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Qualcomm wants to make headphone dongles sound better by giving them Hi-Fi DACs

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Headphone jacks are on the way out, and Qualcomm is looking to cash in on the situation - while also possibly making your headphones sound less bad over USB-C.

As you know, most smartphones shipping without 3.5mm jacks do come with USB-C dongles to act as adapters for the traditional analog port. Most of those phones don't even contain a headphone amplifier at all, though (to save space and money), so those pieces actually go inside the dongle instead of the phone.

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Qualcomm wants to make headphone dongles sound better by giving them Hi-Fi DACs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Snapdragon 845 reference phone hands-on: a peek at your next smartphone (kind of)

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Snapdragon 845 was announced today, and after the press conference here in Hawaii came to an end this morning, Qualcomm unveiled the next-generation chip's reference platform to journalists.

Reference platforms serve as tools for Qualcomm and its customers (the companies that make phones), and they're usually pretty crude aesthetically. The one Qualcomm has whipped together for its 845 platform is kind of nice, though, big bezels aside. I can't really tell you much about using it - it's running Android and it's filled with diagnostic software and a few tightly-scripted demo applications you won't really care about.

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Snapdragon 845 reference phone hands-on: a peek at your next smartphone (kind of) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Snapdragon 845 detailed: New GPU and CPU, 30% faster graphics, 30% more efficient

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Qualcomm detailed its next-generation chipset, the Snapdragon 845, at a press conference in Hawaii this morning. The chip features a ground-up redesign of the company's Kryo CPU (now the Kryo 385) and Adreno GPU, marking a major evolution of the platform. The changes to the new Adreno 630 GPU will result in 30% faster graphics performance, and Qualcomm anticipates the platform as a whole will be up to 30% more power-efficient than Snapdragon 835, a chip that has already proven to be excellent on battery life.

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Snapdragon 845 detailed: New GPU and CPU, 30% faster graphics, 30% more efficient was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

News: Snapdragon 845 exists

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 today at as press conference in Hawaii, the next generation of the company's flagship mobile processor. As with the outgoing Snapdragon 835, Samsung is the fabrication partner, and the 845 will be built on the company's 10nm process.

Full disclosure: Qualcomm paid to fly me to Hawaii, put me up at the Grand Wailea resort for three (correction: four nights, I regret the error) nights, fed me breakfast this morning (the coffee was OK) and a bunch of Mai Tais and little beef taquitos last night.

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News: Snapdragon 845 exists was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm’s board unanimously votes down Broadcom buyout offer

Monday, November 13th, 2017

There's a pretty solid chance the phone in your pocket is powered by Qualcomm's silicon, and Broadcom wants a piece of that. Broadcom is so interested that it sent an unsolicited acquisition offer to Qualcomm last week. The chip maker acknowledged receipt of the offer, but today it officially announced that it's not interested.

Broadcom offered $60 for every outstanding share of Qualcomm, plus an additional $10 in Broadcom stock. That worked out to a record-breaking $130 billion, but Qualcomm isn't having it.

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Qualcomm's board unanimously votes down Broadcom buyout offer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Qualcomm has received Broadcom’s offer] Report: Broadcom may be looking to acquire Qualcomm

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Qualcomm's been in the news quite a lot this year, for a lot of different reasons. Now, according to Bloomberg, it might be making headlines again soon. Broadcom Ltd. may be submitting an offer to Qualcomm to purchase the company in what would be the single largest takeover of a chipmaker ever.

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[Update: Qualcomm has received Broadcom's offer] Report: Broadcom may be looking to acquire Qualcomm was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Report: Broadcom may be looking to acquire Qualcomm

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Qualcomm's been in the news quite a lot this year, for a lot of different reasons. Now, according to Bloomberg, it might be making headlines again soon. Broadcom Ltd. may be submitting an offer to Qualcomm to purchase the company in what would be the single largest takeover of a chipmaker ever. It's early, though, and no offer has yet been submitted to Qualcomm. 

According to Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the matter," the deal would propose ~$70 a share in cash and stock for the acquisition.

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Report: Broadcom may be looking to acquire Qualcomm was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm successfully achieves 5G data speeds on its upcoming X50 modem

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

5G is still a few years away for most of us, but networks and tech companies are laying the groundwork for it right now. One year ago, Qualcomm announced it was developing its first 5G-capable mobile modem, the X50. If you're not familiar with mobile SoCs, the modem is the component of a phone that connects to a cellular network. Qualcomm promised speeds of up to 5Gbps, with an expected ship date of 2018.

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Qualcomm successfully achieves 5G data speeds on its upcoming X50 modem was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 636 chip, reportedly 40% faster than SD630

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

It was only a few months ago that Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 630 and 660 system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. If you're not familiar with the company's large SoC lineup, the 6xx series is roughly mid-range, used by phones like the Moto G5 and Moto X4. Now the company has announced yet another chip in the series, the Snapdragon 636.

The main reason why this chipset is so interesting is because it uses Qualcomm's special Kryo ARM cores.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 636 chip, reportedly 40% faster than SD630 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan’s FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Yesterday the Taiwan FTC (Fair Trade Commission) fined Qualcomm an incredible $773 million (TWD 23 billion) for allegedly violating antitrust rules in the country over the last seven years. In a press release posted yesterday, Qualcomm says that it disagrees with the decision and intends to seek a stay while appealing. This is after both the Korean FTC imposed a fine of $854 million and the US FTC leveraged its own charges against the chipset manufacturer earlier this year

Qualcomm's been involved in an incredible number of high-profile lawsuits recently.

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Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan's FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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