Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 210 and Snapdragon 208, Allows Even the Cheapest Smartphones to Benefit From 4G LTE

Last night, Qualcomm announced two new processors, one of which will bring 4G LTE connectivity to even the cheapest of smartphones. The Snapdragon 210, the first of its class, features integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE Advanced and LTE Dual SIM for entry-level smartphones and tablets. What this means, essentially, is that low-cost smartphone manufacturers should be able to feature 4G LTE in their devices, while still keeping a low price to produce.  (more…)

Report: Snapdragon 805 Processor to Power Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4, confirmed to be introduced on September 3 in Berlin during IFA 2014, is reported to be powered by one of Qualcomm’s heavy duty mobile processors, the Snapdragon 805. This should make a few of you happy, as many people (DL staff included), had initially hoped that LG would feature the Snapdragon 805 in this year’s G3 flagship, but instead got the Snapdragon 801.

While the Snapdragon 801 is no slouch, the Snapdragon 805 showcases the new Adreno 420 GPU and up to a 2.7GHz clock speed. If swiping through home screens and multitasking concerns you, then have no fear with the 805.  (more…)

Qualcomm Issues Statement on Dan Rosenberg’s TrustZone Vulernability

Yesterday, we reported on a security vulnerability that Dan Rosenberg had discovered, which affected “almost all” devices running Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The vulnerability was discovered in ARM’s TrustZone, a system-wide security technology that Qualcomm uses in its mobile processors. If skilled enough, someone could use the vulnerability to “compromise DRM schemes, leak sensitive key materials, defeat operating system protection mechanisms, and in some cases manipulate software-programmable fuse to defeat secure boot.” As we mentioned yesterday, that could include unlocking the bootloader of a phone.

At the time of Dan’s findings, all devices running Qualcomm chipsets were vulnerable, but the company has since been made aware and has already taken steps to have it patched. Dan even noted that the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) had already been patched.  (more…)

Dan Rosenberg Unlocks Moto X Bootloader, Says Almost All Snapdragon Devices are Vulnerable (Updated)

The Blackhat 2014 conference is taking place this week in Las Vegas, a conference which Dan Rosenberg, the man responsible for exposing numerous security exploits on Android devices, is speaking at. You may recall his previous work that unlocked the bootloader of a number of Motorola DROID devices, something that developers had attempted for years to try and accomplish without success.

When Rosenberg (@djrbliss) first popped up on the list of Blackhat conference speakers with a topic that was to conclude by discussing an unpublished security exploit “including a live demonstration of using it to permanently unlock the bootloader of a major Android phone,” we were certainly interested. His talk happened last night, and according to those at the conference, he successfully unlocked the bootloader of the Moto X on stage.  (more…)

Timex Reveals the IronMan One GPS+, a Chunky Fitness Tracker With Cellular Connectivity

Many of the most popular smartwatches rely on a Bluetooth-paired smartphone for internet connectivity, but watchmaker Timex is taking a different tact with its first foray into the “smart peripheral” space.  When it launches, the IronMan One GPS+ will be one of the few watches on the market to pack a cellular radio, along with a whole bunch of other electronic goodies.  (more…)

Qualcomm is Ready to Bring You LTE Direct, Battery-Friendly Contextual Awareness

Lots of apps nowadays – from Google Now, to Foursquare, to Keep – rely on locational awareness (more commonly referred to as “geofencing”) to serve contextually sensitive information, such as the number of nearby restaurants and friends. That’s all good and fine, but those features typically rely on a combination of GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth signals to function, which means using them requires sacrificing power.

Qualcomm thinks it may have a solution in LTE Direct. The technology, a device-to-device discovery service, piggybacks on LTE spectrum to help smartphones and tablets – thousands of devices at a range of around 500 meters, to be precise – to exchange information.  (more…)