Category Archives: Android

Amazon Smartphone Sneak Peek

After years of rumors: This is Amazon’s smartphone

I’d be surprised if it was branded as a Kindle. This would be much more: “All of Amazon in Your Pocket.”

This is probably the biggest move ever made by Amazon and should really scare the living shit out of everyone who’s wide awake. It has repercussions that I’m not even going to try to list because that list would be huge.

The 3D is, of course, differentiation — but that could have vast implications for all UIs as well. People talk about kids and tablets encountering paper, trying to pinch-zoom photos. What happens when kids experience the 3D Amazon UI and have to go back to flat?

From a technical standpoint. it’ll be interesting to see if the infrared cameras work in bright sunlight. There’s more to those IR cameras than a 3D effect. Imagine your eyes being tracked to call up a contact and dial a number — hands free. Or to scroll through Twitter — hands-free.

The eye-tracking will probably send data to Amazon to tweak things — and to measure the effectiveness of ads. There’s a big privacy issue that will blow up.

It’ll probably sell out the first day it’s offered for sale.

Previously here:

This Is Why Amazon Will Do A Phone
The Amazon Phone Rumor Again
How Amazon Could Make Its Phone Free

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Rockchip’s MultiWindow Android Is Coming Back

Thanks to ZOL, we have two pictures of the new Rockchip MultiWindow Android for 3288-based tablets [Google Translate].

This is running on the upcoming Pipo M6Pro, a 9.7-inch tablet with a Retina-class screen:

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Allwinner 41K AnTuTu Is Hypothetical

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The mystery of the 41,000-range AnTuTu score for the octa-core Allwinner A80 CPU is a mystery no longer, thanks to Charbax.

It’s not from a tablet. It’s from a special board with a huge heatsink and fan, designed to show its uppermost performance limit:

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So, it’s doubtful any actual tablet will score that.

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Google Books PDF Death Match: Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2

The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:

- Part One: Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
- Part Two: iPad Mini
- Part Three: iPad 4 with Retina Display
- Part Four: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Supplemental/Additional:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPad Air
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPhone 5s
Google Books PDF Death Match: Retina iPad Mini
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Pro
Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3
Google Books PDF Death Match: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Google Books PDF Death Match: Retina-Class iFive Mini 3
Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3 — Rematch
Google Books PDF Death Match: Mac Pro
Google Books PDF Death Match: iMac 21.5-Inch
Google Books PDF Death Match: MacBook Pro

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Allwinner Claims 41,000-Range AnTuTu

Unknown tablet hooked up to a large screen:

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That’s the hype [Google Translate].

I note that it’s not AnTuTu X running.

I further note that Allwinner has a history of AnTuTu score fraud.

I’ll believe this when I see independent confirmation from others — using AnTuTu X.

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Google Books PDF Death Match: LG G Pad 8.3 — Rematch

Since I got a rather low AnTuTu score that people objected to last time, I decided to try the LG G Pad 8.3 again.

Surprisingly, AnTuTu X as well as the American Magazine test PDF were still on the 8.3 at Best Buy!

Since my original test, someone else had run X and got this score:

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Tech Nano-Fondle: HTC One M8

I tried …

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Tech Nano-Fondle: HP Slate 21

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Yesterday I trekked to B&H Photo, hoping to finally get my hands on the HP Slate 8 Pro.

No.

They had no demo model out nor were they inclined to put one out.

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Tech Nano-Fondle: Blu Studio 5.5 Phone

I came across this at B&H Photo yesterday:

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Rockchip 3288-Based Tablets Sooner Than We Thought?

Could be. Just released in China is a new Wii-like game console that uses the Rockchip 3288 CPU [Google Translate].

While the console maker won’t provide the chip spec, an official from Rockchip confirmed it was the 3288.

This console runs on Android.

So maybe next week the Hong Kong Electronics Fair will have announcements of new Rockchip 3288-based tablets that will be available within weeks? The console has already gone on pre-sale for a May 7th release date.

We’ll see.

If you’ve been thinking about buying the Retina-class iFive Mini 3, it might be time to start waiting for its 3288-based follow-up.

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