Samsung assisting Qualcomm with mobile processor production

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Qualcomm, unarguably the most popular mobile processor manufacturer, is receiving some help from an overseas friend. Samsung is stepping forward to supply Qualcomm with new technology. The 14nm (nanometer) FinFit processing technology will be utilized by Qualcomm for future innovations. Other upcoming Qualcomm’s mobile processors slated for this year are based on the 28nm and 20nm processing technologies. Samsung and Qualcomm’s new technology is slated to be ready for sometime 2015.

Source: Yonhap News Agency
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Qualcomm celebrates latest Adreno GPU to make it to market

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As Google I/O prepares to get underway later this week, companies are poised to share their stories and successes not only for the media covering the event, but with the developers as well as they hope to entice them to use their wares in their own solutions. One company that is on-hand is Qualcomm which produces chips used in many Android-based devices. Their latest graphics processor, the Adreno 420, just happens to be making its public debut in the market with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A device. Part of Qualcomm’s new Adreno 400 family of SoC GPUs, the chip will help raise the bar for mobile-gaming experiences and should bring mobile devices on par with desktop systems. » Read the rest

First 64-bit Samsung smartphone hinted at in benchmark

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Ever since Apple launched their iPhone 5S with a 64-bit processor, other manufacturers have been trying to catch up and launch their own 64-bit devices. So far, we haven’t seen much of it in the wild, but we know Qualcomm is working on their own 64-bit processors for smartphones. A new mid-range Samsung smartphone looks like it’s going to use the Snapdragon 410 CPU, which also happens to be a 64-bit chip, making it Samsung’s first 64-bit smartphone ever.

The device showed up in benchmarks with a 4.8-inch qHD screen, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and the Snapdragon 410 and Adreno 306 combo. It’s not a flagship device, and benchmarks weren’t stellar, but it’s pretty early in development, so the performance may improve later on.

source: GFXBench

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Qualcomm announces new chip that will help in-home 4G LTE coverage

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Cell phone users are all too familiar with the impact being inside a building, like their own home, has on their ability to get service. This was true with the 3G networks when cellular providers would deploy femto cells to try to address holes in coverage.  The problem is no less true for the new 4G LTE networks being deployed. To help combat this latest version of the problem, Qualcomm has introduced the FSM90xx low-cost chip. » Read the rest

Qualcomm reportedly powering wearables this year, could make proprietary processors if market grows

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The Toq smartwatch was released by Qualcomm as a way to show developers what their technology was capable of. It carried a massive $299 price tag. Other than price, the Toq received a fair amount of praise. A new report claims that Qualcomm will be aiming to power other wearables instead of manufacturing their very own.

At a press conference this week, Qualcomm CDMA Technologoes Taiwan president Eddie Chang said “This year, you will see wearable devices carrying Qualcomm chips.” While Chang did not give any details, he did say that developing wearable-specific processors are definitely a possibility if the market reaches a certain point in growth. Rather than sending the Toq out as a pricey representative of the possibilities, it looks like Qualcomm is keeping its presence on the inside of a wearable.

Source: Taipei Times
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LG among the first to be part of Android Silver, handset could have 64-bit processor

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News regarding Android Silver keeps heating up. On Friday, we learned that the Nexus program (for smartphones) is presumably gone with the addition of Android Silver. And earlier today we found out that the new initiative would be launched in February 2015. Now we have some information regarding one of Android Silver’s initial devices. It will come from none other than Google’s good friend LG.

On Twitter, @evleaks shed some light on the LG handset. Specifically, he said it is “running a Qualcomm MSM8994, to be among first Silver devices.” Additionally, he noted that it is expected to be available through Sprint in the United States. What is that Sprint processor? It looks like that will be the upcoming Snapdragon 810. This is a 64-bit processor and it is not expected to be put into production until the first half of 2015. This would align perfectly with Android Silver’s February 2015 launch date.

Source: @evleaks

Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch receives voice-to-text feature

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If you don’t wish to take your phone out and respond to your contact, you can now tap the voice icon in your Toq smartwatch and voice out your response. Afterwards, you will be shown your message before you decide to send it out or not. You can check out the new feature right below in the promo video! Download the new update and you’ll be good to go.

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OnePlus One clock speed and RAM get clarified

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There are few questions left surrounding the upcoming OnePlus One. The device will be fully unveiled on April 23, but the company has used the time before that to give away information. Recently, they announced the One will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. When they did that, they left out the clock speed and amount of RAM included. Luckily, the company did that today. » Read the rest