Report: LG G5 to Feature Modular Design With Slideout Battery, Snapdragon 820, Fingerprint Reader

As claimed in the latest report out of Korea, the G5 from LG will feature quite a change in terms of overall design, according to an eyewitness. As reported, it is said that the G5 will feature a somewhat modular design, with a slide-out removable battery fitting inside of a pullout drawer on the bottom side of the smartphone. To remove the battery, it appears that a user will simply pull the drawer out and replace the battery if needed, although, the phone will charge normally as any other device via a port on the bottom. (more…)

DEAL: These Tronsmart 2-Port and 3-Port QC 2.0 Chargers are Under $10

Still hunting for last minute stocking stuffers? Here are a couple of options. The guys at Tronsmart sent over a couple of coupon codes they currently have running on a couple of their Quick Charge 2.0 chargers. One is a 2-port QC 2.0 car charger (both ports have QC 2.0) for $7.99 after coupon code. The other is a 3-port QC 2.0 wall charger for $9.49 after coupon code.

Still not familiar with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology? Check out this video to see just how fast it is.  (more…)

Qualcomm’s Reveals the Snapdragon 820 With Adreno 530 GPU, Quick Charge 3.0, More

This morning, Qualcomm revealed the full details of its new flagship processor, the Snapdragon 820. With this latest mobile chipset, Qualcomm set out to create a technology that was “holistically designed around enriching visual quality and audio clarity.” That’s marketing speak for a powerful graphics processing unit (GPU), better image processing, and better audio out of a phone’s speakers. It also ups the game in terms of quick charging, has faster download/upload speeds than previous chipsets, and 2x the performance of the the Snapdragon 810. (more…)

Qualcomm to Debut the Snapdragon 820 Tomorrow, Said to be Beating OEM Thermal Requirements

Tomorrow, Qualcomm will debut the Snapdragon 820 processor, the chip that is likely to handle computing duties in a few top-tier flagship devices in 2016. While many details are still relatively unknown regarding the application processor, one of Qualcomm’s marketing leads states on Twitter that the chip currently meets and even beats OEM thermal requirements, not that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup has ever had overheating issues before.  (more…)

Report: Google Wants to Help Design the Chipsets Used in Android Phones

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…)