Qualcomm to add gesture recognition to Snapdragon chips

By on July 26, 2011 at 2:01 AM.

Qualcomm to add gesture recognition to Snapdragon chips

Qualcomm announced that it has purchased gesture recognition technology from GestureTek on Monday. “Applications processors are enabling a range of new ways for consumers to interface with their home entertainment and mobile devices,” said Qualcomm executive vice president and group president Steve Mollenkopf. “Our acquisition of key technology and assets from GestureTek will strengthen Qualcomm’s smartphone product portfolio and enable our customers to launch products with new and compelling user experiences.” The company said that it plans to build GestureTek’s gesture recognition technology into its current and future Snapdragon processors. The tech will allow manufacturers to create mobile devices with interactive user interfaces based on “natural human gestures.” The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read on for the full press release. More →

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HTC Sensation 4G landing on June 8th, Google AdWords suggests

By on April 21, 2011 at 5:04 PM.

HTC Sensation 4G landing on June 8th, Google AdWords suggests

A few sharp eyes over at TmoNews noticed that after searching “HTC Sensation” in Google, an advertisement popped up stating that the device was set to land on June 8th. Unfortunately it appears HTC has become the wiser and pulled the ad, which now simply says “pre-order now.” It remains unclear whether or not the leaked date is for the phone’s U.S. debut on T-Mobile or its European launch — although we suspect it’s the latter. We met up with HTC ahead of the Sensation 4G’s April 12th launch to get an early hands-on and left feeling impressed with the device —  formerly known as the HTC Pyramid. Its uni-body build design felt solid, the 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor was snappy, and we love HTC’s updated Sense user interface. If the Sensation 4G does end up landing on T-Mobile shelves during the first week of June, that gives the brand new LG G2x just over a month and a half to marinate as the only dual-core smartphone in the company’s lineup. Nothing like some a little friendly competition, no? More →

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Microsoft boosts Windows Phone hardware requirements [video]

By on April 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM.

Microsoft boosts Windows Phone hardware requirements [video]

During its MIX11 conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft discussed the new minimum requirements that manufacturers will have to meet in order to run the Windows Phone operating system on a phone. The biggest change is that OEMs must now choose to include a Qualcomm MSM7x30 or MSM8x55 Snapdragon processor, as opposed to the original 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8x50 chip. The newer 8×55 chip supports CPU speeds up to 1.4GHz, and also has the more recent Adreno 205 graphics processor. The MSM7x30 supports CPU speeds between 800MHz and 1GHz and also supports 720p HD video and enhanced graphics rendering. Aside from also requiring support for a gyroscope, Microsoft’s other requirements are the same. The screen must have an 800 x 480-pixel resolution with 4 or more contact points, the phone must offer at least a 5-megapixel camera, and it must also have at least 256MB of RAM and 8GB of Flash storage, among other requirements. Hit the jump for a video from MIX11 from Channel 9 that details some of the other architecture and chassis changes. More →

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Full specs for the BlackBerry Bold Touch leak

By on April 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM.

Full specs for the BlackBerry Bold Touch leak

We brought you the first hands-on with the BlackBerry Bold Touch yesterday, and now the devices’s full specs have reportedly been leaked. BGR exclusively revealed the device’s key specs back in January, but now N4BB has obtained a full specs for the phone, which show that it features a Qualcomm 8655 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 8GB of on-board storage, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, and a 2.8-inch 640 x 480-pixel touchscreen display. The documents also reaffirm the Bold Touch’s 3G mobile hotspot feature we scooped, which will allow you to share its 3G connection via Wi-Fi. We’ve been told that RIM will announce the BlackBerry Bold Touch during BlackBerry World early next month and that the device will hit the market around June or July. Hit the jump for the full spec sheets. More →

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