Qualcomm announces Snapdragon SDK for Android

By on June 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon SDK for Android

Qualcomm Snapdragon SDK Android Announced

Qualcomm on Tuesday announced the Snapdragon software development kit for Android during the Uplinq Developers Conference. The SDK will allow mobile developers to access next-generation technology such as blink and smile detection, burst camera mode, surround sound recording, sensor gestures and indoor locations, to enhance their applications on devices equipped with a Snapdragon S4 processor. “The most powerful applications in mobile are those that are tightly integrated with the underlying hardware,” said Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet Services and the company’s senior vice president for software strategy. “Qualcomm is always striving to enable developers and device makers to differentiate their offerings via the unique capabilities found in its industry-leading Snapdragon mobile processors. With the Snapdragon SDK for Android, developers and manufactures can now more easily utilize these features as they work to set their products apart in a crowded ecosystem.” Qualcomm’s press release follows below. More →

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Verizon's Galaxy S III may lose quad-core processor

By on May 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

Verizon's Galaxy S III may lose quad-core processor

Verizon's Galaxy S III Snapdragon S4

An unknown Samsung handset running on Verizon’s network made an appearance on NenaMark’s benchmarking app over the weekend. The smartphone features the model number SCH-I535, which has previously been rumored to be Verizon’s variant of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III. The benchmark confirms that a powerful Samsung device with a 720p HD display and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is heading to Verizon. The results also show that rather than Samsung’s own quad-core Exynos processor, the SCH-I535 is equipped with Qualcomm’s dual-core and LTE-friendly Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The Samsung Galaxy S III will launch on numerous carriers throughout North America beginning in June. More →

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Sprint rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for fall launch

By on March 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

Sprint rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for fall launch

Sprint is currently in the process of building out its 4G LTE network, which is slated to launch in the second quarter of 2012. Citing anonymous sources, SprintFeed reports that the carrier is looking to launch a new LTE-enabled Windows Phone later this year. Earlier reports claimed that Sprint had shared its LTE specifications with Nokia and was looking to introduce a handset running Windows Phone 8 with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. SprintFeed‘s sources have reportedly confirmed that the MSM8960 Snapdragon chip will indeed be used in the handset, however the vendor behind the device remains a mystery. The new Windows Phone is said to be in testing and is slated for a fall release. More →

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Dual-core Windows Phone 8 handset for Sprint reportedly enters testing

By on February 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM.

Dual-core Windows Phone 8 handset for Sprint reportedly enters testing

Microsoft is testing a Windows Phone 8 handset with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset for Sprint’s network, The Verge reported on Wednesday. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor has posted impressive performance when powering Android devices, beating out Samsung’s Galaxy S II (Exynos) and Motorola’s Droid 4 (TI OMAP) by a wide margin in many tests. Microsoft hopes the chip will bring similar performance to the Windows Phone platform. Sprint has reportedly shared its LTE specifications with Nokia and may not introduce any further Windows Phone devices until Windows Phone 8 is launched later this year, The Verge claims. More →

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AT&T’s HTC One X uses a dual-core CPU instead of a quad-core Tegra 3

By on February 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM.

AT&T’s HTC One X uses a dual-core CPU instead of a quad-core Tegra 3

On Sunday, HTC announced the One X at the company’s Mobile World Congress 2012 press conference. The handset features a quad-core 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a beautiful 4.6-inch 1,280 x 720-pixel high-definition Super LCD2 display, an amazing 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Beats Audio and Sense 4 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. During our hands-on time with the device the quad-core Tegra 3 processor was an absolute monster, and it helped the One X zip around ICS with no lag whatsoever. The One X is set to arrive on AT&T’s 4G LTE network by the end of April, however it will not include NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset when it does. Instead, it will sport a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. As for the cause of the down-grade, the Tegra 3 chip wasn’t LTE-compatible when the handset entered production several months ago according to CNET. More →

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Qualcomm performs the first successful voice-over-LTE call with handover to WCDMA

By on February 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM.

Qualcomm performs the first successful voice-over-LTE call with handover to WCDMA

Verizon, AT&T and any other LTE providers currently rely on 3G networks to carry voice phone calls. In the future, carriers hope to use voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology, and Qualcomm recently reached an important milestone on the road to making VoLTE a reality. Qualcomm announced on Thursday that the company had successfully completed the “first voice call handover from an LTE mobile network to a WCDMA network using Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC).” The company, while working with Ericsson, used its own MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chipset to power the test hardware, and the technology will be demonstrated live at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read on for Qualcomm’s press release. More →

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor coming to TVs, notebooks, and smartphones early this year

By on January 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor coming to TVs, notebooks, and smartphones early this year

Qualcomm took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday to highlight the company’s Snapdragon processor line. “Our latest S4 series Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets will set the bar higher,” said Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs. The S4 processor will be coming to TVs, notebooks, and smartphones later this year. Over 20 manufacturers have teamed up with Qualcomm, with over 70 device designs already in the pipeline. Lastly, Windows 8 will support both ARM and Snapdragon chipsets, with Qaulcomm working with Microsoft to deliver S4 processors featuring LTE connectivity. Read on for Qualcomm’s press release. More →

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