British startup Gamebench wants to change benchmarking with a different kind of test, that’s supposed to be impervious to manipulation and better at measuring the often invoked “real world performance”.
This week, the veil lifted on the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat leaked, we got confirmation that curved phones are coming soon, the Note 3 launched amidst controversy, Google downplayed Android malware, and the benchmark debacle erupted.
Samsung told a publication that it doesn’t cheat on benchmarks, as a report suggested recently, while Apple’s Phil Schiller noticed Samsung’s “shenanigans” on Twitter.
On this edition of the Friday Debate, we discuss benchmarks. There’s a bit of a scandal going on in the Android community, following reports that several large manufacturers are artificially boosting their scores in benchmarks. Do you care? Or is the whole issue overblown?
AnandTech just released a damning report on benchmark cheating, revealing that, with a few exceptions, devices from major Android OEMs are “optimized” to deliver top results in benchmark tests.
A new report is able to prove that Samsung has intentionally boosted the performance of the Galaxy Note 3 when the phone is running well-known benchmark apps.
If you’ve been looking for a new way to benchmark your device, then Primate Labs Inc has just launched an app for you. It’s called Geekbench 3 and its claim to fame is it tests your device based on real world performance as opposed to just graphics performance. So there are still apps like AnTuTu and Quadrant Standard for graphics, but now there is another for actual, real world performance benchmarks. Geekbench 3 boasts a lot of features that tests your devices in a way that they aren’t usually tested. Here are a few according to their official website. Geekbench…
Today’s mobile benchmarks don’t seem to reflect much on real-world use. BDTi hopes to change that with their upcoming ‘user experience’ rating system. Read on to learn more!
[Update regarding our benchmarks score: the initial results from our Sony Xperia were too high. After we did the benchmark 10 more times, it averaged out to around 29495.] For the pure hardware evangelists amongst us, benchmarks matter. For those among you that got hooked on the great GHz race between AMD and Intel in the nineties and early 2000′s will know that numbers matter – to some. When it comes down to real world performance, we’ve seen devices with substantially less ‘power’ under the hood still offer the user a butter smooth, polished and pleasurable Android experience. This is because…
This week, we had some good news for owners of bogged down Nexus 7s (2012), Samsung got caught red-handed, MS Office hit Android, the Moto X has landed (finally), and Google has your back if you lose your phone. Let’s kick it!