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Chinese site padhz pitted three of the fastest quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chips against one another, and unsurprisingly the newest came out on top. Somewhat surprisingly, that means Rockchip’s latest processor is kind of king of the hill (until next-gen Cortex-A15 and Krait chips become more popular.
Here’s a roundup of some of the stories you’d already know about if you were following Liliputing on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
- A Tegra 3, Exynos 4412 and RK3188 walk into a benchmark comparison… (battle of the quad-core SoCs)
Three quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chips will enter. Only one can win. Kind of. [padhz]
- Engadget reviews the Ouya backer’s edition — finds room for improvement
Ouya will begin shipping its $99 Android game console to the general public in June, but Kickstarter backers are already getting theirs. Engadget has an early review, and while the platform is intriguing, the controller is a little buggy and the free-to-play game selection can be hard to navigate if you care how much things actually cost. [Engadget]
- This could be one the HTC First phone with Facebook looks like
Facebook is expected to introduce an HTC smartphone running Android with a Facebook-centric home screen April 4th. According to @evleaks, this is what the UI will look like. [9to5Google]
- $189 Android mini PC with VIA ARM Cortex-A9 chip coming soon
This little computer may be designed for commercial use in hospitality, advertising, and similar environments. But it’d also make a nitfy little media center PC, no? [Fanless Tech]
- Slickdeals app finally hits Android
Slickdeals is one of the best sites for finding bargains on the web. Now there’s an Android app which lets you view the latest deals, find local bargains, receive notifications, and participate in the forums. [Google Play]
I have no clue what Strauzo here is talking about.
First off the Wifi chip is not the problem in any of the Android sticks, and there are no problems to be found with Rockchip based settops.
The issue with the Rockchip based sticks is also found in other sticks and its due to poor craftsmanship in the units.
There have been instances of the shoddy soldering bridging two of the antenna leads together and more commonly, the antenna being too weak for the design of the casing.
There are plenty of different roms based on Rockchips. The following links shows most of the different units based on Rockchips and the accompanying ROMs. Some are even running full builds of Ubuntu and other Distros. https://www.armtvtech.com/armtvtechforum/viewforum.php?f=4
What does get in the way, are missing drivers for Wifi and Bluetooth moduels, but this has more to do with the OEMs than it does with Rockchip itself. The Exynos based units CAN run into the same issues.
in real life all Rockchip devices are very very bad.
first, becouse Rockchip is not friend of open source, and is more difficult make new rom. All stock rom are very very bad and many devices have a fault wifi module.
i buy only Exynos boards. stable and very fast. and we can make new rom and all.
I have a Rockchip device- An iMito mX2 – and it’s passable, but has plenty of problems. Mine tends to reboot every once in a while when running anything as intense as XBMC. It works okay for XBMC, but it’s not what I’d call “smooth” or “stable” by any means.
I’m hoping the OUYA is the XBMC box I’ve been looking for. When I get mine, the iMito is history, I’m sure.
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