It’s only natural that we’re already talking about the third-generation Nexus 7, only a week after the second-generation version of the device was released.
It would be fair to assume that Asus would undeniably be the manufacturer of the next Nexus 7, assuming the success of the most recent Nexus 7 outperforms the first. However, some recent reports would suggest otherwise.
A rumor leaked the other day which threw the name “LG” into the conversation for the “N7-3.” It wouldn’t be a huge surprise, as the company has manufactured other Nexus devices in the past (Nexus 4), but to ditch Asus in the Nexus 7 series would be a surprise. Samsung’s name was thrown into the conversation as well, which also makes sense, considering the company is literally running the OEM market right now for Android devices.
The next bit of news is a bit more surprising— Lenovo’s name popped up as well. Numbers suggest the company is doing well overseas, but can you even name two devices Lenovo has made available to the United States, or at least has sold in high quantities? No doubt the company has done a good job in what it has tried to accomplish, but it hasn’t really extended its reach to the point where we could expect them to make the next Nexus 7.
Who would you guys like to see build the next Nexus 7 device? Would you hope Google remains loyal to Asus? Would you prefer them to move over to LG or Samsung? What about Lenovo?
Late last night we reported that Samsung might have been trying to force their benchmark scores to look a little better on the Galaxy S 4. It was found that the phone would run at higher frequencies when running benchmark apps. Samsung has chimed in on the matter and claims that the phone will run at higher frequencies for apps used in full-screen mode but also demand substantial performance. Benchmark apps would be included in this, but so would S Browser, the Gallery, Camera, and the Video Player. Samsung actually lowers the GPU frequency to 480MHz for certain gaming apps that could cause an overload. When using the other apps I mentioned, the GPU speed goes back up to 533MHz. This move is more for providing “optimal performance” for customers, not to increase benchmark results. Hit the break for their full statement.
I suppose if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying right? Well Samsung certainly thinks so as it looks like they’ve been caught purposely boosting their Galaxy S 4’s benchmark scores thanks to the findings by the guys over at Anandtech. According to them, Samsung is performing some simple tricks that essentially boosts the benchmark scores of their S 4. Basically Samsung has set their S 4 to run at higher frequencies when the phone is set to run certain benchmark apps, and it’s not just the CPU, but also the GPU seems to be clocked higher when it needs to be.
The guys at Anandtech also found some code dubbed by Samsung as “BenchmarkBooster” which essentially orders the device to raise up its clock speed when benchmarking begins.
Two variants of the the Galaxy Note III showed up in GFXBench’s site revealing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. The models are SM-N900S and SM-N900L, destined for SKTelecom and LGU+ respectively. The other big news is that Android 4.3 is onboard just like we reported last week. The Galaxy Note III is shaping up to be a complete beast. We should get to see it in all it’s glory in about a month. Who’s excited?
Not to say that Samsung’s Exynos Octa Processor was marketed as an eight-core processor, but it certainly came off that way, and was probably part of the marketing strategy for the tech-giant. (Only four cores of the processor can be active at once, meaning that it truly isn’t an eight-core processor.) However, the company seems to be working on a true octa-core processor which is scheduled for mass production later this year, and is expected to compete with MediaTek’s new octa-core CPU.
Samsung’s new CPU is also rumored to feature custom ARM cores, which could make this processor an absolute beast. Although we don’t have any other information on it at this time, we can expect to find it in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 next year. (Yes, we are already talking about it.) It’ll be cool to see what Samsung can do this time, as their past processors haven’t really panned out to what they could have been.
Well we have some Debbie Downer news for Galaxy S II owners today. It looks like the GS2 won’t get the Android 4.2.2 update afterall. It was originally going to get the update, but “due to adjustment problems in the TouchWiz interface,” it isn’t going to happen. I know this might be a disappointment for many of you, but when you consider that the GS2 is already two years old, it’s not a shocker. It’s very rare to see updates on devices with that kind of age. Thankfully, it received two major updates, and that is darn good in the Android world. Now if you are lucky to have a Galaxy S II Plus, it looks like you might be enjoying Android 4.2.2 in the near future.
A report out of China claims a Samsung Galaxy S 4 burst into flames while the owner, a gentleman identified as Du, was playing a game. At the time, Du had the device plugged into the wall. When the unit burst into flames, it was such a surprise to Du that he tossed it away. Unfortunately, he tossed it onto his couch which apparently was highly flammable. The resulting conflagration destroyed Du’s house. The good news is Du, his wife, and their pets escaped with only Du suffering some minor burns on his hands that did not require a trip to the hospital. Read more
Remember the Mac vs PC commercials that used to run on TV? Well, Samsung has been airing their own commercials to take jabs at the iPhone, and the latest one is pretty good. It takes place in an airplane, and it features an S4 user showing off features like Easy Mode, Smart Switch, and Smart Stay to convince an iPhone user that the S4 is the better device.
You can check out the commercial after the break. Read more
Samsung makes an effort to compete for the top spot in whatever market they get into, whether that’s smartphones, tablets, or mobile processors. Up until this point, Samsung has used several ARM designed processor cores in their mobile processors, but they’ve never invested into developing custom cores like Qualcomm has with their Krait cores. This is all about to change, however, as Samsung is looking to get away from the traditional Cortex-A15 and A7 cores that are currently used in their Exynos processors.
Samsung will reportedly begin designing their own custom ARMv7 cores for production soon and will hopefully be put into mobile devices sometime in 2014. This is definitely a bold move, especially in a market that’s so heavily dominated by Qualcomm processors (even in Samsung’s own devices), but if anyone has the money and resources to develop custom cores like this, it would be a company like Samsung.
What do you think? Do you think this will help Samsung devices’ performance in a few years? Let us know in the comments.
via: Android Authority
Apple continued to see erosion of its previously successful claims of patent infringement against Samsung after the US Patent Office rejected Apple patent claims included in the “pinch to zoom” patent. U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 (the 915 patent) was one of the patents included in Apple’s big lawsuit against Samsung last year in which Apple was initially awarded $1.05 Billion in damages. The 915 patent included 21 claims, all of which were rejected by the USPTO which determined the claims were anticipated by previous patents or unpatentable. Read more