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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.

Apple Developing In-House Modem That Will Eventually Replace Qualcomm Chips

Apple is now developing its own cellular modem that will be used in future devices and that will eventually replace

A deep dive into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888’s photo-processing tech

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 offers a step up in image-processing tech over previous-generation chipsets. Here's what's new in the Snapdragon 888.

Samsung notably missing from list of companies set to use the Snapdragon 888

Qualcomm has announced that its next chipset is called the Snapdragon 888, but Samsung was strangely absent from its list of companies using the new chip.

Measuring microns: The quest to build a better GPS

Existing GPS systems simply aren't precise enough for certain applications, so companies like John Deere and Qualcomm are building something better

Everything we expect from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875

Qualcomm's next-generation chip, the Snapdragon 875, is coming soon. From performance gains to better 5G support, here's everything we expect from it.

Qualcomm Sees Strong Q4 Earnings Thanks to 5G iPhone 12

Qualcomm earned $8.3 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the company's earnings report that was

Qualcomm makes strides in 5G network development: Here’s what it means for you

Qualcomm has made a few announcements related to the development of 5G — including that it has achieved a faster peak speed. Here's what that means for you.

Apple’s Roadmap for Using Qualcomm’s 5G Modems in Future Products Revealed, Including X60 in 2021

In April 2019, Apple and Qualcomm announced an agreement to dismiss a long-running legal battle between the two companies worldwide,

The Snapdragon 750G is Qualcomm’s latest 5G-enabled chipset for midtier phones

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of the Snapdragon 750G chipset, which brings 5G support and improved performance over the previous-generation Snapdragon 730G.

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2: Qualcomm’s second attempt at outmuscling Intel on PCs

A new generation of ARM-based PC processors is coming

Qualcomm is bringing 5G chipsets to ultra-low-cost smartphones

Phones with the new chip should be out in early 2021

Acer’s 5G Spin 7 is the world’s first laptop powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2

Always On, Always Connected notebook supports multiday usage on a single charge

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G brings improved performance to the premium midrange

Two companies have already committed to using the chipset

Qualcomm Wins Appeal in FTC Antitrust Lawsuit

Qualcomm today scored a major victory in its ongoing antitrust battle with the FTC, winning an appeal that will prevent

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Discord introduces mobile screen sharing for Android and iOS

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