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Qualcomm Intros Quick Charge 2.0 and Fancy Snapdragon Voice Activation

This morning, Qualcomm dropped two brand new features on us that we will see featured in their upcoming Snapdragon 800 chipsets. Remember Quick Charge 1.0? Well, say hi to Quick Charge 2.0. With 2.0, devices can now receive a full charge up to 75% faster than a device without it. The specially designed chargers, which are backwards compatible, provide enough power and voltage safely to make sure you are spending less time plugged into the wall and more time out and about with your smartphone.

Qualcomm anticipates that devices featuring Quick Charge 2.0 should hit the market by early 2014, so don’t get too excited yet. We have one more year to go.

The second feature that has us pretty excited is the all new Snapdragon Voice Activation. With this feature, your Snapdragon 800-powered device will always be listening for your commands. For example, when your phone is in a deep sleep or even in airplane mode, you can simply say, “Hello, Snapdragon” and the device will awake and unlock. The service is tailored to each device owner’s voice, adding security and low power consumption.

Qualcomm states that this feature will be available hopefully sometime in the second half of 2013, so luckily we won’t be waiting too much longer for this one.

Via: Qualcomm [2]
  • Joel Mathew
  • Dave

    I can’t imagine myself depleting a system with a 2500mAh and an a15 based SOC. Probably equivalent to a tablet drained in a day nowadays.

  • Anyone know the effectiveness of either 1.0 or 2.0 when using a wireless inductive charger?

  • VIKK

    I can only imagine…somebody sitting next to his girl or something and out of nowhere say Hello! Snapdragon! lol People are going to be looking at you like a moron..

    • Dave

      Scream “Hello Snapdragon, factory reset, wipe all data, confirm, yes!!” Make someone’s day like that.

  • Dutch

    My HelloIvee alarm clock is ‘always listening’ also.. But with radio on and background noises it sporadically thinks I’m talking to her.. Still pretty cool though.

  • Dave

    So about 4-6 devices have an S4, one upcoming has a 600, seems like chip sets are hitting the market faster than new Razr variants.

    • Danrarbc

      The S4 came out last year.

      The x00 chips are for this year.

      Every chipmaker updates annually now, even Intel.

      • Dave

        True, but it seems like we’ve only seen a small handful in devices. Just like Samsung dropping the LITTLEbig chip a few months ago and we probably won’t see them retail until Q3.

  • Wonder if Google Now could do this.

    • JoshGroff

      That would be very convenient. Just say “hey Google” and bam now pops open, I’d definitely use it much more often if it worked that way.

      • RAZR_FANN

        As long as it’s enabled, if you say “Google” at the Google Now screen it’ll automatically open voice search.

        • JoshGroff

          I know, but imagine being able to do that from any screen or even with the phone off. It’d be sheer perfection.

    • gokusimpson

      I believe it does.

      • Trey Mitchell

        It does when the app is running you can say google instead of hitting the mic button. Im not sure I would like this feature I can see it being useful on something like Google glass tho.
        I find it amusing that they are attacking the galaxy phones in that picture when my note 2 charges at an acceptable clip particularly if I’m using the official charger.
        In my experience all the devices that have charging speed optimizations are great when you have the right charger but if you plug it in to anything else it is painfully slow.

        • Big_EZ

          The Note 2 charges twice as fast as other phones due to the 2 amp charger, if you connect any other phone to the Note 2 charger it’ll also charge twice as fast. There are after market 2 amp chargers as well. The fact that these quick charge chips need a special charger to charge at a slower rate than any current phone on my Note 2 OEM charger is ridiculous.

          • michael arazan

            Now/ search has to be opened up in the app, then just say “Google” and the mic will turn on automatically

      • It doesn’t; not when the device is asleep or you’re not in the Google Now/Search app.

  • Thomas

    Tim : you really should get some lunch 😉 looking a bit frail

    • Gotta wait for this damn phone to charge :-/

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    • JoshGroff

      Qualcomm never ceases to amaze.