Although the most anticipated Galaxy S IV hasn't been officially out, its browser benchmark has already been released and it is not so surprising to see that it beat out all the top-performing smart phones in the market today. Apple comes in at number two. Things do get better and better, don't they?
Using Browsermark 2.0, a GT-I9500 device beat the rest and it is safe to believe that this is the Galaxy S IV. It somehow confirms that it runs on Android 4.2.1. Samsung has not verified the test but it looks authentic because the ISP is registered to Samsung India.
It won't be long until the much-awaited device gets launched. Then, we could verify if it clocks in at the same speed as the "GT-I9500". But knowing Samsung, I'm pretty sure it'll reveal even better clues the following days leading to the main event. Best to sit tight and enjoy the others cringe at this new powerhouse.
AndroidAuthority ran Geekbench 2 on the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 last week and posted the results on YouTube. As everyone's wondering how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 compares to other popular smartphones. Prime Labs posted the results in the image above.
Some things to consider when looking at the results:
- It's clear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be the fastest smartphone available when it is released in April. What's not clear is how the Galaxy S 4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is less than a year old, that's a remarkable achievement. I am amazed at how quickly smartphone technology is improving.
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 5. Apple has improved performance dramatically in the past (there was 2.5x increase in performance from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5). Will they be able to make a similar improvement for the next iPhone?
- The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the BlackBerry Z10. However, unlike the Galaxy S 3 and the iPhone 5, the Z10 launched this year, not last year. Will BlackBerry feel compelled to release an updated handset with a faster processor sooner rather than later?
- Android Authority only tested the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC. We have no idea how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with the new Exynos 5 Octa SoC will perform, but given how the different Samsung Galaxy S 3s performed I imagine the Geekbench score will be similar.
- Both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, although the HTC One runs at a slower speed (1.7 GHz vs. 1.9 GHz). The HTC One is also running an older version of Android (4.1.2 vs. 4.2.2), so the HTC One's performance should improve slightly once it is on the latest version of Android.
Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II each scored 84 on a scale of 100 in a smartphone brand study by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. They beat out a trio of Apple's phones-the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, which each got an 82, and the iPhone 4, which received an 81.
This is the ACSI's first study of individual smartphones, and the marginally higher scores of the Galaxy phones come at a time when Apple's iPhones are nearly due for a refresh, probably in September.
Apple is allegedly strongly pushing its development of the new iOS 7 platform, which aims to breathe new life into the aging mobile OS. It is rumored to coincide with the development of a new iPhone 5S model alongside a budget iPhone line, which should ideally give Apple a resurgence in the innovation department that's become characteristic of the Cupertino-based tech giant.
Unlike Apple, which has a smartphone-only lineup, Samsung offers both feature and smartphones. At 76, Samsung continues to lag Apple for overall customer satisfaction. Nevertheless, the company's 7% gain in 2013 is a clear reflection of the strength of Galaxy S III.
According to comScore, Android is the leading operating system for smartphones in the market today. However, it was Apple that took the number one spot for manufacturers of smartphones. The figure for Android share should not be surprising at all, considering there are many carriers that support this operating system.
In addition, more people shifted from ordinary handsets to smartphones, possibly because of holiday sales and promos. The number of people who own smartphones increased as well and is now at 125.9 million, and it is still growing.
Apple trails at 36.3% on the number of people who bought smart phones from them. Other operating systems share a very small percentage of the smartphone market share, but this could easily shift, as long as less popular carriers improve their specs and designs. Furthermore, other carriers should be more open to selling different Android units as well.
Android is the leading OS and makes up around 42% of all devices used to search and surf the web. According to a research by Pingdom, breaking that down further will result to Android smartphones making up 37% of web usage. This is a good indicator considering that we won't see the smartphone industry slowing down anytime soon and obviously, Google's leadership through Android is welcomed by many.
IOS comes far behind at 26% of the market share and is most popular in the UK. US and major Asian markets such as China, Japan and South Korea also choose Android devices over others in using the web.
Apple is currently developing its IOS and might be developing new products in the future but Google will probably stay on top for quite some time because of its developments and continuous partnerships with other OEMs. ‘Two heads are better than one,' some would say.