3DMark Android Edition Released

Futuremark made its first graphics benchmark for a platform other than x86 Windows, with the Android Edition of 3DMark. Designed to test the graphics processing prowess of smartphones and tablets running Android, the benchmark consists of the Ice Storm test suite from 3DMark, modified for the OpenGL ES 2.0 API.

To run the benchmark, you need Android (version 3.1 "Honeycomb" and above), an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphics core, 1 GB of RAM, and 300 MB of free space. There is no minimum screen resolution, but we assume you'd need at least 480 x 320 pixels to be able to find the app on Google Play. 3DMark supports resolutions all the way up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, letting you compare even the latest 5-inch category high-end smartphones.

Futuremark claims it tested the app to work with over 1,000 Android devices. It is available as a free app on Google Play, needing Internet connectivity to view and compare scores. Scores generated on Android devices will be comparable to 3DMark for iOS, which is coming soon.

Futuremark released 3DMark on the Google Play store today, bringing the world's most popular hardware performance benchmark to Android devices everywhere. The Android version of 3DMark includes everything you need to accurately test and compare the performance of Android smartphones and tablets. Developed in cooperation with Broadcom, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and other world-class companies, 3DMark is a professional-grade testing tool available to all Android users as a free app. Find out more and download 3DMark Android benchmark now.

Recent research by Google found that 84% of US tablet owners regularly use their tablet for playing games. 3DMark is a cross-platform benchmark designed to test the gaming performance and capabilities of all types of modern hardware from smartphones and tablets, to the latest high-end desktop gaming PCs. The Android version of 3DMark includes two benchmark tests, both based on OpenGL ES 2.0.

What's more, 3DMark scores can be compared across platforms. You can use 3DMark to test and compare the performance of devices running Android, iOS, Windows and Windows RT, to better understand how new devices compare with the alternatives.

3DMark Ice Storm

Use the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark to test the performance of your Android powered smartphone or tablet. Ice Storm includes two graphics tests designed to stress the graphical (GPU) performance of your device and a physics test to stress its processing (CPU) performance.

3DMark Ice Storm Extreme

For the latest smartphones and tablets, Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects. Ice Storm Extreme will soon be included in the Windows version of 3DMark too, allowing you to compare the performance of Android and Windows tablets directly.

Test your own Android device now

3DMark is a free Android benchmark app available worldwide for more than 1,000 compatible Android devices. 3DMark is also available for Windows PCs and is coming soon to Apple iOS and Windows RT devices.