A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I was fully invested in Qi wireless charging. There was a time that I couldn’t even envision life without a phone that had Qi wireless charging built-in. In fact, I used to complain about phones not having the technology built in and chastised carriers for removing it from their phones. Today, I couldn’t care less about it. I can still acknowledge the convenience it brings by not having to plug your phone in, but at this point, I’m much more interested in charging phones faster than without wires. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which has more recently been marketed as “Turbo Charging,” thanks to Motorola. This is the future of charging. (more…)
Moving on from ASUS and I am here live at Qualcomm’s CES 2015 press event. I do not believe there is a live stream, nor do I know what is on the agenda, but it should be worth tuning in to. Qualcomm is the king right now, so when they speak about products or technology in general, we tend to listen.
Snapdragon 810 partners? A recap of 2014 and a look to 2015? Maybe something surprising? I guess we will find out.
I have a live blog below, which I will attempt to fill with commentary and images while riding solo.
The event starts at 12PM Pacific (3PM Eastern). Let’s do it! (more…)
CES 2015 starts on Sunday. Seems a little crazy that it’s back already, I know, but that’s what we get during the second week of every new year – a trip to Las Vegas. As you can imagine, we are headed into the desert once again to see what major electronics manufacturers have in store, even if there is very little focus on mobile or Android these days. The show is still a big enough deal that we need to at least show up to find out.
Keep in mind that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t what it was four or five years ago. There was a time that it was a really big deal for mobile enthusiasts. It once was a show where new flagship phones were announced from all of the big players, but those show up less and less anymore. Now, we typically get one from Sony, maybe another from LG, and that’s about it. There are wearables and tablets galore, most of which are terrible products from companies you have never heard of that you would never buy, but they have their moment in the news cycle.
Media outlets put up big stages, try to tell you that this week is going to be “Huge!” and that you must tune into their ridiculously over-the-top coverage because it will be the best CES yet, but they are lying. CES is mostly boring these days. Well, unless you like TVs and the technology that goes into cars. Yes, TVs and automobiles now dominate CES. (more…)
Samsung announced a new Galaxy Note 4 variant for South Korea that is the world’s first “commercially” available LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation phone. Why does that matter? Because a phone with LTE-A Tri-Band CA can theoretically produce download speeds up to 450Mbps on Category 9 LTE networks. That…is fast. Of course, Cat.9 networks aren’t mainstream yet, but this phone is also capable of pushing the needle on today’s LTE networks (Cat.6) to upwards of 300Mbps. (more…)
Qualcomm is currently hosting their Uplinq conference down in San Francisco, where the keynote is happening live as I type this. Tim is on hand during the keynote, where CEO Steve Mollenkopf just announced that over one billion Android phones have shipped running their Snapdragon chipsets. That, my friends, is a ton of phones. (more…)
Last night, Qualcomm announced two new processors, one of which will bring 4G LTE connectivity to even the cheapest of smartphones. The Snapdragon 210, the first of its class, features integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE Advanced and LTE Dual SIM for entry-level smartphones and tablets. What this means, essentially, is that low-cost smartphone manufacturers should be able to feature 4G LTE in their devices, while still keeping a low price to produce. (more…)