Qualcomm intends to make the audio you hear between your phone and a pair of Bluetooth earbuds sound as good as if it were a wired connection. Today at CES, the chipmaker announced aptX HD, a “newly enhanced” codec that delivers 24-bit music quality over a wireless Bluetooth connection. (more…)
What happens when a couple of your best processors get lost in the world of model numbers with a few chipsets that aren’t so cutting edge? You “reposition” them with new model numbers. Meet the Snapdragon 650 and Snapdragon 652 from Qualcomm, the artists formerly known as the Snapdragon 618 and 620 respectively. (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)