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ARM has announced a new mobile GPU, the Mali-G71, based on a whole new GPU architecture called Bifrost. ARM’s mobile GPU products have been through two previous major architectural revisions. First came Utgard, which you find in GPUs like the Mali-400, Mali-470 etc. Utgard supported OpenGl ES 2.0 and was found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S2. Next came Midgard, a new architecture with support for the unified shader model and OpenGL ES 3.0. Midgard GPUs include the Mali-T604, found in the Nexus 10; the Mali-T760 found in the Samsung Galaxy S6, as well as other devices including some of Acer’s Liquid range; and the Mali-T880, which if found in the Exynos variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 as well the Huawei Mate 8, the Huawei P9 and so on.

The new Mali-G71, which has been only known by its codename Mimir until now, uses a new architecture called Bifrost. If you are wondering about the names of these architectures they are all based on Norse mythology. Anyone who has seen the Thor movies will remember that Bifrost is the rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard and Asgard.

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Compared to the Mali-T880, the new G71 offers lots of improvements. It offers a 20% higher energy efficiency (on the same process node, tested under the same conditions). A 20% power saving is very impressive and when coupled with the 40% better performance density , which basically means more performance per square millimeter of silicon, the G71 is clearly going to be ARM’s most advanced GPU yet.

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The biggest of the Midgard GPUs, including the T880, could support up to 16 shader cores. The G71 (and all Bifrost GPUs) can be implemented with up to 32 shader cores, effectively doubling the potential shader performance. The G71 also supports 120Hz refresh rates (important for VR), 4x multi sample anti-aliasing, and 4K screen resolutions.

The G71 is optimized for Vulkan and other industry-standard APIs (including OpenGL ES and OpenCL), and builds on innovations from the previous Utgard and Midgard architectures.

 

Bifrost

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The new Bifrost GPU architecture is a major redesign of the previous generations which has resulted in ARM’s most efficient GPU architecture to date. It offers 1.5 time the performance over the previous generation while adding fully GPU coherency (when used with interlinks like the CoreLink CCI-550).

This means that for the first time the GPU is a full partner to the CPU and not just a slave component. Full coherence means that the GPU gets access to the same cached data as the CPU and reduces the number of times the GPU needs to access main memory to read or write data. Also the combination of the Mali-G71 and the CoreLink CCI-550 allows the CPU and GPU to share the same memory, which removes the need to copy data between CPU and GPU buffers.

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One of the biggest architectural innovations in Bifrost is the use of  “Quad Vectorization” to reduce the number of cycles needed to perform vector  operations. GPUs need to deal frequently with X,Y and Z coordinates. For the purpose of 3D graphics these X, Y and Z numbers need to be manipulated using addition, multiplication and so on. The way Midgard GPUs handled these numbers was to use a SIMD engine.

SIMD stands for Single Instruction Multiple Data, a system that allows all three numbers to be multiplied at the same time. Let’s say that X, Y and Z need to be multiplied by 2, 5 and 7 respectively. The traditional serial (scaler) way to do this is to multiply X by 2, then Y by 5 and then Z by 7. That takes 3 cycles. However since the GPU is doing this often, then it is possible to setup a multiply operation on several numbers at once. The GPU can be told to multiply X by 2, while it is multiplying Y by 5 and Z by 7. In other words the GPU is told to multiply the three numbers in block 1 by the numbers in block 2. The SIMD engine is designed to do all that in one cycle. So now rather than 3 cycles (using the serial approach) it can be done in one. Hooray.

But you may have noticed that computers don’t handle three of things very well, computers like things to be in 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 groups. So the SIMD engine in Midgard was four wide, meaning it can handle four multiply operations in one cycle. For 3D graphics that means that one of the slots in the SIMD engine is now idle.

