Despite beating forecasts, Qualcomm financial results disappoint


Qualcomm reported financial results for their first quarter, which ended on December 27, 2015, with numbers that beat forecasts despite being down year-over-year. Perhaps more disappointing though is the forecast looking ahead to the rest of 2016 as Qualcomm is faced with a slumping mobile device market that they think will be worse than what analysts are projecting. Read more

How to speed up charging on any Android device


You wake up in the morning to get ready for work, only to realize that you forgot to plug your smartphone in the charger before bed last night. You have 30 minutes before you have to leave, so you plug it in the charger to get as much juice as possible. On your way out the door, you realize it has barely inched past the 20% marker. How frustrating!

We’ve all been there, and if it weren’t for the invention of car chargers, we’d all have a brick in our hands with friends, family and coworkers having no way to contact us. Thankfully, there are easy and manageable steps to avoid this perilous issue in the future. We’ll walk you through them step-by-step below!

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Qualcomm is preparing the Snapdragon 820 for use in automobiles alongside 80 other products

qualcomm_snapdragon_820Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 is almost ready for primetime, and the company has some big plans for the little chip. CEO Steve Mollenkopf boasted about the 820 being the most advanced SoC ever, which he backed up with some claims about the processor’s new 64-bit Kryo architecture and the fact that over 80 products are planning on incorporating Qualcomm’s latest and greatest.

The first of these products to use the Snapdragon 820 will be LeTV’s Le Max Pro, which was shown at Qualcomm’s press event at CES. It’s unibody design houses a fingerprint scanner that takes advantage of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID, which is self-described as the world’s first ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. That sounds incredibly fancy, but it’s actually just some useful tech that will allow manufacturers to use materials like glass for their fingerprint scanners. Read more

Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight hopes to create buzz at CES 2016


Earlier this year Qualcomm announced they were planning to get into the development of drone technology, including drone-specific processors, in order to gain a solid foothold in the market and to move it ahead. That seems like a smart move given the growth the market for drones is experiencing. The company plans to show off their new Snapdragon Flight reference design at CES 2016 and has released a teaser video for some of the technologies they are working on. Read more

Qualcomm inks new patent licensing deals in China


Qualcomm has today announced that it has signed a new patent licensing deal in China with smartphone manufacturers Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment and Haier Group. This information comes after a year of tiresome court battles, which transpired as a result of the company being investigated by Chinese officials following an antitrust dispute in the region.

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