A benchmarking test has set the Samsung S6 and S6 edge way ahead of rivals like Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8)
All the attention from the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 seems to have centred around the decision to use an all-metal unibody and remove the expandable memory slot. A few nods have been given to the incredible pixel density of the screen (577ppi in case you need reminding) but what about the meat and drink of the phones?
Analog Index ran Samsung’s two flagship phones through the benchmarking program AndroBench and it has turned up some truly remarkable results.
In the random read test, both models scored 77.2 with the next best Android model being the Galaxy Note 4 at 20.56. Next up was the random write test in which they scored 19.8, compared to the Xperia Z3’s 9.26. In the sequential reading test, the S6’s score of 314.87 destroyed Xperia Z3’s 217.17 and it was even more dominant in the sequential writing test, scoring 139.08 to the Z3’s score of 44.43.
Source: Analog Index
A leading app performance company Crittercism has discovered Android Lollipop crashes less often than iOS 8.
Despite being known as the company with the products that don’t crash, Apple has actually come off second best in a test on crashing.
iOS 8 crashed in 2.2 per cent of tests, while Android Lollipop only went down two per cent of the time. Although the difference is minimal it is still an unexpected result, considering how Apple prides itself on its stability while Lollipop has been beset by problems since its launch.
The tests also showed that Apple’s latest OS crashed 0.3 per cent more often than iOS 7 did. This is in contrast to Android,which is moving in the right direction in terms of crashes. Both KitKat and Ice Cream Sandwich crashed 2.6 per cent of the time during tests, so Lollipop marks a real improvement in terms of reliability.
Androidify avatars perform Beethoven. Why? Just because.
As part of a promotion by Google’s Japanese team, 300 devices were set up to play the final movement of the German composer’s Ninth Symphony in Japan earlier this month.
The ‘instruments’ for the arrangement were Androidify characters, synced up with computers to create a piece performed in perfect harmony. While it may not quite have the same emotive, awe-inspiring sound that a full orchestra offers, it is still an impressive achievement and one which deserves at least one listen through.
London, San Francisco and New York have all reported drastically reduced smartphone thefts thanks to kill switches.
London has noticed the biggest fall in smartphone thefts at an astonishing 50 per cent, with San Francisco slightly behind on 40 per cent and New York reporting a drop of 25 per cent.
This is thought to be mostly down the the introduction of kill switches, a setting that means a phone can be remotely locked and wiped if it is stolen. This makes it much harder for criminals to sell it on and that has seen the number of snatched smartphones drop.
While the state attorneys of San Francisco and New York had been keen to force smartphone manufacturers by law to include kill switches in their handsets, companies such as Samsung, Google and Apple have taken the initiative and have added the technology before being legally forced to. Microsoft is also expected to add the function in their next wave of smartphone models.
It’s a good bet that if you’re reading this magazine you’ve got more than one Android device.
You might have a phone and a tablet, a work phone and a play phone, or any number of combinations, but sometimes it can be a bit of a faff keeping track of the battery levels of those devices.
That’s where Potential comes in. Not only does it keep you abreast of the power levels of multiple devices, it also lets you toggle the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on and off with a simple tap. It doesn’t run through your Google account either, so you’re not sharing your sign-in information.
Best of all, you don’t need a rooted device to make it work – you simply download the standard Potential app from the Google Play Store to your devices. All you’ll need to get it up and running are your Android devices and an internet connection. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, either.
“Honor? Who are they?”, we hear you ask. Well, Honor is a new standalone brand that has been created by Huawei. “Huawei? Who are they?” They are a huge Chinese telecoms company which makes both operator-rebranded phones as well as a number of own-branded devices such as the impressive Ascend Mate 7.
So, why a new brand? There are likely a few reasons. Firstly, Huawei itself hasn’t yet made massive inroads into the Western market. Secondly, perhaps the company has looked at the success of the OnePlus project and thought that it, too, can provide a high-spec device at a low cost. However, it’s a little strange that the firm chose to use the ‘Honor’ moniker, as this is also the name of an existing range of Huawei devices.
The Honor 6 costs £249 SIM-free, sold only by Amazon UK, which is pretty low for an unlocked Android phone. Yes, it’s £100 more than a Moto G (2014), but it is a lot cheaper than flagship devices. So it’s low cost, but is it high spec? Yes! The Honor 6 comes with an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD expansion, 4G LTE CAT-6 connectivity, a 5-inch Full HD IPS screen, a 13-megapixel camera on the back with a dual flash accompanied by a 5‑megapixel camera on the front, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Oh, and there’s an IR remote transmitter too (but oddly no built-in app to use it).
In the hand, the feel of the Honor 6 also belies its price. It’s encased in glass on the back and front, similar to a Sony Xperia, but with a plastic edge. It feels light but well made and the overall body size is good given the large screen and capacious 3100mAh battery. A notification LED is included on the front and the speaker, sadly, is on the back of the device, as is the smart silver ‘Honor’ branding. The speaker is quite loud, but very tinny and almost completely devoid of bass.