Now imagine four SIMD instructions being executed by the GPU, four lots of multiplications of X, Y and Z. Let’s call them T0, T1, T2 and T3. Normally that would take four cycles, one for each multiply. What Quad Vectorization does is use that idle forth slot on the SIMD engine to reduce that to three by setting up the SIMD instructions in such a way that T0.x is performed not with T0.y and T0.z as you might expect, but with T1.x, T2.x, and now filling the idle slot T3.x. Then comes the Y multiplications T0.y, T1.y, T2.y and T3.y, and then finally the Z multiplications T0.z, T1.z, T2.z and T3.z. So now it only took 3 cycles. So what Quad Vectorization does is group the SIMD operations into groups of four and executes them in 3 cycles.

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To handle all this Bifrost uses a clever Quad Manager along with some execution engines to process the groups of 4 SIMD instructions. The G71 has three such execution engines. This method actually turns out to be very compiler friendly and if the shader code is compiled optimally then the quad execution engine is just fed a constant stream of quad vectors to process.

This also has power saving implications as the GPU only needs to fetch one scalar operation per quad execution engine every clock cycle. This means that there is a significant reduction in instruction cache bandwidth.

Bifrost also includes lots of other clever innovations like index driven position shading, claused shaders and ARM TrustZone, plus the tiler memory structures have been significantly redesigned to reduce the tiler memory footprint. As you can see, Bifrost is the next generation GPU architecture that is destined to be used over the next several years for a range of different GPUs, of which the G71 is the first.

Wrap-up

ARM foresees the rise of VR and AR on mobile and Bifrost is ideally suited to power these immersive experiences. Some see the ability to deliver a compelling VR experience on mobile as critical for the gaming industry’s continued growth and advancement. As such ARM is positioning the Mali-G71 as the GPU needed to make virtual reality and augmented reality an everyday experience on a mobile device.

As is always the case in the semi-conductor industry, there is a delay between when a design is announced and when we will see it in an actual device. ARM has now officially unveiled the G71 and Bifrost. For sure ARM has been working with its partners in the background, long before this announcement was made and that the G71 is already being primed for inclusion in upcoming SoCs. We know that chip makers like HiSilicon, MediaTek and Samsung have already taken licenses. The exact date when we will see actual products using the G71 is uncertain, however we will likely see processors with Mali-G71 GPUs towards the end of this year, and devices sometime during 2017.

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Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo make it possible for great startups and small companies to bring innovative products to the market, but it’s also home to many projects we can live without. In the ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series we try to curate a list of the hottest campaigns around. Today we are taking a look at Keezel, which could be the perfect solution for VPN users.

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What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It sounds just as complicated as it is, but let’s give you the basic explanation of what it does. In essence, a VPN reroutes your data traffic through a separate server, allowing users to navigate privately.

But security is not the only thing VPNs are good for. In fact, plenty of people use them to unlock websites with geographic restrictions. Popular ones include Netflix, Hulu and even some YouTube videos. By using a USA-based VPN server, users can make any website think the visitor is located in the United States. The same works for any other country.

What Keezel does

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One of the biggest issues with VPNs is the set-up process. You have to go through changing settings, inputting server addresses and more. And this has to be done with every single device you use. Some people set up their routers to use a VPN and reroute their whole network’s traffic, but most routers don’t support such capabilities.

Keezel makes it possible to use a VPN on-the-go, and with multiple devices. The concept is quite simple. All the user has to do is turn the Keezel on, which will then create a WiFi signal any device can connect to. After joining the Keezel’s WiFi network, simply go to a browser and you will be redirected to a page where you can set up your internet connection with any other router.

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After the intial set-up, any device connected to the Keezel will be able to browse safely and unlock any geographically restricted websites.

Because it is a portable device, it does also include its internal battery. The team claims this thing has amazing battery life, though they don’t specify much more than that. We believe them, though. We are sure this VPN machine doesn’t use too much energy, and it has a whopping 8,000+ mAh battery. It’s so large it can even be used as a portable battery pack and charge your devices via USB!

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Pricing and conclusion

If you have used VPN services in the past, you will know they do have a price; it’s usually a monthly or yearly fee. This Indiegogo campaign’s prices are based on that model. You can back the Basic Keezel tier for $99 and get service included for a year. Or you could pay $429 and get lifetime service. There are more plans available, which you can see within the Indiegogo page.

