Qualcomm Adreno 205 vs Adreno 220 / HTC Sensation vs HTC Flyer, HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S

Here’s s quick compilation of benchmark results comparing the Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU vs Adreno 220 GPU found in the HTC Sensation (as part of the MSM8260 SoC). The are several things to note here: First, the Adreno 205 found in the HTC Flyer and HTC Desire HD are most probably not clocked at the same speed (The MSM8255 is clocked at 1Ghz in the Desire HD compared to1.5Ghz in the HTC Flyer). Secondly, THe screen resolution are different on each handsets:

- HTC Desire HD: 800X480
- Samsung Galaxy S: 800×480
- HTC Sensation: 960×540
- HTC Flyer: 1024×600

Thirdly, the driver versions are obviously not the same on all devices so you shouldn’t take those results as granted, they are just an indication of how these GPUs stack up against each other in synthetic benchmarks. The now famous and awesome PowerVR SGX540 is also included in the mix. Check the results after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Android 2.3 roll out starting this month

Following last month’s false start Samsung is now officially announcing that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab is going to debut this month in the UK and other Nordic countries then quickly followed by other European countries. Samsung isn’t well known for painless updates but one can admit that at the very least the company isn’t forgetting it’s millions of Android users.

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread roll out suspended by Google

Why is this not surprising ? Well, because something similar happened with the Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo roll out last year. Google has apparently suspended the Gingerbread roll out for the Galaxy S that started last week-end because of problems with the ROM and I personally hope the Samsung changes a couple of things in there before pushing it out again.

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Official Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update starts rolling out

Samsung has started to gradually roll-out the official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S this past weekend via the Kies desktop software. So far only European users are being notified to update when plugin-in their phones but nothing’s stopping you from doing it manually by downloading the full package to your PC and flashing it via ODIN. This new XWJVB version seems to be really similar to the leaked XWJVK (they do have the same basedband).

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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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Official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Samsung Galaxy S ROM leaked ?

What appears to be the official Gingerbread Android 2.3.3 ROM I9000XXJVK for the Samsung Galaxy S line of phones has just leaked today. Samsung is supposedly going to officially push it through it’s KIES software in the coming days but if you don’t want to wait until then just head over here and grab the file to flash your device. Do this at your own risk and don’t forget to back-up your device.

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Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread XWJV1 rom for Samsung Galaxy S leaked

If you are a Samsung Galaxy S owner and been closely following news related to the handset you have probably noticed that Samsung has been pumping out (un-official) tons of new ROMs for this particular model. None have been officially released yet (and probably won’t) but most of them usually come with some new improvements (like hardware accelerates browser in some cases). Yesterday was Gingerbread‘s turn to leak in Beta form. The XWJV1 Android 2.3.2 beta rom for the Galaxy S can now be grabbed and installed (at your own risk) on your Galaxy S if you are brave enough.

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 specifications and press shot leaked

Both devices’ hardware specifications have just leaked prior to their unveiling tomorrow night in Barcelona. The first one is the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (or Galaxy S II) pictured above which apparently packs a Dual-Core 1Ghz CPU (the clock speed sort of confirms that it’s a Orion aka Exynos 4210), a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.3 with what looks like an updated TouchWIZ UI. The handset will weight only 116g and be 8.49mm thin (the Galaxy S is 9.9mm).

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to be announced on February 13th

Nothing really surprising here but according tot the event planning document posted above Samsung is set to launch not only Samsung Galaxy S 2 but also the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2  (Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Tab II) on February 13th in Barcelona just ahead of MWC. Still haven’t received my Samsung invite for this event yet but will obviously have tons of videos and pictures of both devices once I get my hands-on there ( Sony Ericsson’s invitation indicates that their event will take place around the same time on the 13th so it’s going to be a bit tricky to cover both events given that I’m alone..).

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 to be announced on February 13th

Samsung has just unveiled that they will announce what looks like the Samsung Galaxy S 2 / Samsung i9100 (Samsung Galaxy S II)  on February 13th in Barcelona a few hours before MWC starts. The device is expected to feature the company’s new Super AMOLED Plus display and Orion Dual-Core SoC. The company held a similar event last year on the same day to unveiled the Samsung Wave and its Bada platform, but this one seems to be focus on Android though.

