Google IO 2016 Coverage

This Google employee doesn’t want you to buy the LG G5 or HTC 10


Updated (4/25/16): Qualcomm supplied Talk Android with the following statement:

“Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development.”

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Qualcomm responds to Quick Charge vs USB Type-C concerns

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Consumers in search of extra USB Type-C connectors that work with some of the newer devices hitting the market have discovered some pitfalls along the way that could potentially ruin a device. Those problems led at least one Google employee, Benson Leung, to set off on a crusade to test Type-C connectors and try to inform the public about this new technology. Recent targets of Leung include the LG G5 and HTC 10, which he says he cannot recommend due to the use of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Qualcomm has now responded to the issue. Read more

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon VR Software Development Kit

qualcomm_snapdragon_chip_graphicWith VR headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift receiving a fair amount of positive publicity in recent months, Qualcomm’s announcement that it plans to release a software development kit (SDK) for virtual reality devices makes perfect sense. After all, 2016 may well be the year that VR finally comes good. Maybe. The new Snapdragon VR SDK is said to optimize the VR experience when used with chips such as the Snapdragon 820, as used in the LG G5, Galaxy S7, and the Mi 5. Read more

Qualcomm just announced new fingerprint authentication support for WeChat mobile payments


Each and every day, pins and passwords are becoming more and more a relic of the past thanks to new biometric authentication processes such as our fingerprints. It looks like Tencent’s WeChat mobile payment services will be the latest to join the biometric security revolution thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor series.

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Qualcomm signs unique, new partners for Wear-oriented chips


Trying to make a push into the wearables market, Qualcomm announced some new chips earlier this month that could be used in smaller devices while employing better energy management and improved connectivity. Growing the market also means finding new partners outside the traditional names and Qualcomm has done that with three new deals they announced today.  The new companies will produce reference designs for new market segments. Read more

Qualcomm’s newest processor is made just for Android Wear


This morning, Qualcomm introduced two new products to give the company a stronger push into the wearables industry. Snapdragon Wear and the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor are both made to enhance the overall experience of using a devices like smartwatches by improving functionality and decreasing power consumption. All of this is while the platform and processor enable wearables to have an energy-efficient 4G LTE connection. Previously, Android Wear devices with 4G LTE connections utilized Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor, which really couldn’t manage battery life and maintain high performance. That’s why Qualcomm calls its new products the “next era of wearables.”

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