Owners of select Sony devices have the choice to manually install a newer version of Android. The company brought a version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to all of its 2014 devices that feature Qualcomm processors. This means that people owning the Xperia E3, Xperia T3, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia M2 can download and install Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Before jumping ahead and getting started, you should know that the camera and modem are not working at this time. What does that mean? You cannot take photos and make calls. Those are two very important features, so maybe waiting for Sony to issue an update is a better idea.
Last month, Sony revealed that it had Android 5.0 Lollipop running on some of its devices.
We’re all very impatiently waiting on Qualcomm to release their Snapdragon 810 SoC early next year, but until then we’re just going to have to drool over what it’s going to bring to high-end Android phones in 2015. The latest improvement to their flagship chipset will come in the form of faster network access thanks to Qualcomm incorporating Cat 9 LTE support.
Supporting Cat 9 LTE means the chipset should be able to hit theoretical download speeds of about 450 Mbps, which is insanely fast. Much faster than your typical carrier’s network, unfortunately, but the potential is there. Qualcomm claims they’ve extensively tested the download speeds commercial network and equipment partners, and everything is working just as fast as Qualcomm claims.
According to an anonymous tipster, Samsung is preparing to launch yet another market dependant variant of the Galaxy Note 4. At present, the South Korean company’s flagship phablet is available with one of two different processors on board, the first is its own Exynos 7 Octa chip and the other is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805, but if this speculation turns out to be true, we could be seeing a Snapdragon 810 model of the Galaxy Note 4 on the market as soon as January, 2015.
Earlier last week, a report suggested that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset was seeing delays in launch due to some hardware related issues. This caused worry among mobile enthusiasts as it could have led to the potential delay of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the LG G4 and even the HTC One M9.
The antitrust investigation of Qualcomm in China has concluded and the hammer has been brought down. The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission is delivering fines and changing the company’s licencing fees. The licensing fees offered by Qualcomm will be lowered by an undisclosed amount. This will make the use of Qualcomm’s components much more accessible for hardware manufactuers in the Chinese market. Also, Qualcomm is losing its reverse patent license that was used “on its clients to lift their patent fees to each other.” It was an agreement that disallowed patent royalties to be picked up by other Qualcomm clients.
Companies only get one or two shots each year for flagship devices so they want to make sure they utilize the best specs available at the time. For next year’s devices, that means the Snapdragon 810, which is Qualcomm’s first 64-bit octa-core processor.
The early consensus was that the 810 wasn’t going to be available till June of next year, so I really didn’t think Samsung and LG would include it in the Galaxy S 6 and G4, but according to a report out of Business Korea, both companies are trying to utilize the said chip.
Earlier today we learned that Qualcomm was making available a new smartphone for developers to use as a reference platform based on the forthcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. It turns out the smartphone is not the only form factor getting this treatment from Qualcomm. The company is also making available the MDP/T which is a 10.1-inch tablet powered by the Snapdragon 810.
The Snapdragon 810 probably won’t come to consumer devices until next June, but Qualcomm has released a development smartphone featuring the said processor. Called the Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) smartphone, it gives developers early access to the processor for testing and optimizing Android applications.
The 810 is an octa-core and 64-bit, so the rest of the specs are also high end. It includes a 6.2-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, an Adreno 430 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13 MP rear camera with Dual LED flash and 4K video recording, 4 MP front-facing camera, the newest Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, 3,020 mAh battery, and the “latest available Android OS,” which we presume will be Lollipop.
AnTuTu has released their top 10 performance rankings for smartphones for the third quarter of 2014. At the top of the list is the Meizu MX4 which made a statement with its MediaTek processor in holding off other contenders. MediaTek also grabbed the second spot with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Despite the prowess of the chip, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line still powered most of the devices in the top 10.
There are not many devices on the market that take advantage of Quick Charge 2.0 technology, but that is in part due to the chargers are not being available. The only device on the market with a corresponding charger is the Moto X (2014) and DROID Turbo. On its way, though, is one for the HTC One (M8). Due to the limited availability, Powermod has taken the matter into its own hands by releasing two chargers that have Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The in-vehicle chargers costs $19.95 and the wall charger is $29.95. These prices are cheaper than what you would find elsewhere.
You can click here to see the full list of devices compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 chargers.
Via: HTC Source