Who is signing up? Keezel looks to be a good solution for those who want streamlined VPN browsing on-the-go. Do you travel outside the country often? Are you all about security? Then click the button below to learn more about Keezel.

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While many of us may be innately proficient in apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, these happen to be pretty complex programs. The truth is we often find ourselves wondering how to find certain tools or perform specific actions. Remember people actually take full courses just to learn how to use these specific applications.

For the rest of us, Google is our best friend in those instances, but it’s also true Microsoft should have an internal tool for helping you use Office. Such implementation has just been introduced to Android apps Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. They call it ‘Tell Me’, and it can be accessed by tapping on the light bulb icon. Once the text box is available, simply start typing what you want to find and you should get the necessary help in a jiffy.

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The light bulb icon is found by tapping on the “A” and pencil icon on the top of the interface, then selecting the light bulb. The process is a bit easier for tablet users, who have more space to play with. Tab owners can simply find the light bulb icon on the top-right corner.

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But that is not all the latest updates to these applications bring to the table. Word is also gaining the ability to merge and split cells. Meanwhile, Excel gets improved auto-complete, as well as the ability to expand or collapse grouped rows and columns. PowerPoint seems to be the only one getting no features, aside from Tell Me.

Tell Me is a very welcomed addition considering the popularity of these apps, as well as the fact that they are popular for being more complex and full. Keeping track of all these features can be challenging even to experts. Would you agree it’s a refreshing addition? Hit the comments to tell us if this is something you were hoping for.

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Fitbit vs Garmin: a battle between two fitness giants that’s been debated for quite some time.

Whether you simply need to keep better track of your daily activity or are looking to add something more to your workouts, the Fitbit Charge HR and the Garmin vívosmart HR are two of the best devices for the job. They have similar features and price points, but beyond that, these two devices have a number of notable differences. So which one is worth your hard-earned cash? Allow us to help you decide — read on for our full Fitbit Charge HR vs Garmin vívosmart HR comparison!

Buy the Fitbit Charge HRBuy the Garmin vívosmart HR

Review notes: I’ve been using the Fitbit Charge HR for about 12 months, and the Garmin vívosmart HR for roughly two weeks. The Nexus 6P has been my smartphone companion of choice for the duration of the review period.

Design

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The first thing you’ll notice when comparing these two devices are their displays. While Fitbit chose to employ a small OLED display on the Charge HR, the vívosmart HR comes with a much larger 1-inch LCD screen. You can cycle through your daily stats on the Charge HR by pressing the side button or tapping the display. It’s not a touchscreen, though, which means you’ll have to do pretty much everything else in the Fitbit app.

Alternatively, the vívosmart HR has a big touchscreen display that allows you to do much more on the device itself. Not only can you cycle through your daily stats, you can also change settings, manage Bluetooth connections, view past workouts, and much more.

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The jury is still out as to whether or not a bigger touchscreen display is necessary on a fitness tracker of this size. While it’s a tad more convenient to be able to manage your Bluetooth connection directly from your vívosmart HR, I kind of prefer the simplicity of the Charge HR’s display. It just gives you what you need, and not a whole lot more. I know some people will have a different opinion, though.

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Both of these devices come with standard watch-style clasp mechanisms, which I really like. They’re both incredibly easy to put on and take off, and once they’re on, they’re on.

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Both devices’ straps are made of a soft rubber material, and both are incredibly comfortable to wear all day. The vívosmart HR is quite a bit bulkier, though. It sticks out from the wrist much more than the Charge HR does, which could prove to be an annoyance for some users.

On the design front, I don’t think there’s a clear winner here. Both are comfortable to wear all day, and both are pretty inconspicuous on the wrist.