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Samsung to announce 4G Windows Phone 7 devices and Dual Core Android handsets at MWC

According to Samsung mobile chief, J.K. Shin, we can expect the company to announce dual-core powered Android handsets (probably the Samsing GT-i9100) and the first 4G enabled Windows Phone 7 devices next month during MWC in Barcelona. Samsung, who is has recently announced sells of over 10 Million Samsung Galaxy S phones, expects to sell over 50 million smartphones in 2011 (2x what was sold in 2010). Contrary to popular belief (based on a dodgy translation), Samsung is not going to manufacture more WP7 devices than Android handsets this year as seen with alflood of Android product announcement they have done durung CES.The company is also expected to announce Bada 2.0 on the same day. Watch out for some live hands-on coverage of MWC here on MobileTechWorld. (yes I’ll be there..).

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10 Million Samsung Galaxy S smartphones have been sold

Samsung is proudly announcing today that more than 10 million Samsung Galaxy S devices have been sold since it’s initial launch less that 7 months ago. I do have to admit that when Samsung estimated that they would hit this number I seriously doubted that they were going to pull it off. Glad to see that I was wrong because the Galaxy S really deserves the success it has right now (even thought it still has some issues but the hardware is frankly top notch).

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Hands On video of the upcoming Android Music Player application

The stock Android Music Player application that was briefly shown during Google I/O back in May has just been leaked to the Internet a few hours ago so I decided to shoot a quick hands-on video to show you how it looks like. First you should remember that this is no final code at all and the many features are broken or seem to be missing (especially the wireless syncing/streaming features). I’m guessing that the application was developed by the Cooliris guys who also did the stock Picture gallery application for Google more than a year ago. So I don’t really see how people are claiming that this is how the Android 3.0 / Honeycomb UI may look like… Anyway check out the video of the app running on the Samsung Galaxy S after the break (I also quickly compared it to WP7′s Zune player on the Omnia 7):

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Samsung Focus teardown

TechRepublic cracked the Samsung Focus open to check out its guts and see if there was anything of interest in there. As it was expected the device feature the famous Qualcomm QSD8250 SnapDragon Chipset and the following components (not that the Omnia 7 probably has exactly the same components):

- NEC MC-10170 imaging chip for the 5mpix camera (same as on the Samsung Galaxy S)
- Qualcomm PM7540 power management IC
- Micron OUA98 JW500 TQND
- SiliconBlue Technologies iCE65L04 Ultra Low-Power FPGA
- Avago Technolgies ACPM-5251, 4×5 UMTS Band I & Band V Dual-Band Power Amplifier Module with Integrated Coupler
- Skyworks SKY77336 Power Amplifier Module
- Fairchild Semiconductor FSA9280A USB 2.0 Accessory Detection Switch w/ 28V FET
- SanDisk SDIN4C2-8G 8GB NAND flash RAM
- Qualcomm RTR6285 UMTS/GSM/EDGE cellular transceiver
- This Samsung SWB-B23 Bluetooth IC (same ason the Galaxy S)
- Texas Instruments TPS65023B 6-channel Power Management IC
- Avago AFI037 1512BB
- Atmel MaXtouch mXT224 224-node touchscreen microcontroller (same as on the Galaxy S and the latest HTC smartphones like the EVO 4G, HD7, Incredible, Desire HD etc..)

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC HD2 already out in the wild

It didn’t take long for the XDA boys to port Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy S and also the HTC HD2. Don’t get to excited yet thought because those are still early preview builds that can’t really be used because of missing features and bugs. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S the ROM is based on the Nexus S kernel:

Which filesystem ?
This early preview runs on Ext4. no RFS at all, the kernel don’t support RFS.
Does everything work ?
Nope, but I must admit I didn’t expect such a result.
Don’t work: GPS / Voice / Wifi / some Buttons / camera
Work: everything else: like sound, GL acceleration etc
Will it work ?
I think most of it will work after countless hours spent on it.
Is it flashable with Odin ?
That’s a good idea , i think i’ll do that tomorrow.

