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…)

Qualcomm Acknowledges That Snapdragon Processors Will Power New Android Wear Products

Earlier this morning, Google announced that it had already been working with a handful of OEMs and chip makers on its new Android Wear platform. The list featured names like Motorola and LG, both of which have already announced products that will be available later this year. There were other big names included as well, though, like HTC, Samsung, Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek, and Qualcomm.

We have yet to hear from all of these other players individually, but Qualcomm did drop a quick note this afternoon to confirm that “a number” of new Android Wear-based devices will run their Snapdragon processors. As you can imagine, they didn’t specify the names of the OEM customers, but you can probably guess after looking at the original list of names again. (more…)

Qualcomm Toq Review

With a stack of smartwatches having sat on the corner of my desk for the last three or four months, it’s finally time that we start running through reviews of them all. The stack is only going to grow over the coming year, so it’s probably best that we give you something to compare the new stuff to. These will be “quick” reviews that cover the basics and also offer my opinions on what I like and don’t like.

First up, is without a doubt my favorite of the moment – the Qualcomm Toq. I know what you are probably thinking, and yes, it’s overpriced, oversized, and was originally supposed to be just an outlet for Qualcomm to show off their Mirasol display. But I’m actually loving it.

Let’s talk about why.  (more…)

Microsoft Details a Bit of Windows Phone 8.1, Will Run on Existing Snapdragon-powered Android Hardware

While we may not be the biggest fans of Windows Phone at DL, this news affects many folks who like to enjoy a taste of everything from different companies. This week at MWC, Microsoft listed out a few details for the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release, stating that the OS could be flashed to any existing Android hardware, as long as it was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 400, or 400 LTE chipset.  (more…)