find that changes to the storage subsystem can significantly improve user experience; our pilot solutions demonstrate possible benefits and serve as references for deployable solutions in the future”

So there we have it, perhaps there is some logic to the omission of SD card expansion slots in recent, flagship smartphones. For those of you who just can’t live without that expandable memory slot, check out the test results below.


source : computerworld


Archos Announces Arnova 8b G2 – A Buttonless 8″ Value Tablet

Archos is known for their low-cost tablet options, and their Arnova line is one of the most affordable. Remember when they were giving away an Arnova 10 G2 tablet when subscribing to a digital Philadelphia newspaper? Well Archos just announced a new 8″ slate called the Arnova 8b G2. This is essentially a small update to the Arnova 8 G2. The listed specs are as follows:

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Google’s Slide-to-Unlock Patent Filing from 2010 Published

In the back-and-forth patent battles between Apple and Android manufacturers, Apple was recently the latest victor when the German courts ruled in favor of the fruity-monikered empire, with Motorola being the casualty, and slide-to-unlock caught in the middle. This time, Google may be firing the next shot by getting a patent published that was filed in 2010. This patent clearly states it’s a slide-to-unlock concept. An excerpt from the abstract reads:

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Samsung’s New Stylish SD Cards More Than Just Looks

You know it’s happened to you. You’re at a party, and the cute girl across the room is pointing at you and laughing. Yup. She saw your ugly SD card. How embarrasing. If only someone would make a hip, stylish SD card you could be proud of.

Well, your wait is over, my friends. Samsung has just announced a new line of fancy brushed-metal SD and microSD cards. Yes! And you know what else? They’re actually more than just beauty. This new series contains seven models ranging from 2GB to 32GB in capacity, and with up to 24MB/sec read speeds. They are part of Samsung’s  High Speed Series and Plus Extreme Speed Series.

They are also waterproof, shockproof, and magnet proof. Wait, what? Yes, these are virtually indestructible, and when they are carrying some of your most important information around, that’s a good, safe feeling (sorry, non-SD card carrying Galaxy Nexus owners). Get all the sexy details in the press release, after the break.

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Foxconn to Manufacture Kindle Fire 2 – Release Expected May or June

Looks like Foxconn will be an OEM behind the upcoming Kindle Fire 2. With this decision, Amazon also takes on selection and certification of the components that will be used. Hopefully this proves beneficial to consumers. It will undoubtedly lower the cost per unit for Amazon. The original Kindle, maufactured by Quanta,  was based on the existing design for the Blackberry Playbook. As we know, this ultimately led to Amazon losing money on each unit, but it appears to have been worth it in the long run. With full control over what will make up the Kindle Fire 2, Amazon should be able to keep it cheap without damaging their profit margins. So far all signs point to a formal unveil soon with a possible launch for the device beginning in May.

source: TheChinaTimes
via: UnwiredView 

Samsung Continuum Getting Android 2.2.2 Froyo Update

Samsung Continuum owners are getting some update love today in the form of two updates. The first update upgrades Android to Froyo itself (software version EB01) and the second update includes some improvements, one of which is the ability to run Flash Player 10.1. The phone arrived late 2010, and if you own one of these interesting phones I’m sure you thought all hope for an update was lost. But finally you can be excited! Even if it is only Froyo. And 2012. Official update notes after the break.

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Leaked Endeavor Port Gives HTC Sensation Taste of ICS With Sense 4.0

If you are impatient like I normally am and you can’t wait to get the official Ice Cream Sandwich build on your HTC Sensation then you’re in luck. A new ROM for the Sensation has been released based on a leaked build from the HTC Edge turned Endeavor turned HTC One X. While nothing new, considering ROM ports happen a lot after leaks, it’s interesting to see considering the One X runs Tegra 3 versus the Snapdragon S3 chip of the Sensation.

As with most early ROM ports, everything doesn’t work right from the get go and there are still some issues with the ROM. However TripNRaVer and other awesome developers over at RootzWiki are working their fingers to the bone getting this ROM as functional as possible as quickly as possible. Sense 4.0 though has been disabled along with the lock screen and HTC keyboard. This is due to resolution differences from the 72op resolution of the One X and the qHD display of the Sensation. But it’s only a short matter of time before this issue is rectified.
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Update Rolling Out for ASUS Transformer Prime

Yet another update is out for owners of the ASUS Transformer Prime in the United States. The Transformer Prime just had a substantial update last week that addressed rebooting, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues. The current update, version, seems much less hefty, as it primarily extends battery life. The tablet seems to be switching into a lower power state when idling, which translates to more time between charges for you. Asus confirmed the update was regarding battery life in a tweet.

The update is OTA, but if you haven’t received a notification, try checking Settings -> About Tablet -> System Firmware Update to get it manually. Let us know in the comments if you have experienced better battery life, or if you’ve noticed any other changes.

source: Twitter

Three Samsung Phones Pass WiFi Certification, May Debut at MWC 2012

As the excitement for Mobile World Congress 2012 builds, there are many rumors flying around regarding what devices will be unveiled. Japanese website Ameblo has screen shots of three Samsung Android-based devices that have WiFi certification, the SGH-T999, the SGH-I535 and the SPH-L710. While Samsung had announced that it will not be introducing the Galaxy S III at MWC, they may still have one of these smartphones up their sleeve.

We’ve come across the SGH-T999 before, as it is most likely to be T-Mobile’s Galaxy S Blaze 4G. It will have a nice 1280 x 720 pixels resolution HD screen, and the T9x9 code for Samsung usually means a high end device for T-Mobile.

We haven’t heard of the other two phones, but this leak has some interesting facts about them. The SCH-I535 is equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be sold on Verizon in the US. The SPH-L710, on the other hand, is reportedly a Sprint handset.

We’re itching for the next 10 days to go by, and we’ll get to see just what MWC 2012 has to offer.

source: Ameblo 1, 2, 3
via: Androinica

Android’s Countdown to Mobile World Congress

The Android website is counting down to Mobile World Congress (MWC). They posted this animation on their website which adds more elements as we get closer to the opening of the event, February 27th. What cool things will we see from Google this year? Whatever it may be, it doesn’t appear as if the animation will be giving away anything major. Seemingly all of the animation’s elements are sourced from the image below, click for full size.

What do you want to see most from Google: Jelly Bean Sneak Peak, Nexus Tablet, Android @ Home, Majel, set-top boxes, or something else? Let us know in the comments!

source: Android