Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 and Zeroth Platform, Could Hit Consumer Devices Early 2016

Exciting mobile news from MWC is over pouring, and today, Qualcomm took the lid off of its Zeroth Platform, enabled by the Snapdragon 820. While just the announcement of the name is pretty good, Qualcomm does not dive too deep into the SoC, instead optioning for a few general pieces of information, along with details for the Zeroth platform.

From what Qualcomm did say, the Snapdragon 820 is built on a FinFET process, which could be either TSMC’s 16nm or Samsung’s 14nm process. Continuing, the company also introduced its new custom ARMv8 CPU core, named Kryo.  (more…)

Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 27

We are back again for Volume 27 of the Droid Life Q&A Sessions. Now that MWC is here, and Samsung and HTC unveiled their plans for 2015, we may have a few thoughts on what we have seen so far. Feel free to ask any other MWC-related questions you have as well.

The Q&A Sessions are a time when anyone from our lovely, opinionated community can ask the DL staff whatever may be on their mind. This can range from Android-related topics, sports, food, or whatever else you may want to know. We are pretty open in terms of what we will share, so don’t be too shy. We don’t bite.  (more…)

Paid Apps and Games Going Live on Samsung’s Gear VR Store

While tinkering with the office’s Gear VR, one thing becomes painfully apparent, and that is the lack of awesome content to consume on Samsung’s virtual reality headset. However, alongside the announcement of a new Gear VR for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the Oculus-powered app store now features paid apps and games, allowing developers to get serious about bringing awesome paid experiences to VR.  (more…)

Cyanogen Inc and Qualcomm Collab to Provide Support for Best Features and UI Enhancements on Snapdragon Chips

Cyanogen and Qualcomm announced a new collaboration during MWC this week, which will focus on highlighting select features and user interface improvements in select upcoming Snapdragon-powered devices. To be exact, Cyanogen’s launcher application and personal information management apps across dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar are included in this partnership.  (more…)

Sony Announces Xperia Z4 Tablet, Availability Set for June

Sony unveiled its newest high-end tablet at MWC this week, the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Running Lollipop out of the box, the Z4 Tablet features a large list of impressive specs, as well as a gorgeous 10.1-inch ‘2K’ display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

Other specs include a Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of flash storage, microSD card support for up to 128GB of storage, 8.1MP rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.1, 5.1MP front-facing camera, LTE connectivity models, strong water and dust proofing, and a 6000mAh battery.  (more…)

Samsung and IKEA Partner to Intro Furniture With Built-In Wireless Charging

To go along with all of the excitement surrounding wireless charging from Samsung this morning with the Galaxy S6, the company announced a new partnership with IKEA, the famous Swedish furniture corporation. With this partnership, IKEA will focus on creating furniture that incorporates wireless charging built-in, allowing owners to simply toss their phone down and charge it.  (more…)

Samsung Announces New Gear VR, Compatible With Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

While unveiling the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung also announced a new Gear VR headset that is compatible with the new devices. Since the original Gear VR is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, this move only makes sense.

The new Gear VR brings a 15% reduction in size, making the device more comfortable to wear. In addition, “Ergonomically redesigned” straps give better weight balance, while mechanical ventilation supports an extended VR experience by users.  (more…)