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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 puts battery life ahead of performance — and that makes sense

Monday, September 10th, 2018

It's been two and a half years since Qualcomm revealed its first dedicated wearable chipset, Wear 2100, and, in that time, there's been no major update. This has led to some doubt regarding the chipmaker's interest in the market — a crucial element for Wear OS' continued existence, considering Qualcomm powers 80 percent of Android smartwatches out there now. The San Diego chipset giant asserted its continued intention to dominate the Wear OS market today, however, with the reveal of Wear 3100 — and the subtext of the announcement has indications for the industry at large.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 3100 puts battery life ahead of performance — and that makes sense was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm aptX Adaptive is the newest attempt to improve Bluetooth audio

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Qualcomm is looking to tackle some of the issues with Bluetooth audio with its new aptX Adaptive codec. Its key feature is that it dynamically adjusts to what you're consuming, which should not only improve audio quality overall, but also reduce latency in A/V content like videos and games. 

We all know that Bluetooth audio can be spotty and disappointing (especially when compared to wired), which is a bummer since more smartphone manufacturers are doing away with the headphone jack.

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Qualcomm aptX Adaptive is the newest attempt to improve Bluetooth audio was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm aptX Adaptive is the newest attempt to improve Bluetooth audio

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Qualcomm is looking to tackle some of the issues with Bluetooth audio with its new aptX Adaptive codec. Its key feature is that it dynamically adjusts to what you're consuming, which should not only improve audio quality overall, but also reduce latency in A/V content like videos and games. 

We all know that Bluetooth audio can be spotty and disappointing (especially when compared to wired), which is a bummer since more smartphone manufacturers are doing away with the headphone jack.

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Qualcomm aptX Adaptive is the newest attempt to improve Bluetooth audio was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm is sampling 7nm, 5G-compatible chipsets for smartphone launches in the first half of 2019

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Not only are chipset makers racing to 5G, there's also a constant push towards shrinking fabrication processes. The smaller the process, the smaller and more power efficient a chip can be – or, conversely, the more transistors it can fit, making it more powerful at the same size. As it stands, 10nm is as little as it gets when it comes to commercially available mobile processors, but that won't hold true for long.

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Qualcomm is sampling 7nm, 5G-compatible chipsets for smartphone launches in the first half of 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s multi-mode Exynos Modem 5100 offers 5G and 4G LTE in one chip

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

In the ongoing battle to be at the forefront of 5G, Samsung has shot into a prominent position with the Exynos Modem 5100. The electronics company and chipset manufacturer today revealed a mobile modem built to the newest 3GPP-official 5G standards that features not only 5G functionality (using both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum), but also support for legacy wireless technology from 4G LTE all the way back to 2G GSM/CDMA.

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Samsung's multi-mode Exynos Modem 5100 offers 5G and 4G LTE in one 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 teases September 10th smartwatch event

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Qualcomm doesn't make smartwatches (anymore), but it does make smartwatch chips. Almost all Wear OS devices for the last several years have run the aging Snapdragon Wear 2100. Rumors have swirled in recent months that Qualcomm would finally launch a modern successor, and September 10th might be the day.

We don't have much information about the event. Qualcomm is inviting press to attend the unveiling of something smartwatch-related. Qualcomm isn't likely to announce a watch, so that just leaves a new smartwatch system-on-a-chip (SoC).

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Qualcomm teases September 10th smartwatch event was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm won’t be buying NXP, set to pay $2 billion termination fee

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Starting all the way back in 2016, Qualcomm set its sights on purchasing NXP. Both being huge semiconductor companies operating in overlapping fields, there was some question of consumer benefit and market competition if the deal went through. EU regulators expressed some concern before relenting, and back in June Chinese regulators were said to be ready to grant their own blessings. Turns out, China's enthusiasm may have been overstated, as Qualcomm is set to terminate the NXP acquisition based on the continued absence of regulatory approval from the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), presumably as a result of the ongoing trade tensions between the it and the US.

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Qualcomm won't be buying NXP, set to pay $2 billion termination fee was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm reveals new 5G antenna, may finally make mmWave tech useful for phones

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

It seems like 5G is one of those things that's perpetually sitting out on the horizon in tech news, but today Qualcomm took a decent step forward when it comes to a particular implementation. One of the carriers' more ambitious 5G solutions is to harness the high-frequency millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, which promise high bandwidth and low congestion, at the cost of limited coverage and some practicality concerns. But with Qualcomm's recently announced mmWave antennas, some of the issues related to it may be overcome.

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Qualcomm reveals new 5G antenna, may finally make mmWave tech useful for phones 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.

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