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FTC Abandons Antitrust Lawsuit Against Qualcomm

The United States Federal Trade Commission is abandoning its antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm, reports Bloomberg. The FTC will not seek

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G brings a performance boost to midrange phones

Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon 780G processor, which is built to bring a performance boost and more premium features to the 7-series of processors.

Qualcomm Struggling to Keep Up With Processor Demand and Shortages Could Impact Samsung

Qualcomm is having a hard time keeping up with demand for the processor chips that Android manufacturers rely on, reports

Qualcomm wants Snapdragon Sound to be a stamp of approval for high-quality audio

Qualcomm has introduced Snapdragon Sound, a stamp of approval given to devices that use its best audio technologies to improve the listening experience.

UK Consumer Watchdog Sues Qualcomm for Allegedly Breaching Competition Law

Around 29 million Britons who own an Apple or Samsung phone could be entitled to a collective £480m payout if

iPhone 13 Lineup Expected to Use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 Modem With Several 5G Improvements

Apple's next-generation iPhone 13 lineup will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon X60 5G modem, with Samsung to handle manufacturing of the chip,

Qualcomm Opposes Nvidia’s Acquisition of Arm as Deal Comes Under Increasing Scrutiny

U.S. chipmaker and Apple supplier Qualcomm has told regulators around the world that it opposes Nvidia's $40 billion proposed acquisition

Intel and AMD Ask for Government Incentives While Apple Supplier TSMC Expands to Meet Unprecedented Demand

A group of U.S. chip companies, including Intel, Qualcomm, Micron, and AMD, have today sent a letter to President

Qualcomm Debuts World’s First 10 Gigabit 5G Modem, Destined for 2022 iPhones

Qualcomm today introduced the Snapdragon X65, the world's first 10 Gigabit 5G modem and antenna system for smartphones, enabling theoretical

Qualcomm’s ‘new’ Snapdragon 870 is basically just a Snapdragon 865+

Qualcomm has announced a new chipset -- the Snapdragon 870. Despite the new name, however, the chipset is essentially identical to the Snapdragon 865+.

Qualcomm to Acquire Chip Startup Nuvia, Founded by Ex-Apple Chip Designers, for $1.4 Billion

Qualcomm has reached an agreement to acquire Nuvia, a chip startup company founded by former Apple chip designers, for $1.4

Qualcomm’s long-awaited second-gen 3D Sonic fingerprint sensor is 50% faster

Qualcomm has announced a new, second-generation 3D Sonic fingerprint sensor, which it says is 77% larger and 50% faster. The sensor will debut in early 2021.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 finally brings 5G to budget phones

Qualcomm is making 5G even more accessible, and to that end has launched the Snapdragon 480. The new chipset is likely to feature in low-end phones in 2021.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 shows off impressive numbers in preliminary benchmarks

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor was announced on December 2, 2020. The high-end SoC is set to power some of 2021’s fastest smartphones with Qualcomm promising up to a 25% improvement in CPU performance and 35% improvement in graphics processing. Now, we’re getting our first look at benchmarks from the beastly Snapdragon 888, and at first looks, it is quite impressive.It should be noted, that all these benchmarks come directly from Qualcomm running on an unspecified reference phone. Not to mention, that benchmarks don’t always tell the full story in performance. Just be aware that the following numbers are lab tests under the best conditions and not real-world performance numbers.Let’s kick things off with the AnTuTu score, where the Snapdragon 888 turned in a score of 735439. For reference, the Galaxy Note 20 powered by Snapdragon 865+ currently has a score of 603352 according to AnTuTu’s rankings. As you can see, that’s quite the improvement, and it currently outranks the top phone on AnTuTu, which is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro with a total of 661059.Next up, we have the Geekbench scores, where the Snapdragon 888 scored a 1135 in single-core speeds and 3794 in multi-core with the reference device. To put that in perspective, the top-ranking Android device according to Geekbench is the OnePlus 8 with a single-core score of 886 and multi-core score of 3199 running the Snapdragon 865 SoC.The all-new Snapdragon 888 easily leaves the Snapdragon 865 and 865+ in the dust, and this is exactly what we’d expect to see from Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset. Of course, as I mentioned above, these scores come from an ideal lab environment. Once we see some phones running the Snapdragon 888 in real-world conditions, we can expect to see how the benchmark scores from Qualcomm’s reference device hold up.Fortunately, we shouldn’t have to wait long. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series of phones are launching January 14, 2021, and they are expected to run the latest Snapdragon chip, as is the OnePlus 9 set to be revealed in March 2021.

