Android tablets are getting faster and faster, thanks to the latest chips from NVIDIA, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Intel. But even the fastest ARM-based chips still only offer a fraction of the performance you’d expect from an Intel Core processor (their key advantages are that ARM-based chips use less power and cost less).
So even though you don’t need something as fast as an Intel Ivy Bridge processor to run Android games or other apps, it’s kind of fun to see what happens when you do… and that’s exactly what Mobile Geeks did when they got a chance to check out an Android tablet prototype with an Ivy Bridge CPU.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Prototype 11.6″ fanless Android tablet with an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU
We’ve seen plenty of Android tablets with Intel Atom processors recently. But you can also run Android on a high-end Intel chip. Here’s a video showing a tablet prototype with an Intel Ivy Bridge processor running the N.O.V.A. 3 first-person shooter for Android. [Mobile Geeks (YouTube)]
- Official Adobe Reader app comes to Windows Phone 8
On the one hand, it’s great that there’s no an official Adobe Reader app for Windows Phone. On the other hand… wait… there wasn’t an official Windows Phone 8 version of Adobe Reader up until now? [Windows Blog]
- Chrome for iOS gets improved voice search
Chrome 27 for iPhone and iPad now speaks when spoken to — you can ask it a question, and if relevant results are available, the web browser will provide a spoken word answer. [Google]
- Would you like a 7mm thick 1TB hard drive with that ultra-thin ultrabook?
Hard drives aren’t just getting thinner and thinner in order to fit into tablets and ultrabooks… thin hard drives are also getting ridiculously large amounts of storage capacity. [Engadget]
- MSI’s Primo 81 iPad mini-like Android tablet
Apple iPad mini clones are a dime a dozen… but here’s one from a company you may have actually heard of… if you buy motherboards, video cards, or 2008-era netbooks. [Engadget]
- Twitter expands its 6-second video empire with Vine for Android
Like you can really say anything worthwhile in 6 se… [Twitter]
- Square Enix ports the Nintendo DS version of FFIV to Android, sells it for $16
Square Enix has a habit of charging nearly console-level prices for its Android and iOS games. But it also delivers console-quality games. In fact, this version of Final Fantasy IV is basically the version released for the Nintendo DS a few years ago. [Android Police]