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OpenGL ES 2.0 benchmark: Adreno 205 vs SGX540 / HTC Desire HD vs Samsung Galaxy S

GLBenchmark 2.0 has finally been released to the public today nearly 2 years after being unveiled during MWC 2008. The opportunity was too good so I decided to run it on the HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S to compare the Qualcomm’s Adreno 205 vs the Power SGX540. I did a chart (posted below after the break) so you can compare the full detailed results of both handsets and not only the overall score. This is really important because only looking at the overall results is actually a bit misleading in this case. As you probably already know the PowerVR SGX540 is currently the fastest mobile GPU currently available in retail devices and so far nothing has come close to it (besides the Tegra 2 which is pumping out results close to the Galaxy Tab in OGLES 2.0) but Samsung is currently the only OEM shipping handsets featuring this GPU. The newest entrant is the Adreno 205 which is part of the latest MSM8255 and MSM7X30 chipset from Qualcomm and used in several HTC devices. The Adreno 205 is an updated / tweaked version of the Adreno 200 found in the original QSD8250 chipset. Anyway check out the results below:

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Google Maps 5 for Android with 3D buildings and new vector maps released: Hands-on Video

Google has just released Google Maps 5 for Android today. This new version is that one that was demonstrated by Andy Rubin last week on the prototype Motorola tablet running Android 3.0 / Honeycomb. The major new feature in this release is the inclusion of the new vectorized maps and the 3D buildings in certain cities. The user now has the ability to rotate the whole map using his two fingers and also tilt the whole view with another finger gesture. Performance on my Samsung Galaxy S was surprisingly good (compared to what we saw on the prototype tablet last week). This new version will also allow you to have offline navigation thanks to the new vector based maps. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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Why did Google cripple the Google Nexus S ?

Sometimes I just can’t figure out why big companies (well mainly Microsoft lately) do stupid things. This week, it’s Google’s turn to take the cake with the Google Nexus S. As you probably already know, the Nexus S is nothing more than a Google branded Samsung Galaxy S with an added NFC chip and 16GB of on-board NAND flash memory. So what’s the big deal? Well the geniuses in Mountain View decided to strip the device from one of the Galaxy S’s best feature: 720P video capture (you can check out several Galaxy S HD samples and comparisons videos I shot in my YouTube Channel here). When the device’s specifications were first announced a few days ago I thought that maybe there was a typo and things were going to be corrected but unfortunately it turned out to be true and the Nexus S can only shoot videos at a max resolution of 720×480. Can anybody tell me why Google would do this? Seriously? The hardware can shoot 720P video with a 12Mbps bit-rate without breaking a sweat so what’s up with that? There’s nothing logical behind this decision. Everybody’s making a big fuss about the lack of micro-sd slot (so Google is now ”copying” Microsoft and Apple, right? ;) ) but strangely I’m not seeing  lot of drama about the crippling of the camera. All in all I don’t see why anybody should get a Nexus S instead of one of the Galaxy S variant currently on the market (besides the need for the currently useless NFC chip). I’m sure that Samsung will release an Android 2.3 rom later next year anyway (or you can count on xda-devs for that…).

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HTC Desire HD vs Samsung Galaxy S vs Samsung Omnia 7 camera comparison

Time for another camera comparison! This time I’m comparing the video capture quality of the HTC Desire HD versus the Galaxy S and Omnia 7. So how does it look like? Well just take a look at the video embedded after the break. The Desire HD image quality is really muddy and has that trademarked HTC purple tint to it. Framerate is consistent in board daylight (30fps in this video, but it can go as low as 5fps indoors!). HTC just can’t seem to get cameras right. My guess is that they are using relatively low end sensors because there’s no reason why the MSM8255 can’t capture great quality videos and it has been shown that with the WP7 devices that with the same chipset (the QSD8250) in all handsets only HTC couldn’t sustain consistent framerates when encoding videos (compared to Samsung and LG who have it locked at 24fps). The only save grace here is that auto-focus which works without much problem: you can focus anywhere you want while shooting a video just by taping on the screen (similar to when you shoot pictures). Anyway, the best one out of the three here is, in my opinion, the Galaxy S (even though its auto-focus is super slow and sometimes doesn’t trigger at all..) followed by the Omnia 7 which still suffers from abnormally high shutter speeds in outdoors situations (this is why the video looks choppy even though the frame rate is locked at 24fps!).

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