Mobile World Congress ended last week. If you’ve been following us on Twitter, you know that Bill had some really good meetings while he was there. That’s not to say that Bill didn’t have some fun too!
Next, we go to Intel Developer Forum 2015 – Shenzhen!
While Bill has been out of the country, we’ve been continuing to work on WebXPRT 2015. We’ve talked before about some of the improvements the new WebXPRT: new and more-demanding tests, on-screen descriptions of the tests, a progress indicator, and more. We’ve also given the UI a sleeker, more modern look. Also, WebXPRT 2015 will be the second XPRT to include a Chinese UI.
Testing has been going well. We have a few final tweaks to make but are expecting to release the community preview for WebXPRT 2015 in the next week or two. We’re really excited! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.
Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) has been happening this week in Barcelona. There have been lots of cool phones and tablets, of course, but also there has also been a lot of other cool stuff. From smart watches, foldable keyboards, and 200 GB SD cards to “privacy glasses,” electric bicycles, and even furniture from IKEA, this has definitely been a show to watch.
As you know, Bill is our man in Barcelona. If you read Bill’s blog, you know he lives for this sort of stuff. He’s also been meeting with vendors and having great conversations about the XPRTs.
Last week I mentioned that Bill took a great-looking handout to MWC with him. For those who have been wondering what a megaphone had to do with anything, here’s what the front and back look like.
Even though MWC hasn’t ended yet, we’re already deep into preparations for Intel Developer Forum 2015 – Shenzhen. We’ll have more to say about that in the weeks to come.
In other news, we released a new build of BatteryXPRT 2014, v103. The build fixes a problem reported by a reviewer testing the LG G3. Scores from this build are comparable with previous BatteryXPRT scores. Click here for more details.
It’s time for one of Bill’s favorite shows of the year. Mobile World Congress (MWC) starts Monday in Barcelona. Talking about technology in Barcelona, now that’s a plum assignment!
Bill’s got a lot to talk about. Since last year’s MWC, here’s some of what’s happened:
Here in the Eastern US, we’re in a deep freeze. Wherever you are, I hope you’re comfortable and safe.
Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing a patch to MobileXPRT. This patch fixes a problem first reported in a Tom’s Hardware review of the LG G3. The reviewer was not able to get MobileXPRT to run to completion on that device. We looked at the problem and found that the LG G3 was going to sleep during the performance test, and that when the device woke up, MobileXPRT caught an exception and crashed. This problem appeared to be specific to the LG G3, but could occur on other devices as well.
When we changed MobileXPRT to keep the screen active during the run of the app, the benchmark ran on LG G3 without any issues. We’ve tested this fix on our entire test bed and found that it works well. As always, the results remain comparable with previous versions.
We’ve made the same change in BatteryXPRT and are testing it now. Testing BatteryXPRT takes more time than testing MobileXPRT, but we hope to release the patch soon.
In other news, Bill is going to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2-4, and he would love to meet you. If you are also planning to go, let us know.
Happy 2015! We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season. I certainly did.
Back at the beginning of December, we talked about an intermittent problem that BatteryXPRT was having on the Nexus 9. We fixed the problem shortly after that, but delayed the release to test it on Android 5.01. The testing is complete, and we’ll be releasing BatteryXPRT 2014 v102 next week. As before, it will be available from Google Play and from the BatteryXPRT.com page.
In the last blog post, we recapped come of the highlights of 2014. Moving forward into 2015, WebXPRT 2015 is in development and we’re thinking ahead to the next version of MobileXPRT. We’ll be at Mobile World Congress in March, and at IDF China in April. We’ll tell you about our plans for those conferences over the next few weeks. If you’re planning to be at either of those shows, let us know! We’d love to talk to you.
We’re also planning some exciting new things in 2015. We can’t talk about them yet, but, personally, I can’t wait!
Wishing you all the best in the New Year!
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As 2014 winds down, it’s a good time to look back at the year. And what a year it has been! This is the year that the XPRTs really went global. The benchmarks are in wider use than ever. The community continues to grow.
Here are a few of the big things that happened this year:
It’s going to be hard to top this year, but we are certainly going to try! There’s another video coming soon. We’re already working on WebXPRT 2015. (If you haven’t commented on the WebXPRT 2015 design document yet, it’s not too late.) We’re making plans for MWC 2015. And there’s a lot more in the works!
Whatever your traditions are, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season. See you in 2015.