In September, the
Chinese tech review site KoolCenter published a review of the ASUS Mini PC
PN51 that included a screenshot of the device’s WebXPRT 4 test result screen. The screenshot showed that the testers had
enabled the WebXPRT Simplified Chinese UI. Users can choose from three language
options in the WebXPRT 4 UI: Simplified Chinese, German, and English. We
included Simplified Chinese and German because of the large number of test runs
we see from China and Central Europe. We wanted to make testing a little easier
for users who prefer those languages, and are glad to see people using the
Changing languages in
the UI is very straightforward. Locate the Change Language? prompt under the
WebXPRT 4 logo at the top of the Start screen, and click or tap the arrow
beside it. After the drop-down menu appears, select the language you want. The language
of the start screen changes to the language you selected, and the in-test
workload headers and the results screen also appear in your chosen language.
The screenshots below
my sig show the Change Language? drop-down menu, and how the Start screen
appears when you select Simplified Chinese or German. Be aware that if you have
a translation extension installed in your browser, the extension may override
the WebXPRT UI by reverting the language back to the default of English. You can
avoid this conflict by temporarily disabling the translation extension for the
duration of WebXPRT testing.
If you have any questions about WebXPRT’s language options, please let us know!
We’re excited to announce that WebXPRT 3 is now available to the public. BenchmarkXPRT Development Community members have been using a community preview for several weeks, but now anyone can run WebXPRT 3 and publish their results.
As we mentioned on the blog, WebXPRT 3 has a completely new UI, updated workloads, and new test content. We carried over several features from WebXPRT 2015 including automation, the option to run individual workloads, and language options for English, German, and Simplified Chinese.
We believe WebXPRT 3 will be as relevant and reliable as WebXPRT 2013 and 2015. After trying it out, please submit your scores and feel free to let us know what you think. We look forward to seeing new results submissions!
Early next week, we will update WebXPRT by adding a German UI. This brings the number of available languages to three. WebXPRT has had a Simplified Chinese UI for a while, but you had to click a link on the WebXPRT page to get it. The new version removes that limitation, and lets you select Simplified Chinese, English, or German from the UI.
We’re working on getting WebXPRT to automatically detect the language of your device, but for now, the UI defaults to English.
We would like to expand the range of languages the XPRTs support over time. This is an area where you can help. If you’d like to see your language represented and are willing to help with translation, please let us know.
I know it’s the holiday season, but remember that CES will be here before we know it. I’m really looking forward to seeing the show, and I may have some big news to talk about while I’m there! If you’re planning to be at CES, send a message and let’s find a time to meet!
We will not have a blog post next week. Happy holidays!
We recently traveled to Shenzhen, China to anchor Principled Technologies’ booth in the IDF15 Shenzhen technology showcase. Over 60 companies set up displays to interact with approximately 2,000 attendees, and it was a great opportunity for us to connect with innovators in one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in the world.
We spent most of our time talking with people about the benefits of the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community, demonstrating the XPRTs on our display systems, and describing the scope and abilities of each XPRT. Many of the people we talked with showed great interest in the XPRTs’ commitment to developing easy-to-use benchmarks that measure performance and battery life while doing everyday tasks.
Of course, we also spent a good deal of free time exploring Shenzhen and nearby Hong Kong. If you ever get the opportunity to visit either of these dynamic cities, you won’t be disappointed!
The IDF15 Shenzhen technology showcase floor. Our booth is just to the right of the gray-and-white balloon. The booming Shenzhen skyline, including the soon-to-be-second-tallest building in the world.
If we missed you at IDF15, or you have questions or comments about the Benchmark XPRT Development Community, feel free to contact us.
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.