Features and performance

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Fitbit’s SmartTrack is one of the best features on the Charge HR

When it comes to activity tracking, the Charge HR and vívosmart HR both provide the essentials. They’ll track your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes and even your sleep. The Charge HR offers one notable thing above the Garmin device, though, and that’s automatic activity tracking. Fitbit’s SmartTrack technology has been around for a while now, and it’s certainly one of the best features on the Charge HR. It will automatically track when it thinks you’re starting to exercise, and it’s pretty much spot on every time. Whether you’re going for an intense run, light jog or just a walk, all of your data will be there inside the app when you’re done. It’s a convenient feature that unfortunately isn’t offered on the vívosmart HR.

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Both devices do, however, support automatic sleep tracking. There’s no need to tap a sleep now button — just fall asleep with one of the trackers on your wrist, and your sleep data will be there in app when you wake up. Both seem to be very accurate, too. They had no problems recognizing when I went to bed, when I woke up, or how often I was restless. To take sleep tracking one step further, both the Charge HR and vívosmart HR support silent alarms. Once you set your alarm time, these devices will wake you up with a small vibration on your wrist. Well, the Charge HR will anyway. The vívosmart HR’s vibration motor is quite strong, and definitely takes some getting used to.

Auto Goal is a feature every fitness tracker company should adopt

While Fitbit has a leg up in automatic activity tracking, Garmin has a handy little feature called Auto Goal. Just about every fitness tracker out there lets you adjust your daily step goals, but the vívosmart HR will do it for you automatically. So when you meet and exceed your daily step goal for a certain amount of days in a row, your device will start to automatically adjust the number of steps required for that day. This is a really nice feature that more companies should adopt.

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Garmin packed a ton of other features in the vívosmart HR that the Fitbit device doesn’t offer. The vívosmart HR has a waterproof rating of 5ATM (up to 50 meters), whereas the Charge HR is only splash and sweat resistant. The vívosmart HR also shows you the weather and lets you control your music right from the device itself. One other big difference in functionality – while the Charge HR will give you call notifications, the vívosmart HR can give you much more than that. Call, text, email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and basically any other app that’s installed on your phone can give you notifications through the vívosmart HR. Of course, it’s not a mind-blowing experience since the screen is pretty small, but it sure is much more handy than what the Charge HR offers.

If you need a device that can track your steps accurately, both devices will do the trick. I’ve been using the Charge HR for about a year, and I’ve found step tracking to be one of its strong points. And when comparing the Charge HR’s results with those of the vívosmart HR, I didn’t find many differences at all. I took both devices out for a 5 mile run, and the Garmin was only about 90 steps off from the Charge HR when I arrived back home. That’s pretty good considering I took about 8,600 steps.

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While the devices are very similar in some areas, that’s certainly not the case with heart rate tracking, though. Both the Charge HR and vívosmart HR have optical heart rate monitors that can record your resting and active heart rate. Throughout our testing period, both devices have provided similar resting heart rate results, but active heart rate numbers were all over the place. I went on a 5 mile run, and the vívosmart HR consistently recorded my active heart rate to be about 20 bpm higher than the Charge HR’s numbers. When the Garmin device said my HR was at 178 bpm, the Charge HR would tell me I was at 158 bpm. These numbers didn’t even out until after I got down to resting heart rate levels.

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This was pretty much the only discrepancy between the two devices on the performance front, though it is one you should definitely keep in mind. It’s also worth noting that you shouldn’t be looking for a wrist-mounted activity tracker if you need accurate HR results. Chest straps are the way to go for all of your HR-tracking needs, though they are a bit more cumbersome to wear during a workout.

Both Fitbit and Garmin claim their devices can achieve up to 5 days of battery life on a single charge, and that’s certainly the case here. The Charge HR and vívosmart HR can last up to 5 days on one charge, and you might be able to squeeze a little more life out of them if you keep the HR monitors turned off.

