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3DMark 2012: Android devices invade a Windows world


Following on the footsteps of the recently announced "3DMark for Windows 8" benchmark, Futuremark has revealed that the company is developing a new 3D benchmark called "3DMark for Android". You've guessed it right, Futuremark is developing one 3D benchmark to rule them all.

We have received press release stating that Futuremark Corporation is announcing the foundation of its Benchmark Development Program for tablets powered by Android operating system.

The first product coming out of that BDP is a next-generation benchmark "3DMark for Android" (working title), with the goal of becoming an industry standard gaming benchmark for tablets. With this announcement, its official that the targeted platforms for 3DMark 2012 are both Android 4 tablets and Windows 8 devices – an interesting prospect.

Futuremark wants to attract "companies involved in the manufacture of Android powered devices are invited to join Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program to play a critical role in the development of 3DMark for Android, from initial specification to final delivery."

Jukka Mäkinen, CEO of Futuremark said, "in 2012 we will bring 3DMark to the Android platform with a professional grade benchmark that can be trusted by manufacturers, suppliers and vendors to provide the definitive measure of gaming performance on Android while showcasing the very best in real-time graphics and effects."

We also caught up with Oliver Baltuch, President of Futuremark about the promised result compatibility between the two. While the benchmark development is in very early stages, the company wants to have comparable results between the two platforms and in about a year from now, the traditional "AMD vs. Intel" or "AMD vs. NVIDIA" debates might take a backseat to "3DMark Android 4 vs. 3DMark Windows 8".

The benchmark will measure gaming performance using CPU, GPU rendering and physics tests, using OpenGL ES API as the primary graphics interface. Results will be comparable through Futuremark's ORB database.

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