Snapdragon Glance promises to make Android’s lock screen more usable

By on February 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

Snapdragon Glance promises to make Android’s lock screen more usable

Qualcomm has launched an app called Snapdragon Glance, which works as an addition to the previously launched BatteryGuru. The app pulls in information like frequent contacts, upcoming appointments, likely to be used apps, and weather to the lock screen. More →
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Are the days of coprocessors in smartphones already numbered?

By on December 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM.

Are the days of coprocessors in smartphones already numbered?

Motion co-processors made a splash after Apple announced the low-power M7 co-processor with the iPhone 5S that continuously monitors motion data to enable third party apps to log it without having to wake up the main A7 processor. This brings battery performance benefits. Motorola too did something similar with the Moto X, where it had companion processors that continuously listen for voice commands to wake up the phone from sleep for a touch-free experience. Just when everyone expected co-processors to become the latest buzzword for smartphones, it seems that like everything else even these low-powered processors for specific functions would be integrated within the core chipset. More →
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Next-gen Snapdragon APQ8084 clocked at 2.5GHz with Adreno 420 GPU spotted on AnTuTu

By on October 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

Next-gen Snapdragon APQ8084 clocked at 2.5GHz with Adreno 420 GPU spotted on AnTuTu

Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 800 processor has only just started arriving on premium flagship devices, but the ARM chip manufacturer seems to have already readied its successor. German weblog MobileGeeks has spotted a new Qualcomm Snapdragon chip on AnTuTu with model number APQ8084. More →
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Qualcomm guns for affordable 3G-enabled tablets in India

By on October 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM.

Qualcomm guns for affordable 3G-enabled tablets in India

Qualcomm is the exclusive chipset provider for Window Phone 8 smartphones and majority of Windows 8 RT tablets and hybrids. Almost half of the smartphones sold globally are powered by its silicon and so is every LTE enabled device. In other words, no matter what tablet or smartphone you pick up, there is a very high probability of Qualcomm's tech being inside that runs the show. However, Qualcomm is now gunning for a different segment in India all together - the low-cost tablet market. More →
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Snapdragon by Qualcomm & BGR India Contest: Win a Sony XPERIA S!

By on June 21, 2012 at 6:22 AM.

Snapdragon by Qualcomm & BGR India Contest: Win a Sony XPERIA S!

You have been asking us for it and now you get it! Our first-ever contest where we will be giving away one Snapdragon powered smartphone every fortnight, courtesy Qualcomm India. We are starting off with the Sony Xperia S, for which you have to answer a simple question. We will choose one winner after two weeks. If you are on Twitter, you could get an additional entry into the lucky draw if you follow @qualcomm_in and @BGRIndia and drop us a tweet with the hashtag #SnapdragonBGRContest. So what are you waiting for? Hit the SnapdragonBGRContest link and start winning!
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A lowdown of Qualcomm’s CES keynote

By on January 12, 2012 at 2:25 AM.

A lowdown of Qualcomm’s CES keynote

For those who missed the Qualcomm keynote yesterday hosted by the company’s CEO and Chairman, Dr Paul Jacobs here are some basic facts that he pointed out in his keynote. Dr Jacobs showed off a myriad of things including an augmented reality application with the Sesame workshop and a prototype Windows 8 tablet running a Snapdragon processor.  Hit the break for more details. More →
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HP TouchPad review

By on June 30, 2011 at 5:30 AM.

HP TouchPad review

It has been exactly 140 days since Hewlett-Packard first unveiled the TouchPad, and I think of it as the first device to emerge from a post-acquisition Palm team that has really been tested over the past few years. To be fair, it will actually be the third webOS device to launch since HP took over Palm, but the the Pre 2 was a leftover from before the deal went through and the Veer never should have been been released. But yes, the Palm team has been through a lot: from botched acquisition talks, to the brink of collapse, to resurrection through Elevation Partners’ investments, to a brilliant new web-based mobile operating system, to the announcement of the phone that would save the business from the brink of collapse, to BGR exclusively reviewing the phone that would save the business from the brink of collapse before any other site on the planet, to the launch of the phone that would save the business from the brink of collapse, to the failure of the phone that would save its business from the brink of collapse, and finally, to HP. Can a company that once lead the industry come back to regain mind share, market share and profit share following a roller coaster ride like that? Hit the break to find out if the TouchPad pushes the company’s mobile business in the right direction or if it is another dud from a company that could be dominating the market.


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Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processing muscle shown on film [video]

By on May 3, 2011 at 8:59 AM.

Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processing muscle shown on film [video]

Qualcomm has released a few videos promoting its next-generation dual-core Mobile Development Platform, which includes its blazing fast MSM8660 Snapdragon processor. The video shows the platform’s Adreno 220 graphics processing unit chewing through 720p HD video. Similarly, Qualcomm’s single-core QSD8255 processor bests an LG Optimus 2X, powered by a a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, in a Flash load test. What’s so exciting about that? The MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset powers devices such as the HTC EVO 3D, headed to Sprint, and the HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile that will launch in the coming months. Hit the jump for two quick videos. More →

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, aka HTC Doubleshot, specs leaked

By on April 29, 2011 at 7:50 PM.

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, aka HTC Doubleshot, specs leaked

Someone call the plumber, HTC’s got a leak. Earlier today we reported on spilled shots of the HTC Kingdom and Rider phones, and now full specs for the rumored T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide – also known as the HTC Doubleshot – have been dropped. According to Pocketnow, which analyzed the phone’s ROM, the device will run a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor and pack a 3.7-inch WGA display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of (possibly) recording 1080p 3D video, a forward-facing VGA camera for video chat, FM radio, and more. Support for 3D playback also hints that the myTouch 4G Slide could sport a 3D display, although that hasn’t been confirmed. We also assume the aforementioned camera module will likely support just 720p 3D video recording and 1080p 2D recording, which would be in-line with the capabilities of Sprint’s EVO 3D. As its name implies, the device will also support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network. There aren’t photos of the myTouch 4G Slide yet, but we’re sure someone will loosen up the faucet soon enough. More →

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Microsoft boosts Windows Phone hardware requirements [video]

By on April 14, 2011 at 2:36 PM.

Microsoft boosts Windows Phone hardware requirements [video]

During its MIX11 conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft discussed the new minimum requirements that manufacturers will have to meet in order to run the Windows Phone operating system on a phone. The biggest change is that OEMs must now choose to include a Qualcomm MSM7x30 or MSM8x55 Snapdragon processor, as opposed to the original 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8x50 chip. The newer 8×55 chip supports CPU speeds up to 1.4GHz, and also has the more recent Adreno 205 graphics processor. The MSM7x30 supports CPU speeds between 800MHz and 1GHz and also supports 720p HD video and enhanced graphics rendering. Aside from also requiring support for a gyroscope, Microsoft’s other requirements are the same. The screen must have an 800 x 480-pixel resolution with 4 or more contact points, the phone must offer at least a 5-megapixel camera, and it must also have at least 256MB of RAM and 8GB of Flash storage, among other requirements. Hit the jump for a video from MIX11 from Channel 9 that details some of the other architecture and chassis changes. More →

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