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ARM Mali GPU drivers can soon be updated faster from Google Play Store

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Smartphones have become as powerful as lower-end PCs but there are definitely some things they still can’t do. Heavy graphics, especially for games and visualization, is one of those but the entire graphics ecosystem on mobile is considerably different from their desktop counterparts. Graphics drivers, for example, are often at the mercy of vendor firmware updates, which is why ARM is now proudly announcing a new system that would allow drivers to be updated just like one would update an app.

Drivers are the way an operating system like Android talk to hardware like touch controllers or, in this case, graphics processing units or GPUs. Most of the time, drivers for hardware are delivered via firmware updates that have to go through the long process of testing and certification. Great for a phone’s stability but not for mobile gaming that often needs a faster pace of bug fixes for GPU bugs and issues.

ARM is now announcing that future Mali GPUs will have drivers that can be updated as soon as those patches are available. Instead of coursing it through firmware OTA updates, these drivers can actually be pushed via Google Play Store instead in order to reach users more quickly.

This actually isn’t a completely novel capability. Qualcomm announced its own upgradable Adreno GPU drivers that came with the Snapdragon 865 and 765 mobile platforms last year. Few, however, have been able to take advantage of that capability other than Xiaomi.

ARM’s announcement will cover chips that use its Mali GPUs, including those from Samsung Exynos or MediaTek Helio and Dimensity processors, though it doesn’t name which GPUs exactly will get that feature. The feature may sound obscure for end users but it could help raise the profile of mobile gaming, especially on Android.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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