Apple’s A14 Outperforms New Snapdragon 888 Chip Coming in Future Android Phones

Qualcomm today shared benchmark results for the Snapdragon 888 SoC that will be used in flagship Android phones coming out

Qualcomm announces QCC305x chipset for budget wireless earbuds

The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.

iPhone 12 Demand Helps Boost Qualcomm’s 5G Modem Revenue, But Apple Working on Own ‘High-End’ Modem

The popularity of iPhone 12 models has led to soaring demand for Qualcomm's 5G modems and RF chips, helping to

Google and Qualcomm partner up to support four generations of Android

Over the past year, Google and Qualcomm have been hard at work trying to prolong the life of today’s phones with more software updates. And why shouldn’t they? Smartphones these days are the most powerful they’ve ever been, and more expensive than ever. We should all get as much life out of these devices as possible, and not be restricted due to the lack of OS and security updates.Together the two companies have now announced that all Qualcomm chipsets will support four versions of Android and four years of security updates, starting with the Snapdragon 888.Hold the phone though, because that four generations of Android includes the initial version of the OS your handset ships with. So what this actually means is, your phone will support up to three Android OS updates and up to four years of security updates.If you’re using a Pixel phone or a recent Samsung flagship, not much has changed. Both Google and Samsung have already promised three generations of Android OS updates, but this does add an additional year of security updates to the mix.The real winner here will be low-end and mid-range Android phones, because now all of Qualcomm’s chipsets will support three generations of Android OS updates. However, this in no way guarantees you will receive three OS updates or four years of security updates on your Android device.That responsibility is still solely on the manufacturer of your phone. The only difference being that now the blame cannot be placed on Google or Qualcomm for the lack of updates. Still, this is fantastic news for the Android platform as a whole. All we have to do now is keep the pressure on OEMs to continue updating its lineup of phones at all levels, whether it be a $1000 flagship or a $200 entry-level smartphone.

Google and Qualcomm are making Android updates faster, supporting them longer

Google and Qualcomm are making Android updates a whole lot easier for device manufacturers. Devices will now get chipset-level updates for four years.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 678 with improved performance and photography enhancements

If you geek out over Android like we do over here, then you’ve all probably heard of Qualcomm and its line of processors for flagship phones. For example, the Snapdragon 888 set to power high-end phones in 2021. However, Qualcomm also makes a range of processors to power phones at every level.Today, the chipset maker announced the brand new Snapdragon 678, a follow-up to the 675 with “upgraded performance, dynamic camera features, and enhanced streaming capabilities.”“Snapdragon 678 brings advanced mobile capabilities for daily entertainment at lightning-fast speeds over reliable connections and long-lasting battery life for consumers worldwide.”The Snapdragon 678 offers enhancements over the 675 with the Qualcomm Kryo 460 CPU core with a clock speed of up to 2.2GHz. The graphics processor has also been improved featuring the Qualcomm Adreno 612 GPU for faster rendering of graphics.This will allow for gamers to experience high framerates with fewer frame drops, and the 678 has been optimized for many popular game engines, including Unity, Messiah, NeoX, and Unreal Engine 4.Along with the increased horsepower, improvements to photography and videography have also been made. The Snapdragon 678 will be able to capture photos with triple-camera setups at up to 48MP with zero shutter lag. The third-gen Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine will help with low-light photography, laser autofocus, and with taking portrait mode photos with bokeh.Lastly, the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem included on the 678 supports carrier aggregation with download speeds up to 600Mbps and uploads of up to 150Mbps. Plus, it has been “engineered to provide users fast connections, even in congested areas, so they can stream videos, download music, and enjoy accurate navigation and location in real-time.”What this all means for you is better performance in midrange phones for 2020. Last year, we saw several popular brands use the Snapdragon 675 such as Vivo, Xiaomi, and Samsung. In 2021, we can expect to see Samsung’s more affordable A-series of phones adopt the 678 to offer good performance on a budget.

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