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While we're still awaiting for a formal announcement, word on the web is that HTC will unveil a new smartphone sometime today, one that take its place in between the company's mid-range and flagship offerings. Dubbed the One M8s, it looks an awfully lot like the One M8, though it's just a little bit thicker at 9.55mm versus 9.35mm. Looks aside, these are several differences between the two devices. The One M8s features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 System-on-Chip (Soc) and 2GB of LPDDR3 memory powering the 5-inch Full HD 1080p display. Storage chores are handled by 16GB of built-in NAND flash memory... Read more...
HTC’s One M9 is about to make its U.S. debut tomorrow at midnight on the four major U.S. wireless carriers. The nation’s second largest wireless carrier, AT&T, announced that the One M9 will be available to order starting tomorrow, and orders received before 1:00 PM CT will ship the same day. The phone will be available nationwide in AT&T retail stores starting on April 10. Customers can purchase the flagship smartphone via AT&T for $199.99 with a new, two-year contract or choose from one of three Next installment plans to pay off the phone (with $0 down). Next 24, Next 18, and Next... Read more...
NASA is teaming up with a San Francisco company called Osterhout Design Group (ODG) to test the feasibility of using smart glasses on space missions. By taking advantage of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology, astronauts will don computerized glasses built by ODG to making working on space projects a bit easier. There are several early uses that have already been identified, such as using "Assisted Reality" software to enable line of sight check lists, guided support via telepresence, and the ability to overlay digital markers on machinery or equipment,... Read more...
When it comes to fingerprint technology used in today’s smartphones, many look to Apple’s Touch ID as the standard-bearer. Touch ID was introduced with the iPhone 5s and was improved upon with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2. Touch ID provides 360-degree readability, doesn’t require you to swipe your finger (as its name implies), and provides authentication for Apple Pay. But Qualcomm has announced a new fingerprint reader, Snapdragon Sense ID, which looks to one-up Apple through the use of ultrasonic sound wave technology. Qualcomm claims that the ultrasonic technology used in Sense... Read more...
Many of the higher end and flagship devices on tap for the coming weeks and months will sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor inside, a 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) featuring quad-core ARM Cortex A57 and A53 CPUs. But what's potentially even more exciting is a cognitive platform Qualcomm is working on that will be supported by its forthcoming Snapdragon 820 processor. More on that in a moment, but first a few details about the chip itself. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is being designed on a leading edge FinFET process node, though the company didn't say if it's using TSMC's 16nm manufacturing process... Read more...
It's been five years since Steve Kondik posted a custom Android ROM for the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) on XDA forum under the "CyanogenMod" handle. It set the foundation for what has become the most popular open-source Android community distribution today, though that's far from the end of the story. Just the opposite, the best is yet to come, and to celebrate this new beginning, Cyanogen has a new brand identity. "Today we're announcing a new look that we hope captures our commitment to openness. This new approach celebrates space, with minimal letterforms that don't quite connect, giving the logo... Read more...
If the transition from the Galaxy S4 to Galaxy S5 was disappointing to customers and detrimental to Samsung’s smartphone sales/earnings, we have to wonder if the same fate will befall HTC. We hope not, but the HTC One M9’s specs have been officially revealed, and for better or worse, it’s more of the same. As we have detailed in previous articles, the HTC One M9 carries on the same design theme that we first saw with the One M7 and continued with the One M8. It’s a clean, sleek, industrial look, but it would have been nice to see HTC spice things up a bit. With Samsung swinging for the fences design-wise... Read more...
Qualcomm is launching four new SoC SKUs today in an effort to add increased performance and beefed up functionality for mid-range smartphones. The new SoCs include the Snapdragon 415/425 and Snapdragon 618/620. The Snapdragon 415 and 425 are based on an octa-core Cortex A53 architecture and bring 64-bit support, ARMv8 instructions, and Quick Charge 2.0 support to the table. On the graphics side of things, the Snapdragon 415 and 425 now pack in an Adreno 405 GPU. The Snapdragon 415 and 425 seem pretty evenly matched up until this point, but there is one spec that differentiates the two SoCs: LTE... Read more...
Qualcomm managed to negotiate its way out of paying the full amount of what could have been a $1.6 billion fine in China over antitrust violations. Instead, China's National Development and Reform Commission imposed a record fine of $975 million, a figure Qualcomm agreed not to contest even though it's "disappointed" with how the investigation turned out. At the same time, Qualcomm said it's happy to have it done and over with. As part of the settlement, Qualcomm agreed to a number of terms and conditions mostly related to how it licenses technologies to companies in China. For example, Qualcomm... Read more...
Following a 14-month investigation into potential antitrust violations, Chinese regulators could fine U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm over 10 billion yuan, or $1.6 billion in U.S. currency. It would rank as China's largest antitrust penalty ever, though regulators and Qualcomm have been in discussions the past week and may reach a deal that would reduce the fine to $1 billion.According to Reuters, part of the deal includes Qualcomm taking a lower royalty rate on patents used in China -- it would reduce the amount by about a third of what it current takes. Qualcomm would also agree to change its licensing... Read more...
It would appear that even Qualcomm doesn't know for sure if its Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC) will be used in Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone. According to what's listed in the company's financial report for its first quarter of fiscal 2015 ended December 28, 2014, Qualcomm is expecting Samsung to use its own Exynos processor, though it's a little more complicated than that.Let's back up a moment. Just over a week ago, reports surfaced that Samsung was concerned with an overheating issue it ran into while testing the Snapdragon 810 part in its unreleased Galaxy S6 handset. Given... Read more...
It came out last week that Samsung ran into an overheating issue when testing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chip in its forthcoming flagship phone. In turn, Samsung reportedly made the decision not to use the part in its unreleased Galaxy S6 device, though that might not be the case if Qualcomm can supply a revised version in time for the handset's release.According to The Wall Street Journal and a "person familiar with the matter" that it spoke with, Qualcomm is expected to supply Samsung with a revised version of the Snapdragon 810 in March. Presumably the next revision will have a better handle... Read more...
LG Electronics today said that it didn't run into any overheating issues with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon System-on-Chip (SoC) and will hold firm to plans to use the company's chip in its forthcoming G Flex 2 handset that's due to launch in South Korea at the end of this month (January 30) and in the U.S. sometime after.The issue of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor possibly having an overheating issue was raised when Samsung earlier this week said it had encountered some problems with the part during the testing phase of its Galaxy S6 smartphone. Samsung ultimately decided not to use the chip,... Read more...
Samsung is reportedly pulling a switcheroo with the processor that powers its flagship devices. Or more specifically, Samsung has decided to use its own System-on-Chip (SoC) design on its next top tier Galaxy handset instead of sticking with Qualcomm's Snapdragon line, the latter of which is said to have overheated during testing. Citing "people with direct knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg says that Samsung tested Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 810 chip, and the results of those tests gave the South Korean handset maker cause for concern, or at least that's the story Samsung is running with. Could... Read more...
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