Qualcomm announces wireless charging for metal case devices

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Qualcomm has announced a breakthrough in wireless charging technology that could have a big impact on the market. Qualcomm has figured out a solution to wirelessly charge devices that have metal exteriors and frames. Qualcomm WiPower technology is compliant with the Rezence standard and the company is making a full suite of reference designs available starting today to WiPower licensees. Read more

Technology Researcher says that the Snapdragon 820 has no overheating issues

qualcomm_snapdragon_820_062615There’s been a lot of hot air around the Snapdragon 810 and its overheating issues, with some manufacturers dropping it altogether, other handset makers preferring to use a lower spec (read cooler) version and then you get companies such as Sony who have stuck with the processor through thick and thin. As for the 810’s manufacturer, Qualcomm, it has been busy fending off accusations left, right and centre, its share price has dipped and investors have mentioned splitting the company apart. There could be some good news on the horizon, though, if a comment made on Chinese social media site Weibo, is anything to go by. Read more

Hands on with Tronsmart’s Quick Charge 2.0 chargers

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Just about every flagship device shipping this year has or will have Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology inside. Devices with supported Qualcomm processors can take advantage of Quick Charge 2.0 by receiving an accelerated amount of power in less time than anything else. The chargers included in the box with new devices, however, are typically not the ones compatible with Qualcomm’s innovation. Most companies sell them separately at rather high prices. So looking at third-party manufacturers for Quick Charge 2.0 chargers is the way to go.

Tronsmart is among the companies vying to sell you a product capable of rapidly charging your device. This company actually stands out, though, because of its certification. Tronsmart’s three products that are compatible with Quick Charge 2.0-ready devices have all been certified by Qualcomm. On the company’s site, Tronsmart even shows the documents as proof. This goes for Tronsmart’s two-port wall charger, four-port charging hub, and three-port car charger.

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The OnePlus 2 scores 63719 on Antutu on its second attempt

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It’s getting closer to July 27th, the day that the successor to the OnePlus One will launch. Appropriately titled the OnePlus 2, the upcoming handset has been in the headlines for a variety of reason ranging from OnePlus releasing a steady drip feed of its specifications, price promises, and claims that it will sport the latest version of Qualcomm’s much denigrated Snapdragon 810. This brings us neatly to today’s news, the reported Antutu benchmark scores of a OnePlus 2 handset with model number A2001.

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European Commission opens up two antitrust investigations on Qualcomm

Qualcomm_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014Qualcomm really isn’t having a great year. Not only has there been tons and tons of controversy over their 2015 flagship CPU, the Snapdragon 810, but now the European Commission has opened two antitrust investigations into the company. Ouch.

The first investigation relates to whether or not Qualcomm offered financial incentives for their customers to purchase exclusively Qualcomm products. The second investigation will look into pricing and whether or not Qualcomm engaged in “predatory pricing” where they aggressively priced down their product with the sole purpose of forcing other competition out of the market. No company ever wants to be accused of either of those things. Read more

HTC’s Jeff Gordon claims all OEMs shipping Snapdragon 810 phones are using v2.1 of the processor

jeff gordon tweetQualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor is arguably the most controversial component for mobile devices ever designed and released. Before any devices actually hit market with the flagship CPU there were rumors and accusations about overheating problems with the chip, and we’ve seen a ton of damage control to try and play down those issues.

The latest twist in this mobile phone soap opera is that all manufacturers are reportedly using an updated version of the Snapdragon 810 processor. OnePlus says they’re using v2.1 of the processor in their upcoming device, and Sony has mentioned that their Xperia devices are using the slightly improved version of the chip. This newer version supposedly fixes the overheating problems and doesn’t have as many issues with clock speed throttling, but according to HTC’s own Jeff Gordon, every OEM that’s offering a Snapdragon 810 device is using v2.1 of the processor. That includes the HTC One M9. Read more

Qualcomm refuses to spin off chip business

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Qualcomm Inc.’s Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs said on Tuesday they have no plans to spin off its chip business despite what critics and shareholders may say.

Hedge fund Jana Partners said in April to improve shareholder value Qualcomm should spin off the chip business from its patent-licensing business. Also saying the chip business is “essentially worthless”.

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