It’s 2015 and we are still talking about the fragmentation “problems” that Google has with Android. Of course, anyone who actual understands the idea behind Android, understands that openness and allowing multiple partners to have the freedom to make Android their own, is a part of the deal. But I digress. Since this fragmentation thing will never go away, we get to entertain reports like the one today out of The Information.
According to The Information’s Amir Efrati, Google has recently approached unnamed chipset makers (that could be Qualcomm and Mediatek and Samsung for all we know) to discuss designs for chips used in Android phones that adhere to Google’s needs and wants, because if Google has more control, then fragmentation can be killed forever! OK, I made that last part up, but that’s apparently the goal for Google with this move – killing or reducing fragmentation by taking even more control. Be like Apple, and end fragmentation. Fragmentation. Fragmentation. Forget the fact that this idea could just be that Google thinks they have ideas (maybe even new features) to improve upon the efficiency or power or cost of a chipset used with the operating system they control, but again, I digress! Let’s make this about fragmentation. (more…)
Even though the whole Nexus 5X/6P charging situation with USB Type-C and Quick Charge 2.0 is kind of messy, we know that not all of you bought a new Nexus and more than likely have a phone that fully supports Qualcomm’s fast charging technology. For those in that category, here is a solid deal on a Tronsmart single QC 2.0 wall adapter.
For just $6.99, after coupon code is applied, you can add to your charger library and outfit any remaining rooms in your house in need of the juice. The charger retails for $14.99, so you are getting a pretty steep discount. Not only that, but even after the discount is applied, the $6.99 charger still qualifies for Prime shipping.
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Along with their announcement for Quick Charge 3.0, Qualcomm also announced last night additional news related to the modem inside the new Snapdragon 820. Not only will the 820 be Qualcomm’s most powerful mobile processor ever, but they put the most advanced modem they’ve ever designed in it. We are talking about an X12 LTE modem that is capable of producing download speeds up to 600Mbps and upload speeds around 150Mbps. (more…)
So, you know how our favorite thing in the world right now seems to be Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0? You may remember how we told you that you could forget wireless charging because your next phone needed Turbo or Fast Charging instead. Well, we’re sorry to say that we were wrong and you don’t actually need Quick Charge 2.0. No, instead, you need Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. That’s right, Qualcomm has already outdone it’s own brilliance with QC 2.0 and announced QC 3.0 that will be featured in its next line of Snapdragon processors, including the Snapdragon 820.
So what’s new in Quick Charge 3.0 that makes it better than Quick Charge 2.0? For one, it uses something called Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV), which is a “new algorithm developed by Qualcomm Technologies, designed to allow portable devices the ability to determine what power level to request at any point in time for optimum power transfer.” Not impressed by that language? (more…)
Still haven’t picked up a Turbo Charger or one of the many Quick Charge 2.0 chargers that Amazon sells at rock bottom prices? Assuming you haven’t bought the Quick Charge-less OnePlus 2, you should probably own at least two of these chargers. They really do make life much less stressful, knowing that as your battery deteriorates during a day, that you can quickly juice it fully within about an hour. Quick Charge 2.0 is easily one of the best tech inventions of the last 5 years.
So if you haven’t picked one up, we wanted to point out that the Groupon deal for Motorola’s Turbo Charger is back. You can grab a re-certified version for just $9.99 or pick up a brand new one for $14.99. These originally retailed for around $35, so we’re talking a significant discount. And at $9.99, you are even getting a better price than the off-brand adapters Amazon is selling.
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Thanks to a promotional code we have handy, you can pick up an Aukey Qualcomm-certified Quick Charge 2.0 car charger for the price of just $9.49. With a list price of $50, and already heavily discounted, the promotional code takes off an additional $7.50 from the sale price. It’s a steal. (more…)
This morning, Qualcomm provided early details on the GPU and ISP that will be featured in their next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 820. When the 820 arrives next year (1H 2016) it will sport a new Adreno 530 GPU and 14-bit Spectra image signal processing (ISP) unit that show solid improvements over previous generation products. Qualcomm also announced that another new GPU, the Adreno 510, will be featured in upcoming Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors, both of which should arrive in phones before 2015 ends. (more…)
This week, Qualcomm quietly detailed two new, entry-level chipsets for smart devices. The Snapdragon 212 and Snapdragon 412 are successors of the Snapdragon 200 and Snapdragon 400 lineup, with not much new inside except for higher clock speeds and slight optimizations. (more…)