Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
GameBench Gives You Detailed Gaming Performance Stats
Whenever you apply a new tweak, optimization, or modification, it’s good to check to see not only if it’s having a positive effect, but also to see if it’s doing anything at all. Unfortunately, we as humans are highly susceptible to the placebo effect, and as such, it’s impossible to evaluate small changes objectively. There are objective benchmarks available–but even these fall flat when certain tweaks are specifically designed to game them. So how do you check to make sure that your latest kernel upgrade ended up helping your gaming performance?
Luckily, there are fantastic gaming performance profiling tools available. On the PC, we have Fraps and Afterburner, and now Android, we have GameBench. Developed by XDA Forum Member ziggyyy, GameBench does exactly what its title says and allows you to benchmark your games. Its current functionality tracks FPS, battery drain, as well as CPU and GPU usage. Those last two are particularly important because then you can determine roughly where your gaming bottleneck resides. Knowing this, you can then decide whether it’s worth your time to reduce the graphical detail level or raise your CPU overclock. It even takes screenshots that are correlated with these stats to help you better determine where the drops take place.
If you’ve ever wanted to figure out if your performance tweaks are working or if you simply want to optimize your existing setup by locating bottlenecks, GameBench is worth a shot. You can get started by visiting the application thread.
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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.