Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor to be featured in upcoming smartphones

qualcomm_snapdragon_820_062615The next generation of Qualcomm’s snapdragon 820 processors will begin shipping to manufacturers soon, according to a recent report. Smartphones companies such as Sony, HTC, Xiaomi and other manufacturers that have been using Snapdragon processors for their devices will be the first ones to get a hold of the new processor to begin the process of installing and testing them on their upcoming devices. Qualcomm will partner up wth Samsung in order to utilize its latest 14nm manufacturing technology, which according to the source, will fix the previous heating issues that last year’s Snapdragon 810 experienced, and in addition to that, reduce power consumption for longer battery life. Read more

Qualcomm releases video showing off the super-fast Hybrid auto focus abilities of its Snapdragon processors

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After enduring widespread criticism for its over-heating Snapdragon 810 processors, Qualcomm has come out fighting by releasing a funny video(below) to remind us of some of the positives about its range of silicon. One such positive is that certain Snapdragon processors give super-quick auto-focusing abilities to their host devices.

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Samsung foundries may start churning out Qualcomm Snapdragon chips

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Sources are indicating the Qualcomm and Samsung have reached a deal for the next generation of Snapdragon processors, the Snapdragon 820, to be produced at Samsung’s foundries. In the past, Qualcomm has primarily used Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other smaller chip plants to produce their processors. However, Samsung’s move to develop and deploy a 14-nanometer production process, compared to everyone else’s 20-nanometer production, appears to have been enough to convince Qualcomm to make the move. With a smaller process in place, Samsung’s plant can produce chips that are cheaper, smaller and use less energy. Read more

Qualcomm spokesman says there is no Snapdragon 815

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In a very brief exchange between Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Public Relations Jon Carvill and website FudZilla, Carvill delivered a very specific message: “There are no plans for a Snapdragon 815 processor.”

It had been reported around the web, including here at Talk Android, that Qualcomm was working on a cutting-edge successor to the Snapdragon 810, the 810 making its debut in many of the flagship Android OEM devices this 2015. Sadly, though, the 815 was just a myth; however, Qualcomm did shed light on its next processor, the Snapdragon 820, during this past MWC. Read more

New 64-bit chips for mid-range devices coming from Qualcomm

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Previously, Qualcomm’s only 64-bit chip was the Snapdragon 810 processor, but we’ll be seeing some of that power move down to the mid and low-range chips, the 600 and 400 series chips.

With four new chips, the 620, 618, 425 and 415 were announced today. The 425 and 415 will be in octa-core configurations, and while the 425 will be set to run at 1.7GHz, the 415 will be at 1.4GHz. 

While the new 600 series chips, the 620 and 618, are only running ARM reference cores, the 620 is an octa-core chip and will include the X8 LTE modem and the next-gen Adreno GPU.

Hit the break for the full presser.

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Best apps for analyzing and improving battery life on your Android device

Android Battery LifeBattery life is one of those features that just hasn’t kept up with rest of the hardware on our Android devices. Our phones have extremely detailed picture quality, they’re nearing video game console levels of graphical fidelity, and they keep up with all kinds of health information and statistics about us, but getting one to last an entire day away from the wall charger is a tricky endeavor. Many manufacturers include their own power saving modes, and Google has recently added its own spin on power saving into Android with Lollipop, but there are a handful of extra steps and apps you can use to squeeze a little more life out of your device.

We’ve already covered a few of these apps, but things have changed drastically over the past few years. So this guide will let you know how some of those apps have improved and we will also let you know some new things you can do to extend the battery life of your phone. Read more

Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop update for Exynos-powered Galaxy S5 in Kazakhstan

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Hot on the heels of the Snapdragon variants, Samsung has today started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Exynos-powered models of the Galaxy S5 located in Kazakhstan. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Details about Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon processors leak

qualcomm_snapdragon_marketingQualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 is going to be one of the fastest processors available in phones and tablets this year, but that doesn’t mean the company is going to stop pushing forward. The latest information about Qualcomm’s next plans has surfaced, detailing where the company wants to push processors next.

The biggest thing to look forward to is the Snapdragon 820 processor. Rumors suggest the 820 will feature a full 8-core architecture that doesn’t use ARM’s big.LITTLE setup, so this might be the first high-end processor we’ll see that utilizes all 8 cores simultaneously. It will also supposedly utilize a 14 nm process and LPDDR4 memory support. Read more

Qualcomm integrating smartphone kill switch into Snapdragon processors

Qualcomm-Snapdragon-Chip-932Mobile device security was a hot issue in 2014, and it’s likely going to stay that way in 2015. Many device manufacturers looked into adding kill switches to their phones, and Google has even worked on their implementation.

On the hardware side of things, Qualcomm has announced they are working on a solution for stolen and lost devices called SafeSwitch, which will allow users to remotely lock their devices to secure personal information. Once the device is found, it can then be unlocked and re-activated. Read more