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…)

Qualcomm Announces the Snapdragon 615, First Octa-core Chipset with LTE and 64 Bit Capabilities

Qualcomm made headlines yesterday with the Snapdragon 805 making an appearance in the new Galaxy S5. Today, Qualcomm announced another chipset aimed at mid range devices across the world. The Snapdragon 610 and 615 are both octa-core chipset devices that feature a spectrum of LTE bands so OEMs can use them in devices in different markets. (more…)

FYI: Galaxy S5 is Running the New Snapdragon 801

Yesterday, during Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy S5, representatives were very careful in answering questions concerning the device’s processor. All they would say when asked for specifics was, “2.5GHz quad-core” with no mention of a manufacturer. Benchmarks showed a Snapdragon 800 on-board, but something seemed off with that, especially knowing that Sony announced the Xperia Z2 with a Snapdragon 801 earlier in the day. Why would Samsung not use the newest Qualcomm chipset available in their 2014 flagship?

As it turns out, they are using the latest and greatest. The Galaxy S5 does indeed also run the new Snapdragon 801, according to a statement released this morning by Qualcomm.  (more…)