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Pixel 6 looks to have true flagship-level GPU

Pixel 6 looks to have true flagship-level GPU

The Pixel 5 was somewhat of a disappointment in the performance department. At $700, it was $100 cheaper than the Pixel 4, but its performance really seemed more reminiscent of $300-400 mid-range phones than other $700 phones with more upmarket CPUs and GPUs. Thankfully, Google seems to be addressing that shortcoming with the Pixel 6, using a high-end Mali-G78 GPU.

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New Nvidia partnership could hint at Chromebooks with RTX graphics

New Nvidia partnership could hint at Chromebooks with RTX graphics

Nvidia hasn't exactly set the world on fire with its Tegra line of Arm-based mobile processors. Outside of its own excellent SHIELD hardware (and notably the Nintendo Switch), it's basically dead. But the company is hoping to breathe new life into its Arm ambitions by doubling down on what it does best: graphics. In a press release, Nvidia announced that it's working with major chip supplier MediaTek to combine Arm-based architecture with its RTX line of graphics cards.

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Xiaomi is updating GPU drivers for its Snapdragon 865 phones through its app store

Xiaomi is updating GPU drivers for its Snapdragon 865 phones through its app store

Late last year, Qualcomm told us that GPU updates through the Play Store would be possible, starting with its new Snapdragon 865 chipset. According to XDA Developers, Xiaomi is the first company to have accomplished the feat, rolling out a GPU driver update for its Snapdragon 865-powered devices through its Chinese app store.

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Qualcomm will start updating graphics drivers via the Play Store, Snapdragon 865 first to benefit (Updated)

Qualcomm will start updating graphics drivers via the Play Store, Snapdragon 865 first to benefit (Updated)

Updating the graphics drivers on your smartphone isn't something you think about, because it isn't something you have much of any control over. That's because, for now, those driver updates generally only come alongside larger OS updates that your phone receives once a year (if you're lucky). With the Snapdragon 865, that's about to change, likely thanks to the changes Google has made to Android with Project Mainline, announced at Google I/O earlier this year.

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ARM announces four new chips, raising the performance bar for the mainstream market

ARM announces four new chips, raising the performance bar for the mainstream market

Today ARM has announced four new IP designs for the mainstream market that promise to improve users' experience in several ways: faster and more responsive smart assistants, higher performance and longer-lasting mobile gaming, and display technology in various sizes with sharper visuals and better performance.

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Google is testing GPU acceleration for Linux apps on Chromebooks

Google is testing GPU acceleration for Linux apps on Chromebooks

There are two major limitations to running Linux applications on Chromebooks — audio doesn't work, and graphics aren't accelerated. Google originally aimed to fix these issues in Chrome OS 71, but that didn't happen. Thankfully, GPU acceleration is a bit closer to reality, according to a series of commits to the Chromium Gerrit.

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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a firm that tests Android GPU drivers for security exploits

Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a firm that tests Android GPU drivers for security exploits

In all of the Android 9 Pie news yesterday, this little bit slipped under the radar. Google wasn't completely wrapped up in announcing and releasing the latest version of Android; no, it was also acquiring a small company that could benefit our favorite operating system, just not in a truly user-facing way (unless we want to get really technical). GraphicsFuzz, a three-man firm based in the UK, is joining the Android Graphics Team to improve GPU security and driver stability going forward.

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Samsung wants to develop its own GPUs for mobile devices, self-driving cars, and more

Samsung wants to develop its own GPUs for mobile devices, self-driving cars, and more

While Samsung's devices in North America have used Snapdragon processors for years, the company also develops its own Exynos processors for international models. But when it comes to graphics, Samsung still uses ARM's 'Mali' GPU family across all its phones and tablets. According to a new job listing on LinkedIn, Samsung wants to develop its own GPUs for a wide range of devices - including phones.

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ARM announces Mali-G52 and G31 GPU designs, bringing AI performance benefits and Vulkan to the low-end

ARM announces Mali-G52 and G31 GPU designs, bringing AI performance benefits and Vulkan to the low-end

Today ARM has announced its new Mali G52 and G31 GPU designs, respectively targeting so-called "mainstream" and high-efficiency applications. The bigger G52 will someday make its way into more demanding use cases like TVs and high-end phones, where its 3.6x performance improvements in machine learning/AI workloads can be appreciated, while the G31 brings ARM's Bifrost architecture, Vulkan and all, to a more affordable level. 

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Graphics drivers can be updated from the Play Store in Android O

Graphics drivers can be updated from the Play Store in Android O

A pretty nifty new feature was talked about at last night's Android Fireside Chat. In addition to the other O features and the rest of the announcements at I/O, it was revealed that we'll soon be able to update our graphics drivers through the Play Store. This is a feature that is presumably only going to be present in O. There's no word yet on the specifics as to how that might work, or which OEMs or chipset manufacturers might be interested in taking advantage of it, but as of yesterday we know it's coming.

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