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Huawei takes on Qualcomm with better, faster 5G chip and home router

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Huawei hosted a conference in Beijing today to showcase its upcoming 5G products: the Balong 5000, which it claims is the world's fastest 5G chip, and the 5G CPE Pro, a powerful home router. With these devices, the Chinese manufacturer is aiming at becoming a reference in 5G chips, and is trying to dethrone Qualcomm with a more powerful product.

Balong 5000

Spearheading Huawei's 5G efforts is the Balong 5000, the first multi-mode 5G chip.

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Huawei takes on Qualcomm with better, faster 5G chip and home router was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

MediaTek announces the Helio P90, a premium AI chipset with ARCore and Google Lens support

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Qualcomm is undeniably the darling of Android OEMs, with their chips being the only viable option for flagship smartphones and tablets. That's something MediaTek would obviously like to change with its latest premium SoC, the Helio P90.

Built using the 12-nanometer process, the P90 uses the company's APU 2.0 AI architecture, promising "a new level of AI experiences that are 4X more powerful" than anything it's made before. As well as being useful for AI purposes such as photography, it's also said to greatly improve battery life.

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MediaTek announces the Helio P90, a premium AI chipset with ARCore and Google Lens support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google aims to create ‘closed loop’ for user data with new Titan Security mobile chip

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Following a day of bad press regarding an undisclosed security vulnerability, Google pushed the message of strong security during its October 9th hardware reveal event. Among the announcements: the Mountain View-based tech giant has developed a dedicated chip for its mobile devices that integrates Titan Security, the system it built for Google data centers.

Senior vice-president of hardware Rick Osterloh said during the event that the Titan Security chip secures the lockscreen, strengthens disk encryption, and protects the integrity of the operating system.

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Google aims to create 'closed loop' for user data with new Titan Security mobile chip was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 mobile platform: better performance and AI tech in new mid-range chip

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

When an OEM chooses a Qualcomm SoC for a phone, the first thought is whether to include a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 series chip or something cheaper. The next best thing is a 600 series processor, the best of which up to now has been the Snapdragon 660. Qualcomm's latest announcement introduces a successor, the predictably named Snapdragon 670.

The new chip integrates Qualcomm's Kryo 360 CPU, Spectra ISP, AI Engine, and X12 LTE modem.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 mobile platform: better performance and AI tech in new mid-range chip was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm announces three new mid-range mobile chipsets: Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

When it comes to making processors for Android smartphones, Qualcomm is by far the market leader. MediaTek trails, focussing mainly on budget hardware, and then there are proprietary chips from the likes of Samsung and Huawei, but they aren't used outside of a few of their own products.

Qualcomm has a range of SoCs to cater for mobile devices of any level, but the mid-range market is where the money is right now.

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Qualcomm announces three new mid-range mobile chipsets: Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook wants to design its own chipsets

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Last month, it was revealed that Facebook is working on its own smart speaker. That product has now been delayed amid Facebook's ongoing privacy scandals, but future versions of it could use Facebook's own chips. According to Bloomberg, the company is looking to design its own chipsets, based on recent job listings.

Facebook is currently seeking a manager for building an "end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization." For context, 'Soc' means 'system-on-a-chip,' and 'ASAIC' is short for 'Application-specific integrated circuit.' As the name implies, ASAICs are specialized chips designed for a very specific purpose.

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Facebook wants to design its own chipsets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon reportedly working on a custom chip to make Alexa faster

Monday, February 12th, 2018

The smart speaker wars are in full swing, with Amazon and Google dominating most of the market. Amazon's Alexa assistant was first on the scene, but Google Assistant is making progress, particularly with the Home Mini and third-party speakers. According to a report from The Information, Amazon is working on its own AI chip designed to make Alexa-powered devices respond quicker.

No matter what virtual assistant is being used, all smart speakers work the same way.

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Amazon reportedly working on a custom chip to make Alexa faster was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung announces Exynos 9810 chip destined for the Galaxy S9

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The Exynos 9 Series processors were introduced by Samsung almost a year ago, and we've seen them used in the company's flagship phones of 2017. With the announcement of the Galaxy S9 nearing, it's time we learned a little about the chip that will be running the show (outside of the US and China, which will get Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 processor), so Samsung has lifted the covers off the Exynos 9810 SoC.

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Samsung announces Exynos 9810 chip destined for the Galaxy S9 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Pixel 2 has a Google-designed image processing chip, and it’s not even turned on yet

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

We've known for a while that Google was interested in making its own chips. Recently their hardware efforts even bore some fruit, but most of us assumed that it would be quite a while until Google made anything at a consumer level.

Well, it turns out that the new Pixel 2 phones have a bit of Google-designed hardware inside them. It's called Pixel Visual Core, and it brings even better camera performance to the phones - or it will, once it's turned on.

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The Pixel 2 has a Google-designed image processing chip, and it's not even turned on yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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