First Adreno 220 benchmarks show that it is a beast

Qualcomm’s Adreno GPU’s have always been seen as being a sub-par graphics compared to competing offerings from Imagination (PowerVR) and others like NVIDIA’s Tegra. This was essentially true with the Adreno 200 on Windows Mobile and Android mainly because of poor driver quality. Things are a bit different on Windows Phone 7 where the Adreno 200 is the only currently supported GPU, thanks to the tight integration with the OS and relatively good support provided by Microsoft. You can check out my recent Fable Coin Golf video to see that some pretty nice things can be done with it.

The Adreno 205 which is part of the MSM8X55 SoC package is a step forward in terms of performance and can be comparable in some case with the current top dog, the PowerVR SGX540 as seen in my benchmarks here. Qualcomm has also recently released new drivers for the 205 which slightly improves its performance compared to what you see in my benches (they are the ones used by Sony Ericsson in the Xperia Play).

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Upcoming HTC event taking place on April 12th. Is it Android or Windows Phone 7 related ?

HTC has just started sending out invites for an April 12th event taking place in London. We already know that the HTC EVO 3D is scheduled to hit Europe this year and that the HTC Pyramid is also about to hit the streets. April 12 th is also  when Microsoft’s MIX11 event is taking place in Las Vegas so one can also assume that some Windows Phone 7 devices will be unveiled too. HTC has apparently the HTC Ingite and HTC Prime ready to go and both are supposedly powered by Qualcomm’s MSM7230 which should be part of the new chassis that are probably going to be discussed by Microsoft.

So what do you all think we are going to see?

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Updated Samsung Galaxy S Plus to feature overclocked Qualcomm MSM8255 instead of Hummingbird

Samsung sure knows how to make things totally confusing. After the SLCD version of the Galaxy S which was then followed by the version with the TI AMAP3630 (i9003), the Galaxy S 2 with the Tegra 2 and the one with the Exynos 4210 here comes the newest Galaxy S Plus (i9001) now powered by an MSM8255 clocked at 1.4Ghz (the MSM8255T ?). I personally wouldn’t like to be an Android developer because this is really getting out of hand in terms of hardware fragmentation.

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Microsoft blames Google for the lack of proper YouTube application on Windows Phone 7. Seriously?

Microsoft has just filed an anti-trust complain against Google in Europe today and part of it is related to a supposed blocking of YouTube Metadata access preventing Microsoft to release a proper YouTube application for Windows Phone 7. Here’s the official word on this:

First, in 2006 Google acquired YouTube—and since then it has put in place a growing number of technical measures to restrict competing search engines from properly accessing it for their search results. Without proper access to YouTube, Bing and other search engines cannot stand with Google on an equal footing in returning search results with links to YouTube videos and that, of course, drives more users away from competitors and to Google.

Second, in 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft’s new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It’s done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn’t offer a competing search service.

Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft’s YouTube “app” on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube’s mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide.

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Microsoft apologizes again for Windows Phone 7 update issues

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year you are probably well aware that the Windows Phone 7 process didn’t go as smoothly as initially expected. Things are fortunately getting back on track with the NoDo update which is now being pushed out to carrier branded devices ac cross the world. The where”s my phone update” chart has been updated today to reflect yesterday’s news (it’s partially wrong thought as I can confirm that SFR branded devices are getting NoDo). Unfortunately AT&T users will have to wait until early April:

Estimated testing completion date is early April 2011

If you don’t want to wait just head over here and try to force the notifications on your device.

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