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Display OLED LCD
Tracking Steps, calories, distance, active minutes, stairs, sleep Steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes, stairs, sleep
Heart rate monitor Optical Optical
GPS No No
Waterproof No, splash and sweat proof Yes, 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)
Battery life Up to 5 days Up to 5 days
Notifications Call Call, text, email and more
Music control No Yes
Compatibility Android, iOS, Windows, web Android, iOS, Windows, web
Colors Black, Blue, Plum, Tangerine, Teal Black, Imperial Purple, Midnight Blue
Dimensions Small: 137mm – 157.5mm (21mm wide)
Large: 157.5mm – 193mm (21mm wide)
Regular: 136mm-187mm (21mm wide)
X-large: 180mm-224mm (21mm wide)

Software

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I’ve said time and time again that Fitbit’s smartphone companion app is one of the best out there, and I still believe that to this day. It’s simple, easy to use, and gives you access to your most important stats right on the main screen. It’s a good thing, too — since you can’t do a whole lot on the Charge HR itself, you’ll be spending a good amount of time in the app looking through activity summaries. You can tell Fitbit spent a lot of time making its app clean and easy to use. It doesn’t bombard you with too much information at one time, and it certainly doesn’t seem cluttered at all.

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There’s a slide-out menu on the left side where you can view your Challenges, Friends, Account and manage alarms. The Fitbit app is pretty good at giving you daily, weekly, monthly and yearly challenges, and will let you know when each challenge is met. You can also connect with friends who are in the Fitbit community. Finding new friends with which to connect is as easy as tapping the FAB at the bottom of the screen, and selecting which people in your contact list have Fitbit accounts.

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Speaking of cluttered fitness applications, Garmin’s Connect app is what you’ll be using to sync all of your vívosmart HR’s data with your phone. It’s not a bad app, not in the slightest. It’s just confusing to navigate at times. Once you learn to use it, though, it will provide you with some incredibly detailed information that not many other apps provide.

The app is divided up into a few main sections: Snapshots, Leaderboard, Calendar, News Feed and Insights. Snapshots features all of your stats for the current day. When viewing your Snapshots, swipe left or right to navigate through your steps, sleep, and other stats. The Leaderboard is where you can connect with friends who also have Garmin devices, and Calendar gives you a detailed view of your stats for each day you’ve worn the device. News Feed is where all of your workouts are listed, and the Insights page houses a list of tips and tricks from Garmin that will help you make the most of your workouts.

Which comes out on top?

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Right now the Fitbit Charge HR is sitting at around $130 on Amazon, while the Garmin vívosmart HR can be yours for $150. Are all the extra features on the vívosmart HR worth $20 extra? I’d say yes, most definitely.

Buy the Fitbit Charge HRBuy the Garmin vívosmart HR

I love both of these devices. They’re great workout companions, they look good, and they can both last 5 days on a single charge. The vívosmart HR just offers more for the money, though. It’s waterproof, its screen can feed you more information, and the Auto Goal feature is great for those who are looking to improve on their past workouts. Fitbit’s Charge HR is easier to use than the vívosmart HR, and the fact that it can track your activity automatically is just great. If you’re spending over $100 for a fitness tracker that will help improve your workouts, I’d have to recommend the vívosmart HR.

What are your thoughts? Have you used either of these devices? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Welcome to the 142nd episode of the Android Apps Weekly show. Let’s take a look at the big news from the last week!

  • Some stats were released this week that showed the world’s most popular messaging apps. WhatsApp took home the crown and some apps, like Facebook Messenger, Viber, and WeChat, showed well in certain countries. Fun fact, BBM is installed on almost 90% of Android devices in Indonesia. Not bad for a service that most think is entirely irrelevant.
  • After polemicists went nuts over the last week, the developers of ES File Explorer have decided to roll back the update and remove the abomination that was the charge boost and lock screen advertising. There are still a bunch of cleaner features that are useless but it is a little less bloated than it was before and, hey, score one for the Internet!
  • After a wildly successful launch, new stats have been thrown out there that suggest that Miitomo isn’t doing as well as it was a month ago. The stats show that download numbers of Miitomo have slowed to a crawl, and only about 25% of people who have downloaded the app open it up on a regular basis. This has some concerned about Miitomo’s longevity.
  • Last week we told you that Pokemon GO was accepting sign ups for their beta. Well, this week the beta went live. People are getting invites that signed up for the beta and you may be lucky enough to snag a beta invite if you signed up. We imagine the game will be coming out sometime in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled!
  • Google is working on a very ambitious project that would remove the need for passwords from apps by 2017. The idea is to use various metrics and sensors along with the Trust API to determine if you are who you say you are. There will be varying security levels depending on the type of app that needs a password, but it seems like the really big stuff will require a bit more than just being in the right GPS location. We’ll know more later this year.

