The following announcement may not be too exciting for folks with standard single lens cameras, but for those of you with a dual camera module, this should be awesome. Qualcomm announced Clear Sight this morning, new technology for Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 processors.
Powered by Spectra ISP (image signal processor), Clear Sight allows dual camera modules to take better photos, utilizing computational low light imaging algorithms. To sum it up into words used by actual humans, Clear Sight will take two photos snapped simultaneously from the dual lenses, then use code to create an image with improved dynamic range, sharpness, and less noise in low light. The intended goal from Qualcomm is to mimic the attributes of the human eye. (more…)
After a brief introduction to the Snapdragon 821 back in July that lacked specific details about its advantages over the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm today revealed it all just as IFA was kicking off in Berlin. They didn’t announce new phones or future partners alongside the news (outside of the previously announced ZenFone 3), but I think we all know that new devices powered by the 821 are coming, namely those made by Google. Qualcomm did mention that they expect the 821 to be the processor of choice for new phones released during the holiday season.
According to today’s series of press releases, the Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996Pro) is 10% faster in boot times than the 820, can reduce app load times by 10%, improves general performance by up to 10%, and provides smoother UI experiences and browsing performance. The 530 GPU in the 821 even received a 5% increase over the 820, while battery life should be up to 5% better. (more…)
Android malware is back in the headlines again this morning, thanks to the “Quadrooter” vulnerabilities discovered months ago that were announced over the weekend at Defcon. There are some things to know here, so while we don’t always address the latest faux-scare on Android, this one is indeed worth talking about. (more…)
The Snapdragon 821 is now official and ready for the next wave of next-generation mobile devices. Think devices like the Galaxy Note 7 and the two HTC Nexus (“marlin” and “sailfish“) phones we expect to be introduced within the next month. (more…)
Root has been achieved for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, appearing to be stable on all carrier variants. Just to be clear, if you own a Galaxy S7 (SM-G930) or Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935) featuring a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processor, and not the Samsung Exynos processor, you may proceed.
The letters that follow the model number, such as A (AT&T), T (T-Mobile), or V (Verizon) indicate which carrier variant is being referred to. At this time, root is achievable for what appears to be all carrier models, which is a big time win for Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge owners who love complete system access. (more…)
This week, a new Snapdragon Wear processor has entered Qualcomm’s family of wearable SoCs, the Snapdragon Wear 1100. Positioned to compliment the more-powerful Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, the Wear 1100 is designed to be an ideal processor for child and elderly smartwatches, as well as fitness trackers and smart headsets. Devices in these categories usually do not need as much power as your standard Android Wear smartwatch, so Qualcomm is essentially filling out its portfolio with a SoC that better serves this range of products.
While the Snapdragon Wear 1100 may not have as much power as the Wear 2100, it still features an iZat integrated location engine, support of applications that utilize geo-fencing for safety monitoring, integrated applications processor for Linux-based applications, Power Save Mode (PSM), as well as next-gen Cat 1 modem with LTE/3G global band support. (more…)
Aukey, one of the leaders and early adopters in Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, has handed us a few coupon codes for extra discounts on some of their best selling products to share. They are currently handing out additional price drops on their 2-port QC 3.0 car charger, single port wall charger, and 2-port wall charger. With these new discounts, you can get into a QC 3.0 charger for as little as $12.99.
With Quick Charge 3.0, like with QC 2.0, you get excellent charging speeds that dramatically reduce the time you need to stay connected to a charger. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology really is one of those game-changing technologies because battery technology still hasn’t caught up to our non-stop, always-moving lives. We’ve talked ad nauseam, but it’s one of those newish techs worth investing in if you haven’t already.
At this time the LG G5 supports QC 3.0, but we are expecting the HTC 10 too as well.
You’ll find links and codes below. (more…)
To help grow the booming number of experiences available to owners of a VR headset, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon VR SDK this morning, giving access to tools for VR developers that will help simplify the process of creating compatible applications.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820 processor is more than capable of creating immersive VR experiences for consumers, but without the right set of tools, developers will face difficulty attempting to create applications. With the SDK, developers can heighten power efficiency, as well as improve performance across the board during the creative process. (more…)