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Samsung Galaxy S6 shows overwhelming storage benchmarks of its new UFS 2.0 NAND storage

Samsung Galaxy S6 breaks every record known to mobiles in every subcategory out there. This new benchmark shows this year’s probable favorite flagship and its storage prowess. Samsung already announced its UFS 2.0 memory in up to 128GB and now we know that the flagship sports the same newer faster storage.  Galaxy S6’s storage destroyed all available phones in tests.


Sequential write speeds
Sequential write speeds


This new UFS 2.0 NAND storage offers faster performance when compared to the eMMC standard used up until now. This new piece of hardware can change the way mobile storage works and it can make microSD slots somewhat redundant. Samsung says its chips are capable of theoretical max read/write speeds of 350 and 150/s and they can read and write at the same time as prioritizing tasks. This means it is 1.4 and 1.6 faster than previous eMMC.


Androbench random read speed
Androbench random read speed


In the Androbench app, Galaxy S6 destroyed Nexus 6, Sony Xperia Z3, Note 4 and other phones, as you can see below.


Androbench random write speed
Androbench random write speed


The random read and write don’t change the performance of flash memory systems much, but they definitely show how good a device can be when working with large files. Of course, the disclaim is there and the results are said to be coming from a device in a non-final form.

Source: Phonearena


Cycada allows iOS apps run on Android systems with ease! Read more about the software revolution below!

A new type of research is promising to create a way in which iOS apps function natively on Android devices as well! Probably Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave just by hearing of this, but the concept is real and happening as we speak! Cycada, or the former Cider, is a compatibility architecture that would allow iOS apps to run on Android without using compatibility layers or heavy virtual machines.

Usually the only way of making an OS’ software run on another OS is through virtualization but the mobile software and hardware architecture is not as stabilized as the PC world and such solutions are difficult to instrument at the moment. A certain emulator-like system entitled WINE (“Wine is not an emulator”) that allows Windows apps to run on Linux systems to some extent. WINE’s developers are trying to implement the Windows API in a revised manner in order to mimic a Windows system on a Linux device.

Cycada has a different utility in the sense that it uses compile-time code adaptation, a system that lets developers build codes meant for other operating systems on Linux, which is in turn Android’s root base without variations. Diplomatic functions replace certain iOS system functions and let apps call similar Android functions instead. Cycada does not reimplement iOS APIs like WINE does on PCs but reuses them to keep things unpretentious.

The Columbia University team lead by Professor Jason Nieh hopes that Cycada will help in the development and implementation of cross-platform standardization. This could mean getting popular iOS apps to run on Android platforms. The system is not yet made public and there is also the problem of Apple retaliation in case the program proves to be viable and easy to implement to the public. 

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Android L coming in the fall – Google presents first impressions

Android L is being released this fall but, until then, Google is going to change it just a bit more. The OS will be a bit different-looking than the usual releases as it presents an overall design overhaul, changed multitasking and improved notifications, among other things. The things that pop out are the design changes of course, as the KitKat theme is being changed with Material Design, a new and colorful style based on shapes and sheets of paper and their fluidity.

The dialer presents colorful blocks and playful animations throughout the interface. It is not done yet, as Google is still working on improving and finishing touches, but all that was seen looks pretty good. The primary Android buttons have simple geometric shapes with new icons that work very well. The back button is a triangle whereas the square is a multitasking menu and the circle is the button that pulls up the app menu.

The multitasking menu looks a bit different in resembling a free-floating Rolodex. Users will find pages opened in Chrome in the multitasking menu as well, this passing as a fluidity line between apps and browsers. Basically, the multitasking menu will be more cluttered with icons.

Another big change for Android L is the notification interaction coming from the lock screen itself. Users can now swipe to dismiss notifications or drag them to the screen to interact with them easier. The OS presents interactive popup notifications inside the apps.

Apart from the design differences seen in Android L, users are promised improved battery life, and the general performance of the operating system. Some security improvements and unlocking methods will come soon.

Google is still working on its new OS that will be launched this fall, but the first signs look pretty good.

Source: The Verge