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Microsoft's list of minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 Mobile devices has been changed again, this time removing support for the existing Snapdragon 625 and the upcoming Snapdragon 830.
After announcing the Snapdragon 821 back in July, Qualcomm recently announced the full specs of the chipset, which promises 10% better CPU and 5% better GPU performance than the Snapdragon 820.
Samsung is likely working on its next-generation mobile chip, which is supposedly built on a 10nm FinFET process and is currently hitting speeds of 4Ghz in tests, outperforming the Snapdragon 830.
Four major security flaws, collectively dubbed 'QuadRooter', have left around 900 million Android devices with Qualcomm chipsets - including many of the latest flagships - vulnerable to attack.
With most newer flagships offering Quick Charge solutions, it was only a matter of time before power banks also needed an update. Aukey's latest 16,000mAh power bank offers Quick Charge 3.0.
Qualcomm has unveiled the "successor" to the Snapdragon 820. The Snapdragon 821 comes with modest improvements and will allow phones to run more efficiently, save on battery life, and run apps faster.
A security researcher has found an exploit-chain that can be used on Android devices with Qualcomm chips to break into the device's disk encryption. This exposes all of the user's data.
Qualcomm was happy to announce earlier today that it would be supporting Google's Tango mixed reality technology with its chips. The first Snapdragon to support it is the 652 but the 820 will follow.
Qualcomm has accused Meizu of violating different patents relating to 3G and 4G communication standards. After unsuccessfully trying to negotiate this with Meizu directly, a complaint has been filed.
A new report states that Apple will begin using modems from Intel in the next iteration of the iPhone. Devices sold in China or for use on Verizon will continue to use Qualcomm modems.
Despite Qualcomm's collaboration with FireEye to close a critical daemon vulnerability affecting a raft of Android devices, it is likely that most of them will never actually receive the patch.
Qualcomm has been under fire lately, as the firm has been called out for Quick Charge not complying with the USB Type-C standard. The company has stated that while it's not compliant, it is safe.
The Open Connectivity Foundation is a consortium that aims to create a standard for the Internet of Things. Partners include Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Cisco, General Electric, and more.
Qualcomm has announced a trio of mid-range Snapdragon chipsets for low cost devices, which boast features such as reduced power usage, support for better cameras and improved performance.
Samsung has finally confirmed one of the more pervasive rumors of last year: that it has taken over manufacturing of the Snapdragon flagship CPU from TSMC and will be making the Snapdragon 820.
A new rumor has surfaced claiming that only Samsung will be able to utilize the Snapdragon 820 in its handsets initially. If true, this could offer a significant advantage to the upcoming Galaxy S7.
The European Commission has filed antitrust charges against chipmaker Qualcomm, as the commission finds that Qualcomm abused its dominant market position.
Qualcomm has launched its next generation flagship SoC to replace the oft-criticised 810 chip. Featuring improvements across the board, the 820 SoC represents the next era of mobile processing.
At an event in San Francisco, Qualcomm displayed a prototype of a 24 core, 64-bit socketed CPU running enterprise linux software, aimed at massive web companies like Google and Facebook.
In order to combat poor battery life in mobile devices, Qualcomm has advanced its charging technology with Quick Charge. Now in its third iteration, Quick Charge 3.0 offers 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Qualcomm announces that their new high end mobile processor will include 600Mbps LTE-Advanced and Quick Charge 3.0 as well as other future proofing technologies such as 802.11ad “WiGig”
Along with a few partnering companies, Verizon is working on the next generation of radio technology that will bring about the 5G standard to the U.S., with field testing slated for 2016.
Qualcomm claims that its next-generation Snapdragon 820 SoC - featuring its new custom-designed 'Kryo' 64-bit CPU - will offer up to twice the performance, and twice as much battery life, as the 810.
Qualcomm has announced that its Smart Protect mobile anti-malware solution will be coming to the Snapdragon 820 and will help protect devices from attacks even if the operating system is compromised.
'Quick Charge 2.0' has been touted as being able to charge a phone's battery by up to 60% in just 30 minutes. A new test determines which device provides the best charging capabilities.
A recent press invite from Qualcomm stirred up speculation that the company might launch the Snapdragon 820 SoC at the event. However, new evidence has suggested that that isn't the case.
New details regarding the upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC have surfaced, claiming that the processor is 35% faster and runs way cooler than its predecessor. It is expected to be announced next week.
Qualcomm has developed new technology that will finally allow devices with metal housings to be wirelessly charged. Until now phones and tablets like that couldn't use wireless charging technology.
Qualcomm's 'Strategic Realignment' Plan was unveiled today. The plan will cut jobs and will attempt to save the company from spending $1.4 billion USD.
According to the latest reports, the giant chip company is struggling in the market and may lay off a significant number of people soon. Not only that, but the company might be splitting in two.
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The European Commission has launched two investigations into Qualcomm's practices, to find out whether the giant chip company has abused its leading market position and affected competition.
Tronsmart's latest car charger is not only Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-compatible but it also delivers a maximum output of 54W across four ports making it the world's most powerful to date.
OnePlus has announced that its new flagship-class handset will feature a Snapdragon 810 processor, emphasizing that the device uses a new version of the chip that doesn't overheat.
More than a year since its unveiling, Project Tango is once again in the news as Google and Qualcomm are co-developing a pocketable protoype featuring the technology for a wider release.
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Persistent rumors have claimed for months that the Snapdragon 810 processor has an overheating problem, but a Qualcomm executive has dismissed them as "rubbish" that "someone" decided to make up.
According to a new report, Samsung managed to snatch another of TSMC's big clients. The South Korean company will build Qualcomm's upcoming high-end processors, the Snapdragon 820.
LG's next flagship will launch in a few weeks and the leaks are coming in fast, with the latest one revealing every hardware specification of the device via a benchmarking tool.
The new Snapdragon 810 chips may just be hitting the market now, but Qualcomm is already talking about its future generation of chips and the features they'll bring to our handsets next year.
American chip-maker Qualcomm has been fined close to USD$1 billion in China for anti-trust violations in the country, making it the highest compensation from any company there.
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Qualcomm's dominance over the smart device industry may be coming to an end, if not at the hands of Samsung and Intel then it's definitely at the hands of the ever-growing juggernaut MediaTek.
A report claiming that Snapdragon 810 processors were facing overheating issues was revealed a couple of months ago. Now, a Chinese analyst states that the issue has been fixed and the chip is ready.
The patience of those awaiting a new top-of-the-range Windows Phone may soon be rewarded, as Microsoft has referred to multiple Lumia handsets running Qualcomm's new flagship-class Snapdragon 810 SoC.
The chip maker mentioned in its recent financial filings that the company had lost one of its major customers. This seemingly confirms an earlier report about Samsung dropping the Snapdragon 810.
The second handset from OnePlus is said to be called the '2', but its launch will reportedly come later than many had hoped - in Q3 2015 - due to overheating issues with its Snapdragon 810 processor.
Most mid-range and flagship phones are powered by Qualcomm SoCs, but a Taiwanese company aims to change that, and is currently planning to take the fight right to Qualcomm's doorstep.
Samsung has run into some issues with the Snapdragon 810 which was expected to be featured on a version of the upcoming Galaxy S6. According a report the chip was overheating and creating problems.