Qualcomm has given its Vellamo benchmark a thorough update, including several new tests that aim to provide results that are representative of real-life usage scenarios. The firm has also for the first time included a video streaming test and built a version for Android on x86, so smartphones based on Intel's Medfield processor can also be tested.
While Qualcomm's decision to include tests that stream video is a good one for addressing real-world usage, the need to install a web server in order to account for network behaviour could be a security concern. However Sy Choudhury, director of product management at Qualcomm told The INQUIRER, "It's only for use, and can only through the SSL connection and certification speak to Vellamo. And it's only loaded for those two tests - so we only load it into memory. We do not send from Vellamo to our servers except when the user opts in."
Choudhury also played down concerns that because Vellamo was being developed by Qualcomm, it would be biased against rival chip vendors. He said that Qualcomm wouldn't win in all tests but that testing will show where the firm needs to get better.