02/25/2013, [MWC 2013] The only way Android users have been able to achieve AirPlay-like streaming of their devices to wireless speakers, headphones, TVs, home theater systems and everything in between has been through Google’s YouTube application on Android, and that’s only if you have a Google TV hooked up. DoubleTwist introduced an application back in 2011 that allowed Android devices to stream to Apple TV, but today, the company is announcing […]
02/21/2013, Qualcomm has announced RF360, a solution that solves one of the biggest hurdles for LTE handset makers and customers: the need to build multiple versions of the same handset to address one of the many (40+) LTE bands worldwide. Interestingly, Qualcomm did a good job of keeping this a secret, since the company hinted before that a solution to it may take a long time to appear. For instance, the […]
02/20/2013, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 200 and 400 series aimed at the lower-end market. This extends the new processor list for 2013 which now looks like this: the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, 800. the 200 and 400 chipsets have been designed for entry level devices. While the Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors are meant for high end smartphones. The newly announced Snapdragon processors are designed to provide better battery […]
02/14/2013, Qualcomm has posted about its Quick Charge 1.0 power management initiative, and as its name indicates, this technology is designed to charge smartphones “up to 40%” faster. Qualcomm acquired this last year when it bought Summit Microelectronics in June 2012. There is no question that battery capacity is not going to improve radically from a strcutural stand point, and while handset do get bigger batteries, they can only do […]
02/12/2013, There’s been a veil of secrecy revolving around the Samsung Galaxy S4 the moment the Galaxy S3 was released as smartphone consumers are often looking for what’s next rather than appreciating what they have in their pocket. We’ve heard rumors of the Galaxy S4 possibly featuring touchless gesture inputs, an S Pen like its Galaxy Note cousin and Samsung’s 8-core Exynos 5 chipset.
02/12/2013, After a new device has been launched, there’s the initial hands-on time, followed by a complete review, and of course the teardown comes at some point so that we can know what the “guts” of the device are. UBM TechInsight has taken a BlackBerry Z10 unit apart and found that BlackBerry is using a Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 (MSM8960) in the company’s latest smartphone. We expected as much in our own […]
02/01/2013, We reported on a leaked Qualcomm roadmap which revealed a possible announcement for Android Key Lime Pie to be set in spring 2013, which coincides with this year’s Google I/O, which is scheduled for May 15-17th. It looks as though there was more to that leak than we originally thought as apparently Qualcomm has been scrambling to remove any traces of the leak across the Internet. Qualcomm has been sending […]
01/31/2013, Google’s naming convention for their Android mobile operating system has stuck to desserts that follow the alphabetical order, and just last December, it seems that the Android Key Lime Pie name has been confirmed as the next Android version. Well, here is another “confirmation” of sorts as the world continues to wait for what comes after Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was introduced at Google I/O in June last year. Apparently, […]
01/07/2013, At CES 2013, Qualcomm has made an announcement that is likely going to set their tone for most of 2013: their new Snapdragon processors are here, and they come not only with much improved features and performance, but also with a new naming scheme. The changes are broad, and Qualcomm has tried to improve just about everything from the previous Snapdragon S4 Pro. Here are the changes that you must […]
12/06/2012, While NFC has opened the door to numerous possibilities, such as the sharing of data, using our phones as mobile wallets and etc., one of the downsides to current-gen NFC chips is that apparently they can be quite the power drainer, which might explain why Apple has yet to introduce NFC in their iPhones despite many believing that they will. That being said, Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros has announced that […]
12/05/2012, Qualcomm has just announced that they have a couple of new Snapdragon S4 chipsets that have been specially optimized for the market in China – which is definitely a lucrative one, especially when you consider just how many people live in that part of the world. These two new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipsets will come with a quad-core CPU, an Adreno 305 GPU as well as a transceiver which is […]
12/05/2012, For those who have been diligently following the news, you might have heard that Sharp could have run into some financial trouble, and according to the rumors, companies like Foxconn, Apple and Intel might be interested in investing in the company not only to keep it afloat, but for some of its technologies, such as IGZO which has been rumored in the past to be used by some of Apple’s […]
11/16/2012, It is during a routine teardown that folks at iFixit noticed that the Google Nexus 4 uses a QUALCOMM WTR1605L 4G LTE chip which supports up to seven bands. We can already see Nexus 4 users’ eyes lighting up at the idea of a community LTE driver or something like that. We never say never, but at the moment, nothing of that kind is on the horizon.
10/03/2012, When it comes to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm is a name that pops up often as the company that supplies manufacturers SoCs. Granted there are other companies like Texas Instruments, NVIDIA and Samsung, but Qualcomm’s name is probably more commonplace to the extent that smartphone chip designers in China have reportedly (via Digitimes) merged together in order to be a more competitive force against Qualcomm. Qualcomm and […]