Samsung cheats on benchmarks with Galaxy S4.

What Samsung needs to do going forward is either open up these settings for all users/applications (e.g. offer a configurable setting that fixes the CPU governor in a high performance mode, and unlocks the 532MHz GPU frequency) or remove the optimization altogether. The risk of doing nothing is that we end up in an arms race between all of the SoC and device makers where non-insignificant amounts of time and engineering effort is spent on gaming the benchmarks rather than improving user experience.

Shocker. Samsung cheats?

I’m sure The Verge will be right on it…along with the rest of them.


Amazon and Apple – stock price and P/E.

Philip Elmer-DeWitt for Apple 2.0 at Fortune:

Amazon, which reported its June earnings on Friday, hasn’t turned a profit for three quarters in a row — a performance that Wall Street rewarded by pushing its stock to an all-time-high

Apple’s P/E ratio is around 10 or 11…Amazon’s is at infinity – read: isn’t measured anymore, but it was around 2800 at the end of last year.

Read the whole thing at the source link. It’s interesting, especially the graphs.

The Verge reviews the new Nexus 7 tablet.

David Pierce for The Verge:

Talking about his year-old Nexus 7:

…I looked over at the Nexus 7 I bought last year, which I loved to pieces. But it’s sat dormant for six months. The battery’s dead, maybe permanently. I scratched the screen pretty good, too.

Again, and moving on to the new one:

The first Nexus 7 was a soft, plushy device that felt both comfortable and almost disposable. With plastic edges and a dimpled back, it was more toy than machine. The new model trades up to a sleek, classy, all-black body that very clearly means business. This isn’t a toy anymore; it’s a tablet for serious people who do serious things.

I wonder what he’s gonna say next year…

It’s also about a credit card thicker than the iPad mini, and almost exactly as tall.

Google opted not to shrink the bezels above and below the display, which now look comically gigantic in comparison. The mismatched bezels also make the screen look smaller, and the tablet looks asymmetrical — it’s nice to have a place to put your hands when you hold the tablet sideways, but no one needs this much space. The Nexus 7’s 16:10 aspect ratio already makes it look gangly and tall, but the huge bezels turn it into an eighth-grader that grew a foot without gaining a pound.

From the front, you see no blemishes on the device save for the awkwardly off-center camera lens

The two cameras are both pretty unexciting, but they’re what I’d want from a tablet — the new 5-megapixel rear shooter takes decent, accurate photos, and though the front lens is really hard to align with your face it works just fine.

For me, a good display is the most important feature of a tablet. I don’t need a hugely specialized set of apps

I just need a tablet that makes books and movies look awesome. That’s the new Nexus 7 in a nutshell

I’m sorry, but isn’t it “a tablet for serious people who do serious things”?

Android 4.3:

though Android has made huge progress it’s still not up to par with the iOS app selection. More and more apps I use are available on Android, but too many are still just blown-up phone apps, and there are still plenty of games and great apps (Paper and Djay come to mind) simply missing.

I can’t say for sure how much of a performance improvement Android 4.3 is. There are still some noticeable problems — somehow Google still can’t figure out how scrolling animations work, so the Play Store is as jittery as ever

I bought the original Nexus 7 partly because Joshua Topolsky, Guy Who Knows Things, was impressed; he even called it “particularly slouch-free,” whatever that means. And mine was indeed slouch-free, for a while. After about six months, a half-dozen updates to every app, and a new round of processors from Qualcomm, Nvidia, and others, the tablet went from zippy to comatose. Now it’s unusably slow, an infuriating testament to how fast technology evolves…

…yeah, that must be it…

I rarely encountered stutters, jitters, or problems of any kind. (Except scrolling. Cool job Google.)


But I’m still worried. In our benchmarking tests, even though the new Nexus 7 is far faster than the previous model — 5,602 on Quadrant and 19,765 on AnTuTu — it’s about even with its current competitors, as the original was a year ago. While Apple has a track record for supporting older devices, Android manufacturers don’t, which makes me question the long-term viability of this Nexus 7.

Oh cool…it’s about as fast as last year’s competitors models…for now…

But make no mistake: the Nexus 7’s a seriously powerful machine, and will be for the foreseeable future. And even if a year from now it becomes slow and outdated, it’s still going to have a great screen, and it’s still going to stream Netflix in 1080p. That’s not much of a downside.

…unless you don’t want to upgrade every year, just so…you know…it works.

So, to summarize:
– The first Nexus 7 was unusable after 6 months
– The new one is “meant for business”
– It’s thicker than last years iPad Mini
– Almost no apps that aren’t blow up phone apps
– Scrolling stutters
– About as fast as last year’s model and the competition…from last year…

The score The Verge gave the new Nexus 7? 9/10.

Googlerola wants Apple to pay 12 times more for it’s SEP’s than others.

Florian Mueller for FOSS patents:

The most interesting economic information is that Motorola, according to the brief, “demand[s] that Apple take a license at a rate that was more than 12 times what Motorola was charging other licensees for the same technology–a rate that was unfair, unreasonable, and decidedly discriminatory”. The public version of the brief obviously does not contain any such thing as a list of various Motorola license deals. But it becomes clearer and clearer that Motorola’s 2.25% demand is unrealistic and not supported by the deals it actually concluded. Apple says that the demand, corresponding to about $12 per iPhone, “was more than 12 times what Apple was already paying to license Motorola’s SEPs”, apparently referring to what Apple was paying indirectly through the use of Motorola-licensed baseband chips.

From Apple’s opening brief in this appeals case:

Motorola has sued Apple in various forums for infringement of eight SEPs (presumably, its eight strongest SEPs) and is batting 0-for-8 in establishing liability in U.S. actions.

Don’t be evil, Google.

Strategy Analytics’ get’s slammed.

Daniel Eran Dilger for AppleInsider:

A report by Strategy Analytics is getting lots of attention, but its core implication that Samsung Electronics is now leading Apple, Inc. in profits is simply not accurate.

Go read it. Dilger makes a great case for why you shouldn’t trust “analysts”.

Ubuntu Edge: Bat shit crazy.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for ZDNet:

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and its parent company, Canonical, is making a bet with the technology market. He’s betting that enough of you will be willing to invest in a smartphone that can double as a PC, the Ubuntu Edge, to raise the $32 million needed to manufacture it. You know what? I think he’s going to win that bet.

The premise is that they will build a phone that you can connect a monitor, a mouse, and a keyboard to, and it will boot from Android into Ubuntu Linux.

Besides the fact that desktop Linux is dead, let me ask you one simple question: How many monitors with mice and keyboards do you encounter when you go about your daily business?

Actually, let me ask one more: With all the peripherals that you find…just laying around…how many times have you wished you could just plug in your phone and get to work?

I thought so.