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.
Qualcomm just recently made a statement about renaming their 618 and 620 chips to now be called 650 and 652. They said they did this because the chips were much better than the others in the same line and needed greater number names to show that.
Qualcomm names all of their Snapdragon chips just numbers, but they are usually hard to tell apart. The only way to distinguish between them is the first number, 400, 600, and so on means a different series. However, two Snapdragon chips will now be renamed to make them “easier” to tell apart.
Earlier this month reports surfaced that some chip design firms had orders in the works from unspecified Asian based manufacturers, prompting speculation that Sony or LG may be working on their own in-house chips to use in smartphones. Yesterday, industry sources reported that LG is moving to “pilot production” of a new ARM-based, 64-bit octa-core processor called the Nuclun 2 in conjunction with Intel and TSMC. Read more
Smartphone cameras have been rapidly improving over the past few years, and just in the previous few months we’ve seen some OEMs try to tackle the issue of low-light photos on their devices. Dealing with poor lighting has always been something smartphone cameras have struggled with, but thanks to some new hardware from partners like Qualcomm, it’s improving dramatically every year. Read more
Qualcomm’s president, Derek Aberle, recently discussed the possibility of the company splitting up its chip division and licensing division into two separate companies to help improve share values. Long story short, Aberle doesn’t think that would be the best move for Qualcomm to make.
While Aberle does think that Qualcomm’s stock is undervalued, especially since it’s fallen 25% over the past year, but he believes that spinning off the chip division of the company is too simple of an approach and might not help. He also says that the company’s current structure is useful when helping Chinese customers expand into new markets. Read more
There’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
Qualcomm 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
The 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
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.