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an adventure game where you play as two kids who are on a quest to find some Water of Life to save their ailing father. In the game, you’ll have control of both brothers simultaneously most of the time which means this is one of those few games that actually plays better on a touch screen than with a controller. The story is emotionally charged, the graphics look good, and aside from some early bugs, it seems to play pretty well. The Google Play listing said there were in-app purchases, but we couldn’t find any.
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This week was a monumental one for Android Authority. Thanks to all of you, we have surpassed 2 million subscribers on our YouTube channel! Seriously, thank you so much! We will continue to bring you the best Android-related content on the web, and if you have any suggestions for us, please let us know.

This week we brought you our hands-on coverage of ZTE’s new Axon 7 flagship, a comparison between the HTC 10 and One M9, rounded up our Google I/O 2016 coverage, and much more. Without further delay, here are the Android-related videos you don’t want to miss this week.

2M subscribers!

2 million thank yous

Less than 18 months ago, we were lucky enough to reach the 1 million subscribers mark on YouTube. This week we surpassed the 2 million mark, and we couldn’t have done it without you! Check out this “History of Android Authority” video to see just how much things have changed since the beginning.

Google I/O 2016

The best of Google I/O 2016

With so many announcements from Google I/O 2016, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Allow us to help! Here are the most exciting and important announcements from Google’s annual developer conference.

Google I/O 2016 final vlog – finishing up

Want to see what happened in the final days of Google I/O? Check out our final I/O 2016 vlog to get the details.

AA Podcast in 360 @ Google I/O 2016

We’re trying something new here — podcasting in 360! Josh, Lanh and Kris set up the LG 360 Cam and recorded their thoughts on Google I/O.

The new ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7 hands-on and first impressions

ZTE’s brand new Axon 7 flagship is sleek, powerful, and will likely be pretty affordable when it comes to market. Check out our hands-on and first impressions video to see what it’s all about.

ZTE Axon 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 first look

ZTE’s latest goes head to head with Samsung’s 2016 flagship. Don’t miss our quick look at the ZTE Axon 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7.

ZTE Axon 7 vs LG G5 first look

Want to see how ZTE’s latest goes up against the LG G5? Find out in our quick look video.

Flagships going head to head

HTC 10 vs HTC One M9

HTC made tons of improvements to its flagship smartphone this year. Curious to see just how well those are working out? Don’t miss Krystal’s full HTC 10 vs HTC One M9 comparison.

LG G5 vs LG V10

Josh and Lanh go in depth and compare the LG G5 with the LG V10.

Huawei Watch Jewel review

Are you a fan of the Huawei Watch but are looking for something a bit more elegant? Here’s our review of the Huawei Watch Jewel!

What you should know about your smartphone’s GPU

For many people GPUs are shrouded in mystery. You might know they have something to do with 3D gaming, but beyond that maybe you don’t really understand what is going on. So let’s take a peek and see what is behind the curtain. Don’t miss Gary’s latest episode of Gary Explains!

Android Apps Weekly

Apps from Google I/O, Pokémon GO beta, Assassin’s Creed: Identity — you don’t want to miss the latest episode of Joe’s Android Apps Weekly show.

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Galaxy S7 Edge giveaway: Dannie G. (Malawi). Enjoy your new S7 Edge!

This week we are giving away the brand new HTC 10!

With its 24 bit DAC, radically improved camera and all metal design, the HTC 10 shifts its focus to what matters most – and affords the user a fabulous audio and camera experience. It’s also blisteringly fast, and really feels like this phone has been a long time coming. The sound experience is second to none, proving that BoomSound is not only back, but here to stay.

Enter giveaway

HTC 10 International Giveaway!

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  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.

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